How to Make Smart Donations on ‘Giving Tuesday’

On Giving Tuesday, you're asked to forget about holiday shopping and donate money to charity instead. Find out how to give the right way.

Millions of American shoppers have spent the past week looking for bargains on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

Now, it’s time to turn our attention to the needs of others. Nonprofits across the globe are urging consumers to shift their focus from shopping to charity on Nov. 28, Giving Tuesday.

The global one-day charity event was started in 2012 by two organizations: The 92nd Street Y, a New York-based cultural and community center; and the United Nations Foundation. Giving Tuesday is scheduled for the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

According to the Giving Tuesday website:

It’s a simple idea. Whether you come together with your family, your community, your company or your organization, find a way to give back and then share your idea.

If you stop by the Giving Tuesday website, you’ll find pages with resources for getting both individuals and organizations involved in helping their communities.

No matter which cause matters most to you, you’re sure to be able to find a nonprofit agency that could use your help on Giving Tuesday — which also goes by the social media moniker #GivingTuesday.

But do some homework before you pick a charity to support on Giving Tuesday. For example, if you’re planning on giving money to a nonprofit agency with which you are not familiar, vet it first. The following sites can help you check out charities:

For more tips, check out “6 Tips to Donate to Charity the Smart Way.”

Why do you give to charities? Share your comments below or on Facebook.

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