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The "Unselfie" Introduced for 2nd Annual Giving Tuesday

PHOTO: Part of this year's Giving Tuesday is asking people to take and post "Unselfies." Courtesy #Giving Tuesday
PHOTO: Part of this year's Giving Tuesday is asking people to take and post "Unselfies." Courtesy #Giving Tuesday
December 3, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now in the books, people around the state and nation are being asked to think of others on this Giving Tuesday.

Henry Timms, co-founder of Giving Tuesday, says that can include donating money or time to a favorite charitable group. And a new spin this year is having folks post what Timms calls an unselfie on social media.

"Share a picture of you doing something useful for others,” he explains. “Share a picture of a cause that matters deeply to you. Do something unselfish around Giving Tuesday."

Among the nonprofit organizations taking part in Tennessee is the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Executive Director Kathy Walsh says in addition to donations to help support the coalition’s programing, the organization also hopes to raise awareness.

"Domestic and sexual violence are a serious problem in Tennessee,” she stresses. “Many think that it is one of the most committed and under-reported crimes. And, in fact, currently Tennessee ranks sixth in the nation in the number of women who are killed by men every year."

Since its first event last year, Giving Tuesday has grown to include more than 8,000 partners in all 50 states.

Walsh says the coalition's efforts to reduce the prevalence are wide-ranging, including direct services for victims in crisis and statewide efforts on public policy.

"The coalition has been around for over 30 years,” she says. “And we've done a lot of work helping communities develop programs so that we can increase safety and protection for victims and try to hold perpetrators more accountable."

You can find more information on the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence online.


John Michaelson, Public News Service - TN