Tuesday marks the sixth year of the Giving Tuesday Holiday

Bill Rogers
November 29, 2017

In 2016, it raised $168 million, a 44 percent increase from the previous year, according to NPR. 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.

These days, given the plethora of online fundraising sites, it's not quite as simple as dropping your spare change in a Salvation Army kettle (though that's still an option).

The Better Business Bureau has some advice as well. "What we'll be proving is backpacks which include hotel vouchers, food, clothing, and any kind of care kits that they may need", she says. When charities seek support for the same cause, their names are often similar. Facebook is also waiving its fees for donations made to nonprofits on its platform.

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If you are thinking about giving back, make sure you protect yourself from scammers. Don't succumb to pressure to make an immediate giving decision. Also beware if the charity won't provide proof that your donation is tax deductible. Responsible organizations will welcome your gift tomorrow as much as they do today. "BBB WGA evaluations can give donors insight into a charity's trustworthiness so that their hard-earned dollars go to charities that operate ethically". And lastly, visit Give.org to verify that the charity you are giving to is both "trustworthy and transparent". Charities can demonstrate they are trustworthy by agreeing to in-depth evaluations such as the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability.

Last Year, Giving Tuesday saw a significant increase in online donations, with donors giving more than $177 million, up from $116 million in 2015.

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