Giving Tuesday: A New American Holiday Tradition

The season of gift giving has become tainted in popular American culture by the infamous event that is “Black Friday.” The excitement over a great deal on gifts can turn into an ugly display of greed. There is now a movement to launch a new national day of spending focused not on giving, but on giving back.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a new initiative to create a national day of giving at the start of the Holiday shopping season. Giving Tuesday is about creating a call of action to establish coordinated giving, much in the way retailers coordinate Black Friday sales and online retailers offer Cyber Monday deals. Retailers, charities and organizations are coming together to inspire a day of giving and celebration of the American traditions of philanthropy and volunteerism.

Giving Tuesday offers a day you can feel good about during the Holiday shopping season. If you are taking the Made in America Holiday Challenge, you are obviously already committed to making your gift giving count. Being mindful of the purchases we make is the fundamental principle behind being a conscious consumer. Giving back is an important part of this philosophy.

Get Involved Giving Tuesday

I invite you to join me in what will hopefully be the first in an annual tradition of Giving Tuesdays. To get involved, start researching non-profits and charities you might choose to support with a donation. Find ways you can get involved with volunteering in your area to give back to your own community. Look for gifts from companies that reflect your values and give back by donating a portion of their sales to charity.

World Homeless DaySpread the word about the importance of giving back and join in the conversation at, or on Twitter by following the hashtag #givingtuesday. I also invite you to join me in supporting Feeding America by making a donation on November 27th to the Made in USA Challenge virtual food drive. Together we can create a new American tradition of giving.



  1. says

    I definitely want to do more gifts this year to charities in someone else’s name….best gift for those that have it all already.

    • Sarah says

      Donating in someone’s honor can be the most touching gift. There are also so many “gifts that give back” that allow you to give someone a tangible gift to open that benefits a good cause at the same time. I will be highlighting some American made ideas next month!

  2. says

    Wow, Sarah! What a tremendous idea…thank you SO MUCH for posting this and for this amazing website! I’ve started (thanks to David!) posting your site on my Facebook page…you are doing an outstanding job and a glorious service to your site’s followers as well as for U.S. businesses!

    • Sarah says

      Thank you for visiting, Micheal. I commend you for everything you are doing to improve the wonderful city of Philadelphia!

    • Sarah says

      I think initiative is great alternative to Black Friday. It’s a spending tradition we can all feel good about!

  3. says

    Thank you for sharing this! I love this idea…it is a much needed alternative to constantly spending at this time of year!

  4. says

    This is great. Our family tries to use Halloween as a give instead of take time. We drop treats off at people’s houses with love notes. Life just feels better that way!

    -Tamara @ Silent Springs

    • Sarah says

      That is such a cute idea for Halloween! I’ve never heard of anyone doing anything like that to celebrate the day. Very neat!

  5. Suzette Walz says

    This is such a Great idea!!!! It’s on my facebook and I’m letting as many people know about it as I can!

    • Sarah says

      Thanks for sharing! I hope the Made in America Holiday idea and the new Giving Tuesday ideas both spread nationally and create change in the way we celebrate the Holidays in America.

  6. says

    Giving time is always the clear winner over giving money whenever there’s a chance. My favorite local charity is the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and there are a million ways to get involved, especially during the Holidays. Please consider giving them a call to help make this season a little brighter for the families that are staying in the house while their child receives care for a serious illness.
    Jeannette recently posted..Being Green isn’t Just for Moms

  7. Sarah says

    Thanks for visiting and sharing the CharlieDog initiative. I just checked it out and it sounds great!

  8. says

    Link exchange is nothing else except it is just placing the other person’s webpage link on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do similar for you.


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