GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. GivingTuesday was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give.
If you’ve given to a charitable organization you may already be aware of GivingTuesday. If you’re hearing about it for the first time, GivingTuesday’s website has suggestions on how YOU can get involved.
It doesn’t have to be about money, although that’s always appreciated. (Thanks to wonderful sponsors at their end, two smaller charities I support are matching my donations!) Do you know someone (maybe a neighbor) who may need some help shopping or running errands? Offer to give them a ride. Local food pantries can always use help – especially now. The opportunities are ENDLESS.
And (I know I’ve said this before) if any of you already shop on Amazon, use the AmazonSmile page to login. You do not have to create a new account (and you don’t need to be a Prime Member) – just use your existing account/password! From there you can choose an organization to support. AmazonSmile has thousands to choose from, both large and small.
Amazon donates .05% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
- Do a random act of kindness.
- Buy a coffee for the person behind you in the drive-through.
- Leave quarters at the laundromat.
- Buy a gift from a friend’s small business.
- Return all the carts at the grocery store.
- Take a walk and pick up any litter you might see. (I actually observed a neighbor routinely doing this when I went on my walks in Hootersville.)
- Send a “thinking of you” text to somebody you haven’t spoken with in a while.
- Send a handwritten letter or crafty greeting card to a friend or family member.
- Leave a glowing review for a local small business you love.
- Rake a neighbor’s leaves for them.
- Leave your favorite book in a “little free library.” You can find one near you with this map.
- Leave an inspirational note (For someone you know OR even someone you don’t know very well – because who doesn’t like inspirational notes?).
- Sneak a five dollar bill into your partner or roommate’s pocket.
- Call the library and pay somebody else’s library fees.
- Find a few things around your space to donate, like towels to an animal shelter or clothes to a women’s home. Or take your delivery box and mail it back with donated items for Amazon’s Give Back Box program. (I didn’t even know they DID that. Now I do.)
- Leave a box of cookies on a neighbor’s doorstep. (I get a kick out of doing this!)
- Steal a chore from your partner or roommate’s to-do list.
- Make a small donation to a charity you support. (If everyone donated just $5…it adds up.)
- Write a thank you letter to a service member. You can send your letter to Operation Gratitude to be included in a future care package to our troops.
- Write a thank you note to the nurses at your local hospital, first responders at the fire station, or librarians at your favorite library.
- Leave cold drinks and snacks out for your postal carrier and delivery drivers. Add a sign that says “Thank you delivery drivers!” and “Help yourself.”
courtesy of Apartment Therapy
I’ll bet you can think of 20 more.