Giving Tuesday: How to give back after that Black Friday, Cyber Monday spending spree
Tap into your inner-philanthropist and better your community by using these tips. USA TODAY
Are you over Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending? Now it's time to give back.
Giving Tuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is devoted to charitable causes, allowing people to focus on giving to others.
The event started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a New York City nonprofit organization dating back to 1874, as part of a partnership with the United Nations Foundation.
In an interview with NPR during its inaugural year, United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin said the event was started to help people rethink how to give during the holidays.
"Not sitting alone at their kitchen table at the end of the year making those end-of-year contributions, but actually in a group experience where they're sharing that passion with others," Calvin said.
How much money has been raised?
According to its website, more than $400 million was raised online last year, and 3.6 million gifts have been donated. That's more than double the $180 million raised in 2016.
What can I do to help?
A search under the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media turns up countless organizations where you can donate to a good cause, including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Habitat for Humanity.
The website for Giving Tuesday also offers a list of non-profit organizations in your area where you can donate.
But it's not just about giving money. You can also give your time by volunteering at a local school or shelter in your neighborhood.
"By volunteering, you can give something back, make a difference to the people around you, develop new skills, and learn more about issues affecting your community," reads an excerpt from the Giving Tuesday website.
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