How Will You Give Back On #GivingTuesday?

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#GivingTuesday encourages people worldwide to help the less fortunate (Credit: #GivingTuesday.com)

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about finding the best deals on holiday gifts for yourself and family members, Giving Tuesday serves a more altruistic purpose. Observed annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it encourages people to help those in need by making financial donations or doing good in their local community. The “Global Day of Giving” was started in 2012 by New York City nonprofit 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation.

In its first year, the movement brought in almost $10 million for charities, and things have only improved since. In 2019, the numerous #GivingTuesday social media campaigns worldwide helped raise an astounding $1.9 billion from 27 million donors! Over the past five years, many higher education institutions have also been using the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to ask alumni for donations. In 2019, the University of Michigan, which calls it Giving Blueday, received 5,887 gifts totaling over $4 million, while Pennsylvania State University raised $710,000 to benefit over 85 university programs and initiatives.

#GivingTuesday has been extremely popular with both individuals and corporations (Credit: Aplos.com)

Though donating money certainly helps, there are many other ways to support the great cause, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can video tutor kids struggling with online learning, or team up with an adult to get groceries or medications for an elderly neighbor. Alternatively, enlist your peers to help you with a service project that addresses an issue close to your heart, or pick one from the several ideas suggested on the #GivingTuesday website.

You can also donate your gently-used clothes and toys to local shelters, or mail a handwritten note to a grandparent or friend you miss seeing. Social media experts can contribute by sharing information about this worthwhile endeavor online. Even small, easy gestures such as opening a door for a stranger, or smiling at one, qualify.

What are you going to do to make a positive difference in your community on #GivingTuesday? Let us know by adding your comments below!

Resources: givingtuesday.org

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  • difajefa-157365272696
    difajefa-157365272696Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:15 am
    I love this It is so sweet
    • tabbymaster
      tabbymasterFriday, December 11, 2020 at 8:23 am
      Really wear ur mask
      • therealsnakes
        therealsnakesFriday, December 11, 2020 at 5:44 am
        Cool XD
        • tabbymaster
          tabbymasterThursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:42 pm
          Have a great Christmas and a happy new year😜
          • bookwormgirl
            bookwormgirlWednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:44 am
            Stay safe and take precautions everyone
            • lil_demon
              lil_demonWednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:52 am
              stay safe everyone!
              • manylovesdogs28
                manylovesdogs28Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:35 am
                Stay safe!
                • g-love
                  g-loveTuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:00 am
                  Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe!
                  • thepenguingirl
                    thepenguingirlTuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5:27 am
                    I missed Giving Tuesday because I was not on dogo so I did not know so I guess it's over :'(
                    • sax09
                      sax09Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 11:09 am
                      You can still give on Tuesday's. It is always good to be generous!
                    • alex_the_cutie
                      alex_the_cutieMonday, December 7, 2020 at 12:58 pm
                      Stay safe everyone! We can always get through this!