Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
World | By Camille Rivera

#GivingTuesday focuses on giving to organizations, local communities

#GivingTuesday focuses on giving to organizations, local communities

As the excitement of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has died down, a movement called "Giving Tuesday" is a reminder the holidays are also a time to give back to those in need.

Now consumers are being urged to open their wallets for "Giving Tuesday" (sometimes written #GivingTuesday), a day to raise funds for charitable causes. It was founded in 2012 by New York's 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation.

Most nonprofits have also posted links to their social media sites to aid those who would like to give and they offer incentives for in-person donations.

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"When this started out a couple years ago we were pretty skeptical about it", admitted Colleen Finn Ridenhour, Senior Vice President of Development for Habitat for Humanity.

If you weren't prepared for this "Giving Tuesday" event, you don't have to wait until next year.

This year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $2 million raised on Facebook for USA nonprofits, stretching beyond the initial donation, all with a click of a button or by starting a fundraiser for the non-profit of your choice through the social media page. "It's becoming not only a national day but an worldwide giving holiday", Rossetti said.

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There are 240 organizations verified through Giving Tuesday in Nevada locals can donate to.

Local charities are hoping people will take the time to donate online, volunteer their time, or just spread the word about #GivingTuesday.

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