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Giving Tuesday Encourages Nation to Give Back During Thanksgiving Holiday

Giving Tuesday
Posted at 4:25 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 17:07:22-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Non-profits in North Florida and South Georgia are mobilizing in preparation for an national giving event that's just one week away.

November has people thinking about the things they are thankful for, and people are as willing as ever to give back to their community.

Jessica Minor-Lowe, with the Institute of Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence said, "Giving back is so important because it feels good, it makes us all feel better to know that our lives are meaningful and we're contributing to the community we live in. Also we have lots of non profits in this community that are doing amazing things and its really wonderful to support them and to help our community be stronger and more vibrant."

Four years ago, the Case Foundation launched Giving Tuesday, a day-long event created to encourage people to make as many charitable donations as possible in a 24 hour period.

Tuesday Forbes Magazine called Giving Tuesday "as much an institution" as national shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Local nonprofits also aim to benefit from the newly established day. 

"Giving Tuesday is a national day of giving, so whether you give your time, whether you volunteer, or whether you give your treasure or you make a donation," said Minor-Lowe. "Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so you can thank Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is basically an opportunity to give back. To make giving and charity part of your holiday season."

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