Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all designed to motivate consumers to spend money on holiday gifts for loved ones. However, Giving Tuesday, which will be observed on November 30, 2021, see you later altruistic goal. “World Giving Day” encourages people to “donate their voice, time, money, property and advocacy to support communities and causes.”
Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the New York nonprofit 92.n/a Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact. The movement was an instant hit, with over $10 million raised for charities around the world in a single day. Things have only gotten better since then. In 2020, a valued 34.8 million people worldwide participated in Giving Tuesday – a 29% increase over 2019. Even better, the 33.1 million American supporters donated a amazing $2.47 billion for worthy causes that day. The total was in addition to the $503 million raised during the #GivingTuesdayNow special. countryside held on May 5, 2020 to support frontline organizations to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
While donating money certainly helps, there are many other ways to show compassion for the less fortunate. Perform a chore or two for an elderly neighbor, or donating gently used clothes and toys to local shelters are great ways to get involved. Alternately, call on your peers to help you with a service project that addresses a problem that is important to you. Even small, easy gestures, such as opening a door to a stranger or smiling at them, are admissible. You can also select something from the 50 acts of kindness suggested on the Giving Tuesday site.
What are you going to do to make a positive difference in your community on #GivingTuesday — and every other day? Let us know by adding your comments below!