After holidays filled with gluttony and consumption, having a 24-hour cleansing and giving back period is the least we can do as a society to re-enter the land of the living. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shoppers flocked to department stores and swarmed the internet for good deals. Today, on #GivingTuesday, we're being called upon to collectively do good by contributing to our communities or a cause that's important to us.
The inaugural #GivingTuesday launched in 2012 with more than 2500 not-for-profit and business partners participating and raising funds for charities and causes around the world. Last year, #GivingTuesday raised an estimated $45 million, with more than 15,000 US non-profit organizations involved. This year, over 30,000 organizations have signed up.
No act is too big or small to be a part of #GivingTuesday. You can give back through donating, volunteering, or just through spreading the word about the global movement. People are finding creative ways to participate in #GivingTuesday as individuals and within their companies and communities.
Not sure how you're doing to join in? Here are some activities and tips hitting the waves on Twitter.
If you're looking for some pocket-size ways to give back today, check out some charity-based tools from TheToolbox.org.
Aunt Bertha: We’ve been thanking Uncle Sam for decades. It’s time to give Aunt Bertha some love. With the help of the government, the Aunt Bertha app helps people locate food, health, housing, and employment programs based on where they live.
Acts of Sharing: This app revolves around the sharing economy by connecting users in their community who own items they may need.
Instead: This tool enables people to make micro-donations to nonprofits usually in the amounts of $3 and $5. Checks for the total amount of donations received in a month are cut and sent within thirty days of the end of each calendar month to the nonprofits.
Spacehive: Spacehive is an online funding platform for neighborhood improvement projects.The aim of this tool is help put communities in charge of neighborhood planning by giving them collective financial clout to deliver popular projects independently of councils.
Freestore Foodbank: The Freestore Foodbank app connects users to the hunger relief services of Freestore's different locations. A founding member of Feeding America, Freestore Foodbank, is the largest Tri-State food bank serving 20 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Givum: Givium is a new, socially responsible e-commerce site where users buy and sell unused household items to their social network, and donate a percentage of the proceeds to a charity of their choice.
What are tools or methods you're adopting to make philanthropy a way of life?