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Keeping Giving Tuesday alive all year – #GivingTuesday

by · December 31, 2013

All year we’ve working to keep Giving Tuesday generosity alive each week. We’ve been featuring nonprofits and sharing tips.

In this final post of 2013, I asked a few people for their tips on keeping generosity alive in 2014. These are real people with really practical ideas.

Here are my two favorite.

Easy ways to keep Giving Tuesday generosity alive in 2014

    1. Explore payroll deduction

      Jay Headshot“If your employer has a program setup, make charitable contributions through payroll deductions. The advantages of this are:

      • It is much easier than having to write a check or enter your credit card online

One Today – #GivingTuesday

by · December 17, 2013

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A couple weeks ago, we celebrated the second #GivingTuesday.

Donations doubled this year compared to last, and many nonprofits around the world saw a typically quiet Tuesday become a fundraising day!

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Project Espwa – #GivingTuesday

by · November 26, 2013

A while back when I asked my online community what nonprofits I should feature in these #GivingTuesday posts, Mark Fitzgerald recommended Project Espwa. What an interesting outreach.

The Haitian Kreyol word for “hope” is “espwa.” And that’s exactly what Project Espwa does for the children in the community of Leogane, Haiti. One of the reasons I’m impressed by Project Espwa is their staying power. Their initial projects were in 2010 in direct response to the earthquake, “doza janvie.” Most groups would’ve stopped there, trusting some other entity to fill the long-term needs. But not Project Espwa. They kept going back.


VisionQuest 20/20 – #GivingTuesday

by · November 12, 2013

When I asked my online community what nonprofits I should feature in these #GivingTuesday posts, Allison Rapping recommended VisionQuest 20/20. And I can see why!

(See what I did there?)

Started 10 years ago, VisionQuest 20/20 is best known for it’s making eye exams available for all school age children in the USA. I personally know the need. My wife and I had no idea our first child had vision problems until we took him for an eye exam when he was 6 or 7. It turns out that he needed strong glasses!

Making sure kids can see

VisionQuest 20/20 for Social Media Explorer's #GivingTuesday


United Way – #GivingTuesday

by · October 29, 2013

With an average of 500 nonprofits starting in the United States each year since 1996, it can be dizzying to know where to give your hard earned money.

You can go through the process of checking financials on a site like, interviewing board members and staff, and checking news stories. But that takes a lot of time.

An alternative is to let your local United Way.

Let the United Way do the vetting

United Way for #GivingTuesday on SocialMediaExplorerThe nearly 1800 local United Ways work in 45 countries and territories to better their communities. Each United Way collaborates with thousands of volunteers to vet nonprofits so you don’t have to. These volunteers are


Stop The Traffik – #GivingTuesday

by · October 15, 2013

Halloween is right around the corner. And, although at $7.4 billion, Halloween sales are relatively flat, that’s still alot of candy and costumes. And chocolate.

As we’ve seen from other #GivingTuesday posts like Love146 and Tiny Hands International, slavery is flourishing today. Unfortunately, it’s also thriving in the production of chocolate. In a post called Chocolate: the industry’s hidden truth (and the easy stuff we can do to still enjoy it), the author Tsh shares that “The far majority of chocolate is in our stores because of forced child labor.”

STOP THE TRAFFIK Slave Free Chocolate Campaign featured in Social Media Explorer's #GivingTuesday


Makerspace – #GivingTuesday

by · October 1, 2013

Makerspace for Social Media Explorer's #GivingTuesday

Each week in our #GivingTuesday series, we highlight an organization that you can give to. By “giving,” we usually mean “giving money.”

This week is different. This week’s featured group asks for giving expertise and time.

Whether you call it a makerspace, hackerspace, a backspace, or a hacklab, around the country libraries and communities are pulling together resources to make it easy for people to create. The flexible term allows for activities as varied as soldering circuits or welding metal and computer programming or wood carving. These community workshops are popping up across the country, bringing together skills and tools for people who might not have access to them otherwise.


Love146 – #GivingTuesday

by · September 17, 2013

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Many hearing the word “abolition” think of a movement a century or two ago that led to making the trans-Atlantic slave trade illegal. So it can be confusing hear a person use that term about a nonprofit today. Unfortunately, slavery still exists. There are an estimated 21 million enslaved today in sex trafficking and slave labor.

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BUILD Chicago – #GivingTuesday

by · September 3, 2013

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I love hearing stories of nonprofits that make a difference over decades. BUILD Chicago is one of those bright lights.

BUILD stands for “Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development.” They started in 1969 in one neighborhood to get kids out of gangs and stem the flow of kids susceptible to getting into gangs.

Starting with 200 youth centered in one neighborhood, they now serve thousands of young people. And they’ve expanded to 11 of Chicago’s neighborhoods!


About Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman is the author of Ask Without Fear! and Google+ for Nonprofits. As a public speaker, his expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences around the world and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as Al Jazeera and Fox News. He’s also a homebrewer, coffee snob, and loves singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family. Sign up for his free fundraising tips at

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