#Giving Tuesday Starts Tomorrow!

We gave thanks on Thursday, went shopping on Friday, took advantage of some awesome CyberMonday, and will be giving back on Tuesday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season by bringing everyone together to give back to their community and others - and it starts TOMORROW!

#GivingTuesday was started back in 2012 by the 92nd Street and the United Nations Foundation. The movement was created as a national day in response to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The goal is to bring people together around the values and service of giving back.

The day has seen an incredible 470% increase in online donations on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving since its inaugural year of 2012. In 2012, through the largest donation processor Blackbaud, #GivingTuesday raised $10.1 million through their site alone. The total money earned through other donation websites is unavailable for 2012, but in 2013 $28 million was raised and $45.7 million in 2014.

Some additional numbers behind #GivingTuesday include:

• 30,000+ Partners in 68 countries

• 7 million Twitter impressions

• 750,000+ hashtag mentions

• 4 billion global impressions in print and media

• 40+ civic campaigns around the U.S. in cities and communities

Here are some ways that you and your family can celebrate #GivingTuesday together:

• Talk with your family about your favorite foods. Take some of those foods from your pantry (non-perishable) and bring them to your local food pantry.

• Have an at-home treasure hunt for items that haven’t been used in a long time or that you have multiples of. Search through the back of your closet, the basement, or garage for items such as kitchen tools, dishes, toys, books, school supplies, and so much more! Gather those items up and donate them to a program that sets up families in new homes.

• Start a neighborhood clothing drive. Items such as gloves, winter hats, or socks are great for this time of year. Spread the word throughout your neighborhood and see how many items you can collect to donate.

• For one week have you and your family skip the “extras”. Take the money that you would have spent on extra items (a special ice cream trip, candy bar at the gas station, Starbucks coffee, etc.) and place it in a jar. Watch how much money you and your family can raise by just skipping the “extras!” Donate what you and your family have collected to a local food pantry to help others get the essential foods they need.

What will you and your family do to celebrate #GivingTuesday? Whether it’s big or small, any contribution  will make a difference. Be sure to follow #GivingTuesday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share your #GivingTuesday experience! Links to their sites are below:


• https://twitter.com/GivingTues

• https://www.instagram.com/givingtuesday/




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