Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, was started in 2012 as an organized way to give back as the holiday season begins.
"#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration," as stated on the website. If you're still looking to make a donation, then read about some of the organizations Rival staff members have suggested.
Little Friends for Peace (LFFP) offers programs (after-school programs, peace circles, peace camps, peace classes) to children, families, adults, prisons, and communities in areas that are more prone to conflict and violence. LFFP attempts to disrupt the violence and teach peaceful methods in an attempt to break the cycle of violence.
Suggested by Matthew S. Fuzi, current section writer
Hand Up GW aims to connect underprivileged youths in secondary schools in the Washington, D.C. metro area with mentors, students, and educators in the GW community for the purpose of providing academic support, peer guidance, and career networking services to those who may not conventionally have access to it. By providing prospective young leaders in the D.C. public school system with the tools necessary for professional and personal development, Hand Up’s mission is to ensure that children from Washington’s more impoverished neighborhoods are able to ascend the socio-economic ladder. Hand Up is a brand-new student organization, and will begin full operations next semester.
Suggested by Stephanie Gemmell, campus section writer,
The Michael J. Fox Foundation funds research with the goal of finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease and developing improved therapies for Parkinson’s patients. Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder with complications that worsen over time. As many as 1 million Americans and an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s, and the primary goal of the Michael J. Fox Foundation is to contribute to breakthroughs that will improve those patients’ everyday lives.
The Innocence Project works to free the wrongfully convicted and incarcerated and reform the system to keep these injustices from happening in the future. There are estimated to be more than 100,000 innocent Americans in our prisons, many of whom are disproportionately poor and minority. The project has overturned hundreds of wrongful convictions and helped create the Innocence Network, whose member organizations may focus on specific states, regions, and countries.
This is by no means a demand to support these causes, but rather a motivation to support what you're passionate about. With the commercialization of the holidays, it's easy to forget the real meaning. Giving Tuesday was established to fix just that.