Black Friday is only days away, and with it comes Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. But, our favorite has to be #GivingTuesday. Of course, we appreciate the financial gifts from donors to help us continue our mission, but it’s so much more than that. #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to give back and make your community stronger.
1. You’ll feel great!
Research, like this one from Cornell or this survey conducted by UnitedHealthcare and Volunteer Match, overwhelmingly show that giving to charity, either through money or volunteering, is good for both your mental and physical health.You’ll feel connected to a great cause and know that you made a positive impact in your community.
2. Your money stays in the community
Giving to a local charity means that you’re directly helping people in your community. Even better, you get to choose exactly what you want to support. Want to see your money at work? Ask your local charity if you can drop by and take a tour and learn more about their programs. It’s exciting to see the tangible results of what you’re supporting.
3. Tax Benefits/Matching Gifts
It’s no secret that giving can be good for your wallet as well. Take advantage of tax deductions and tax credits when april rolls around. If you’re confused on what those benefits might be, check out Charity Navigator. Also, make sure to check with your workplace. Many businesses offer matching gifts, making your donation go that much further!
4. Teach your children why giving is important
What greater way to show kids how to give back and help others! Explain to your children why you are contributing money and even let them help choose an organization.You’ll be giving them a great lesson in philanthropy and it will be a great break from all the “I wants” of the holiday season.
5. It’s more than money
Supporting a nonprofit through #GivingTuesday, or anytime of the year, shows what you believe in and what you care about. Nonprofits simply could not exist without the support of generous donors, no matter how great or small the gift. We hope you’ll take the time this Tuesday to give!