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12 Ways to Make a Big Impact on Giving Tuesday

Black Friday is just around the corner! Have you started building a shopping list for items you’ve been longing to purchase? But, let’s not forget, a few days after Black Friday comes Giving Tuesday (November 28, 2023) — the world’s largest global generosity movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity. Giving Tuesday celebrates all acts of giving and generosity, during which both you and I can make a big impact on that day. In this spirit, we’re sharing some ideas to help everyone make a big impact on Giving Tuesday.

12 ways to amplify your generosity:

1. Donate money

If you plan to support financially, select an organization that truly resonates with your personal mission and values. Take the time to immerse yourself in their cause, as your understanding and heartfelt contribution fuel their unwavering motivation to create positive change in the world.

2. Donate used items

Take a look around your home, and with a giving heart, gather those gently used items that you don’t need anymore – be it clothes, books, or toys. By donating them, you not only assist those in need but also make a big impact in preserving the beauty of our planet.

3. Volunteer 

Dedicate your time and skills to volunteer with organizations that need your help. You can become a reading buddy for local students, offer your expertise to a local charity, or join hands-on community service events like neighbourhood cleanups. I am volunteering for 365give to spread the idea of giving and generosity through writing and sharing ideas.

Volunteer for Giving Tuesday

4. Give blood

Contribute the gift of life by donating blood to local blood banks or medical centers, helping those in need of life-saving transfusions and medical treatments. If you are able, your blood can make a big impact and save a life.

5. Share on social media

Many people may not be aware of the significance of Giving Tuesday. Help spread the word about this day of generosity by sharing it on your social media platforms. Your posts can inspire others to join the movement, amplifying the culture of giving and making an even greater impact.

6. Support eco-friendly businesses

Why don’t we extend the Black Friday shopping enthusiasm to support sustainable businesses? Choose to shop from businesses that prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices, such as those certified as B Corps. Your choice can play a pivotal role in advancing responsible consumption and driving positive environmental impact.

7. Buy a meal for people suffering from homelessness

Extend a compassionate hand by buying a hot meal, perhaps a warm coffee or nutritious food, and offering it to individuals facing homelessness in your community. This simple act of kindness not only provides nourishment but also warms their hearts during the cold winter months, reminding them that they are not alone in their journey.

8. Sponsor a child or animal

Make a meaningful, ongoing commitment to support the well-being of a child through child sponsorship programs or the welfare of animals through organizations dedicated to their care.

9. Thank a local hero in your community

In every community, there are individuals quietly but tirelessly contributing their efforts to make it a better place for all. Take a moment to recognize and express your heartfelt gratitude to these local heroes. These heroes could be the healthcare workers selflessly tending to the sick, the brave first responders who rush to our aid in times of crisis, or the educators who diligently shape the minds of the future. Your appreciation serves as a source of inspiration and motivation for them.

10. Express gratitude to your family and friends

Sometimes we become used to the contribution of our loved ones. Don’t take them for granted. Take a moment to show your appreciation to your loved ones by sharing heartfelt messages and gestures of thanks for their support and presence in your life.

11. Mentor people

We are all unique and have something to offer. Give guidance and mentorship to individuals seeking to acquire new skills, advance their careers, or overcome challenges.

12. Run a fundraising challenge

Organize a personal fundraising challenge, such as a charity run or virtual event, to raise funds for a cause you care about, involving others to support your mission.

The Impact of Giving

Whether you choose to donate money, give blood, support eco-friendly businesses, or simply express gratitude to your loved ones, your contribution can create a ripple effect of kindness, making the world a better place. Giving does not just bring joy to others, it also fills your heart with happiness. Let’s unite in the spirit of giving, and together, we can make this world a brighter and more compassionate place for all.

You may be also interested in other articles on how you can make a difference by giving:

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What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
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MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)