Giving Tuesday: The Best Ways To Get Involved
With the holidays creeping closer, we’re facing more and more pressure to spend our money. And things like Black Friday and Cyber Monday only perpetuate this, encouraging us to buy gifts for friends and family and snag some of those big-ticket items for ourselves.
But what if we could refocus some of that spending momentum and use it for the greater good? What if some of that money could be used to give back?
That’s exactly why Giving Tuesday was born—as a socially conscious response to the shopping crazes of Black Friday. Giving Tuesday is a day where anyone, anywhere can support a cause that means something to them. You can donate money, donate your time, donate your skills or donate old clothes. The choice is really up to you.
Want to get involved but you’re not sure where to start? Let’s explore what you can do to give back this Giving Tuesday.
A little bit of history
Giving Tuesday started in the United States in 2012. The movement, that was created to spark an international day of giving, then made its way across the waters and landed in the UK in 2014, becoming one of the biggest days of the year for British charities. Giving Tuesday is now a huge part of global giving and is celebrated in over 100 countries.
This year, there are over 3,000 Giving Tuesday partners in the UK alone—from charities to big name brands like ASOS and Samsung. In 2018, more than £7.8 million was raised online in the UK, and 1.5 million people said they were likely to do something for a charity as a result of taking part in the event.
Ways to get involved
It’s all about doing little acts of good that can make a huge difference to the lives of others. You can choose to support organisations in a number of ways, and the Giving Tuesday website has a number of great ideas that you can work with. The beauty of Giving Tuesday is that it’s easy to get involved—who you support and what you do is completely up to you.
That’s why as part of our 2019 #SeasonForChange campaign, we’re shining a light on all the pressing issues the UK is facing this winter. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to find out more about volunteer opportunities and become inspired by people who are already going above and beyond to change the world.
Here are few other ways you can get involved this Giving Tuesday.
1. Make a ‘Do Good’ Box
What better way to give back than to prepare a box full of goodies for someone who needs it? This great video from Giving Tuesday’s website shows just how quick and simple it is. All you need is a shoe box and some essentials and this could easily brighten up someone’s day.
2. Support your local community
From supporting local charities to volunteering your time to local initiatives and projects, there are plenty of ways that you can give back to your community on Giving Tuesday. That can be by volunteering at your local animal shelter, donating to homeless charity or even helping raise funds for a community-based charity in your neighbourhood. Not only is this a great way to improve the atmosphere within your local area, it also builds bridges and encourages people to reach out and rely on one another.
Find out what events are taking place near you this week or volunteer at a local non-profit. There are plenty of options, you just need to find the one that speaks to you.
3. The Big Give—one donation, double the impact
Imagine, what could be done if for every £1 you gave to charity someone could double it? Well, that’s possible for one day of the year with The Big Give.
The Big Give is the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, from 12 pm on the 3rd December (Giving Tuesday) until the 12 pm on the 10th of December, any donations made to charities through the platform are doubled. The Big Give started running in 2008 and has helped over 2,800 charity projects. So you have an opportunity to double the impact of your donation and offer a charity that you truly care about more support.
4. Get others to spread the word
If you’re already working for a charity, you’ll know that your best resource is your current base of supporters. They can help spread the word that you’re participating in #GivingTuesday and are most likely to support the cause that your organisation is championing on the day. Ask them to share why they support you using the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media, and those stories can inspire others to take part too.
Are you doing anything special to support a charity for Giving Tuesday? Share your stories with us on Twitter or comment on this post.