Designed as an antidote to the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is all about paying something back. But what? And how? We’ve put together a little Giving Tuesday guide for those undecided about what to do.
- Donate online [Time: 5 minutes / Money: £-£££]
Let’s start with the obvious stuff. For those short on time but with a few pounds to spare, donating online is the fastest route to feel-good giving. Almost all charities take online card payments and will also be happy if you wanted to use Giving Tuesday as an excuse to set up a regular gift.
- Volunteer your time [Time: As much as you can give / Money: 0]
On the flipside, if you’re strapped for cash, you can volunteer your time instead. If the great outdoors is your thing, you can sign up to spend your time surveying traditional orchards in your local area, for example, or sign up to do practical conservation work.
- Begin at home [Time: As much as you can give / Money: 0-£]
It is said that charity begins at home, so why not do something for your family, friends or local wildlife? Perhaps you have an older neighbour who might appreciate some help with their shopping or a relative living alone who might like a cup of tea and a chat. You could even use this time to make your garden more wildlife friendly! Giving Tuesday needn’t take you far from your comfort zone.
- Get your citizen science on [Time: 5 minutes+ / Money: 0]
Many charities need people’s time or computing power to help answer big scientific questions such as where endangered species exist in Africa or where we might find unexplained particles in data from CERN. Using tiny pockets of time when you have them, you can make a valuable contribution to charity and science all at once!
- Shop with a conscience [Time: 5 minutes / Money: 0]
Did you know that some companies will donate money to charity just because you shopped with them? If you sign up to EasyFundraising and install their toolbar, your online shopping can mean donating to charity at no cost to you. It takes 5 minutes to set up and once installed can be activated with a single click.
- Buy your Christmas presents from charities [Time: 5 minutes+ / Money: £-£££]
If you really want your spending to have an impact, many charities this time of year have online shops full of great Christmas gifts. By purchasing from a charity, you know that the profits will directly fund their work, so every purchase gives something back.
- Share the causes you’re passionate about [Time: 2 minutes+ / Money: 0]
If there’s a charity you want to support, why not find their Facebook or Twitter presence and share some of their good work? Your friends and contacts might not know anything about the charities you support, so by posting about the organisations you think are doing a great job you can generate awareness and support for them.