As we get closer to the holidays, we increasingly hear about shopping deals, but in two weeks, the world will hear about giving as we celebrate the annual #GivingTuesday – a chance to make the holidays about not just what we get, but also what we give.

This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 29, the Tuesday immediately following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On this day, individuals, businesses, and communities from all around the world join hands in the cause of giving – whether it’s giving their money, time, talent, or voices.

My last post discussed some of my favorite ways that #GivingTuesday brings together people and organizations to get involved in the cause of giving. Now I want to share five of the best videos I have seen that show how we, as citizens of a global community, can get involved in #GivingTuesday.

Charity Navigator: Tips to Make Smart Donation Choices


Shannon McCracken and Sandra Miniutti of Charity Navigator explain #GivingTuesday and lay out tips on how to most effectively support the causes you care about. It is a must-see for anyone wondering about the best ways to give.

Cancer Research UK: Giving Feels Good


Cancer Research UK shares a fun and informative of how #GivingTuesday supports its work to help beat cancer. What I love most about the video is how it thanks it supports and makes it clear that we can all help defeat cancer.

Dia de Doar: #GivingTuesday


This video is an English version of the video put out by the Brazilian arm of the #GivingTuesday movement. Its message is spot on: It highlights how anyone can participate in #GivingTuesday because “any heart can be a giver.” I love that message. Everyone has something to give this #GivingTuesday. Let’s all get involved!


Columbus Zoo: Make a Splash for Manatees


The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium cares about their manatees! It has dedicated its #GivingTuesday effort this year to keeping their manatees happy and healthy. This is a great example of how any organization can leverage #GivingTuesday to mobilize support for its work.

North Essex Community College: #GivingTuesday 2016


This video talks about the power of #GivingTuesday donations to change lives by supporting academic program and scholarships. It focuses on what is at the core of #GivingTuesday: empowering people to help each other and create a stronger future.

We hope you join the global #GivingTuesday movement on November 29 by giving in whatever ways you can. Your voice, your time, and your support makes a difference!