Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday…and now today is Giving Tuesday!
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
#GivingTuesday is the brainchild of a team at Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact. Meant to celebrate and encourage giving, #GivingTuesday has seen some pretty impressive numbers since starting in 2012.
GivingTuesday.org outlines 2015’s stats:
- 71 countries
- 700,000 online donors
- 1.3 million social media mentions
- 116.7 million dollars raised online
- 114 billion Twitter impressions
How to Get Involved
Not everyone is in a situation where they can donate money. But don’t worry! There are other ways to get involved with #GivingTuesday. Check out the “What’s Happening Near Me?” and “Ideas” sections at GivingTuesday.org.
You can also check out a previous post I’d written on ways to help that don’t involve donating money or volunteering time.
I’d like to participate in #GivingTuesday this year by hosting a commentathon right here. For each comment left on this post, I will donate $1.oo to a 501(c)3 animal rescue. Please leave a comment and tell me which group you’d like to nominate. If you don’t have a group in mind, just leave a comment so it will be counted toward the total donated.
I will use Random.org to select a charity listed in the comments and will then donate one dollar for each comment on this post to that animal rescue. Only comments left by Saturday, December 3rd at noon Pacific will be counted toward the donation total.
12 Days of Giveaways
I would also like to give back to readers this holiday season. I have felt such tremendous support from fellow bloggers and blog readers this past year and I would like to say thank you by hosting 12 Days of Giveaways over at my new blog, Cat Lady Alley. Check out the announcement post and be sure to enter any or all of the giveaways. The fun starts December 1st!