Today wasn’t always known as “Giving Tuesday.” In fact, until this year not many people were even aware of it. I would say within the last three years it has really grown. This year, especially with Facebook and Paypal joining together to donate up to 7 million in matching donations. These matching donations only count for official non-profits and have limits. Facebook will match up to $20,000 per person and no more than $250,000 per organization. The other catch is that it will only be the first $7M donated. Estimates state these matching funds will go within the first TEN MINUTES once it goes live.
You’re first thought might be, “Wow, now we have a whole week of spending…” But that’s exactly the thought that #GivingTuesday is trying to combat. You see, holidays weren’t always about materialism and this high demand for commercial goods. A lot of it was meant to focus on charity, giving from our hearts, and being Thankful for what we have already. It’s going to take a lot of effort to steer our American culture away from its current climate, but let Giving Tuesday give you pause to your holiday shopping. They purposefully put it after Black Friday weekend. I mean we have Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Whew… The emphasis with today isn’t to stretch your wallet even more. No, it’s meant to make you stop and rethink the reasons behind the holiday spirit. Don’t let commercialism consume you. Think of a charity you can support today, and be sure to add charity giving into your holiday spending budget.
If you don’t have a charity you can support, would you consider giving to my endeavors in Alaska? Or helping my ministry overhead, LightShine Ministries, with their building fund?
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* To support LightShine Ministries Building Fund, please check out their Giving Tuesday Fundraiser on their Facebook Page.
Author: A.P. Smither
Editor: P.J. Walk
*Disclaimer: views and opinions expressed by A.P. Smither do not necessarily reflect the views of his editors, current employers, or ministry affiliates: Light Shine Ministries and Hope of the Nations Christian Center.