Giving Tuesday 2012

posted by Kristin Williamson

November 27, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

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Many of us hit the stores on Black Friday. Maybe even more of us participated in Cyber Monday. Lots of us shopped locally on Small Business Saturday.  ‘Tis the season of giving and getting. But what about really giving?

Well now we have an opportunity to show that we ‘give as good as we get’ on GIVING TUESDAY. Today! It’s simple, really. All you have to do is find a way to participate in acts of giving. You could include your family, your business or a group of your friends. You can volunteer, you can give financially, you can help a neighbor. It doesn’t matter what you do, just simply do it.

Bonus points for Giving Tuesday? Tell your children. Better yet? Include them.

If raising generous children is important to you, consider this. In 2009, 75 percent of philanthropic gifts were made by individuals and families, totaling nearly $228 billion. But another recent poll found that 77 percent of children under the age of 18 are either not aware of their parents giving, or know that they give but do not know how or to whom. That means that while 75 percent of philanthropic gifts are made by individuals and families, only 10 percent of children think their parents give. And if children don’t think that their parents give, they are far less likely to grow up knowing that giving is an important thing to do.

If giving is a value you wish to pass down to your children but you’re not sure now, start today! Giving Tuesday 2012!

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