On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, thousands of people, charities, businesses and others are coming together to celebrate the second annual #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to charitable giving to kick off the holiday season much like the retail shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday seeks to harness the power of social media to tap into the incredible generosity of people to bring about positive change in their own communities and across the world. Led by 92nd Street Y and founding partners such as InterAction and the UN Foundation, the movement continues to build momentum in its second year.
Check out #GivingTuesday's community portal for ideas and inspiration. Join InterAction and our partners on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 to celebrate the second ever #GivingTuesday, a day for giving back.
What InterAction is Doing
In partnership with The Huffington Post, InterAction and our members are publishing a series of blogs about the power of giving. Here at InterAction's offices, we are collecting canned goods for a local food bank as well. 
“With the recent disaster in the Philippines, we are reminded of what matters and we are moved to help - to give," said Samuel A. Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction. "InterAction is proud to be a founding partner of #GivingTuesday and put it on the calendar in 2013 and beyond. It is the time of year for our generous nation to show how much we care."

What You Can Do

  1. Partner as an individual social media ambassador or group.
  2. Read and share InterAction members' stories on giving, featured in The Huffington Post.
  3. Be inspired - and inspire others - with stories of giving in the #GivingTuesday community portal.
  4. Follow @GivingTues and #GivingTuesday
  5. Like the group on Facebook for the latest updates.

Read & Share InterAction Members' Stories on Giving

The "giving" in #GivingTuesday takes on many forms. It is a community sending offers of aid to others that need it more. A refugee sharing coveted work hours. A woman taking in her orphaned granchildren. Follow our series in The Huffington Post to read stories from our members about giving that moved them - and will move you, too.
Small Acts of Kindness When Everything Was Lost to War (Crystal Wells, Concern Worldwide US)
Extreme Resilience: Finding Hope in Afghanistan (Sophia M. Assani, Aga Khan Foundation)
A Great Gift: Community Fortitude in the Face of Disaster (Ciony Ayo-Eduarte, United Methodist Committee on Relief)
Turning Nonprofit Beneficiaries into Donors (Pierre Ferrari, Heifer International)
A Dollar a Day (Ritu Sharma, Women Thrive Worldwide)
A Simple Dress that Transformed a Life (Renee Stearns, World Vision)
Education Provides Refugees Hope for a Better Future (Christian Fuchs, Jesuit Refugee Service)
Giving the Gift of Yourself: Juliet's Story (Suzanne Ehlers, Population Action International)
Global Grandmothers (Donna Cordner, HelpAge USA)
Giving the Gift of Inclusion (Stephen Bennett, United Cerebral Palsy)
The Gift that Can't Be Gift Wrapped (Ernest Randriarimalala, WaterAid)