The Giving Season: Simple and powerful ways you can pay it forward

We’re now entering the giving season, when - after pausing to be thankful - we should consider how to spend our money in support of the worthy organizations and causes we care about.  I know, it’s hard to refocus while things may seem crazier than ever in the wake of our political season. To cope with the election results, consult Jezebel’s “List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support.”  Many people have decided to donate to particular charities, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses (#SmallBusinessSaturday) as gestures of solidarity and gratitude in a community of shared concern.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may appeal to an audience looking to score good deals at the mall or from the comfort of their homes and offices.  But, #GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives Day provide opportunities to keep our spirit of generosity healthy by shopping for both local and global philanthropic bargains.

Last year, we covered 3 Easy Ways to Get Involved with #GivingTuesday. Quick recap on what exactly #GivingTuesday is.

#GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season by bringing together people around the world on social media outlets to support global philanthropy. The idea is simple: generate a conversation about giving. The goal is to build a community of giving both locally and globally.

#GivingTuesday is an essential part of many nonprofits’ end-of-year fundraising campaigns. As a result, there are thousands of amazing and worthy organizations participating in #GivingTuesday. Pick your favorite charity, nonprofit or small business; and make a gift.  It’s that easy.

Looking for recommendations for your contributions? Our list has grown over the last year. We suggest you consider Girls For A Change, Excelsior, or Rocky Mountain MicroFinance. Don’t overlook new nonprofit organizations like Impact Hub Academy. New doesn’t mean immature; and, in fact, recently launched organizations often need the most support during their early stages as they strive to reach scale. Also, consider donating to field-building organizations like Investor’s Circle and SheEO to create a greater impact across the sectors and communities you care about.

If you are local to Colorado, you can continue to support your favorite causes and organizations through Colorado Gives Day on December 6th. This year marks the 7th annual statewide event of this movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The $1 Million Incentive Fund created by the Community First Foundation and FirstBank is one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country.

No matter where you live, how much you have available to donate, or what causes mean the most to you, on #GivingTuesday and Colorado Gives Day you have the opportunity to give generously and support organizations that make unique, amazing social impacts in your local and global community.

So, what are you waiting for?