Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… how about Giving Tuesday? That’s right, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27th is the inauguration of the new national movement, Giving Tuesday, the “giving season’s opening day”. New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, the founders of Giving Tuesday, have partnered to encourage charities, businesses, families and individuals to come together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.
It’s a simple idea… find a way to join in acts of giving and share, via your social media channels, what you are doing and why it matters to you. Make a pledge and encourage your friends to do the same. “#GivingTuesday offers America a new narrative, challenging us to think beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday and reminding us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism. The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to build a better world,” says Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation.
To date, over 1000 corporations and non-profits have joined the movement, hoping to bring the spirit of giving back to the holiday season. Giving Tuesday provides us all an opportunity to create new ways to give more and give better. Here are some simple ideas on how you can participate:
Volunteer: Grab a friend, colleague or family member and spend time giving back to a local charity or someone in need. Find volunteering opportunities here.
Give a Meaningful Gift: Combine shopping with giving and look for gifts that give back to charities. Check out these charitable gift suggestions from Real Simple Magazine.
Teach Generosity: Help children understand the importance of generosity and giving to others. Encourage kids to start a collection for donation with their friends for other kids in need. This season is a great time to collect pajamas, coats and toys.
Donate: Don’t have the time to volunteer? Donate to your favorite charity organization. Check to see if your company will match your donation. Give responsibly.