Following on the heels of "Movember," #GivingTuesday is all about celebrating the spirit of generosity.
#GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The second annual #GivingTuesday is today (December 3, 2013).
To make the most of your #GivingTuesday, keep these five legal tips in mind:
Read the fine print. Before making a charitable donation, find out how the organization will use your donated funds. More specifically, find out what portion of your dollars will go directly toward helping people and providing services. Your charity should be able to provide you with an annual report and financial documents that describe how donations are spent.
Amplify your employer's participation in #GivingTuesday. Find out if your employer will get into the spirit of charitable giving and match #GivingTuesday contributions. On some sites, you’ll see a list of participating employers, created by a company called Double the Donation. But make sure it doesn't interfere with your employment contract.