The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. 2020 was an unprecedented year with the coronavirus raging throughout the United States. There were two giving campaigns in 2020. The May 2020 #GivingTuesdayNow program was launched as an emergency response to the need generated by the coronavirus shutdowns in addition to the usual #GivingTuesday campaign. This year, with COVID-19 still impacting areas throughout the country, it is more important than ever to help nonprofit organizations and those in need in your community.

History of #GivingTuesday

The #GivingTuesday movement started in 2012 in New York City by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y to connect diverse groups of people, communities and organizations to celebrate and encourage giving. Following the launch, a team of social media influencers and founding partners such as Mashable, Skype, Microsoft, Sony, Heifer International, Phoenix House and Starwood Hotels joined forces sharing their expertise and commitment to the cause.

#GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. The 2020 #GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow campaigns raised over $3 billion and inspired over 33 million adults in the U.S. to volunteer and donate their time, money and goods to their community.

Ways You Can Help on #GivingTuesday

Large and small organizations participate in #GivingTuesday activities. But, it isn’t just helping on a larger scale. Individuals can help in many ways as well. There is no limit to how much good people can do on this giving day and beyond. Below are a few ways you can help on the personal level:

  • Donate time by volunteering at an organization in your community
  • Give back to the community by donating to a charity or organization that has impacted your life
  • Help small businesses in your area by buying gift cards or writing online reviews
  • Support local community food pantries by volunteering or donating
  • Ask your management team if you can give a part of your paycheck to charity
  • Share your skills by working pro bono to help nonprofits with their campaigns
  • Post about your experience on social media by using the #GivingTuesday hashtag

AmTrust’s Community Outreach

All types and sizes of organizations are encouraged to participate in #GivingTuesday-from schools to nonprofits to small businesses to corporations and more. Plus, the attitude behind #GivingTuesday can last all year. AmTrust Financial celebrates our employee’s involvement in a variety of community service events throughout the year. AmTrust’s Alpharetta, Georgia office hosted a team event to help Rise Against Hunger, a nonprofit whose mission is to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies. Hear from the AmTrust team as they came together to give back to the nonprofit community by packing over 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger.

Courtesy of AmTrust Financial

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