#GivingTuesday is an undertaking to create a global movement of philanthropy and volunteering to kick off the giving season. #GivingTuesday began in 2012 with the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.
Now that some of us have braved the crowds for those fantastic deals on Black Friday or shopped the web on Cyber Monday today is a day that we are asked to pause and think about how we can give back and do some good in our communities. Take some time today to think about what you can do to make your community a better place to live. Your gift does not have to be monetary, although at this time of year there are several charities looking for donations to help out the less fortunate during the holiday season.
Give some thought to what I call “giving of yourself”; how about helping serve dinner at the local shelter, sharing your special skill or knowledge with a local group, cleaning out your closets and donating it to Goodwill or a needy neighbour, surprising someone by shoveling their walk of snow, reading to children at the local library or making a donation to a worthy organization. Philanthropy comes in all shapes and sizes whether it be your time or that $5.00 you throw in the Sally Ann kettle at the mall, every bit helps to make the world a little better place to be. The #GivingTuesday Canadian website offers ideas on where to give and suggestions on matching to charities if you’d like to give your time instead.
In Edmonton the highlighted charity this year is Young Edmonton Grants. This program offers grants for projects initiated by youth ages 13-25 of up to $3,000.00. The Edmonton Community Foundation is matching funds this year 3:1, meaning for every dollar donated it will give $3.00.
We have kept up our monetary donations in Canada and give our time in Panama. And coincidentally today is Clase de Inglés dia and as we go into the Christmas Holiday Season, a very special time in Panama, I’m hoping that we’ve helped out, just a little …in the campo.Panama Canada USA Globally Interview with Edward Norton Canada Helps 100ThingsIn2014 Princess of the Light: Shining the Light For All