Giving back on #GivingTuesday: How you can take part

Posted November 29, 2017

"#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges", according to their website. As an added incentive, Facebook is waiving all donation fees for donations made via the Facebook Donate button and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are matching charitable donations up to a total of $2,000,000. New York's attorney general offered five giving tips.

Doofl is an easy way for you to raise money for your favorite charity. You'll see many organizations planning special events today.

This year, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching up to $2 million of funds raised on Facebook for U.S. nonprofits.

Telemarketing-style phone calls can make you feel pressured to give money to an organization you might not have ever heard of.

Because many nonprofits in DeKalb County don't have full-time staff and are run by volunteers, she said they might not have the most sophisticated website, and #ilgive allows people to donate online when they normally might not be able to.

GiveWell takes a much more selective approach to its donation process than the above platforms, starting with identifying specific charities themselves using a rigorous data-driven analysis. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity.

Never give out your Social Security number, birth date or other confidential information when giving a donation.