If you’re on social media, you probably know by now that it’s Giving Tuesday. What is this new “holiday” and how do you participate?
A history of Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday began in 2012 when two organizations in New York City—the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation came together to create a day set aside for the sole purpose of celebrating the generosity of giving. They chose the Tuesday directly after American Thanksgiving as a way to keep the giving season going in a non-commercial, non-consumerist way.
The idea for a day of selfless giving quickly caught on—spread through social media via the hashtag #GivingTuesday and the addition of a number of notable organizational partners, including UNICEF, Google, Cisco, Mashable, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and others.
The first Giving Tuesday was covered by the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, ABC News, and the White House official blog, causing the day to attract widespread support in a very short amount of time.
Ready to celebrate Giving Tuesday?
Generosity knows no bounds. If you are so inclined to participate in the spirit of the day, you can do so by giving to any person, group, or organization that you feel is worthy.
- Buy a cup of coffee for the homeless woman on the corner
- Pick up the phone and check on an elderly neighbor
- Participate in a GoFundMe drive
- Pick up trash on your block or in front of your local school or library
- Make a life-changing microloan via Kiva
- Volunteer your time and/or expertise by volunteering locally
- Make the world a better place, one warm coat at a time
- Sign up to teach English as a second language as a literacy volunteer
- Donate to a charity like one of these recommended by Consumer Reports
There is no limit to how you can give back to your community and the world. Happy #GivingTuesday everyone!