The following article is sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children – Salt Lake City.
The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is a worldwide effort started in 2012 to encourage people everywhere to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
Anyone, anywhere can get involved with this philanthropic purpose in a way that is meaningful. This season, consider one or more of the ideas below to spread the spirit of #GivingTuesday.
1—Challenge your local business to give
Giving your own money may be the first thing you think of when you hear #GivingTuesday. But it doesn’t have to mean you pull from your own pocket. There are many ways to encourage people to open their wallets to deserving non-profits. Invite a business you patronize to participate. Social media today makes this really easy. A simple post on your favorite channel tagging the business and tagging the non-profit with an invitation to give is a great way to spread the spirit of the day. Don’t forget to use the hashtag- #GivingTuesday which will allow for thousands to see your simple post.
2—Volunteer with family and friends to a local cause
#GivingTuesday is not just about giving money. The gift of your time can be a profound one. Some find the long Black Friday shopping day to be a fun activity to share with family and friends. Why not organizing an outreach to a local non-profit with those close to you? Volunteering locally not only benefits the non-profit, it will help you serve your own community and allow you to see the good work that’s going on in your own backyard. We guarantee it will be a year you and your loved ones remember.
3—Organize a donation drive
Sometimes all people are looking for is someone to ask them to help a cause. Organizing a canned food drive for your local food bank, or a coat drive for your local women’s shelter is something most people can provide items for. If providing the service of gathering items, then delivering them is something you can do, why not give it a shot? Also, a pile of donated goods makes for a great UNselfie.
4—Take an UNselfie
The UNselfie is a fun and profound way of using social media to get the word out about a cause you support. Take a picture that purposely doesn’t include your face. As long as you have access to a pen, a piece of paper and a camera you can add your UNselfie to the hundreds of thousands out there on cyberspace. And of course use the hashtags #UNselfie and #GivingTuesday to complete your message.
5—Ask your local government officials what they’re doing for #GivingTuesday
Public figures are so easy to reach today. Even if your Senator’s Twitter account is run by their intern, the messages are still reported back to the Senator. Make an impression by asking your elected officials how they’re giving back on #GivingTuesday. They will most likely jump at the opportunity to blast out how they’re giving back, sometimes they just need a little nudge.
6—Keep the “social” in social media
There will be so many ways to engage with all the #GivingTuesday content that is out there. Retweet, share, thank, celebrate what people are doing in their communities. If you see something that especially touches your heart, like the four-year-old who donated 100 toys to Shriners Hospitals for Children—Salt Lake City, tweet that touching story to your local news station. Encourage them to share it with their audiences. The more attention #GivingTuesday receives, the more giving that will happen.
7—Commit to Give More
#GivingTuesday is so much more than one day. Pledge to do more the following year. For instance, you can give a certain amount every month to a charity, pledge to volunteer every month, ask your employer to launch a payroll giving program to continue to give back after December.