As we sit down with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, many of the shopping aficionados among us will already be thinking about Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Who can blame them –there are great deals to be had! But I want to encourage you to look past Cyber Monday to Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. In Georgia, Tuesday November 28 also marks GA Gives, an annual event that has raised $13,972,334 for Georgia’s nonprofits since 2012.

As executive director of an active nonprofit, I love that these campaigns help shine a light on all of the incredibly important work that nonprofit organizations do in our communities. As a mom of three, I love that these campaigns help me teach my children that giving to others is an important part of the holiday season.

Get the whole family involved in the giving! Decide as a family how much you want to give, but then consider dividing the total by the number of family members. Allow each member of your family to make their own donation choice based on their passions and interests. There’s no better way to teach children than by doing! And, if you’re anything like me, anything that helps focus my kids on the needs of others instead of the gift they hope to receive is a big win.

I encourage you to mark your calendars to remind yourself to make a donation to your favorite nonprofit on November 28. Join the giving movement and celebrate GA Gives on #GivingTuesday!

If you’re looking for an organization to support, you can find out more about Creating Connected Communities at, or at our GA Gives profile page: