Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Make room for #GivingTuesday -- a global rally for great giving which falls on December 2 this year.
I'm proud to be a social media ambassador for Giving Tuesday.
What I like about the movement is that no one charity is supported -- each person choose's who to support and how, whether it's a tweet, a donation, volunteering, or socially sharing on a virtual and physical level.
In honor of #Giving Tuesday, I tapped into a slew of my friends and colleagues to find out where they like to give.
The mission of Mothers & More is to connect mothers through a virtual and local network throughout the United States, and to provide programming and national community for moms through all stages, phases and transitions of motherhood.
Here is the link to donate
Mothers & More will be holding an online Expo from January 25 through January 31, where there will be keynote speakers (on flexible job options, money mastery, how to raise a thoughtful communicator in a digital world), as well as demos (cooking, meditation, fitness, relaxation) and giveaways.
Another pet charity of mine is The Lighthouse Guild, which supports care and education for people who are blind or vision impaired, including those who are multi-disabled. I attended the gala last night at the Plaza with my husband (pictured below), where model Carol Alt hosted. They do such wonderful things to support and rehabilitate people with sight problems.
Here are the rest of the wonderful organizations to check out and open your wallet for based on recommendations from 53 fabulous and talented women (please follow them on their blogs and sites).
A Giving Roll Call
Margit Detweiler of TueNight for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
Cindy Dudas of Whatever Works for The Jetty Rock Foundation (this charitable organization was formed in June of 2013 as a direct result of Jetty's massive Sandy Relief efforts).
Kim Jorgensen Gane of GANE Possible for The Readiness Center (located in Benton Harbor, Michigan, this community resource tries to break the cycle of poverty by helping prepare and educate families by supporting their children's education).
Sheryl Kraft of My So-Called Midlife for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Fred's Team
Charlene Smith for National Race Amity (in U.S., which promotes race reconciliation and understanding ) and in South Africa for NKosi's Haven (which supports Gail Johnson's work with HIV infected mothers and their children).
Thank you everyone who participated in this post. I really appreciate you sharing your favorite organizations and charities to give to.
So get ready and join us on December 2nd.
Because to give of yourself is the best way I know how to make a difference in the world.
This article originally appeared on the author's blog Musings on Motherhood & Midlife