Give local for Giving Tuesday

Andrew Cummings
November 28, 2017

In a season often defined by consumerism and presents, a global initiative tries to bring out the humanity in people. Giving Tuesday follows the unofficial holiday traditions of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with the focus being on spending money on those less fortunate.

But where did it all start?

There are several local organizations you can donate to this Giving Tuesday. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to see which charities are participating
There are several local organizations you can donate to this Giving Tuesday. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to see which charities are participating

#GivingTuesday started at the 92Ynd Street Y in NY 6 years ago as a simple idea to bring people together for a day of unity and gratitude.

But much like Small Business Saturday, we'd like to encourage folks to think a little more locally when making a donation to a charitable cause today.


Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in NY, strategically scheduled for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and right after the official start of the Christmas shopping season. It is celebrated on each year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Last year, more than $180 million was raised online in just 24 hours in the US alone-a record.


This grassroots movement has been built by individuals, families, organizations and businesses in 50 states and in 98 countries.

There are countless ways to step up in your community, either by donating money or volunteering your time. Scammers will sometimes try to create a fake nonprofit that looks similar to ones you may know about. Some organizations sell or rent their donor lists to other groups. Meanwhile that number is 1,299 in Maryland, and 1,635 in Virginia. Many local organizations are looking for new and used items, food, even for you to donate your time.


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