NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — #GivingTuesday is a worldwide event that has inspired many people to get into the season of giving...by giving. It comes on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, the event falls on November 27.

There are hundreds of groups and programs that could benefit from your generosity, but we know it can be a little overwhelming trying to sort through all the causes that are out there. The people at Give Local 757 have some easy ways to help you choose how to give time and how to give money during the holiday season and, in some cases, year-round.

Donate to a local cause

Most of us are familiar with a nonprofit or two that does work that's in line with our values but if no specific organization comes to mind, search the database of over 200 local nonprofit organizations. Easily locate nonprofits in your neighborhood or by a cause you are passionate about. You can donate directly to the cause of your choosing right on the website.

Volunteer your time and talents to a local cause

Rolling your sleeves up can be a particularly fulfilling way to give back so the Foundation recently partnered with VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads to offer the additional option of donating your time and talents on the website. Quick links to volunteer opportunities for the holidays or year-round for residents 12 years and older. Volunteers can also complete a profile to match their talents to an organization in need of specific skills or search for volunteer opportunities close to home or by cause.

Start a FUNdraiser Campaign for a local cause

If you have a social media account, one great way to elevate your efforts on Giving Tuesday is to start a fundraiser for your favorite nonprofit. You can create a fundraiser campaign quickly and easily on the website and be provided a unique URL to share with your friends and family. The website allows fundraisers to set a goal for their cause and track donations as they are received.

Participate in the #pcfuglysweater challenge

If you're not financially able to give as much as you’d like this year, participating in the Ugly Sweater Challenge is a great option. PCF is challenging Hampton Roads residents from near and far to put on their ugly Christmas sweaters in honor of our local nonprofits for the holidays.

To participate:

  • Post a picture of you, your family, co-workers, friends, or pets in your favorite ugly sweater(s)
  • Tag your favorite nonprofit(s) and @pcfvirginia
  • Include hashtags #pcfuglysweater and #givelocal757

One #givelocal757 nonprofit will be randomly selected from all those tagged Friday, November 23 - Thursday, December 20 to receive a cash grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation. The more you post, tag, share, the better chances your favorite nonprofit has of winning. The winning nonprofit will be announced on National Ugly Sweater Day, Friday, Dec. 21st at noon!

Start a charitable giving habit

#GivingTuesday is a great way to collectively affect positive change. But, in a world that is struggling in so many ways, it’s good to remember to give back whenever possible — not just the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Long after the rush of year-end appeals have been recycled and decorations are stored away, needs in our community remains. There are several ways you can give locally year-round including scheduling a recurring donation on or by opening a donor advised fund. DAFs, as they are known, continue to grow in popularity for individuals who want flexibility, personalization and ease in their giving. These can be created at the Foundation where the donor receives expert local philanthropic advice to help make your choices in giving. Donors also receive an immediate tax deduction at the time of the gift.

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