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HOW TO: Make the Most of #GivingTuesday

Welcome back, Tappers!

We hope you had amazing Thanksgiving celebrations full of love, warmth, and that reallyyyyy good gravy, the kind that doesn’t skimp on the butter. Now that the holiday and those hectic few days of holiday sales have passed, it’s time to focus your finances on a more altruistic occasion: Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday was first conceived by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, a centuries-old cultural center that focuses on community service. Now in it’s 5th year, the day aims celebrate and promote giving of all kinds. Its mission does not focus on a specific cause, group, or affiliation. Instead, it hopes to encourage philanthropy in the same broad sense that Black Friday and Cyber Monday encourage consumerism. Think of it as a palette cleanser after all that hedonistic spending.

So how do you ensure you make the most of Giving Tuesday? You have plenty of options.

Photo Source: givingtuesday.org

Photo Source: givingtuesday.org

DONATE MONEY

The most straight-forward route for giving back is now easier than ever, thanks to the Internet. Think of a cause you believe in and do a quick Google search to find organizations that focus on that cause. Don’t get that credit card out just yet though! First, head to CharityWatch.org or Give.org to research the organizations you’re considering donating to. Both Charity Watch and Give rates charities based on what percentage of donor contributions actually goes to support their stated mission. You’ll want to make sure your choice received high marks before you click that Submit Donation button.

DONATE TIME

Find a local soup kitchen, religious organization, women’s shelter, or other charitable organization that appeals to you and give them a call asking what type of volunteer opportunities they have available. They’ll probably be delighted to put you to work sorting donations, doling out food, or helping clean and beautify an area.

DONATE YOUR THINGS

You need to make room for all those new things you bought, so it’s time to clean out that closet! Be realistic about what things would actually be helpful for people in need (warm coats, blankets, boots), and which would just clog up donation centers (that stained fast-fashion top you bought in high school.) For the most immediate impact, you should donate to a local organization that directly works with those in need. However, for the most efficiency, you can drop your goods off at a nationwide organization that focuses on charitable resale.

SHOP LIKE YOU CARE

Plenty of retailers are getting in on Giving Tuesday by having promotions that focus on benefitting others, not the buyers themselves.  Make sure to seek out and take advantage of these promotions. They typically involve donating a duplicate pair of something you bought or donating a portion of all their sales revenue for the day. You can also make a difference right in your community by shopping at small, local retailers instead of large chains. This helps put money in the pockets of those around you, while still having the added perk of landing you the gear you’re lusting after.

No matter the method you choose, remember to use social media to spread the word about the good you’re doing to inspire your pals to get in on the action.

We hope these tips provided a little direction for giving back today and in the days ahead. Comment below to tell us the causes you’re excited to start supporting and have an uplifting Giving Tuesday!

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Anna Marlene Sauls

This idea for Crowdtap is perfect for this time of year. It would be nice to remember these things year round.

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Kimala Groves

I love volunteering my time to assisting living place…..

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Kimala Groves

I love volunteering at assistance living places and do activities with them

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Lilly

Instead of selling the old clothes I go ahead and donate it to the women and children’s shelters.

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alma brand

great mission!i give to the shelters in my area

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Michelle Littles

Great mission nice way to give back to the neighborhood

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connie

I give our used clothes and things to goodwill.

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Rebecca Camacho

I give all year round it doesn’t have to be a certain month of the year I donate every month and pass out food to the homeless every Saturday that’s what makes me happy and this year I will put a smile on50 children’s faces who live in shelters and with that the Lord keeps blessing me

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Rebecca Camacho

I think everyday people have to eat and need help not just on holidays so I always try to do my best and help out whenever I can and I make sure I donate every month 2 different causes including my favorite part volunteering with a man’s best friend in memory of baby Rip 8-19-14

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Earl Johnson

Giving of my time to help my elderly family and neighbors is always a great joy

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Sasha

I always Donate/Recycle mine and my Families outgrown clothes.

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Lisa Lanier

I have extra items to the domestic violence center.

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Lauren Drake

I spend time working for my favorite charity.

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Nicole

Donate all gently used stuff

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Konea

I need to do more volunteering!

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Kristie

I donate clothes and food

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ellen

Giving should be top-of-mind each day, not just special days. It’s what keeps us going.

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Becky Baird

Giving is great especially during the holidays. During the year I donate to Goodwill. I give money to a charity to help people get off drugs and start a new life.

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Anna

I love going to the animal shelter and taking the dogs out for some fresh air. Watching them run and play in the grass. They live such mediocre lives but just for a second you’re able to watch them in their most comfortable habitat.

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Angela

I’m donating stuff from my closet

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Vickie Colbert

I volunteer my time when needed. I support the local stores to bring income in to my little town. Donate clothes and food to those in need.

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Lauren Salter

We are always helping when we can

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Christy

Always help when I can

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