3 Ways You Can Give on Giving Tuesday
It’s Giving Tuesday!
Every year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we celebrate Giving Tuesday. Created in 2012, the day was meant to encourage people to do good in some capacity. The concept was first developed as an initiative by New York's 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Now, it is its own standalone organization.
“Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give,” reads a statement on the Giving Tuesday website.
Ways You Can Give Back on #GivingTuesday
1. Donate money and/or goods to a charity: Vetted by America's Charities, this is a sizable list of some of America's most respected nonprofits that need your help. The site also notes that many workplaces offer a match program when it comes to charitable donations.
2. Give your time: While the pandemic may make this difficult for many, if you can, volunteering your time is a worthwhile experience for those you’re helping and for yourself. As the Giving Tuesday site says, volunteering allows you to “give something back, make a difference to the people around you, develop new skills, and learn more about issues affecting your community.” Check out some nonprofits in your community for volunteering opportunities or any of these resources: VolunteerMatch, Points of Light, or Idealist.
3. Use your social media to amplify causes and/or issues: Whether you have five followers or 5,000, using your social media pages to talk to your respective communities about issues and causes you care about can most certainly help affect change. If you can’t physically give your time, giving your voice still counts. And look for the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to see which organizations are participating, and how you can help amplify their efforts.