What to Know
- #GivingTuesday was started by 92nd Street Y, a New York City-based cultural and community center in 2012
- Organizers urge people taking part to use #GivingTuesday in social media posts to share how they're giving back
- There are dozens of organizations in the New York City area that would make a good choice for a donation
There’s a day for giving thanks, three days for cashing in on deals — and now there’s a day to give back.
Giving Tuesday is observed internationally on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It’s meant as way to promote philanthropy and generosity.
The movement aims to bring people, businesses and charities together and facilitate change in their communities by giving them a give back during the holiday season.
If you’re feeling generous, you can open up your wallet and give to the charity of your choice. Or you can volunteer your time for a local organization by doing yard work, painting or decorating for the holidays.
The campaign was launched in 2012 by 92nd Street Y, a New York City-based cultural and community center, and the United Nations Foundation. The website says it "has engaged over 30,000 organizations worldwide," including Microsoft, PayPal and MSNBC.
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Organizers urge those taking part to go on social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesday and show how they’re giving back.
Head to GivingTuesday.org to see what organizations you can donate to in your area.