Today is known as “Giving Tuesday”. What does that mean?
What is Giving Tuesday?
During this season of gift-giving, sales-buying, holiday-cheering, deals-grabbing, there are many ‘bargains’ you will find across the internet. It can seem overly consumerist (at least, it does for me), and can leave you feeling that you’ve just provided ‘happiness’ to your friends and family to whom you will distribute these treasures.
But it also may leave you wanting to reach out, to give back, to support a cause in a way that feels like you are helping a community of those in need. That’s what Giving Tuesday is all about. It’s about being generous during the holiday season, possibly to someone you don’t know. To help make someone else’s Christmas, or just their day, mean something.
Why is this day important?
This day is important because it helps support the global community. More and more, we are having to come together to help after natural disasters, to help with humanitarian crises, to help with things we can’t control that, sometimes inexplicably, happen to us that are beyond our sole solving. This is where we must come together.
All over the world, people need natural disaster, famine, or political unrest relief. Children without parents in developing countries live (and often die) in institutions under deplorable conditions. People struggle with rare diseases and disorders, or not-o-rare ones, and can’t afford the medication or interventions they need to help improve their quality of life. Some die, like the young man with diabetes, who passed away due to rationing his insulin, because he could not raise the funds necessary to purchase it. Animals languish in animal shelters, or on the streets. There are so many causes (and you should definitely research each and every organization before deciding where to best give), and a very small percentage of the world has the majority of the wealth. Many of those of us who have it feel compelled to give back, but don’t know how.
Giving Tuesday hopes to change that. Large companies are pledging to match donations this year, on this day, in hopes of bolstering people’s decision to give. Matching donations means doubling the amount of aid each issue can be awarded.
What can I do to contribute?
To set up your own #GivingTuesday fundraiser, visit this Facebook page, where you can learn more, choose a charity, and start raising!
Giving Tuesday official website
Here are some highlights of campaigns to which you can donate on this day.
Sarah’s Covenant Homes, India
PD: A photo of *Alina, a child who lives at SCH, sitting in her wheelchair wearing a pink & gold polka dot traditional Indian top. She has her head thrown back & a huge smile on her face! You can see her hair in a bun at the top of the photo. A banner reading “#Giving Tuesday” is placed across her eyes, to protect her identity.
G I V E
Today is #givingtuesday.
Today is the day we work as a global community to bring change to the world we share through financial giving. Today, we celebrate generosity as our response to the blessings of our lives by creating blessings in the lives of others.
Today is the day we hope together, dream together, give together, build together a better life for people, near and far.
We’re raising $10,000 [for SCH], which will help us in immeasurable ways. The gifts we receive today will help us sustain our everyday operations, provide for our children’s needs, and create an environment in which they can thrive.
We are happy to announce that donations given to SCH will be matched by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as they have committed to match donations given to U.S. Nonprofits on Facebook up to $50,000.
Any amount is appreciated, and can make a huge impact in the lives of our children.
PD: Bogdan, a child served by Maya’s Hope, sits in a stroller wearing a blue & white striped top & blue pants. He has a huge smile & Maya, MH’s founder, holds his hand, smiling close to him. R, side of photo has a graphic that reads “Maya’s Hope: Every child has value”. Bogdan’s name is written in the bottom L. of the photo.
It’s Giving Tuesday, and it’s time to help save cutie pies at Maya’s Hope!
Maya’s Hope helps disadvantaged children living in poverty, and helps provide hope by instilling value and purpose in each child.
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement, built by individuals and communities in the US and in countries around the world. On #GivingTuesday, millions of people come together to support and champion the causes they believe in by donating and fundraising on their behalf. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28th. In celebration, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering once again on a national campaign to support nonprofits.
On #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $2 million of funds raised on Facebook for US nonprofits. Facebook is also waiving its fees for donations made to nonprofits on Facebook this #GivingTuesday. Donations to nonprofits made through Facebook’s charitable giving tools on November 28th will be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit or $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button, until the $2 million in matching funds run out. The match will begin at 8AM EST (5AM PST).
Facebook fees on donations to U.S.-based nonprofits will be waived from 12:00am EST on November 28, 2017 to 11:59pm HST on November 28, 2017.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Find multiple matching fundraisers to which you can donate to support CMNH here (via Facebook) or here, if you are not on Facebook (via CMNH’s official website – when you arrive, the website will locate your closest benefiting hospital)
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The Humane Society
You can give here, on their official website
How can I continue giving throughout the year?
All of these organizations, and many others, need yearly support from people like you! Whether you give monthly, cover a sponsorship, or send funds whenever you can; whether you share needs as you’re made aware of them, even (and especially) when you can’t afford to give financially yourself, so that others can give. Figure out what you’re passionate about, then give toward an organization that aligns with your values and passion (making sure to check them out first, using the resources contained in this post or others you find via web searches).
SCH and Maya’s Hope offer many sponsorship and giving options. The other charities collect donations year-round. You can also find your own causes, these are just my suggestions! Have fun! Connect with people. Raise funds. Support our global community.