Unlike the two big shopping days, #GivingTuesday is a day for charity. Rather than thinking about saving money on the best gifts possible, we think about giving money to the best cause possible. Rather than feeling the stress and chaos of the holidays, we feel the peace and joy that comes from contributing to a good cause.
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season.”
Black Friday. Cyber Monday…all great things in the realm of getting your holiday shopping completed. But you keep hearing about this Giving Tuesday or National Day of Giving. Sure, it sounds philanthropic but what exactly is #GivingTuesday? (and yes, the hashtag is necessary).
Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together. #GivingTuesday includes people of all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds. Together, millions of people demonstrate our common capacity to give. From monetarily giving to giving back some of your time to a local charity or volunteer organization, #GivingTuesday is a way forward in encouraging our fellow human beings to support the causes they believe in, ranging from education to health to sustainable agriculture.
#GivingTuesday is a celebration of America’s greatest traditions: generosity, entrepreneurialism, community. Everyone has something to give. You can give time or expertise, monetary donations large or small, simple acts of kindness, food or clothing.