Even if you’ve had your head buried in work, it would be impossible to have missed the signs of the coming holiday season. From snow to holiday galas, the festive season is in full swing. Some of the traditions may be timeless (think Christmas lights), but it seems every year we get hit by a new “tradition”. While the ‘joy’ of Black Friday is questionable, here at 100 Men YEG we are in full support of Giving Tuesday (and giving on any Tuesday for that matter)
What is Giving Tuesday? While the cynic may respond that it is the guilty hangover of a Black Friday weekend gone wrong, we prefer the nobler American Thanksgiving version: Stuffed full of turkey, one pauses for a few minutes to be thankful, and to consider how to pass our incredible luck on to those less fortunate. As such, Giving Tuesday falls after Thanksgiving for our southern neighbours.
As a member of 100 Men YEG, you are already giving $400 a year. Whether or not $400 a year is enough likely depends on your family’s situation. But we know our community’s need is great. According to a 2013 article from the Globe and Mail, only 23% of Canadians claim donations on their taxes and that is down from 30% of Canadians in the 1990s. That’s a 20% decrease in just 20 years.
So, as a someone Who Gives a Damn, what can you do? Although Giving Tuesday is over (it was yesterday), the end if the year is a great time to get strategic. We encourage you to take a few minutes and set some goals for your 2015 charitable giving:
What organizations or areas of need do you care deeply about?
What is the optimum amount to give as a family or business?
How much time can you reasonably spend volunteering?
How can you get your kids involved so that they understand the benefits of volunteer work and charitable giving?
Lastly, let us know how it goes. If you have any stories on how your family or business approaches giving back to our community, we’d love to hear about it.
Below are a few resources to help you with your plan:
www.VolunteerEdmonton.com – Edmonton focused site that aggregates information on volunteering.
www.GoVolunteer.ca – A search engine for postings about volunteer opportunities. Focused on BC and Alberta.
@BecauseYEGCares on Twitter – A group that helps you tour volunteer organizations and find one that is right for you.
www.TimeRaiser.ca – A fun evening that lets you meet non-profits and bid on art using volunteer hours instead of dollars.
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