Have you ever donated on #GivingTuesday? Since 2012 people have been donating to charities the first Tuesday after the US Thanksgiving. Millions of dollars have been raised for worthwhile charities both big and small. But what if you can’t afford to donate on that Tuesday. And why does your donation have to be highlighted once a year? Well it does not have to be that way, and you can use #Giving Tuesday to fuel your daily giving. The #givingTuesday movement was launched for two reason. First it was used to utilize the power of social media to share the need for and importance of giving to others, those outside your immediate family and circle of friends. Secondly the mission was to promote a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. From their website, the idea of #GivingTuesday was a simple idea, to highlight one day a year that encourages people to do good.
The annual online event is really about donations, and we love that. But what about doing good in many different ways, beyond finances, beyond donations and beyond one day a year! Social media users have extended #GivingTuesday beyond the one day a year event. They highlight their donations or call for donations on any given Tuesday. Fantastic! People get it. Giving is for any Tuesday! Doing good is meant for more than one day a year. But people may not be participating in the ‘Do Good’ event because they just cant afford to donate every Tuesday. News flash. Doing good is not just about donations! It is not just a financial commitment on a Tuesday. Like the #GivingTuesday organization states, it is about global generosity and doing good, which can be outside of the donation box. Really it can, and will still have the same impact.
So we believe that time, expertise, kind words, and sharing what you have is as good as a financial donation. We use #GivingTuesday to empower people to give something other than money. Giving, in any form, is what changes the world. And makes people happy, both those who give and those who receive. There is no middle person in our giving on #GivingTuesday, people give to others directly and feel the power of their generosity directly, in real time, and see the smile from the person who received. Now that is powerful. But how do you step out of the donation box and start giving in other meaningful and impactful ways?
Here are some simple and easy ways to give on #Giving Tuesday that change the world, one give at a time. If you do this you will be sharing the mission of #GivingTuesday to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life.
If you search #GivingTuesday on any social media platform you will find people share their giving throughout the year. Share these posts on your accounts and see how people respond. Sometimes all people need is a little motivation to start giving regularly. By sharing you are also sharing the movement of generosity, happiness and kindness. The world can use an injection of all of these things every day, so make it a habit to share #GivingTuesday posts each Tuesday! It just might inspire you as well.
This is a super powerful way to encourage people to give using a simple crowd sourcing method. Put the giving jar in a public area at the office, announce where the money will be donated and encourage your co-workers to add a dollar, or skip their coffee and donate that amount to the #Giving Tuesday Jar. At the end of the day, let people know what was raised and how it will help the organization. One person donating a dollar on their own verses many employees raising $100 dollars makes a huge impact. Everyone feels they have done something good, and no one has had to break the bank.
Many people don’t know where to donate on the annual #GivingTuesday event. If you highlight a charity you love, share their story and how they help people in the world. This can be a no cost way to help out a local or global charity that could use some free publicity. If you love more than one charity, change your #GivingTuesday highlight organization as many times as you wish. The charity will appreciate it, those wanted to learn more about charities, and people looking for places to volunteer will all appreciate your information.
Launching a #GivingTuesday campaign for any organization takes time and human power. Plans for publicity start months in advance for the campaign to be successful. If it is a small organization they might not even have the ability to accept donations online, which is how most donations come through in December on #GivingTuesday. Helping an organization plan and execute a #GivingTuesday campaign would mean the world to them. If you have an expertise that could help, reach out to a local charity and ask how you can help. If you work in a department that could as a team help an organization see if your team will help. Many small organizations just cant afford the tech expertise. Many have a lack of resources or employees to take on the project. When the task is broken into work hours and handled by a group of volunteers, it all becomes so much easier. Donor Box has put together a great step by step plan for launching a #GivingTuesday Campaign. See where you can fit in and reach out to a local organization you believe in.
We love ‘giving inspiration’ and hope we do that for our members every day. Sharing quotes about giving either through email, text, on social media or sticky notes is a perfect way to inspire yourself and others. Use these giving quotes to get you start! There are about 52 Tuesdays a year so start collecting your giving quotes for each #GivingTuesday! If you need more quotes, check out these giving quotes to get you half way there.
We always have a Click TO Give option in our giving back pocket. Why not use every Tuesday to complete a Click To Give donation. Click to Give is a free option for donors where each click gets sponsors to donate to a charity. Now how great is that! Click to Give is also used for petitions to stop harm to animals, or highlight an issue in a community. Here are some great Click To Give websites that will have you clicking every Tuesday all year long.
Can you give an hour of your time once a week? Most volunteers volunteer 50 hours a year, that is almost an hour every Tuesday. Add two hours and you hit the target. Volunteerism can be a formal task at a non-profit organization, a virtual volunteer task that you can do at home from your computer (shout out to 365give volunteers!) or it can be helping a person in your community for an hour. Helping a neighbour with a task, taking a senior out for coffee, reading to kids at a school, or picking up garbage at a local park all count as volunteer hours. How hard could it be to use one hour of your time to do any of these tasks? If you need a formal volunteer job, find an organization to help. If you feel you can do this on your own, get creative with your time and do something to give back an hour a week.
Use our 365give membership sign up to inspire your giving throughout the year. If you love giving every Tuesday, why not start giving every day? Small simple gives to make you and others happier. Our free program – The 365give Challenge – will give you all the resources and ideas you need to start giving every day. It is a free program under your 365give membership and worth the 5 minutes it takes to make the world a better place, every day! Did we mention it will make you happier too!!