VNV Tuesday: Giving Tuesday 11/28/17

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.

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…

“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.”

The Hispanic Federation promotes awareness of the needs of PR…and much, much more. Hispanic Federation website

Native American Rights Fund

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.”

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.”

US Holocaust Museum

  8 comments for “VNV Tuesday: Giving Tuesday 11/28/17

  1. WYgalinCali
    November 28, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Good morning, Pond Dwellers and thanks, DoReMi for giving us a Giving diary. Here’s hoping it’s better than last year. I appreciate the links in your diary at the 🍊and hope even one person gives something. This is a difficult time of the year for those in need and those giving. I told my daughter that this year I will make her favorite cookies and candies and, in lieu of gifts, I’d like to give the money I would spend to help others. She is cool with that. I’ll have her select which one(s) to give to.

    40 degrees this morning. High expected of 58. Brisk, you might say. Perfect sweatshirt weather for walking the puppies. My cup won’t refill itself…

    • DoReMI
      November 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

      You say brisk; I say heat wave!

      I’m a year-round shopper, so my holiday gifts are already purchased and wrapped. Some have been wrapped for so long, I’ll probably have to dust them before I give them! It makes this time of year easier for me in terms of charitable giving (although my furnace fiasco is going to put a dent in that this year). But I also don’t do typical gift-giving…most of the items I buy are either vintage or handmade, so it’s not like I have to spend much time in stores. My husband used to laugh at my eBay shopping, until the year I was able to get him a vintage stuffed animal that was just like one I had seen in a photo of him when he was 3-4. He cried that year; it turns out it was the last gift he remembered receiving from his mom (who died when he was 5). Ever since, he’s been quite a bit more tolerant of my vintage obsession.

      • WYgalinCali
        November 28, 2017 at 11:08 am

        That is so cool about the toy. As I get older, the way I feel about Christmas changes. I really don’t need anything…can’t say I want anything that I can’t buy myself. Stuff is just stuff. Memories or good deeds though? Priceless.

      • November 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm

        What a heart-warming anecdote, DoRe! Like it very much.

  2. bfitzinAR
    November 28, 2017 at 11:21 am

    {{{DoReMI}}} – Thank you for the giving diary and for doing the double duty. My “giving Tuesday” will be maybe tomorrow night late or else Thursday – depending on when my paycheck hits my bank – and will be basic driplets of “seed money” to the folks on the urgent needs list. My official charitable giving is set up to be monthly credit card (something I’ll have to review next month as my gross income will be a third of what my current gross income is once I’m on Social Security).

    I certainly hope Americans beat last year’s donations – we need them more this year under the haters and destroyers than we did under builders even with the blockers keeping us from building what we could/should have been (like stronger and greener infrastructure and safe water everywhere). Like thanks, giving should be a daily thing not an annual thing. But we do what we can. And every act of kindness is an act of Resistance. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  3. Batch
    November 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Afternoon meese….Thanks Sher…Hopefully people realize in this clusterfuck of a society that Trump has given us that the giving of help to people is still strong and that people haven’t given up on what we can be as a country.

    Hopefully Bob Mueller will be giving us good news soon with some more indictments. Need to keep the hope alive with the people that need the uplift.

    • DoReMI
      November 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Hi, Batch…I think you had an important insight. While I’m not downplaying the damage that is being done by 45* in the least, I think it’s important to remember that there are still good and generous people in our country. Sometimes I get discouraged that there are still 37% or so of Americans who have a positive view of the Orange Occupant, but then I remember…there are 63% who do not. Perspective can be everything.

      • WYgalinCali
        November 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm

        I’m not sure but I think 37% is high. I’d say his base is 18-25% based on different polls and the highest marks he’s gotten. We’ve got this.

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