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Giving Back on #GivingTuesday in NC

Photo: Southern Coalition for Social Justice helps community members advocate for social justice. Courtesy: SCSJ
Photo: Southern Coalition for Social Justice helps community members advocate for social justice. Courtesy: SCSJ
December 3, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. – Now that the barrage of Black Friday and flurry of Cyber Monday are over, organizations in North Carolina are asking citizens to participate in Giving Tuesday today.

The national effort – powered by social media – is asking people to give to charity this holiday season in addition to family and friends.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) – a nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering people and communities – has joined Giving Tuesday.

Farad Ali, the organization's board chairman, explains.

"Giving Tuesday is a vehicle that I think will encourage people to give, during a season that's really become eclipsed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” he says. “And Giving Tuesday, I think, is very important to the work that we all do."

A former SCSJ client is matching up to $6,000 in donations given through the organization's Giving Tuesday campaign.

This is the second year for the Giving Tuesday campaign, which is an effort by the United Nations Foundation.

According to the organization, giving increased by 33 percent last year.

Ali says he hopes people remember that their donation to groups such as the Southern Coalition for Social Justice is a gift that gives back throughout the year.

"Giving does change the world,” he says. “And community justice groups such as Southern Coalition are a part of that, the conduit, to help make sure we celebrate the holiday but we also celebrate the holiday and the giving because, really, this is a season of giving."

Information on how you can donate to SCSJ's Giving Tuesday campaign and have your donation matched can be found at the organization's website at southerncoalition.org.

Nationwide, 8,300 organizations are partners in the Giving Tuesday campaign

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC