After the mad consumption of Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, the pre-Christmas spending push has finally turned to charity. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on holiday and end-of-year giving. 

In addition to the tax benefits that many seek at the end of the calendar year, Giving Tuesday is a chance to give two gifts for the price of one; when you donate to a charity in someone’s name they receive the joy of both giving and receiving, while the charity benefits from the financial contribution. Most registered charities in Canada and USA participate in Giving Tuesday. Some even offer incentives and special recognition if you make a donation today.

I’ve found that giving a donation in someone’s name is the perfect gift for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family, the ones who have everything. Giving to others has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, lessen depression, lower stress levels, lengthen life, and bring greater happiness. We often enjoy these benefits when we give gifts – why not share these benefits by giving the gift of a charitable donation?

Whether you make a donation in someone else’s honour or do it simply for the tax credit, there are all sorts of charitable organizations that can benefit from your financial gift. Online giving to registered charities in Canada can be done easily via Canada Helps, an online platform for donating and fundraising online.

No matter to what charitable organization you give, please know your contribution is appreciated far more than you can ever imagine.

If you would like to give to Cuso International, you can do so via my fundraising page