Making Seasons Bright This #GivingTuesday 

Every morning during my commute, I swipe to the Gmail icon on my phone and try to get through my inbox.

This week, it’s full of sales. 50% off here. Free shipping there. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. There are tons of deals for me to click through, dozens of brands tempting me save, save, save, and pull all the cards out of my wallet in search of the perfect gift.

And while I love snagging a great sale on just the right thing (like the extra 40% I got off a designer watch), part of me feels like the season isn’t supposed to be like this. When the three wise men set out following the star, they probably weren’t looking for the nearest mall.

The holidays are a time for celebrating. For spending time with the people we love. For giving from the heart.


#GivingTuesday is a day for us to share generously and support the organizations we believe in. In 2012, The 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Federation joined together to create “an experiment in how powerful social media could be as a force to encourage charitable giving and sharing acts of kindness,” said Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Officer at 92nd Street Y.

Now in its sixth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by social media and collaboration. Starting the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the movement kicks off the charitable season and celebrates philanthropy.

When the three wise men set out, they weren't looking for the mall. #GivingTuesday Click To Tweet

This season, Eventbrite makes it even easier to give back. The website you know for making event planning and ticket sales effortless offers a fundraising page to help you raise money for your favorite nonprofit. Create an event to support a cause you care about, and get others involved!

For me #GivingTuesday means supporting the March of Dimes, who funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality (and triples your tax free donations until midnight on #GivingTuesday). It’s giving to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. It’s funding Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, a Brooklyn, New York based program empowering youth and their families through African-centered learning and culture for almost 30 years.

This #GivingTuesday, make a difference–and make it count.

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Tiffani is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, co-creator of The Mommy Conference, and co-founder of the digital collective Sisterhued. Her writing and parenting tips have been seen on The Washington Post, Mommy Noire, Yahoo Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy.
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