What’s Twestival

What is Twestival?

A Twestival (or Twitter-Festival) is a global movement which uses the power of social media to organize offline events that mobilize communities in support of a local cause. Twestival was born out of the idea that if communities were able to collaborate on an international scale, but working from a local level, it could have a spectacular impact.

Since 2009, over 200 cities have participated in Twestival, raising $1.75 million for over 275 important causes like clean water and education. Twestival events are coordinated 100% by volunteers and 100% of the funds raised through ticket sales and donations go directly to support charitable projects.

What Makes Twestival Phx Special?

Phoenix has participated in every global and local Twestival since 2009, each time ranking in the top 5 cities for fundraising both overall and per attendee. Championed by Heather and Chris Lee leading a team of dedicated volunteers, Twestival Phx has raised almost $58,000 ($23,000 for Twestival Global and $35,000 for local organizations).

2009: Charity:Water

Amount raised: $4700
Top 10 city totals of money raised.

2010: St. Mary’s Food Bank

Amount raised: $9,332

  • @StMarysFoodBank went from 83 followers before the event to 283 by the end of the night Friday
  • They were the topic of countless tweets and many media hits they wouldn’t have otherwise received
  • They doubled the average number of hits for a Friday on their www.firstfoodbank.org website

2010: Concern

Amount raised: $18,000
#3 place in terms of fundraising around the world – only behind Dubai and New York City. Phoenix rocks!

2011: Child Crisis Center

Amount raised: $25,000
more than any other US city

“The money raised through Twestival Phoenix allowed us to grow our Family Resource Center programming, including parenting classes, workshops, children’s playgroups, support groups, and other resources. Support from Twestival Phoenix also helped us to provide medical care for children living in our emergency children’s shelter, including complete medical checkups performed by our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, necessary medical treatments, speech and hearing screenings, immunizations, and counseling services. We are so grateful for the support we received from Twestival Phoenix and had a fantastic time meeting new people and enjoying great food and entertainment. ” – Rachel Dixon, Child Crisis Center

2013: Teen Lifeline

Amount raised: $27,000
more than any other US city, only behind Dubai and Riyadh