This year, have you thought about a charitable donation? Not throwing money out into the void, hoping that some good will come of it, but giving to one of the charities that are taking the new "hand-up, not handout" approach to helping.
Imagine you're among the world's poorest: you've never had enough for your family, let alone to spare. But today, for the first time, you will become a giver, and you will give your neighbor roughly half your wealth.
The charities love it, too. The musicians who choose to support them through Music for Good aren't just individual donors, they're megaphones through which the charity reaches fans and friends via the ReverbNation website, email and social media.
What do you get when you combine the active voices of 3.5 million people who want to change the world with nearly 70 years of experience in on-the-ground programs that have helped lift 20.7 million families out of hunger and poverty?
Gender equity, where women and men are valued equally and enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential, is a basic human right and an important component of international development work. When gender equity is present, we find accountability, efficiency and sustainability.
As much of the world looks forward to the promise of a New Year, there's another group, nearly a billion strong, whose only promise is a continued struggle -- against hunger, against poverty -- to survive.
Lydia and her family received a dairy goat from Just Like My Child Foundation's Project Grace in August of 2012. Just three weeks later, the dairy nanny kidded female twins. This was the rise of the "goats' milk delicacy" for Lydia and her family.
This Giving Tuesday, I challenge you to take what you saved and buy your loved ones alternative gifts that really make an impact. Use our Black Friday Savings Calculator to figure out how your savings can be translated into life-changing gifts. It's money well spent.
I am struck by how often there is impatience to get to the fundraising without taking the time to articulate why people should give. Think of it like dating. With so many potential suitors out there, why should you get chosen?