For decades now, millions of Americans have been embracing the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza known as “Black Friday.” Then came “Cyber Monday,” online retailers’ chance to cash in on the holiday buying frenzy.
Now consumers are being urged to open their wallets for “Giving Tuesday” (sometimes written #GivingTuesday), a day to raise funds for charitable causes.
“When this started out a couple years ago we were pretty skeptical about it,” admitted Colleen Finn-Ridenhour, Senior Vice President of Development for Habitat for Humanity.
Giving Tuesday has spread to 98 countries and raised approximately $177 million, according to the campaign’s official website.
“There’s been, in a short amount of time, a great deal of awareness around this campaign,” Finn-Redenhour told CNN. “As the public has become more familiar over the last couple of years we’ve seen folks raising their hands and joining in more significantly.”
“Giving Tuesday enables us to have a formal anchor on the calendar that ushers in and starts the season of giving,” said Ettore Rossetti, Director of Social Business Strategy and Innovation at Save the Children.
“Our annual giving is growing [as a result of the campaign] but it’s also becoming globalized. It’s becoming not only a national day but an international giving holiday,” Rossetti said.
To take part in Giving Tuesday, all you need to do is pick a charity you trust and visit their website to donate. Many organizations are including the hashtag #GivingTuesday in their recent social media posts as a reminder.
Here are some local charities and non-profits hoping for your support:
*There is a link at the bottom to find other charities and non-profits near you
- Cleveland Animal Protective League
- Catholic Community Foundation
- University Hospitals
- Cleveland Clinic
- The MetroHealth Foundation
- Cleveland Foundation
- United Way of Greater Cleveland
- United Way of Summit County
- Greater Cleveland Food Bank
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland
- The Salvation Army of Great Cleveland
- St. Jude
- Ronald McDonald House Cleveland
- Ronald McDonald House Akron
- Cleveland MetroParks
- Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
- Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity
- Hospice of the Western Reserve
- Playhouse Square
- Prayers from Maria
- The City Mission