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#GivingTuesday: Not Just Another Tuesday

December 03, 2013

Today is not just another Tuesday.

It’s #GivingTuesday, a national day of donating, volunteering, and doing good both online and offline to kick off the holiday season.

Here’s how you can celebrate the day:

Go to to learn about the charities you can support. You’ll read about thousands of inspiring efforts to end hunger, shelter the homeless, build better lives for women and girls, and improve the lives of families and communities around the world.

 Whatever cause you choose, what’s important is to find your passion and follow it.

Here are the two inspiring organizations that I’ve chosen to highlight today. Did you ever have an inspiring teacher who helped changed your life? Wouldn’t it be great if we had a way to support amazing teachers who work hard to expose their students to the world around them? Well, now we can through, which makes it easy to help teachers bring their great ideas to life. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on site – everything from pencils and books to chemistry labs-- and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you. When a project reaches its funding goal, the materials get shipped to the school. You'll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you'll also receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.

Save the Children: Save the Children gives kids in the United States and around the world what every child deserves—a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm, especially when disaster strikes. Save the Children, a global leader in child development and emergency care, has decades of experience demonstrating that investment in programs that empower girls and women significantly improves family health, nutrition, education, economic status and overall quality of life. They work in the world's poorest and most vulnerable communities - saving one child at a time. For just $70, a girl can receive the books, learning materials and schooling needed to grow and flourish. The results are life changing.

Bill and I shared more about our top picks here. Those are just a few of more than 6,000 organizations to choose from, all of them doing life-changing work. 

Still undecided? Look at more ideas for volunteering here. If you’re in the Seattle area, you might also consider participating in our Visitor Center’s The Give Effect gift drive and family day.

Whatever cause you choose, what’s important is to find your passion and follow it. Maybe it’s helping the homeless, volunteering in a food bank, or donating your time at your child’s local school. Maybe it’s helping a family half a world away by supporting a school or clinic in Africa.

Give whatever you can, no matter how big or small. Or just give your time. 

What’s important is to get involved in something you are passionate about and let it be a learning journey. You’ll make a difference not only in someone else’s life, but also your own, this Tuesday and every day of the year.

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