The Giving Season is Here

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After a long weekend of giving thanks for what we have (and taking advantage of great deals to buy what we don’t), it is time to give back to those who may not have as much to be thankful for. While Black Friday may kick off the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday starts the charitable season.

In 2016, $168 million was raised on Giving Tuesday. Whole Whale is predicting that over $200 million will be raised this year.

Started in 2012 by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, Giving Tuesday has been a movement to encourage and celebrate philanthropy, connecting individuals, communities and organizations around the world. Giving Tuesday was founded with the same ideas as our community foundation—that every individual can make a difference; that by harnessing the power of collaboration, we can have a larger, more profound impact and do more good.

This Tuesday, add your voice and your story to the movement. Give back—give something, whether it be your time, a donation, or just your voice encouraging others to give as well. (A 2015 study by the John Templeton Foundation found that just 18 percent of Americans were familiar with Giving Tuesday.)

Let’s give back and see what good we can do on this Giving Tuesday.


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