Giving Tuesday is a global event that celebrates charitable giving and takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect time to donate to your favorite cause or participate in a community event! This year, Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019. Here are several inspiring ways for you and your family to join the movement and celebrate this international day of giving.
Choose a charity (or several!) close to your heart and make a special gift in honor of Giving Tuesday. For an even greater impact, encourage family and friends to also support your cause. Spread the word using the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
Volunteer Your Time
One of the most rewarding ways to participate in a nonprofit’s mission is to volunteer time. This is a wonderful way to give back to your community and share the holiday spirit with others. Volunteer at a local animal shelter, serve meals at a soup kitchen or help children learn to read.
Organize a donation drive in your neighborhood, school or at work. Consider collecting winter coats for the homeless, toiletries for a women’s shelter or non-perishable items for a local food pantry. Before you begin, be sure to check with the nonprofit you wish to support for the items they need most.
Creating something is an inexpensive and personal way to participate in Giving Tuesday. Are you crafty or artistic? Knit scarves or decorate coffee mugs for residents in a nursing home. Handy with tools? Help customize homes for paralyzed veterans. Looking for a festive way to involve the entire family? Ask children to help bake holiday treats for a charity fundraiser.
Share Your Talents
Because nonprofits often work on a lean budget, consider contributing your talents and skills to help promote a worthy cause. Offer to answer phones, coordinate a fundraising event or create content for a blog or website. Sharing a positive review of the charity can help attract potential donors.
Giving Tuesday kicks off the holiday season with a day of service that can be celebrated in so many ways. It’s easy to join the movement by donating your time, talents or dollars. By sharing our generosity, we can also inspire others to give back. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about?