This blog is adapted from Jordan McMahon's "Help Your Community This Holiday Season with Giving Tuesday"
What is Giving Tuesday?
As we recover from our post-Thanksgiving Day shopping sprees, we approach a day dedicated to community involvement and support.
On November 29, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Americans are encouraged to participate in Giving Tuesday by donating to a non-profit organization, volunteering some of their time, or simply speaking out and having their voices be heard. In whatever way possible, Giving Tuesday asks us to think about how we can all come together at this time of giving and help strengthen our community ties.
Where to Begin
The Giving Tuesday website suggests a number of starting points for how to get involved, such as directly reaching out to organizations in your own community and asking what they may need, providing your skills pro bono to organizations in need, checking your surroundings for where your help may be best suited, and simply donating to a cause you believe in.
You can even visit their What's Happening Near Me? page to find a list of non-profit organizations right in your home town.
The Importance of Supporting Your Local Non-Profit Organizations
When you support a local non-profit, you support local business. The average Flagstaff resident is projected to spend $530 this holiday season. Giving Tuesday asks us to take a portion of that to invest back into our community and help those in need. That money stays in our community and directly helps those around us. Every dollar counts, and participating in Giving Tuesday is a great way to spread some holiday cheer.
Within Arizona, there are a number of organizations advocating for meaningful causes that always need more help and support. By banding together and supporting the organizations that help build our communities, we can keep building a better Arizona. If you’d like to participate in Giving Tuesday, we’ve made a list of the local non-profit organizations and Northern LFA members that you can help support, including the Local First Arizona Foundation.