Created as a response to "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday," #GivingTuesday was spearheaded by the 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and other admirable organizations.
Today, on International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the contributions of volunteers all over the world to improving our communities, whether those efforts are focused locally, nationally, or globally. 62 million Americans volunteered last year, that's close to 25 percent of the population over the age of 12!
This time of year, even the kindest children are susceptible to a bad case of the "gimmes." One good way to manage their expectations is to help them find ways to give back.
The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.
I think the challenge regarding development work lies in the fact that people with good intentions must cross not only borders, but they must also cross cultural backgrounds, histories, and realities in order to "help."
Despite the traditional bustle we find ourselves in during the holiday season, let's pause for a moment and reflect on the last time someone shared joy with us. Whether someone shared a kind smile, held a door or offered a helping hand, it sure does feel good to recognize all of the joy.
Unlike several generations before, those headed into the retirement years today are taking very different paths. Where people who retired at the end of the last century might have been content to play golf or cards and take the occasional trip, today's active baby boomers have big and diverse plans. And what's most interesting is that they are not passive plans.
It took 72 years for women to get the right to vote in this country. Will it take that long to build a museum on the National Mall exploring and celebrating the contributions of American women?
A group of eight volunteers rescued the dogs from the puppy mill auction after raising $200,000 in 11 days. The cause, known as "Operation Rescue Cavalier," saved 96 Cavalier King Charles spaniels, seven shiba inus, one French bulldog, two cocker spaniels, one shih tzu and one Yorkshire terrier.
I am grateful for this year's #GivingTuesday to coincide with World AIDS Day and to continue our workshops that teach children to value their own lives even when others do not. I am reminded of the valuable contribution and dedication of so many who work in the trenches across such organizations.
There are three big food buckets that get my attention: the season of local winter food; exploring unique holiday-related food events; and the best one, sharing the bounty with others.
So after you complete your shopping list, think about giving to others. You will restore the true meaning of the holiday season.
During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you -- points of light everywhere -- for all that you have done this year.
Most people think about soup kitchens on Thanksgiving, and there's no doubt that helping at a homeless shelter is a terrific way to give back on this day, and any day.
When I was a young teen, my parents took me to visit poverty-stricken communities in my hometown of Detroit, MI. It was their way of giving me a crash course in philanthropy, and I learned a lot from those visits.
I'm not skipping Thanksgiving because I don't have things to be thankful for, but because the traditional day of giving thanks in this country is a farce. I no longer enjoy 24-hour marathons of hypocrisy, gluttony and guilt that ombre into weeks of self-absorption and ungratefulness.