Every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people come together to celebrate generosity and to donate to charities, families, businesses, and community centers across the world. The movement, known as Giving Tuesday, was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and United Nations Foundation, and raised $116.7 million last year from 700,000 online donors. The Giving Tuesday website reads, “… #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.”
How can you be part of #GivingTuesday? What charities should you donate to? Read on for details.
On November 29, you can donate to nonprofits, companies, foundations, schools, small business, and giving platforms. To check out what’s going on in your local community on #GivingTuesday, click here. Over 40,000 organizations in 71 countries are a part of the #GivingTuseday movement. Claire Costello, a national philanthropic practice executive with U.S. Trust, tells USA Today that when deciding where to donate, people should ask themselves what their key values are, what they are passionate about, and what issues matter to them. She adds on that it is important to do your research before giving to a non-profit, and third-party sites like GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving site can help in that department.
#GivingTuesday promotes generosity and anyone and everyone can get involved. The movement’s website has put together a toolkit that you can access here to give you the resources to make the most out of the day.
If you don’t want to empty your pockets, ABC 7 recommends volunteering, or donating clothing you may not want anymore. “Go through your coat closets, toy closets and even your bookshelves and give away the items you don’t need anymore. You could start by participating in Toys For Tots or Good Morning America’s Burlington Coat Drive.” The outlet also reveals that for every letter Santa receives this year, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Another way to raise awareness for the movement is to simply post on social media. Metro writes that social media has played a huge role in the growth of #GivingTuesday, and by sharing a personal giving story on social media, or posting a #UNSelfie, you will help give the movement momentum. The bottom line is that the options are endless: Giving Tuesday is about kicking off the charitable season, and there are many ways to do that.