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Charitable Giving Encouraged on Giving Tuesday

IMAGE: It's Giving Tuesday and Hoosiers are encouraged to take time to give back to those in their own community.
IMAGE: It's Giving Tuesday and Hoosiers are encouraged to take time to give back to those in their own community.
December 3, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - Now that the Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend has finally come to an end, Hoosiers are encouraged to turn their attention to those less fortunate. It's Giving Tuesday today, a campaign created last year to create a national day of charitable giving.

According to the president and CEO of the Indiana University Foundation, Dan Smith, the consumerism of the holiday season actually already has people in the mindset of giving gifts to others, and this draws attention to the importance of philanthropy.

"A lot of that consumerism does have a giving slant to it, and so the hope is to highlight just the importance and value of philanthropy to community development and the lives of those in the community," he said.

Smith encourages people to find ways to give back in their own communities, by donating their time or money to local nonprofits.

Smith said there are many nonprofit organizations that do a lot of good work in their communities, but a lot of that work goes unseen. He said for example, when you support a local food bank, you are not just feeding a family but also sending a child to school with a full stomach.

"When they're not hungry, they do well on a test, and when they do well on a test they graduate, they do well in school, and you see the ripple effects of philanthropy," he said.

Indiana residents are encouraged to connect with the day of giving by sharing on social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

An estimated 2500 organizations across the country participated in Giving Tuesday last year, and the number this year is expected to grow to more than 8000.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IN