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How Will You Give Back Today?

Everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts.

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Together We Gave

On December 1, 2020, the whole world came together to show kindness and generosity by giving voice, time, money, goods, and more to support communities and causes. Whether it was making someone smile, helping a neighbor, or showing up for an issue, on GivingTuesday, you transformed how we think about and act on generosity all year long. 

Let’s keep this wave of generosity going…

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The GivingTuesday Data Commons works with partners across sectors and borders to understand the drivers and impacts of generosity, explore giving behaviors and patterns, and use data to inspire more giving around the world. With over 70 contributing partners and 40 global data labs, the initiative is the largest philanthropic data collaboration ever built.

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How are you giving back? Grab an idea below and show some kindness today! Share on social media with hashtag #GivingTuesday and inspire others to give together even when we’re apart.

Reach Out to the Elderly
Reach Out to the Elderly

‣ Call or video chat with an older person in your life.
‣ Have a talent? Schedule a virtual performance.
‣ Contact a local nursing home to find out what they need.
‣ Write a letter to a senior through Love For The Elderly.

Love For The Elderly
Create a Donation Station
Create a Donation Station

Leave extra supplies (unopened food, OTC medicines, cleaning products) for your neighbors in a common area (near mailboxes, building lobby). Swap for items you need or share with a shelter or food pantry in your town.

Learn more about Little Free Pantries
Post a Message of Hope
Post a Message of Hope

Display an encouraging message or inspiring doodle in your window. For those with kids at home, make signs together, then go on a walk to find others around your area. Create your own design or use our template.

Download a GivingTuesday Heart template
Create Blessing Bags
Create Blessing Bags

‣ Start with non-perishible snacks and bottled water.
‣ Add bandages, lip balm, and travel-sized sunscreen.
‣ Include socks, menstrual supplies and hand sanitizer or wipes.
‣ Don't forget gloves and hand warmers for cold weather!

Show Gratitude for Essential Workers
Show gratitude for essential workers.

‣ Send a gift card for food to your fire and paramedic station.
‣ Write thank-you notes to doctors and nurses.
‣ Tip your delivery driver extra.
‣ Post a sign for your postal worker and sanitation crew.
‣ Stay home & wear a mask if you do have to go out.

Pay for a Stranger's Order
Pay for a Stranger's Order

‣ Pay for the next person's order at the coffee shop or drive-thru.
‣ Leave a gift card or cash at the gas pump.
‣ Tuck a grocery store gift card & a note in a shopping basket.
‣ Donate to pay utility bills for seniors or those struggling to make ends meet.

Use Your Voice to Help Others
Use Your Voice to Help Others

‣ Post messages from a favorite nonprofit on social media.
‣ Contact your elected officials in support of fair policies and funding for social services.
‣ Encourage your friends and family to give back.

Share why you give in our social campaign
Check on Your People
Check on Your People

‣ Ask how they're doing, share stories and see if there's anything they need.
‣ Schedule a regular check-in time to look forward to.
‣ Send a letter or card as a reminder they're not alone.
‣ Coordinate a virtual game night, book club, or dinner party.

Ideas for checking in
Surprise Someone with a Parade
Surprise Someone with a Parade

Decorate your car, your bike-or even yourself!-with posters, streamers, balloons, and more to make the day memorable while maintaining physical distance. Make sure to take pictures to commemorate the event, then mail those with a card as a memento.

Offer More Compliments
Offer More Compliments

Sometimes a kind word is all you need to start a chain of generosity that lasts throughout the day. Go beyond a "like" and make a point to offer positive feedback, compliments, and gratitude to as many people as you can today.

Offer Help to Your Neighbors
Offer Help to Your Neighbors

‣ Offer to pick up supplies if you're going to the store.
‣ Help with yard work or other chores for those who are ill, elderly, or immunocompromised.
‣ Share your contact info in case they need to reach out or just want to chat.

Outreach postcard template
Pack Lunches for Those in Need
Pack Lunches for Those in Need

Make an extra lunch while you make your own. Want to go beyond just a few meals? Check with your local shelter or food pantry to see if they also have programs that distribute pre-packed lunches and ask for their list of accepted items.

Non-Perishable Lunch Ideas
Volunteer Virtually
Volunteer Virtually

You can virtually volunteer right from your couch, ideas include: advocating for causes, transcribing or translating materials, helping organize campaigns, and more.

Discover volunteer opportunities
Support Remote Classrooms
Support Remote Classrooms

‣ Support programs for free or discounted internet access.
‣ Send supplies through a teacher or school's wishlist.
‣ Offer your expertise as a virtual tutor or guest speaker.
‣ Buy a headset and HD webcam for a teacher.

More ways to support schools
Do Something Kind Today
Do Something Kind Today

‣ Mow the lawn or rake the leaves for a senior citizen or single parent.
‣ Surprise everyone on your block with flowers or a small potted plant.
‣ Leave a care package of toys and books for a parent who needs a break.

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