Take time to pay it forward on #GivingTuesday

Happy #GivingTuesday!
Now in its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is the global day of giving that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. It is intended to kick-start the charitable season by encouraging collective impact and generosity.
And according to research, giving has an impact not just on the recipient, but also on the one who gives.
The Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey reports that people who give to charity are 43 percent more likely than those who do not to say they are “very happy” about their lives.
Curious about how you can make an impact?
More than 40,000 organizations in 71 countries are involved, but there are many local participants — some of which you can find on the #GivingTuesday database.
“The beauty of this campaign is that it has no boundaries,” said Marian Salzman, Havas PR CEO. “Even as it grows more massive, it remains easy to make it your own.”
Check out your favorite nonprofit’s website or social media page to see how they’ve put their own unique spin on #GivingTuesday, and make it a point to give today. 

Do Good: 

•    Take an #UNselfie after you've donated to show your generosity and prompt others to engage in #GivingTuesday as well. 

•    Even the smallest donation goes a long way. Tell your friends about #GivingTuesday, and encourage them to give. 

•    Check out what's happening near you. Learn more about what local organizations are doing, and lend them a helping hand. 

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Brittany York is a college educator, freelance writer, and the event producer for Ohio Civics Essential. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.