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Eight-hundred U.S. nonprofits,
foundations, and companies like -- TechSoup's donor partner Microsoft --
are actively promoting #GivingTuesday, a campaign to divert some of the commercial holiday frenzy toward charitable volunteering and donations.
#GivingTuesday is a brand new thing in
philanthropy this year. Thanksgiving kicks off the American holiday season followed immediately by Black
Friday bargains and Cyber Monday online deals to get the holiday shopping season going.
The disaster relief NGO, World Vision, is a founding member
of GivingTuesday and conceives it as an ongoing tradition to encourage Americans to dedicate the Tuesday after
Thanksgiving to get back to the true meaning of the holidays. "It
is about community not commercialism; giving not receiving."
Citizenship, as a founding partner, is featuring their Give for Youth micro-giving portal that
makes it easy for people to fund and follow youth programs around the world.
Give for Youth is part of the Microsoft
program, which is a companywide initiative designed to create opportunities for
hundreds of millions of youth around the world.
Through partnerships with
governments, nonprofits, and businesses, they aim to empower youth to imagine and
realize their full potential by connecting them with greater education,
employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities.
#GivingTuesday invites nonprofits to
become members. Registration
is no cost and provides a good place to describe your charitable work and also
how you want to participate in the initiative.
#GivingTuesday is an umbrella organization
and not a funding organization and each partner organization is
responsible for its own initiative.