The first giving Tuesday kicked off back in 2012 as a way to push back against the discounts and sales frenzy of Thanksgiving weekend. It started as a small idea from a New York-based community nonprofit – 92nd Street Y.
Asha Curran, the Chief Innovation Officer for the nonprofit, says, “The very basic premise of it was, could we turn people’s attention from two days of consuming to a day of giving. Could there be a sort of counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday that brought us back to what is really a very, very long American tradition of giving and generosity, but for this age of social media and shifting behaviors?”
Since that 2012 start, tens of thousands of nonprofits have joined in the Giving Tuesday campaign. In 2017, people gave $300 million to various nonprofits across the nation.
For right here in our community, there’s several great organizations that you can donate your money or time to. Here’s just a few that would love your help:
Clothe Our Kids
Our mission is to work directly through local schools and DCS as a resource to provide needy and at-risk children with coats, clothing and shoes.
Re: The Regenerative School
Catalyzing transformative learning to build a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
Junior’s House Inc.
Junior’s House Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides free services and advocacy to victims of child abuse and neglect in the 17th Judicial Area.
The Humane Society of Lincoln County
The mission is to operate the Animal Shelter with thoughtful compassion, promote lifetime placement for unwanted and abandoned pets, help to reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs, educate the local community on responsible pet ownership, seek justice for animal cruelty offenders and promote the proper care and humane treatment of all animals.
FLC Arts Center
The Mission of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts Center is to enhance the quality of life in the Fayetteville-Lincoln County community through the presentation, education, and promotion of all art disciplines including visual, conceptual, and performing arts.
Relay For Life of Lincoln County
We save lives and create more birthdays by helping you stay well, helping you get well, finding cures, & by fighting back.
Hands of Mercy Outreach Center
Hands of Mercy is a food bank that also shares the good news of Jesus Christ. We help those in need in Lincoln County by meeting the tangible need, whether it is with clothing, food or utility bill assistance.
REACH of Lincoln County
We’re all about empowering individuals with exceptional abilities to achieve hope, acceptance, belonging and a better understanding while we REACH for the future.
Lincoln Health System Foundation
The Foundation contributes to the ongoing success of Lincoln Health System and its facilities by supporting capital improvement projects, equipment, and programs benefiting patients and their families.
Know of a local nonprofit that should be on the list? Drop us a message here!
Give to Make a Difference
These are just a few of the many great nonprofits here in our community that will benefit from your donations. If you have a dollar, give a dollar. If you have time to volunteer, give your time. If you’re buying lots of gifts on Amazon, set up an Amazon Smile account so that local groups get a portion of your purchases.
Think about the issues where you want to make a difference and donate your time and experience to organizations that support them. Our community will be better in any way that you can offer support.