After the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, comes #GivingTuesday.
The worldwide reminder to donate time, money or resources to nonprofits, organizations and businesses that help those in need was started in 2012, according to GivingTuesday.org. The idea was started by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation. The hope was that the social media hashtag would create a movement that would remind Christmas shoppers to give those less fortunate.
You can even support a group through Facebook. According to the social media’s website and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook have joined forces to match up to $2 million of the funds raised through Facebook for U.S. nonprofits on Tuesday. Any local organization that has a Facebook page and a donate button can benefit from the event.
The matching starts at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and runs until the $2 million is gone. There is a cap of $50,000 per nonprofit. The social media website is also waiving its fees for donations made to nonprofits through their Facebook pages on Tuesday.
You can donate to your favorite nonprofit through their Facebook page or start your own fundraiser/donate button for your favorite charity on your Facebook page. There is a cap of $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button on an individual’s page.
A partial list of Flagstaff organizations to give to include:
--Coconino CASA for Kids
--Feeding Northern Arizona’s Future
--Flagstaff Townsite Historic Property Community Land Trust
--Grand Canyon Trust
--Grand Canyon Youth
--Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona
--The Arboretum at Flagstaff
--Coconino Center for the Arts
--United Way of Northern Arizona
--The Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff
--Big Brothers Big Sisters
--Flagstaff Family Food Center
--Flagstaff Shelter Services