It’s Giving Tuesday — So Let’s Give


It’s Giving Tuesday — So Let’s Give

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By No Labels
11/27/2017

It’s Giving Tuesday — So Let’s Give

Americans give to charities in really large numbers.

A majority of American households making more than $25,000 donate to charities each year, according to a study by Philanthropy Roundtable. And those individuals — not corporations or foundations — provide more than 70 percent of all charitable giving in the United States. Indeed, by some counts, Americans give more than people in any other country.

That generosity will be on display today as people open their wallets for #GivingTuesday, the charitable cousin to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. People gave a reported $168 million on #GivingTuesday last year.

So, today is a good day to direct a few dollars to your favorite charity. If you don’t have a favorite, or you don’t have the dollars, here are a few suggestions.

  • Meet an Organization. There are plenty of ways to find an organization that needs your help and that you feel comfortable supporting. For example, Charitynavigator.org allows you to browse through more than 9,000 different organizations, with data and ratings for each.
  • Follow the News. Disasters have hammered Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and California this year, leaving many in need. There are hundreds of organizations providing relief.
  • Donate Some Stuff. Giving used clothes or canned food to local organizations can help a great deal, without draining your wallet.
  • Volunteer Time. Even small amounts of time can be helpful to a shelter, food bank, church, school or other organization that relies on volunteers. You may wind up cleaning or doing manual labor, but you’ll be helping.

And that’s the point. #GivingTuesday is not about big numbers or big checks, though it generates both. It’s about helping out, however we can.

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