Need to recover after binge shopping through Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Pay it forward with Giving Tuesday.
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is marked each year as Giving Tuesday, a national call for people to donate to charity in the wake of the retail frenzy that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
In 2012, the 92nd Street Y, a New York City nonprofit, started a global initiative called #GivingTuesday. As partnership with the United Nations Foundation, the social media-based movement that hopes to shift the holiday spirit from getting to giving, encouraging donations of time and resources and promoting change in communities that need it.
Here’s a look at some of the ways you can participate:
Donate to the charity or organization of your choice.
From the American Cancer Society to your favorite environmental organization or alma mater, no gift is too small on #GivingTuesday.
Help others and yourself. It pays to give back.
Some companies are offering incentives for choosing to give on Giving Tuesday. World of Beertaverns nationwide are participating in a “Can for a Can,” initiative. Bring a canned good to your local World of Beer and get a canned beer on the house.
T-Mobile is taking it’s T-Mobile Tuesday giveaway to another level this week, by giving away $50, $250 or $5,000 to customers, which T-Mobile will then donate to the customer’s local Boys & Girls Clubs, Tech Timesreported.
On Tuesday, T-Mobile customers and non-customers alike can send a text to 20222 with the word TUESDAY and make a $5 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs, which T-Mobile will match up to $80 per person.
Heinz Ketchup will donate up to $1.57 per person to Stop Hunger Now when people snap a selfie with a Heinz bottle at participating restaurants. Snap a picture with a Heinz Ketchup bottle and text it to 85548 and Heinz will donate a dollar to the organization. The company will donate an additional 57 cents when people post the photo on social media with #heinzselfieforgood.
From #GivingTuesday to the end of the calendar year, Crown Royal will donate a $1 to Packages From Home for every person that signs up with GoodWorld, a tech startup that facilitates charitable giving on social media.
Short on cash? Give back Nov. 29 by offering your time and volunteering at a local shelter, food bank or school in your community.