Giving Tuesday: A Global Day of Unity and Giving

This national day of giving was started in 2012

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Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday, Cyber Monday . . . the beginning of the year-end holiday season seems to be forever tied to a frenetic shopping spree for gifts. But over the past several years, attention has grown for a special day set aside from rampant consumerism and focus instead on something more altruistic: charitable donations.

Giving Tuesday will take place on Dec. 1. Started eight years ago by the New York 92nd Street Y, Giving Tuesday was conceived as a way "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season."

And since its founding, Giving Tuesday has inspired charitable giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.

You can donate and spread the word about Giving Tuesday via social media, including Twitter (using #GivingTuesday, #BeCRcertain, and #BeCertainWithCR).

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