Looking to give back? Plenty of local groups are looking for donations on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, a counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, turns 10 this year.

The day, known more prominently on social media by the hashtag #GivingTuesday, is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is devoted to charitable causes, allowing people to focus on giving to others. Since its official founding in 2012, the idea of encouraging people to do good has become a global philanthropic movement with people finding innovative ways to collaborate, inspire generosity and build a world they want to live in.

“This extraordinary show of generosity lit up the world against a backdrop of a dark two years," Asha Curran, co-founder and CEO of GivingTuesday, said in a statement. "From every corner of the globe, there were countless amazing stories of kindness, connection, and community."

Created in 2012 at New York City's 92nd Street Y as a day to do good, Giving Tuesday has grown into a year-round global generosity movement that drives an increase in giving through its leadership network and programs, according to GivingTuesday’s website.

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A list of local organizations can be found online at givingtuesday.org where those looking to donate can learn more about what each group does and who is most in need.

For those who want to donate to local groups, Charity Navigator looks at nonprofits' tax forms and websites to rate how well they use donations, how sustainable they are and how committed they are to accountability and transparency.

A Charity Navigator representative pulled four-star charities in Delaware for people to more easily find. While this does not filter with a cause in mind, visitors to the site can further filter and get to a manageable set of results.

According to the nonprofit organization that goes by the name GivingTuesday, there was record-breaking giving by millions of people worldwide during the annual GivingTuesday celebration last year.

The group estimates 35 million adults participated in the U.S. last year — a 6% increase over 2020. About $2.7 billion was given in the U.S., which is a 9% increase over the previous year and a 37% increase since 2019.

It's not just monetary donations that the day encourages, though.

It's a celebration of all types of generosity, from gifts of time, skills, goods, advocacy and more. It's meant to show that everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts.

Volunteering on the day last year increased by 11% and gifts of goods (clothes, food, supplies, etc.) saw an 8% increase compared with 2020.

Contact Esteban Parra at (302) 324-2299, eparra@delawareonline.com or Twitter @eparra3.

This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Giving Tuesday: Explore the best-rated Delaware charities in need