The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for consumers to give back after holiday shopping begins. GivingTuesday, the organization behind the global generosity movement, is calling communities to action for #GivingTuesdayNow.
In addition to the regularly scheduled Giving Tuesday, #GivingTuesdayNow will take place May 5 and encourage donations to COVID-19 relief efforts. GivingTuesday suggests participating by donating supplies to healthcare workers, buying gift cards from local small businesses and more.
While supporting charitable causes is important, especially in times of crisis, it is also important to stay diligent when making donations. Nearly 200 charity scams were reported across the United States in 2019, with some consumers losing tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
#GivingTuesdayNow takes place shortly after the release of a survey from BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance (WGA). Results show that 30% of individuals intend to increase their charitable giving in 2020. Nearly 24% of survey respondents say they plan to give money to small businesses, and 24.5% say they will look for ways to help unemployed individuals directly.
Consider these tips from your Better Business Bureau when donating to COVID-19 relief efforts:
Visit now.givingtuesday.org for more information on #GivingTuesdayNow, and BBB.org/coronavirus for a list of WGA accredited charities donating to COVID-19 relief.
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