Tomorrow, November 30, 2021, is #GivingTuesday – a 24-hour philanthropic day of giving to jump in, help out your favorite causes and kick off the season of giving! On Mightycause, we’ve got thousands of charities raising funds, and many of them are registered for #GivingTuesday. Mightycause has been hosting #GivingTuesday events for 9 years now! It’s one of the most important days of the year for nonprofits — it kicks off the season of giving and helps them make progress toward their fundraising goals so they can keep operating the following year. This year the Mightycause Foundation will be giving away $7,000 in cash prizes and over $7,000 in Advanced subscriptions to help the winning nonprofits fundraise year-round.
Wondering how you can help give back on #GivingTuesday? Here’s how!
1. Donate to a Nonprofit
It’s no secret that one of the most impactful things you can do to support the causes you care about is giving money. Nonprofits need to fund their programs, keep their lights on, and pay their staff in order to keep doing their important work. The number one thing you can do to help out on #GivingTuesday is donate money.
You don’t need to donate a lot. Smaller donations add up quickly. Those $10, $15, and $25 donations can make all the difference to a nonprofit on #GivingTuesday. On Mightycause, we’ve got thousands of nonprofits you can give to on #GivingTuesday, and they all need your help to meet their fundraising goals. We’ve also waived our platform fee for #GivingTuesday to help your donations go even further!
Mightycause makes it easy to find causes you care about and make a donation. Not sure what organization you want to donate to? No problem! We’ve made them searchable by category and location.
Mightycause also gives you the option to donate on a monthly basis. The amount you choose will automatically be deducted from your credit card so you can make a difference year-round. Recurring donors are vitally important to nonprofits, so when you make a donation, consider whether you can afford to donate every month.
2. Start a Fundraiser
If you want to help your favorite nonprofit in a more hands-on way, you can start a fundraiser for them.
Never hosted a fundraiser before? It’s as easy as telling a story about why this cause is important to you. Once you’ve told that story, the hard work is done, you just get to share that personal story with family and friends. It’s totally free to set up a charitable fundraiser on Mightycause, so if you want to make a big impact but don’t have much money to give, donating your time and effort to running a #GivingTuesday fundraiser is a great way to maximize your impact.
On Mightycause, the money you raise in a charitable fundraiser goes directly to the nonprofit. The total amount you raise will be added to their total amount raised for the day. How does that help them? Well, nonprofits compete for prize money on #GivingTuesday. Every dollar they add to their total helps get them closer to topping a leaderboard and winning a prize. You can strategically drive traffic to your page during Power Hours to help your favorite cause win up to $500.
Starting a fundraiser also helps nonprofits reach beyond their usual supporters. You’ll be reaching out to your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and social media followers to help — and most of these people aren’t already in the nonprofit’s donor database. You’re helping to bring new supporters into the fold and getting them to engage with a cause that’s important to you. The value of that may even outweigh the money they raise on #GivingTuesday or any prizes they win by giving them new supporters who are willing to donate to their work.
3. Get Active on Social Media
Helping a cause on #GivingTuesday can be as simple as sharing a social media post.
By sharing a post, or writing a post encouraging your friends and followers to donate to your favorite nonprofit on #GivingTuesday, you’re helping the nonprofit reach people they may have never been able to reach. And if those people share with their friends, and so on and so on, you can see how a post from you can have a huge impact.
On Mightycause, we have Power Hours where nonprofits compete to win prize money. You can see the schedule below. If you post on social media encouraging the people you know to make a donation during one of our Power Hours, you not only help promote the fundraiser, but you can help the nonprofit win valuable prize money. We also have Golden Tickets where all nonprofits that receive a donation will be entered into a prize pool for a 6 months free of Mightycause Advanced. You can find the full info on prizes and times here.
A social media post is free. It’s easy. It can take just a matter of seconds with Mightycause’s social sharing tools. Even if you don’t have a dollar to donate on #GivingTuesday, sharing fundraisers on social media can be incredibly powerful.
Time is money, as they say, and one meaningful way you can participate in #GivingTuesday is volunteering.
If you have a favorite cause, give them a call or write them an email to see if they have a need for volunteers to help with their #GivingTuesday campaign. #GivingTuesday is an online event, but there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that you might be able to help with! There are lots of ways you might be able to use your skills to help your favorite charity’s #GivingTuesday campaign. Helping with day-to-day tasks at the nonprofit, like walking dogs at an animal shelter or helping office staff answer phones, can also be a huge help!
5. Get Your Workplace Involved
Wondering how your workplace can get involved on #GivingTuesday? From workplace giving campaigns and matching gifts to food drives, there are plenty of ways for employers and your co-workers to get involved!
Start by checking to see if your employer has a matching gift program, where if you donate money to a charity they will match your donation. Your donations can go even further in supporting your nonprofit if you take advantage of this opportunity! Consider starting a clothing or a food drive at your office. Encourage your co-workers to get involved by creating fun milestones to work towards to encourage a season of giving amongst your team! Create an online fundraiser and share the link with your coworkers. Encourage them to donate or pass the link along to family and friends to extend the reach.
Much of what has been discussed above can be applied to the workplace for #GivingTuesday, from volunteering to re-sharing local nonprofits’ social media posts! If in doubt, reach out to your local nonprofits and find out what they are most in need of during this time. They know best what their needs are!
As you can see, there are LOTS of ways that you as just one individual can make a big difference on #GivingTuesday. So we invite you to jump in and get started, find a cause that you are passionate about and give back in your own way this holiday season!