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Four Ways to Get Behind the #GivingTuesday Movement

How to use your social media prowess for good, at least one day of the year

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Hot on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season. After two (three, if you count Thanksgiving) days of getting deals, this is a day for giving back. #GivingTuesday encourages people to talk with their families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues about the importance of giving and to find new and creative ways to raise funds and help out in their communities.

The third annual #GivingTuesday takes place Tuesday, December 2. Here are four easy ways you can get involved:

1. Share an unselfie

Selfie was named the word of the year in 2013, but Giving Tuesday wants to make “unselfie” the word of the season. An unselfie is a show of support for #GivingTuesday. Just take a selfie with a caption (or have it on a card in the picture) explaining how or why you and/or your friends are giving this year. Use the hashtags #UNSelfie and #GivingTuesday and share it on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

2. Take the #GivingTuesday pledge

Make a pledge on #GivingTuesday to give a little more—pledge to donate 5 to 10 percent more annually to your favorite nonprofit or pledge to volunteer more over the next year and share it out over your social networks.

3. Reach out to your favorite nonprofit

#GivingTuesday has more than 10,000 partners (and growing!) in all 50 U.S. states. Reach out to your favorite nonprofit to see how you can help support them this #GivingTuesday.

4. Be a social media ambassador

Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday with your family, friends, and colleagues across your social network. There’s even a toolkit to help get you started.

Every action counts, every dollar matters, and when these things are coming together, they make a powerful statement about who we are.

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