Giving Tuesday is not just a marketing ploy like Black Friday or Cyber Monday. It was started six years ago:
Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.
#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.
As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. givingtuesday.org
Elsewhere, I’ve highlighted the needs of a particular community; here I’m going to post some of the tweets and/or links of lesser-known groups seeking support today and in the long-term. Please share your favorite groups or charities in the comments; who knows, they may gain a Giver today.
First, a little perspective…
Americans are expected to spend $6 bil today for Cyber Monday. They spent about $5 bil on Black Friday. Last year they gave $177 mil for Giving Tuesday. Will they dig deeper this year? Stay tuned tomorrow. #givingtuesday #goals
— Heather Joslyn (@joslynChronicle) November 27, 2017
“The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.”
— Innocence Project (@innocence) November 27, 2017
The Hispanic Federation promotes awareness of the needs of PR…and much, much more. Hispanic Federation website
The hurricane might be over but tragedy is still very present in #PuertoRico. We will continue to stand with our brothers and sisters to demand that our federal government take real action to rebuild the island. pic.twitter.com/zaxgNJkcRT
— Julissa Ferreras (@JulissaFerreras) November 19, 2017
The Center for Reproductive Rights: “For 25 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.”
— Center for Reproductive Rights (@ReproRights) November 27, 2017
Black Girls Code: “Our vision…To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.”
— BlackGirlsCode.Com (@BlackGirlsCode) November 27, 2017
US Holocaust Museum
— US Holocaust Museum (@HolocaustMuseum) November 24, 2017