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Giving Tuesday: These are The Most Charitable States In America

Today is GivingTuesday!

Did you know that a third of all annual giving takes place during the month of December and the U.S. ranking No. 5 overall in the 2017 World Giving Index?

Personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Most Charitable States, along with its Charity Calculator to help donors decide whether to give time or money for maximum philanthropic impact.

To determine where the most generous Americans are inspiring others to be more selfless, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on 14 key indicators of charitable behavior. The data set ranges from volunteer rate to share of income donated to share of sheltered homeless.

Here are some Key Stats to consider:

Vermont has the most charities per capita, 27.14, which is 4.6 times more than in Nevada, the state with the fewest at 5.95.

Utah has the highest volunteer rate, 39.29 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Florida, the state with the lowest at 18.31 percent.

Utah has the most volunteer hours per capita, 75.6, which is 3.7 times more than in Kentucky, the state with the fewest at 20.7.

Utah has the highest share of aggregate income donated to charity, 3.17 percent, which is 4.2 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 0.75 percent.

Utah has the highest share of the population who claim to have donated time, 56 percent, which is 1.9 times higher than in Kentucky, the state with the lowest at 30 percent.

Maryland has the highest share of taxpayers who donated money to charity, 38.48 percent, which is 3.1 times higher than in West Virginia, the state with the lowest at 12.26 percent.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit WalletHub Here!

#GivingTuesday: How Your Kids Can Participate


As Cyber Monday sunsets and people are wrapping up or enjoying their Black Friday deals or the great things they got from local merchants on Small Business Saturday, non profits nationwide now prepare for Giving Tuesday.

The global event is in its fifth year and is celebrated each year the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is the brainchild of 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City and the United Nations Foundation.

Giving Tuesday is intended to be the launch pad for the charitable giving season. While the time period around the holidays is often about celebrating Christmas, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays that involve gettting gifts, it is also a season for sharing and giving.

Thus the name #GivingTuesday is  appropriate and is observed each year by giving to nonprofits, charities and other organizations that are raising funds, including schools, churches and other charitable groups.

Beyond just collecting monetary donations, a lot of local orgs organize food and coat drives and many individuals celebrate it by committing random acts of kindness such as paying for the drink of the person behind them in the coffee line at work.

In 2015, 700,000 people from 71 countries came together to donate $116.7 USD million in cash. An additional $1.08 million USD was spent on gifts.

Children can give by  volunteering at their local shelter or food bank or doing something nice for elderly neighbors like mowing their lawn, shoveling snow from their driveway or helping them with groceries.

At home, younger kids can acknowledge the day by helping out with a chore like folding laundry, helping to cook dinner, or even reading to a younger sibling.

To help spread the message, snap a photo of your kids doing something good and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to spread awareness and encourage others to get into the spirit as well!

Parents can use the day to donate to their area school, youth camp or other organization that works with families.

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The #UNselfie: 6 Organizations to Consider Donating to this #GivingTuesday

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1Today is Giving Tuesday. It’s a day after Black Friday and Cyber Monday of spending to give back to those less fortunate and to other social causes doing good for the world. Many brands, merchants and for-profit organizations also use this day to match donations given by others so their gifts can go a little further to help.

If you still haven’t given to a charity today and are still considering various organizations, campaigns and initiatives to give back , consider one of these that help women, children and families:


1. Global Moms Challenge

Join Global Moms Challenge in supporting #GivingTuesday—browse this list of gifts that give back. From earrings that support the lifesaving work of International Medical Corps to handwoven tea towels that create economic opportunities in Ethiopia, there’s something for everyone on your list.



2. Society for Women’s Health Research

Your donation will help to fund networks and roundtables dedicated to identifying and researching biological differences in disease and bringing these findings to the attention of clinicians, researchers, healthcare providers, and policymakers. Your donation also will support greater public and private funding for research in women’s health, as well as help to ensure that clinical trials are designed to include women and minorities. Your Giving Tuesday donation helps us achieve all of this!



3. Shot@Life

Today only, MAM Baby, a pacifier company, has agreed to DOUBLE your gift to Shot@Life by matching all donations dollar-for-dollar. We are raising money to protect a new generation of children from polio. We can stop this disabling disease in its tracks!

Polio used to cripple hundreds of children a day, but thanks to vaccines it is nearly eradicated! Nigeria has gone one year without a single case of polio, leaving just two countries where the disease is endemic – Afghanistan and Pakistan. While we have made great progress, we still need help.

Your gift to Shot@Life TODAY will be doubled.With a gift of $20 or more, you can protect at least 40 children from this debilitating disease.

Don’t miss this opportunity to double your impact and be part of making history by ending polio now.


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4.  Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
We need your help to continue our work within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve, gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in children’s entertainment.
Want to be part of #GivingTuesday and support the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media?  Here’s how:
  • Make a donation on #GivingTuesday here.  If you make a gift today of $100 or more, we will send you one of our new t-shirts.  You can check them out here.  (We’ll email you after your donation to confirm choice and size).
  • Join us at our annual holiday partythis Thursday.  Purchase tickets here. Donate $10 or more today and we will put you in a drawing for two tickets to our fundraiser this Thursday!  (Tickets only – no travel or other fees covered)
  • Help us get the word out via social media using #seejane and #GivingTuesday.
  • Work in the enterainment world?  Consider a contribution to our upcoming CharityBuzz auction.  Here’s an idea of what we are looking for.
  • Post photos of your favorite female characters on social media using the hashtags #seejane and #GivingTuesday.
  • Shop at the new See Jane store  for your holiday gifts.
  • Pay it forward – do a random act of kindness today.


5. GoldieBlox

Today, GoldieBlox will match every dollar spent on GoldieBlox.com with a dollar’s worth of clothes and toys donated to Baby2Baby for kids in need as part of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.


6. Ronald McDonald House

With the official kickoff of the holiday giving season, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) knows it’s a great time to remind readers that even the smallest gift can make a big impact.Whether it’s dropping spare change in a Donation Box or making an online donation, for RMHC, those contributions help nearly 6 million families each year.

Last year alone, donations saved RMHC families save over $700 million in out of pocket lodging and meal expenses! It’s the power of giving and has helped RMHC grow from one House to 353 Houses and other programs in over 63 countries and regions.

Consider RMHC this Giving Tuesday!



7. RUE

This year, Rue will be participating in the worldwide initiative known as #GivingTuesday by supporting four charities close to our hearts. And we’re making it easy for you to do the same. Simply click to learn more or even donate to Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, and Dress for Success.

And if you do happen to have a few gifts left on your list, our special #GivingTuesday: Gifts That Give Back Boutique is on now. From this Boutique we will be donating at least $10,000 to each charity.


#GivingTuesday: Consider the gift of clean water and one woman’s moving story

Today, I encountered many moving and touching stories for #GivingTuesday, but one stood out: the story of Jacinta Zelinto who lives in the rural agrarian town of Maua, Mozambique, an area with high water-related diseases and illnesses like Malaria,  cholera, dengy fever, diarrhea, stomach parasites, conjunctivitis. 
Women in the town of spaced-apart homes with no sense of community are water barriers and sometimes the boys. They travel far on dirt path to collect water and sometimes meet up with poisonous snakes.
The pharmacy in the small market is poorly stocked and health center is  filled with unqualified workers, not really trained to administer medicine. The majority of the patients are mothers with small children. Pregnant community women walk to the health center to give birth or give birth at home using unsafe and dirty water.
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There are no midwives in the communities, or traditional birth attendants. When a woman goes into labor the female neighbors gather with her and offer advice.
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A case study from the group WaterAid stated that Jacinta is married to the community leader Albeno Armando. And though she was sick at the time, she spoke confidently during an interview about her experiences and also how painful they were to her.
From her own words:
“I have had 10 children but two died.
We are farmers, we cultivate to make a living. Tobacco, corn, beans, millet. We also raise chickens. We sell chickens and corn but we have to walk to Maua with our goods to sell them at market.
Sophonia died last year, she was 2 years old. She liked to walk around with her sisters and going to her grandmothers house. She liked to play in the sand.
I felt so bad when Sophonia died. I was just crying all day.
First of all she had an ear problem together with diarrhoea. She had diarrhoea often and started to look tired and weak. Then she died.
When she was really ill we left that day to go to hospital (health centre) – they gave her one pill to take with water. We stayed over night and the next morning they gave us an injection and sent us home.
When I was at the hospital I called the family to come. I called my husband and mother and uncle as I knew she was not good. When they came we went home. On the way home I had the baby on my back. My mother asked to take the baby as she knew it was dead. When my mother took the baby she told my husband ‘I’m sorry but your baby is dead’. They decided not to tell me on the walk because they thought I would collapse and not be able to walk home. My husband told me when we arrived home that my baby had died on my back. I broke down crying.
Emotionally I felt bad. I could not believe I had lost a daughter. But some people comforted me. They told me not to cry because that would make me weak and then I would get diseases. With comfort I got better.
When I think about that day I cry. I don’t want to cry. I try to avoid going to the road.
Since Sophonia died I have had a boy – Salvadore. (he is about 10-11 months and just started walking). I want a good future for my son. When he gets sick I fear I will lose him like I lost Sophonia.
I don’t know what causes diarrhea but I know lots of people get it.
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The well (water source) is not covered – lots of people go at different times – mostly its very dirty. It is not good water.
The difference clean water would make is that I can no longer drink dirty water. It will reduce sickness – the children would be healthy.
At the hospital we are advised to give children water and food from 5 months up so this is what I follow. After five months I start giving them food and water.
After a year I start to leave children for a long time to go and work in the fields so children must stop breastfeeding then.
I get diarrhea sometimes – there is no blood in the diarrhea but I go to the toilet often. Not only me but also my children get diarrhea a lot.
My other child died about 3 years ago, she was about 2-3 months, she also had diarrhea.
When people die I think they go to heaven to go to God, but sometimes I doubt this as no-one has ever come back to tell us. Sometimes I think the body stays in the graveyard and the spirit goes to heaven.
Our village is very poor. I am trying to share our problems. We don’t have things nearby – market, health center. When I and my children are sick we can’t do anything. I like to share our problems. We need many things but it is true that water and sanitation is the center of everything. It will reduce disease.”
So touching. If you want to help women like Jacinta in Mozambique and other parts of the developing world where water safety and purity is a cause of death and disease, consider giving to Water AID today or in the future.
AND….If you give today, a few “super-heroes” are standing by to match your gift towards WaterAid’s “Child of Mine” end of the year fundraising campaign launched this past November 3rd in five countries (United States, Canada, UK, Australia and Japan) aimed at addressing the enormous global issue of child morality. 
The challenge and goal is to give safe water to 100,000 kids under the age of five which will enable children to live beyond their first years. 
photos: WaterAid/ Guilhem Alandry

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#GivingTuesday: Celebrity Moms share their fave charity

A few of our Bellyitch BumpWatch alums also shared their fave charity for #GivingTuesday. Tiffani Amber Theissen, Melissa Joan Hart, 2nd time mom-to-be Kristen Bell, and Hilary Duff sent Twitter and Instagram messages of support of their preferred philanthropic organization.

As you pledge to one or more today, consider these too if you’re so inclined.


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Giving Tuesday: Our Charity Picks, plus a Donor App

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day created after the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy periods to remind people that the holiday season is also about giving to those less fortunate as well.
#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, and with a team of influencers and founding partners, the effort has since turned into a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.
On #GivingTuesday, the world congregates to encourage collective giving. It’s a day dedicated to promoting and mainstreaming philanthropy, whether it is giving to causes or volunteering. 
Here are our suggestions for organizations to give to, as well as at least one tool to help you accomplish that. 
The Shot at Life‘s fundraising campaign.
All monies raised today will support the UN and partners like Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, collaborative work to combat pneumonia, one of the leading killers of children worldwide. For just $10 you can fully immunize a child from pneumococcal disease!
Because Ebola is still a global epidemic and with our founder and editor-in-chief JJ coming from Sierra Leone, West Africa, we will be donating to and encourage you to consider Africa Responds.
Even though the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Africa Union have pledged and mobilized millions of dollars towards equipment, supplies and health care workers to the affected nations, not enough it going to fight Ebola compared to other emergencies. Not enough is reaching local organizations who know where the needs are, who are most in need and how quickly and most efficiently to administer it.
Having worked and partnered with Afircare, a partner to Africa Responds, in the past, we are confident in its capabilities and capacity to quickly convert donor dollars into actionable sustainable aid. 
AfricaResponds can do it. 
As you’re considering where and how to give, there are various apps available to help facilitate it. We’re based in Washington DC and want to plug fellow DC-based tech start up GoodWorld which has an app that enables donors to easily and quickly donate to a cause or charity using the hashtag: #Donate.
A 2012 Red Cross poll found that if a friend posts about a donation, 39% would donate and 68% take the time to learn more.
The social network aspect of social media has positive impact for the philanthropic community. 
To donate via Good World, simply choose one of their 30 partner charities such as No Kid Hungry, Humane Society International, or the Red Cross Los Angeles;
Visit Good World on Facebook and comment “#donate + any USD amount” (example: Awesome cause! I #donate $25”) on any post OR 
Visit them on Twitter and tweet “#donate + any USD amount @partnercharity” (example: I #donate $50 @NoKidHungry). 
You’ll get a link in a reply to register with GoodWorld, which will then charge your card and get you donation to the intended organisations. 
Finally,  HelpMeSee (www.HelpMeSee.org) is a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness endemic in developing countries. The HelpMeSee mission is to make sight-restoring, MSIC surgery available to millions of underserved people through financial support and the training of thousands of highly skilled specialist cataract surgeons recruited from within their communities. 
HelpMeSee has designed and is now producing a virtual reality surgical simulator and training program to be implemented worldwide, adapted from extensive experience in simulator based aviation training.
Those who are interested in joining HelpMeSee’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit givingtuesday.helpmesee.org
Thanks for your consideration!

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