Fall Is The Season of GIVING

The summer transition into fall is often bittersweet. We say goodbye to beach days and camping trips and welcome comfy sweaters, hearty meals and the holidays. For families that are struggling, those simple pleasures that help make life worthwhile can become lost in the their consistent financial and emotional stress. For those of us fortunate enough to have stability in our lives, it’s important to think about what we can do to improve the lives of those in our community and across the country who are not as fortunate.

We’ve all been doing a better job at helping to increase the quality of life for those that are needy, with 2014 being the largest year for charitable donations to date! Communities, corporations, organizations and individual volunteers all over this country have consistently contributed more time and resources to philanthropy every autumn in particular. This year, we’re looking to break more records.

To quote Winston Churchill;

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

This sense of compassion is contagious and only beneficial for us all. We’ve taken a little time to list some prominent days for giving and service as well as some ideas to spark a charitable light within you this fall. Check it out below!

Make A Difference Day, October 24th, is the largest single-day of volunteering of the year. With the goal of having everyone do a charitable deed on this day, the sponsors USA Today, GANNETT, Points of Light, Newman’s Own Foundation and NBC News do a great job of spreading the word and getting large portions of the community involved. This will be it’s 24th year! A testament to the ongoing and growing charitable spirit in this country. For more info, click here. YouGiveGoods participates in this day by pledging 5% cash donations on all purchases of $50 or more made on 10/24. It pays to use YouGiveGoods on giving days!

Also, don’t forget that the 9/11 Day movement does not stop after 9/11, however it is meant to be a platform for volunteering, donating and creative philanthropic ideas year round! Their website can match you with a cause in your area so you can help make a difference at any moment!

Of course, Thanksgiving is approaching, and with that comes a great need from many local food pantries to be able to provide the best possible holiday meal to those less fortunate. It is as easy as typing “Thanksgiving 2015 food drives” into a Google search to realize that there are a lot of folks out there preparing for this important holiday meal rush. If you would like to start your own food drive for Thanksgiving supplies, we can help. Whether it is for a national nonprofit, a local church, food pantry or shelter, you have the power to help by setting up an online food drive for them through YouGiveGoods. All items purchased during the drive are shipped for free to the receiving charity. Real goods, delivered.

Then there is #GivingTuesday, December 1st, 2015. This is arguably the most social media intensive of the fall giving days. What a wonderful trend to spread via social media! Like Cyber Monday and Black Friday, the goal of #GivingTuesday is to have it be a staple of the holiday season, but instead of it being a shopping day, it is a giving day. Every year, YouGiveGoods participates in #GivingTuesday more and more. Being a web based platform for giving, our goals line up nicely with the #GivingTuesday movement. Use YouGiveGoods to easily contribute to this charitable day and YouGiveGoods will donate an additional 10% cash on purchases of $50+ made on December 1st to the charity your are supporting.

We are looking forward to a great fall season of giving. It is our busiest time of the year, and that is thanks to the generosity of people like you, willing to take a moment to make a difference in the life of a person in need of a helping hand. It can be a simple act, but out of small acts of kindness can come great things.

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