A weekend surrounded by good

Did you ever notice that Thanksgiving weekend starts with a wonderful day of family and giving thanks, ends with Giving Tuesday, and stuck in the middle is a barrage of steals, deals, and overspending?!  Sort of sounds like typical American culture.

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Giving Tuesday was inaugurated in 2012. It is supposed to be the kick start to the charitable giving of the holiday season. It is very likely your favorite charity or nonprofit is having some sort of Giving Tuesday campaign. With that, there are a number of groups that will match your donations.

According to Huffington Post, these are the top contenders to match your donations:

American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU, which fights to uphold the individual rights protected by the Constitution, will match donations up to $500,000 total.

American Red Cross

The emergency-relief group will match donations up to $50,000.

Best Friends Animal Society

The nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary, which works to promote pet adoption, will match all donations it receives Tuesday.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook

The Gates Foundation, which focuses on reducing poverty and expanding access to health care, has teamed up with the social media giant to match funds raised via Facebook’s fundraising tool. The groups will match up to $1,000 per fundraiser.

Feeding America

Motivational speaker Tony Robbins pledged $3 million to match donations made to Feeding America this Tuesday, with a goal of providing 100 million meals via food banks, shelters and other community groups.

Heifer International

Heifer International seeks to curb global poverty by distributing animals to families and giving people agricultural training to become economically self-sufficient. The charity is matching donations made this Tuesday up to $855,000 total.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation

This organization, devoted to researching Parkinson’s disease, will match all donations it receives Tuesday (up to $1 million total).


The American branch of the worldwide anti-poverty group is matching all gifts up to $5,000.

Your employer ― maybe

Many corporations offer to match their employees’ charitable donations up to a certain amount per year. Use this search tool to see if your company will match your gifts.”


So if you over indulged this weekend on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, maybe consider finding an extra $5 (or more) and give to your favorite charity or non-profit. Find a child who might need a therapy dog or a Go Fund Me page to help support a local family. Take your thankful hearts we all had on Thursday and find something near and dear to your heart. Every penny makes a difference.