Generosity has always been part of America’s DNA. Whether supporting regions of the world coping with natural disasters, disease or hunger, or volunteering right in our own communities, America is a nation of givers.
Two years ago, a new American tradition of giving began by designating the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving as Giving Tuesday, a national day for donating to something or someone you believe in. This year it falls on December 2.
Choosing a Cause
There are countless ways to give but for those of us working in education, one of our favorites is a website called DonorsChoose.org.
It lists needed projects posted by individual teachers and schools, and includes everything from laptops and musical instruments to field trips, science projects and other activities.
You can donate all or part of the cost. You can target a particular city or state. You can also pick an age group and even a school type, such as magnet, charter or traditional public school.
Since DonorsChoose.org was founded by a classroom teacher in 2000, more than 1.5 million individuals have contributed to more than 212,000 teachers serving more than 13 million students.
We encourage you to take time this Giving Tuesday—or any day—to give something to someone else in need. By helping a teacher, you will make a difference for children, and that’s the greatest gift of all.