Ways to Give Back on #GivingTuesday

I should have posted this this morning, but I’m just now getting through all of my emails, and there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of these giving opportunities.

Of course, those of us who can should give generously all year long. But I really like the idea of taking a day, especially after all the commercialism of the past weekend, to focus on ways we can give back.

I thought I’d do a quick roundup in case you’re looking to do something and aren’t sure what.

Many retailers are offering opportunities to give back through your shopping — win, win! Many of these retailers have also extended their Cyber Monday sales one more day, so you’re still getting a good deal when you shop, AND you are giving back.

Then I also have a few non-profits that are near and dear to my heart that I’d like to share with you.

Giving Tuesday: Give Back While You Shop!

ANN TAYLOR // For every comment you leave on their Instagram, they donate $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

ANTHROPOLOGIE // Supporting Project Night Night by donating to provide at least 600 children with a blanket, book, and stuffed animal. You are invited to make additional donations of $5 at registers in stores on Tuesday, each of which help provide a child with books for their very own Project Night Night care package.

COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD // Donating 10% of today’s proceeds to Feeding America

GORJANA // Receive 20% off your order when you donate $5 to Miracles for Kids

KENDRA SCOTT // 20% of today’s sales of the Faceted Reid Gold Long Pendant Necklace go to Dress For Success

MADEWELL // Plant a tree for $1 (or 2 or 3) and they will plant one to match.

POTTERY BARN // Matching donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

TERVIS // 100% of proceeds of Recycled Tumblers go to The Florida Aquarium and Mote Marine Laboratory for research to help save the oceans

I’m sure there are more. If you know of any others, feel free to share in the comments!

My Favorite Non-Profits to Support

These are my favorite non-profits to support on Giving Tuesday and all year long…

Compassion International // I sponsor two children through Compassion, and I’ve sponsored others in the past. I believe they do a great work to meet both the material and spiritual needs of impoverished children (and as a result, their families) throughout the world.

World Vision // This is a similar Christian organization, where you can sponsor a child, or make a donation to be allocated where it is needed most. Today all donations will be matched, and they make it really easy right at the top of the screen. They also have a Charity Gift Catalog, which I love to use during the holidays for people I know with a heart for giving.

Safe Water Network // This is an organization founded by Paul Newman to address the global water crisis and help to get clean water to people who need it most. Such a basic resource we take for granted here in America.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand // This organization is local to me. They fund impactful research, raise awareness, support families, and empower everyone to help cure childhood cancer.

Mercy House // This organization was started by a friend and fellow blogger, Kristen Welch, to empower and disciple women around the globe in Jesus’ name. They provide for the rescue of pregnant girls in Kenya and provide a home for them, as well as empower their families and many others with dignified work. They do this through partnerships and sustainable fair trade product development. You can shop their store HERE.

Here are some more, submitted by friends on Facebook. I didn’t write about each one, but check them out, and see which ones resonate with you!

And feel free to add your own in the comments!