Donation Ceremony: Objects Connected to Everyday Giving
Museum Director John L. Gray accepts objects from Jamie McDonald and the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department and the Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics—IAFF Local 2068—into the National Philanthropy Collection. McDonald’s items are from the 2013 BMoreGivesMore #GivingTuesday campaign that raised $5.7 million in a day and earned Baltimore the #MostGenerousCity in America honor. IAFF Local 2068’s donations include a firefighter’s boot used to collect money for muscular dystrophy, a sign, and T-shirts.
About the Participants
John L. Gray
Elizabeth MacMillan Director
National Museum of American History
JOHN L. GRAY is the Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, dedicated to preserving and sharing an unparalleled collection of national treasures. Under Gray’s leadership, the museum is boldly reimagining its three-floor West Wing around dynamic exhibitions and programs on the themes of Innovation, Democracy and the Peopling of America, and American Culture. Prior to becoming the museum’s ninth director, he was founding president of the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles. He serves on the board of St. John’s College in Annapolis and Santa Fe.
Founder, Genorosity Inc.
JAMIE MCDONALD is founder of Generosity Inc. Her professional mission is to spur people to give, act, and innovate on behalf of communities, causes, and schools. After 16 years as an investment banker, McDonald shifted her personal mission from startups and venture capital to innovation and growth of the generosity economy. Most recently, she was the chief giving officer of Network for Good, the nation’s largest online charitable giving platform, after it acquired GiveCorps, the network she founded in 2011. In 2013 she led BMoreGivesMore, the movement that raised $5.7 million in a day on #GivingTuesday and earned Baltimore the #MostGenerousCity in America honor.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
THE FAIRFAX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT is the largest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is a combination career and volunteer organization providing fire suppression, emergency medical, technical rescue, hazardous materials, water rescue, life safety education, fire prevention, and arson investigation services.
The Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics
THE FAIRFAX COUNTY PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS AND PARAMEDICS (IAFF Local 2068) consists of nearly 2,000 active and retired firefighters and paramedics, mechanics from the Fire and Rescue Department Apparatus Shops, and 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers working at the Department of Public Safety Communications Center. Its fire fighters and paramedics respond from 38 fire stations inside seven district battalions while providing emergency services to over one million citizens residing within 404 square miles of Fairfax County property.