SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, will once again participate in #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. SMPTE has participated in #GivingTuesday for the past five years, and this year the Society's involvement will focus on continued development of the Next Century Fund, which enables SMPTE to focus on its three pillars of standards, membership, and education.
"#GivingTuesday provides people and organizations around the world with a way to join together in the shared experience of giving back, and this year, organizations including Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are helping to maximize the impact of these gifts," said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. "While SMPTE is made up of technology professionals, executives, educators, and students working across the media and entertainment industry, the organization itself is a non-profit that depends on giving to support its work. The #GivingTuesday event is a great way to get involved in supporting SMPTE's ongoing work to advance critical industry standards, extend membership opportunities to new areas, and develop and deliver educational programming in support of the industry."
SMPTE's Next Century Fund supports enhancements in standard system infrastructure, raises the level of support for the development of new standards, and supports the adoption of existing standards worldwide. It allows SMPTE to expand its offering of educational programs and further the expertise of Society members. By providing membership opportunities to new geographic areas and emerging media technology sectors, the Next Century Fund also secures a path for sustainable growth into the future.
Donations are being accepted at www.smpte.org/donate, where visitors can learn more about the Next Century Fund as well as SMPTE's additional funds.
For the third year, SMPTE will also participate in the #GivingTuesday #UNselfie social media campaign, which asks participants to turn the camera away from themselves and highlight the causes they support. SMPTE Members and supporters who wish to participate on behalf of SMPTE can view SMPTE's recommendations and download a template here: www.smpte.org/givingtuesday-2017.
Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org and on social media via LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. SMPTE will be reposting social media posts from its supporters that include the #SMPTE hashtag, along with #GivingTuesday and #UNselfie with their posts.