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The holiday season is almost upon us. Thanksgiving is tomorrow; ready to set the tone for the festivities to follow in the coming months. Black Friday and Cyber Monday will allow many to over indulge on spending and buying lavish gifts. One newer tradition is starting to grab hold, and that is Giving Tuesday, which involves spending for a cause.

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 when two organizations, 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, came together and decided that their ought to be a day set aside to celebrate the generosity of giving. So, they gathered some thought leaders in the areas of social media, philanthropy, and grassroots. This group of founding partners includes:

  • United Nations Foundation
  • Cisco
  • Mashable
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
  • Sony
  • Aldo
  • Groupon
  • Google Skype
  • Microsoft
  • Unilever

The first ever announcement made about this day of giving was made possible by founding member, Mashable, and was heavily covered by media stations like Washington Post, Huffington Post, ABC News, Deseret News, and the White House official blog. From 2012 on, Giving Tuesday has gained enormous popularity and has been organized and celebrated each year since.

How do you get involved? Find a worthy cause close to your heart and let the giving begin! You can start a charity fundraiser, organize a blood drive, or collect goods to donate to your local food pantry. There are so many ways to give back. Click here to find out more about ways to give back and read others’ stories on how they chose to join in the movement.

If mental health and suicide prevention are two areas that you would like to support this Giving Tuesday, consider giving to The Kim Foundation by joining our mailing list to receive updates on how and what to give.

Let the giving begin!

Janae ShillitoJanae Shillito, Community Relations Director for The Kim Foundation

Janae Shillito has been with The Kim Foundation since February 2017. She holds two science degrees with her alma maters including the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Janae’s love of volunteering and helping those without a voice created a strong desire to become a part of the non-profit world. In her spare time, she enjoys anything crafty, reading a good book, and being outside with her husband, Cory, and Rottweiler, Hank.