#GivingTuesday Meets Movember

We’ve all heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- so it seems quite natural to add another day to the mix with #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday (yep, it’s spelled that way with the hashtag and no space) consists of more than 2,000 recognized partners, from all 50 U.S. states, which are either registered charities, or they are for-profit businesses, schools, religious or community groups who have committed to spearhead a project that will benefit at least one 501(c)3.

Personally, I think it’s a great reminder to keep charities in focus during the holiday season. As much fun as it is to give to family and friends, it’s equally fun to donate to a great cause. And trust me, non-profits need your gifts quite badly.

The more I travel around to meet with charitable organizations, the more I hear about how funding is drying up. Mostly because of government cuts, the economic downturn, and general public opinion about some charities. Simply put, they need your help to continue serving their communities.

For me, #GivingTuesday means building a fence at a local animal rescue, donating some cash to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and raising awareness and money for Movember (men’s health initiatives & prostate cancer research) by growing out my ugly stache. (Click here to watch my Movember video or click here to donate on my Movember page.)

So -- if you have a dollar to spare, a hand to lend, or some time to give, please do so this Tuesday (November 27, 2012) as a way to promote and encourage your favorite organizations.

If you’re looking for some suggestions on where to give, here are just some of the places I’ve volunteered at while in Pennsylvania. They’re worth your time to check out and support.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania

The Super Hero Foundation

Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue

Mercer Museum & Fontill Castle

Are you participating in #GivingTuesday?

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