The holiday season is upon us, with Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday passing in rapid succession. Now, it’s your chance to give back to your community’s nonprofits with the third annual Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation.
As an international event, the community was founded online and many are sharing their experiences with the Twitter hashtag #GivingTuesday.
More than 10,000 nonprofits are participating this year, and Oregon groups have come together to celebrate the day of giving. So far, nearly $980,000 has been raised worldwide.
In Portland, Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Piano International, Portland Youth Philharmonic and Columbia Symphony will perform at First Congregational Church on the South Park Blocks at 4 p.m. Or if you’re more in the mood for a happy hour after work, you can go by Ex Novo Brewpub, where the City Club of Portland will host Civic Drinks at 5 p.m.
If it’s not in the cards to donate time or money today, you can post your #UNselfie: Take a photo of yourself with a sign to say what charity, nonprofit or cause you support.
You can watch the donations stack up, literally, with the app Crowdrise — it creates a virtual giving tower when you hold your smartphone or iPad over a dollar.