If your e-mail inbox is like ours, it’s overflowing with appeals from your favorite organizations (as well as some we’ve never heard of and making us wonder how they got our address, but that’s for another story!) for #GivingTuesday, a philanthropic antidote to the commerce-focused triple-header of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street YMCA in New York City and the United Nations Foundation. The founders hoped it would become a “global giving moment” amidst the seasonal consumerism, reminding people that it’s also good to give back, especially to our local communities, at this time of year.
A search of the GivingTuesday website turns up 680 non-profit organizations in Los Angeles that would appreciate your support today (and beyond)…but we have a hunch there are actually many, many more. In our mid-Los Angeles area alone, we have an abundance of non-profits…and it’s likely that each of our lives are touched by one or more of them every day.
Animal rescue organizations
Emergency responders (police, fire, etc.) support groups
Foundations of all types
Free clinics and medical services
Homeless and housing support organizations
Hospitals and their support groups
Job training organizations
Libraries and their support groups (foundations, “Friends of…” groups)
Music education and performance groups
Museums (large and small)
Schools (public, private and religious)
School parent associations (PTAs, PTOs and “Friends of…” groups)
Social service organizations
Youth services organizations (Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.)
Youth sports organizations
…and a whole host of others.
While we know some people don’t like to be told when to give, it is often nice to have a reminder at this busy time of year, that gifts – and thanks for the gifts bestowed on us by others – come in many forms. So if you’ve been meaning to make a contribution to a group you love, or which has touched your life or the lives of those you know in some meaningful way this year, this is a great time to do so. Also, it will be just in time for end-of-year tax deductions, so you definitely can’t go wrong.
Have a great #GivingTuesday…and help make it a happy day for someone else, too.