This Tuesday, December 2nd is #GivingTuesday, so we encourage you to ditch the #selfie and go for the #unselfie — a photograph of yourself doing a charitable act or good deed.
The United Nations Foundation and the 92Y founded the #GivingTuesday campaign in 2012 as a way to kick off the giving season for charities and non-profit organizations. Falling on the Tuesday after American Thanksgiving, the movement taps into the spending momentum of the major shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and attempts to guide some of that “giving spirit” to support social good.
If you scored some great deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, then join us on December 2nd to give back and get involved for #GivingTuesday.
Here are a few ideas from local and national organizations that will hopefully inspire you to get involved.
Dare2Give is the latest campaign by My Giving Moment, an independent Canadian non-profit organization that works with the Governor General’s office to create opportunities for individuals to seize a moment to give back to their community. Dare2Give is a campaign that dares Canadians to double their giving impact by daring a friend to donate or volunteer together. Visit their website for examples to find your moment to give. Find your moment.
imagine1day is a non-profit organization with a mission to develop leaders around the world. Their goal is to help Ethiopians gain access to quality education free of foreign aid by the year 2030. Creatribution is a long-running initiative that blends passion and creativity to allow individuals to design a fundraiser to give back. Past Creatributions include 1 School 1 Day, an outdoor flow yoga class and lunch with all proceeds going to imagine1day’s efforts to build schools in Ethiopia. Learn more about becoming a Creatributor.
Volunteer or donate to the Blue Dot Movement to ask the Canadian government to recognize our right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and eat healthy food, and ultimately make it part of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The tour has come to an end after 34 stops across the country featuring David Suzuki and special guests, but you can still donate and volunteer with the Blue Dot Movement to stand up for your right to a healthy environment. Join the movement.
The Union Gospel Mission aims to feed and provide shelter to those struggling with poverty and addiction, to restore hope and transform communities one life at a time. Founded in 1940 in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the UGM now has 7 locations throughout the Lower Mainland, and feeds over 260,000 meals annually. For the next two weeks, a group of 6S Marketing employees will be serving meals at the DTES location to participate in #GivingTuesday. Learn how you can volunteer.
In the past, 6S Marketing has worked with several charities including organizations like the Ronald McDonald House, The United Way of the Lower Mainland, and the Rick Hansen Foundation. Our agency is made up of people who enjoy giving back to their community just as much as they enjoy spending time on digital marketing.
Update December 4, 2014: Here is a photo of the 6S Marketing Crew volunteering at the gospel mission.
When you support worthwhile causes on Giving Tuesday, you’re becoming part of a tradition that celebrates generosity and investing in the future of our country. Whether you’re giving your money or your time, it truly makes a difference. As the famous Kurt Vonnegut quote says, “We could have saved the Earth but we were too cheap.”
How are you going to participate? Tell us what kind of plans you have for #GivingTuesday in the comments below.