The Gift of Creating a Lasting Impact
- December 3, 2019
- By: Greenpath Financial Wellness
Many are not aware of Giving Tuesday, but its popularity is vastly increasing worldwide since it began in 2012. The Giving Tuesday concept is simple: a day set aside to encourage people to do good. In the last seven years, the idea has grown into a global initiative to inspire millions to give, collaborate and encourage generosity. The hashtag #GivingTuesday connects the charitable nature of people around the world through the power of social media with a focus on global change. And it’s working! In 2018 Giving Tuesday raised $380 million in the United States alone.
Making Your Impact
The effort to make your impact on the world can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Pick a cause and give in whatever way that is meaningful to you. Here are a few ideas for how you can play a part in Giving Tuesday:
- Your Time Is a Gift: One thing that is greater than the gift of money is your time. Volunteering offers an opportunity to connect in a different way, in or outside of your community. It can also provide an avenue to learn more about the issues affecting your community and to meet different people. You may even create new friendships along the way.
- Donate Goods: Books, toiletries, food, and clothing could really become the focus of an organized donation drive. Gather your family, friends, co-workers or neighbors and plan a drive to collect goods for those who are in need. Share your efforts on your various social media channels to inspire and encourage others to do the same!
- An Act of Kindness: A small, kind act can really go a long way and it may matter more than you realize. Cover the tab for the person standing in front of you in the coffee shop line; call someone who you haven’t spoken to in a while and tell them you care and that they matter; or invite your neighbor over for dinner. These may be seemingly small actions towards kindness but in doing so, it can penetrate hearts and have the power to inspire the generous nature of others to evoke change.
Giving in various ways on Giving Tuesday or any other day makes us happy, especially after a weekend of stressful holiday shopping and long checkout lines. No matter how you decide to donate for Giving Tuesday, your gift will make the world a little bit better for someone who is in need. #GivingTuesday may seem like another trend on social media, but this initiative is truly making a positive difference.
GreenPath offers another way to donate
GreenPath recently set up two endowment funds in order to support our mission to help people achieve financial health and sustainable homeownership. Click here to learn more about the funds and to donate.
Maurice Turner has been with GreenPath since 2007. In addition to his role as a Financial Wellness Expert, he is also an Interim Marketing Generalist. Providing people with tools, resources, and hope towards a better financial future is a mission that Maurice is greatly passionate about. Throughout life’s difficulties, Maurice has learned to persevere and it’s through those experiences that he has learned the importance of financial wellness. Maurice is currently a proud Detroiter and is an active member of his community.