Show your support on #GivingTuesday through #IFeelFearlessWhen


Did you know that Tuesday, November 27th is #GivingTuesday? Following the hectic shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement centered on the community coming together to support important causes. In anticipation of this day, the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation wants to remind you of our mission and ask for your support.

We’re just getting started

The Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation envisions a world where women can live boldly and fearlessly. We strive to achieve this goal by partnering with organizations that promote female safety and gender equality. In 2018, we funded safety awareness, self-defense, and media literacy programs at the Worcester branch of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit that empowers girls to be strong, smart, and bold; we held Strike for Vanessa, a mega self-defense workshop for 500 women; and we started a partnership with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office to bring safety awareness workshops to our supporters’ communities. Thousands of you showed your support by coming to #Run4Vanessa at our 2nd annual 5K, participating in one of our charity teams, or attending one of our many fundraisers.

In 2019, we hope to achieve even more.

Support us this #GivingTuesday

While there is still a lot of work to do to achieve our vision, it is empowering to think of those times when we feel fearless. That is why this #GivingTuesday, we want you to share on your favorite social media sites the times when you feel fearless.


On November 27th, share a picture of your choice on Facebook and Instagram, caption it with the hashtag #IFeelFearlessWhen, and complete it with whatever (or whoever!) makes you feel fearless. #IFeelFearlessWhen is meant to celebrate female empowerment by highlighting the many ways we can help ourselves and other women feel bold and fearless.

Out of those who post on November 27th using the hashtag #IFeelFearlessWhen, we will randomly select one person to receive an Athena device, a discreet wearable that allows you to share your location and check in with chosen loved ones with the click of a button.

To help you spark some ideas, maybe you feel fearless when…

  • You accomplish a difficult goal or push yourself outside of your comfort zone (“I got into business school!”)

  • Learn or try something new (“I went skydiving for the first time.”)

  • You are with (or think about) a certain friend, family member, or role model (“I’m with my best friend Julia.”)

  • Or ANYTHING else that empowers you to feel fearless (“Practicing yoga makes me feel mentally and physically strong.”)

You can copy and paste one of these captions to help get you started:

“@vtmfoundation envisions a world where women can live boldly and fearlessly. On #GivingTuesday #IFeelFearlessWhen [insert yours here]”

“#IFeelFearlessWhen [your caption here]. Learn more about the @vtmfoundation #GivingTuesday”

Other ways to support us this #GivingTuesday

Other ways you can contribute on #GivingTuesday (and any day)

  • Amazon Smile. Shop on Amazon the same way you always would, but Amazon donates some of your purchase to a charity of your choice. Go to and select “Vanessa T Marcotte Foundation” as your charity of choice.

  • Donate.

  • Follow us on social media to keep up-to-date on our progress and community events.