Friday, November 26, 2021

Feel Good Friday - Giving Tuesday

Happy day after Thanksgiving! I don’t often repeat posts but it’s been 7 years since I first posted about this organization so it’s time for an update on Giving Tuesday.

Although many people know today as "Black Friday" and spend their morning running from store to store shopping for bargains, I consider this a Feel Good Friday because it’s almost time for 
Giving Tuesday!
Giving Tuesday is “global movement unleashing the power of radical generosity to transform communities and the world.” It was created in 2012 when the 92nd Street Y in New York (92nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association) joined forces with the United Nations Foundation. They were "inspired by the core Jewish value of tikkun olam, 'repairing the world'."

The day is held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is meant to counterbalance Black Friday’s focus on consuming and celebrate the holiday season by giving instead. Non-profits create unique goals for the date, corporations double employee matches, and individuals find ways to give what they have whether that's money or time.
When I first posted about this, there were 10,000 organizations worldwide participating. Now there are Giving Tuesday movements in 80 countries and “in 2020, at least $2.47 billion were donated in twenty-four hours in the U.S. alone.” More details can be found in the 2020 impact report. There’s also a program called #GivingEveryTuesday, “a series of weekly opportunities to come together to give, volunteer, and show kindness in shared moments with communities, causes and countries around the world.”

Want to participate but can’t decide how best to get involved? There's a tool kit for givers with ideas, graphics and sample social media messages to use. You've got the whole weekend to figure something out!
Start by showing your support on social media. Like the Giving Tuesday Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @GivingTuesday and Instagram @givingtuesday. Once you come up with your Giving Tuesday goal, let the world know by using #GivingTuesday in your posts. The best part of this is you don't have to get up early or stand in line to participate. Now that's a tradition I can support!

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