Show Your Love Today for Giving Tuesday

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Giving Tuesday kicks-off the philanthropic and charity season

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Giving Tuesday kicks-off the philanthropic and charity season

It’s a Giving Tuesday state of mind. Show your love today.  Perhaps you have heard of #GivingTuesday, the global day designated to give back and donate to nonprofit organizations, causes, your passions, your communities and/or your states and countries. Created in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y  and the United Nations Foundation plus a team of influencers and founding partners, #GivingTuesday was launched as a global movement that has already engaged over 30,000 organizations worldwide in 71 countries.

Image credit: Socially Sparked NewsFalling on the first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the funding initative offers a new tradition in generosity and global celebrations.

For some, it’s a brilliant last ditch effort to gain funds for their organization or cause. For others, it offers a way for the family to do good together. For municipalities and governing states, it’s more than that — turning the day into a large marketing campaign that can drive funds for organizations in their jurisdictions, and also indirectly drive the tourism dollar.

Municipalities and state governments embrace this day — it presents  an enormous opportunity to capitalize on their messaging throughout the year, and in some cases, an entire promotional campaign.

In the United States, organizations, businesses, cities and states gear up for the giving back day in a big way.Campaigns run the gamut from the local level to the global level.

There are many ways to give back. Share a story about a cause you care about; post to social media of your giving actions or take an #unselfie (you doing something selfless). Who knows, you may even win a cash prize of #10,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for your charity.

#GivingTuesday is here to stay.   We should all capitalize on this social  good initiative and join the global celebration. — Abbe is Socially Sparked. @sosparkednews

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