Next Tuesday, December 1st, is Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement intended to unleash the power of people and organizations to positively transform their communities and the world. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many traditionally focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

This year has been unlike any other, and there has never been a moment in our lives when your help is needed more.

If you’re able, we encourage you to join the movement and give — whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community. Many organizations in our community are hurting, so whether you give to our Community Relief & Recovery Fund or directly to the organization of your choice — we ask that you please give.

It can sometimes feel like people have very little in common and it’s hard to connect, but generosity is a universally held value that brings us together.

  • Being generous can make us happier, it can make a difference in the world, and it inspires generosity in others.
  • It lets us come closer together and build stronger communities. It’s vital to strengthening the overall social sector, which the GHACF is a part of.
  • Now, more than ever, we need to lift up and celebrate those values that bring us together and create joy. We need more generosity in the world.

Everyone has something to give. Giving Tuesday is about the collective spirit of generosity that brings change to our communities when people give their voice, their time, their talent, or their treasure.

If you’d like to give, you can make a donation online or send a check to our office at 1 S. Harbor Dr. in Grand Haven.

Learn more about Giving Tuesday.