We’ve officially reached the season of giving. The past two years have been an uphill battle, to say the least, but if there’s one thing we’ve all done as a society it’s continuously finding ways to help those around us and those in need. Whether it’s supporting the frontline workers, families in need, BIPOC communities, sending goods to your local community food bank—you name it, it’s been a season of educating ourselves and giving back. This makes Giving Tuesday so much more impactful this year as the world continues to live in times of uncertainty.
For those of you who don’t know, Giving Tuesday takes place this year on November 30th and there are both global and local efforts to get involved. Ahead, we’ll dive deeper into what this movement actually means and how you can get involved with different organizations tomorrow and moving forward. ‘Tis the season of giving!
Giving Tuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. You’ll find that larger charities and nonprofit organizations promote the holiday to inspire people to get involved, but it’s not all about monetary donations. You can participate in Giving Tuesday by making someone smile, helping out a close friend or neighbor, vocalizing issues you care about, and so much more. Every act of generosity counts!
The words ‘Giving Tuesday’ don’t ring a bell to everyone, so let’s get back to basics. According to the official Giving Tuesday website, it’s a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.” It was formed in 2012 as a simple idea—to encourage people to do good. While it started off in New York, it has now spread as a national collective and there are also global campaigns in support of the day as well.
The truth is that you can donate to any organization of your choice, whether it be national, local, or one that’s close to your heart. There are no rules other than to spread generosity in any way that you can! Now, if you decide that you’d like to spread the Giving Tuesday with a monetary donation, below are some national organizations that could all use our help on the big day and beyond.
Habitat for Humanity seeks to bring together people to build homes, communities, and hope in local communities and all over the world. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With support and donations, Habitat homeowners can achieve what they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.
The Make-a-Wish foundation creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. As the organization puts it, “a wish can be that spark that helps these children believe that anything is possible and gives them the strength to fight harder against their illnesses.” Thanks to volunteers, donors, and supporters, a wish is granted every 34 minutes.
Inclusion and community are at the core of the Special Olympics. The organization is working towards creating a world where every single person is accepted and welcomed regardless of ability or disability. The Special Olympics provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This helps develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship.
Since the late ’90s, the Trevor Project has worked on suicide prevention efforts in the LGBTQ+ community. Today, it’s the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services in these communities for people under the age of 25. The programs are both life-saving and life-affirming and create a safe, accepting, and inclusive space over the phone, through text, and online.
Baby2Baby provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing, and the basic necessities that every child deserves. It’s a mega diaper bank and nonprofit organization providing essential items to children in need across the country and has been doing so over the past nine years. Baby2Baby has distributed over 100 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospital, underserved schools, and victims of disasters.
While these are just a handful of organizations to consider giving to, the options are endless. Giving Tuesday is all about spreading generosity the way you would like to, and that could be by supporting any organization or nonprofit of your choosing. It’s important to keep in mind that monetary donations are not the only way to get involved and do your part, and any act of generosity is valid and appreciated. How will you step up on Giving Tuesday? Let us know on Instagram!
Every Mother Counts was started by Christy Turlington Burke, as an effort to improve the mental health of mothers everywhere. Because the mortality rate of new moms in third world countries is so much higher than in the US, the initiative helps provide new moms and pregnant women with the resources they need to not only survive their deliveries, but maintain positive mental health once the baby arrives. The goal is for all moms to have healthy and safe childbirth experiences along with compassion. They won’t stop until surviving birth is simply the baseline.
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