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Oklahoma nonprofits hoping for generous #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a national movement that kicks off the holiday giving season (givingtuesday.org).

This time of year seems to be all about shopping and snagging the best deals possible, but instead of all that spending, Oklahoma non-profits hope you think about giving back.

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a national campaign that raises millions for charitable organizations across the country. The tradition started a few years ago, as a day to celebrate generosity after the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“This is really the time where we hope people move both their minds and hearts to the thought of philanthropy and giving back to the community, and giving to others who may not have the same resources to do the fun shopping and everything you may be doing,” said Marnie Taylor, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

Non-profits encourage people to donate their time, money or other gifts to causes they’re passionate about.

“I think it’s an exciting time,” said Taylor. “It’s really the kick-off to the giving season. 30 percent of giving comes in the month of December to charities across the US, and 12 percent comes in the last three days of December.”

Before donating to a charity this season, it’s a good idea to do your research.

  • Think about causes you’re passionate about, because you’re more likely to give and volunteer it it’s to an organization you’re interested in.
  • Don’t be pressured into giving on the spot.
  • Verify the organization is well-managed and effective.
  • You can look up the nonprofit on Give Smart OKC to make sure you’re giving wisely this Giving Tuesday.

Whether you have $10 or $10,000 to give, nonprofits say every little bit helps.

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