Today is Giving Tuesday, the perfect occasion to celebrate giving and generosity. Those of us in the United States celebrated our gratitude last Thursday, and perhaps even got started on our holiday shopping during the weekend. Giving Tuesday presents us with the opportunity to give to those around us by donating money, time or doing simple acts of kindness.
Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday celebrates and encourages charitable giving and generosity through social media. Although the observance is relatively new, it has already made a huge impact across the world. In 2014, $30 million were raised in online donations. Today, over 30 thousand organizations and businesses from 68 countries participate in Giving Tuesday. These include nonprofits, small businesses, government agencies and major corporations. Last year, over 40 civic campaigns took place in the United States to encourage the observance of this day. Also in 2014, 15.4 billion impressions were made worldwide in print and social media.
To me, the beauty of #GivingTuesday is that it encourages all forms of giving. You can donate money to a local or favorite nonprofit organization, or simply donate your time to volunteer in your community. This is a global movement, and we all can participate regardless of where we are in the world. By simply spreading the word and encouraging your family and friends to contribute with a small monetary gift or their time, you are already making a difference in the lives of others.
As you might be aware, the Chicago Lighthouse has kicked off its first #GivingTuesday campaign, which aims to raise $30,000 through online donations to support our various programs serving children and senior citizens. Under the motto “My Vision Is…,” the #CLHgivingtuesday campaign showcases several Chicago Lighthouse participants, who share their dreams, or vision, for the future and for their lives. If you would like to make a contribution to the Chicago Lighthouse, you can find more information about our campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #CLHgivingtuesday or by clicking here.
I encourage you to participate in Giving Tuesday in any way you prefer. Regardless of the cause or organization you support, you will feel good about giving or simply sharing your time and talents with others. The holiday season is here, and what better way to celebrate than by giving to those in need. Happy #GivingTuesday!