Giving Tuesday: How to Make the Most of Your Giving
In 2016, over $177 million dollars was raised across more than 98 countries on Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to philanthropic giving. For a single day, that’s quite impressive and it took people like you with the spirit to give to make numbers like that happen.
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Occurring the day after Cyber Monday, and helping you take action on your Thanksgiving gratitude, Giving Tuesday is November 28, 2017. How can you be part of this year’s event? The Giving Tuesday website invites both individuals and organizations to get involved and provides plenty of resources on how you can have the most impact, either on your own or as a member of a group.
Whether you’re interested in donating time, money, in-kind items, or more, here is a list to spark some ideas for giving. And don’t worry — there are plenty of ways to be a part of Giving Tuesday even if your finances are tight. Read on to learn how to leverage what you have and turn it into something that benefits a cause you love.
1. Donate Your Cashback Bonus
Have you been saving your Discover Cashback Bonus® for a special occasion? Giving Tuesday is the perfect day to transform your bank of bonuses into donations for nonprofit organizations. Cardmembers can log in to their Discover account and click the Share tab. You’ll be taken to a page where it’s as simple as a click or two to donate an amount from your Cashback Bonus to a select group of charities.
2. Donate Airline Miles
Each year, numerous airlines allow members of their frequent flyer programs to donate their miles on Giving Tuesday. If you have miles from an airline you rarely fly, or simply want to have a powerful, non-cash way to make a donation that matters, donating airline miles can send a fundraiser soaring — and you won’t have to spend a dime. Be sure to visit the home pages of your favorite frequent flyer programs and see how your miles could morph into meaningful dollars for a deserving organization.
Nonprofits are always in need of volunteers to further their mission. If you have a particular skill set that would support a nonprofit’s activities, you can put those skills toward the greater good. For example, organizations that serve refugees are always in need of tutors and flood recovery organizations appreciate those who are good with tools. There are also plenty of ways to donate your time beyond skilled labor. Reach out to your favorite nonprofit and ask how you could be of service as a volunteer.
4. Share a #GivingTuesday Fundraiser
Giving Tuesday is always a powerful day across social media sites. Visit your favorite nonprofit’s Facebook page or Twitter account and give their fundraiser a boost by sharing it with your audience. A Facebook share or retweet can amp-up donations with the click of a button, and is a great way to help if you’re personally not currently in the position to give. Share your story at #MyGivingStory and the nonprofit of your choice could win up to $10,000!
5. Explore Local Events
If you’re interested in Giving Tuesday events that directly impact your local community, then check out the handy What’s Happening Near Me? tool. You can enter your address and the site will return results with Giving Tuesday events in your area. You also can search on a specific organization’s name or filter the search results by the type of organization that will benefit from your donation or assistance.
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However you choose to give this Giving Tuesday, your time, efforts and contributions will be welcomed with open arms. The list above should give you a smart start toward deciding where to best give what you have to offer on November 28 and you’ll help a deserving nonprofit further their mission through your generosity. Happy giving!