Cyber Monday will purportedly be the biggest shopping day of the year for retailers. For charities, the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, coined "Giving Tuesday", is one of the largest fundraising days of the year. Using the power of social media, non-profits, business, and individuals come together to volunteer, donate, or give their voice to a cause they care about.
If you work at a charity, hopefully, you'll have put to use the great toolkit that GivingTuesday.org put together to make the most of this opportunity.
For companies, #GivingTuesday is a chance for you to showcase how you are making a difference in your community. Start by supporting a cause aligned with your business and engage your employees and customers around it. Check out the toolkits on GivingTuesday.ca or consider these ideas:
- Plan a team-building volunteer opportunity
- Match the donations your employees personally give to charity on #GivingTuesday
- Showcase the support you give to a charity you work with through your social media channels
- Match donations that your clients give on #GivingTuesday to the charity you support.
For the individual, #GivingTuesday is a time to look at how you are giving and possibly discover an organization or cause you haven't previously considered. There are also some opportunities to double your donation. For example, the Canadian government is matching all donations made to qualifying charities that are supporting the Rohingya persecution in Myanmar. Two charities you can support for this critical humanitarian effort are Doctors Without Borders or Global Medic to double your donation on Tuesday, November 28th. Or look locally to support a cause closer to home that you care about! Looking to volunteer? Check out the Canadian Do Some Good app from Volinspire and find an opportunity near you.
Whether you are a charity, a business, or an individual #GivingTuesday is a time to spread the word online to rally people everywhere to make their impact. We hope to hear how you've taken action on our VortVia Facebook page!
Are you a business, individual, or foundation that would like to be strategic about your giving, social responsibility, and impact? Or a charity that would like to innovate, scale and become fiscally sustainable? Not sure where to start or what to focus on? Contact Nicole and the VortoVia team for a consultation.