What is Giving Tuesday?
That’s a legitimate question because many to do not know. Here is a cut-and-paste from the Giving Tuesday website:
WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY?
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
Helping Hands – A Vital Necessity
How many times have we seen a ‘must have’ gift be forgotten in light of something bigger and shinier? Most parents have experienced that before Christmas Day is over! Most of us have looked for ways to give gifts that matter. I have a few answers!
Earlier this year we did a little theme development on this website and our Facebook page. It’s about Helping Hands. That is such a graphic image of how this ministry continues to operate and meet needs.
What you may not know is the percentage of annual budget most ministries receive in December. There’s a reason retailers refer to Black Friday. And ministries have a similar experience. Many worthy ministry organizations receive 25% or more of their annual budget in December. Giving Tuesday is a way to help organize, promote, and increase that giving.
Helping Hands – Our Limitations
As the old saying goes, I’m not made out of money! I got that. Neither are we. So how does a person or family decide the best place to invest a limited number of dollars?
Tomorrow is the ‘official’ day but gifts will come during the entire month. Many businesses have promotions connected with the one-day event. For example, PayPal is giving an additional 1% of all qualified donations made on Giving Tuesday. If given through PayPal, $100.00 becomes $101.00. Similar offers are out there.
But the problem still remains. How do we give a gift that makes a difference? What determines where we place a finite amount of resources? Answers tomorrow on #Giving Tuesday. Why? Because Helping Hands want to know! 🙂