Donations to charitable organizations encouraged on 'Giving Tuesday'

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to donate to local nonprofit organizations. Courtesy  PEEC

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to donate to local nonprofit organizations. Courtesy PEEC

November 28 marks Giving Tuesday, a one-day charitable giving promotion launched in 2012 where people are encouraged to volunteer or make donations to local, national and worldwide charities. Americans are asked to dig deep and donate to their favorite charities.

Locally, a new organization Giving Tuesday Kelowna has sprung up to promote the goals of the day. However, because the holiday season is supposed to be a time of charitable donations, Giving Tuesday has become a staple of the shopping mad dash that kicks off after Thanksgiving. The special Giving Tuesday activities include the ability for companies to reserve time for employees to spend with Mud Bay kitten ambassadors for a $100 suggested donation.

You can find the location of a Salvation Army Shelter here. This online professional network pairs young professionals at partner corporations with nonprofits seeking associate board members.

While there are many worthy causes and charities that a person can donate to, it is important that you know where your money is going.

The match for donations on Facebook will begin at 8 a.m.

If you are unfamiliar with an organization, one way to research is to turn to CharityNavigator.org, which says it offers objective ratings. They make hashtag donations on social media possible. It's simple and secure. All you have to do is put in your home address, and you'll get a list of organizations for you to choose from. There is no risk and it will never cost you more than buying from the official retailer. So you're saving while your donating! In addition, locals participating in the #MyGivingStory contest through sharing a story about how an organization impacts the community positively can help that chosen non-profit can win a grand prize of $10,000.

Of course, we also understand that people may want to help, but aren't in a position to assist monetarily right now.

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