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Just what is Giving Tuesday all about?

Posted by SusanStokes on December 3, 2013


Today is “Giving Tuesday.”  It is actually the second annual event meant to inspire philanthropy and community service across the nation. It is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season.  It takes place annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

According to the “Giving Tuesday” website, New York’s 92nd Street Y was the catalyst and incubator for the first event, bringing the expertise of 139 years of community-management to the project and providing #GivingTuesday a home.

The United Nations Foundation joined as partners, bringing their strategic and communications clout to the project. An amazing team of influencers then offered their ideas, contacts, and wisdom to help shape and improve the concept.

A powerful list of corporations and non-profits agreed to be founding partners, helping spread the word and committing to their own #GivingTuesday initiatives. Since then, countless organizations, friends, and leaders have all added their support and talents to make #GivingTuesday a reality.

Win 98.5 News reported recently that Scott Trudell with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation says it’s been largely driven by social media creating something that they call “Virtual Volunteerism.”

Being a promoter of animal rescue and animal welfare, I think SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals summed it up very well on their recent Facebook post:

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“We all know about Black Friday, and now Small-Business Saturday, and even Cyber-Monday, but do you know about Giving Tuesday? After all those days of buying, Tuesday, December 3rd is a day for giving to your favorite charity. Don't forget our four-legged friends need your help!”

Consider other animal and pet related rescues if you wish.  You can also find a list of participating charities available online at GivingTuesday.org

Happy Giving!

Susan, Taurus and Gemini

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