We all know gratitude isn’t reserved for any one day, and while the Thanksgiving leftovers may be gone, the spirit of the season has only begun. Thankfulness is a wonderful characteristic to cultivate and develop, and it’s something many focus on during the holiday season. So, if you’re looking to pay it forward this holiday season, consider participating in the growing #GivingTuesday movement and making it part of your holiday mix.
What is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is celebrated the Tuesday following Thanksgiving — you know, the one right after Cyber Monday. Happily, it's really becoming a "thing" and there are plenty of ways to get involved, whether it’s in your community or at a larger scale.
Envisioned as a way to kick off the charitable giving season, #GivingTuesday was started five years ago by Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. It’s universal message of giving and volunteerism has gone global, spreading beyond the U.S.
Whether you are considering donating to your favorite charity, starting a fundraising drive for your nonprofit organization, or engaging your company or coworkers to give back to your community, #GivingTuesday, with it’s database of nonprofits and its hashtag and social campaign, provides a way to share and spread the word about giving back to our communities, encouraging others to join us as we volunteer or give.
How to Get Involved
If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves at your local soup kitchen, contact them directly and arrange for a time to go in and help. If you’re not sure of where you can help, the #GivingTuesday website provides a search of participating groups. Simply input your location to find opportunities near you. There are over 27,000 organizations in their database looking for volunteers and donations. (By the way, if you’re a nonprofit looking for volunteers, you can sign up to join the movement on their website!)
If you prefer to raise money, you can start your own fundraiser on Facebook, who has also gotten into the #GivingTuesday spirit. This year, you can grab a frame from the #GivingTuesday Facebook page and fundraise for your favorite charity with zero fees and the potential to have your donations matched by Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. There’s plenty of reason to give back, these extra incentives just make it easier!
Modern Kids Design believes in giving back. That’s why we’re a member of 1% for the Planet. A portion of all our sales goes to environmentally focused nonprofits that are working hard to preserve our planet and to provide educational opportunities. We’re excited to help nonprofits raise funds this holiday season, what about you? Who will you be helping this #GivingTuesday? As always, feel free to reach out and let us now what you think and what you'd like to read about on the blog. And, of course, thanks for reading!