Published: Wed, November 29, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Giving Tuesday 2017: How to participate in day of charitable giving

Giving Tuesday 2017: How to participate in day of charitable giving

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Americans are being asked to reach into their pockets again, but this time for a good cause. It was originally the brain child of the 92 Street Y. And it's taken off, last year donations topped $170 million, up 44 percent from the year before.

Check with other organizations to see if they have a dedicated page, or you can give through a national page. This group of people is often classified as lazy, selfish and entitled, but apparently, this population has a big heart when it comes to charitable giving.

Give.org was created by the Better Business Bureau to rank charities with 20 markers in place to help determine the validity of a charity.

Watch out for name similarities. Some scammers are known to name themselves similarly to a well-known charity.

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In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Facebook is waiving fees for donations made to nonprofits.

If you are thinking about giving back, make sure you protect yourself from scammers. The holidays bring a higher frequency of donation requests outside public locations. "BBB WGA evaluations can give donors insight into a charity's trustworthiness so that their hard-earned dollars go to charities that operate ethically". Reputable charities will welcome your gift tomorrow as much as today. Always research to verify that your selected charity operates ethically. Participation in BBB WGA evaluations is voluntary.

In 2016, millions of people in 98 countries participated in a Giving Tuesday event, raising more than $177 million to support a range of organizations.

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