Why Doing Good Is Good For You and How to Take Part in Giving Tuesday 2023
Have you heard about Giving Tuesday? If not, you are in the right place! Giving Tuesday is a global movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. It’s easy to take part. We are here to help you start doing good in our world today! We have all the information you need to prepare for the day. It’s right up our alley because it’s what we do at 365give every day of the year!
How to take part in Giving Tuesday:
- What is Giving Tuesday?
- Why did it start?
- Why does It matter?
- Why is “doing good” good for us?
- How do I take part?
- Easy ways to get involved
- Giving Tuesday FAQ’s
What is Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday, in essence, is a global day of generosity and compassion, marked by the power of their very own hashtag. It’s a day when people from all walks of life come together to share their love, kindness, and resources with those who need it most. It’s about extending a helping hand to others, lifting spirits, and making the world a better place through acts of giving and generosity.
Why did it start?
Giving Tuesday was strategically designed to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two of the biggest shopping days of the year, with several key reasons in mind:
- Balance Consumerism with Generosity: Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and Cyber Monday is an e-commerce day that together marks the largest shopping days of the year, where people focus on finding the best deals and making big purchases. Giving Tuesday serves as a stark contrast, reminding people of the importance of giving and generosity. By following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it encourages individuals and businesses to shift their focus from acquiring material goods to making a positive impact in their communities and beyond.
- Counteract Materialism: Black Friday’s emphasis on discounts and shopping can lead to a materialistic outlook on the holiday season. Giving Tuesday was introduced to counteract this materialism, promoting the values of empathy, compassion, and philanthropy. It encourages individuals to think beyond their own needs and consider the needs of others, especially those who are less fortunate.
- Maximize Holiday Giving: By launching Giving Tuesday immediately following one of the biggest shopping weekends for the holidays, it taps into the holiday spirit when people are already thinking about gifts, family, and community. This timing allows Giving Tuesday to maximize the season’s potential for charitable giving and volunteerism. It balances the joy of receiving with the joy of giving, creating a sense of continuity.
- Generate Awareness: Aligning Giving Tuesday with the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend helps draw attention to the importance of charitable giving during the holiday shopping rush. It encourages consumers to think about organizations and causes that could benefit from their support. The proximity of these days generates awareness, prompting many to consider how they can make a positive impact.
- Leverage Resources: Black Friday encourages people to get out and shop in person; Cyber Monday encourages e-commerce; and Giving Tuesday encourages people to give to others in need from the comfort of their homes after a busy shopping weekend for themselves or for their friends and family. It seeks to harness the resources, both financial and human, that people have available during the holiday season and to channel their resources and enthusiasm into charitable actions.
Why does it matter?
Dedicating a day to charitable giving might seem like a simple concept, but the impact is profound. Giving Tuesday matters because it reminds us that in a fast-paced, often self-centered world, we can make a positive difference. It’s about fostering empathy, kindness, and the spirit of giving.
The act of giving, whether it’s through donating to a local charity, volunteering your time, or simply spreading love and kindness, has an incredible ripple effect. It fosters a sense of community and belonging. It empowers us to believe in the goodness of humanity. And the beauty of it all is that it’s not just about changing the lives of those in need; it’s about transforming your life as well.
Why is “Doing Good” good for us?
The benefits of giving are immeasurable. Engaging in acts of kindness and generosity can lead to increased happiness, a sense of purpose, and a deeper connection with the world around you. It’s a beautiful way to bring positivity into your life. It increases your well-being and decreases stress, anxiety, and depression. Science shows us that acting from your heart makes your heart healthier and happier.
Now, you may wonder if you have the time or resources to spare, but trust me, you do. We all do. These acts of giving can be as simple as sharing a smile, holding the door for someone, sending a kind message to a friend in need, or as small as a $1.00 donation. They require no special skills, no grand budget, and no excess time. They require only a loving heart and a willingness to make a change.
How do I take part?
Now that we’ve talked about the importance of Giving Tuesday, you’re probably wondering how you can get involved. Well, the good news is that it’s easier than you might think. You don’t need to be a millionaire or have endless free time. All you need is the willingness to open your heart and lend a hand. You can start small.
Begin by researching local charities or causes that resonate with you. From there, it’s as easy as making a donation, volunteering your time, or spreading the word about the causes you care about. These small actions will not only change the lives of others but will also change you from the inside out. The feeling of joy and fulfillment that comes from giving is unparalleled.
Easy ways to get involved in Giving Tuesday:
- Be Love: Spread Love: At the heart of any giving and generosity movement is love. This is something we can all do. Take a selfie with your heart and hands and share it on social media with a message. Text friends with those three simple words, “I love you” as you spread the positive energy of love everywhere you go.
- Support Local Charities: Find and donate to local charities and nonprofits in your community. Your contributions will make a significant impact on the lives of those in your area
- Online Donations: Make use of online platforms to donate to causes you care about. The digital age has made giving even more accessible. You can donate to 365give right here!
- Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to local organizations. Volunteering is a hands-on way to make a positive change.
- Spread the Word: Share your involvement in #GivingTuesday on social media. Encourage your friends and family to join in and make the world a better place together.
- Virtual Food Drive: Organize a virtual food drive to collect non-perishable items for your local food bank.
- Clothing Swap: Host a clothing swap event where people can trade gently used clothing items, promoting sustainability and helping those in need.
- Education for All: Fundraise for educational resources and support for children in underserved communities.
- Care Packages: Create care packages for older people in nursing homes, including items like warm socks, puzzles, and handwritten cards.
- Environmental Cleanup: Organize a local environmental cleanup event to make your community a cleaner, greener place.
- Read-Aloud Marathon: Gather volunteers to read stories online to children, promoting literacy and a love for reading.
- Supporting Mental Health: Create mental health awareness via social media or support a person in your community who requires assistance.
Giving Tuesday FAQ’s
When is Giving Tuesday this year?
- Giving Tuesday falls on Tuesday, November 28th, 2023 ( always the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday)
What are some historical fun facts about Giving Tuesday?
- The 92nd Street YMCA in New York City and the United Nations Foundation founded #GivingTuesday in 2012.
- It has since grown into a global movement, with millions of people participating in over 90 countries.
Who can take part in Giving Tuesday?
Everyone! A broad coalition of partners, including individuals, families, nonprofits, schools, religious organizations, small businesses, and corporations have built Giving Tuesday.There are people and organizations participating in Giving Tuesday in every country in the world.
Can I participate if I am not from North America?
Giving Tuesday is hosted in 90 countries by leaders who are passionate about growing radical generosity. They rally nonprofits, businesses, and individuals throughout their countries. Check out their website for more information.
Giving Tuesday is not just a day on the calendar; it’s a movement that has the power to change the world, one small act of giving and generosity at a time. It’s love in action! The spirit of giving is a gift that keeps on giving, transforming lives, and bringing light to even the darkest corners of our world.
So, this Giving Tuesday, let’s join forces, lend a hand, and, together, make the world a better place through the power of love and radical generosity. If you want to get started with your family, school, youth leadership clubs, or more, check out and sign up for one of our programs.
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