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#GivingTuesday Offers North Carolinians a Chance to Give Back

PHOTO: #GivingTuesday donations can benefit organizations like the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which works with groups like the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, pictured here. Photo credit: Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
PHOTO: #GivingTuesday donations can benefit organizations like the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which works with groups like the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, pictured here. Photo credit: Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
December 2, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. - Now that the flurry of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has passed, North Carolina nonprofits are reminding residents about the chance to give to the greater good.

Today is #GivingTuesday, and the goal is to inspire consumers to contribute to their communities in the form of charitable donations to improve the lives of others.

Among the organizations joining the effort is the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), which provides assistance to people trying to get back on their feet after a criminal conviction. Anita Earls, the organization's executive director, says a gift to SCSJ provides life-changing opportunities for others.

"You're really helping someone in the community who is trying to get back on their feet, get a job, provide for their families and communities," she says.

Additional charities across North Carolina are also participating in this year's #GivingTuesday effort.

The Better Business Bureau does report increased instances of charity scams during the holiday season. Experts advise those looking to donate to be sure they are giving to a recognized charity, and that they have a good understanding of how the money will be used. Websites like Charity Navigator can help ensure a donation is going to a legitimate nonprofit.

Because many nonprofits like SCSJ are able to get donations matched, Earls says even a gift of a few dollars can make a huge difference - especially when pooled with the donations of others.

"The value of this kind of campaign is if we reach a lot of people, each person giving a little bit together makes a huge difference," she says.

Last year Americans contributed $19 million to charities, almost double the year before. The average contribution is $142.

More information is available at www.GivingTuesday.org.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - NC