A Few Ways to Celebrate #GivingTuesday

15665f9f-d6df-4dcf-8c57-a42d82521a76Today is #GivingTuesday – a day when you are encouraged to give back to your community. Here are some ideas about how to remind yourself, your friends and family, and your community to give back.

1. Make a gift to the nonprofit who has a mission most aligned with how you wish to better the world or community. You know which one you want to support, right? If not, today is a great day to start learning about them!

2. Make a gift in the name of a loved one to a nonprofit that impacts their community in a way most aligned with their beliefs.

3. If you haven’t yet spoken to friends and family about the causes and organizations they care about – this is a great opportunity to start that conversation!

4. Sign up to volunteer with a nonprofit after the New Year – when the attention to support them wanes.  Remember “giving” doesn’t mean just your financial gift – but that of your time and talent also have value!

5. If you can’t commit funds right now, consider sending a nonprofit a note that thanks them for the impact they have had on the community.

6. Take the box of clothes that no longer fit, toys that are no longer played with, and kitchenware you never use anymore to Goodwill or a non-profit that helps people rebuild their lives. It gives organizations the opportunity to help others with the things you will sell for $3 someday if you ever host a garage sale. We do this every Black Friday – I love it and the space it leaves!

7. #GivingTuesday need not only be for nonprofits. Give your neighbor who lets your dogs back into the yard every time they escape out the front door a Thank You note or some baked goods. Send a note to your children’s teacher thanking them for their hard work.

8. Do many random acts of kindness today.

9. Share the idea of #GivingTuesday with people who may not know about it – and find out how others are participating!

10. Commit to #GivingSaturday or #Giving3rdWeds or #GivingMarch or #GivingJanuary5 – whatever time frame or date works with your schedule.

#GivingTuesday and the end of the year shouldn’t be the only time you remind yourself of the amazing things that nonprofits bring our communities. It also isn’t the only time that you can be a part of that by supporting them.

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