Because our communities deserve a little extra.
It's the time of year when our calendars fill up with holiday festivities (many of which are finally happening in person!) and shopping carts fill up with gifts for friends and loved ones.
But amidst the holiday frenzy, it's also a time to give back to our communities and the issues we care about. So before buying another sweater on Cyber Monday that you don't actually need, consider participating in Giving Tuesday—the global generosity movement celebrating acts of giving—on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
We know it can be overwhelming to figure out where to channel your giving, so we've rounded up some ideas to give you a head start. Whether it's donating to a cause you care about, taking time out of your day to volunteer at an organization you love, or simply spreading a random act of kindness, we've got you covered.
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Whether it's $10 or $1,000—no amount is too little. And while donating to a nonprofit is always a personal decision, here are some of our favorite organizations to consider.
In the name of defending the future of our democracy, the ACLU works tirelessly to safeguard voting rights, protect abortion access, fight for LGBTQ equality and racial justice, and so much more.
Focused on advancing civil and human rights for Asian Americans through advocacy and litigation, the organization empowers Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to take action across the country.
With the state of our planet top of mind, the Climate Emergency Fund backs young, ultra-ambitious organizations and activists who tell the truth about the climate emergency, disrupt normalcy, and demand transformative change.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a powerful movement of Americans including moms, mayors, survivors, students, and more working to put an end to gun violence.
The Equal Justice Initiative is working to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment for the most vulnerable societies in America by challenging racial and economic injustice across the United States.
As annual wildfires continue nationwide, the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network offers resources, tools, and connections to reduce wildfire risk and increase community resilience.
Working to end hunger, Feeding America supports food banks, food pantries, and meal programs with food, funds, and advocacy across the country.
The Fifteen Percent Pledge encourages companies and consumers to use their financial power to create more equitable market share for Black-owned businesses.
God's Love We Deliver provides meals for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses who are unable to prepare food themselves.
The Human Rights Campaign is fighting for equality for LGBTQ+ people at home, work and throughout their communities.
Maya's Hope is focused on improving the lives of orphaned, impoverished, and special-needs children globally.
The National Endowment for the Arts provides grantmaking, partnerships, and events for exemplary arts projects in communities nationwide.
With abortion access on the line, Planned Parenthood is fighting one of the toughest challenges to date, and remains committed to providing sexual health care globally.
Give a one-time donation or sponsor a child ongoingly to provide children in hard-to-reach places with education and tools for healthy living.
Women for Afghan Women is dedicated to building a world in which Afghan women and girls enjoy peace, justice, and equality.
Giving your time is just as valuable as money, and the experience can be incredibly rewarding. Consider volunteering at a local food bank, animal shelter, or senior living center. To find local causes in your area, VolunteerMatch helps pair people with organizations in need based on skills, interests, and location.
Random acts of kindness are one of the easiest ways to pay it forward this season. Buy someone a cup of coffee, write a thank-you note to the person who deserves it, bring a meal to a neighbor, or surprise a friend with a special treat.
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