Today marks the third annual observance of Giving Tuesday, a day held after Black Friday and Cyber Monday that celebrates generosity and aims to inspire philanthropic giving. Launched in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, the global movement is one of the largest initiatives dedicated to giving back. If you’re seeking ways to give back to the Black community this Giving Tuesday, below are 10 ideas to get you started:
- Make a donation to a nonprofit organization that serves the African American community. For suggestions, contact your local community foundation to learn of organizations doing great work. You can also make a gift to a community foundation’s African American fund such as The African American Legacy Fund at Chicago Community Trust.
- Join a giving circle. A giving circle is a group of individuals that pool their monies, time and talent to causes they care about, and then decide together where to give them away – like The Black Benefactors in Washington, DC, Denver African American Philanthropists (DAAP) in Denver, CO and Circle of Joy in Atlanta, GA. Studies have shown that giving circles are more likely to support small, grassroots organizations that are often under the radar of larger funders. For more information on giving circles in communities of color, visit Community Investment Network.
- Calling all HBCU graduates! Today is a great day to give back to your alma mater. Start with a donation in the amount of your graduation year (example: $20.14).
- Give to support organizing or an advocacy campaign. Organizing builds power and resources in Black communities, and advocacy drives the important policy changes needed to achieve lasting impact on many issues.
- Host local civic engagement forums e.g., panel discussions, community conversations, etc. around topics/issues of local interest.
- Donate your time and talent by serving on the Board of a Black-led nonprofit.
- Purchase “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists,” an award-winning book on black philanthropy as a holiday gift. Proceeds support the New Generation of African American Philanthropists giving circle in Charlotte, NC.
- Mark your calendar to help us observe Black Philanthropy Month in August 2015. Your support and sponsorships are greatly needed!
Happy Giving Tuesday!