This past weekend was the American Thanksgiving. In Canada we knew it was their Thanksgiving because advertising for Black Friday sales was everywhere. First it was on Friday, then it included Saturday and Sunday and now we have Cyber Monday. What a concept! While I tried not to be taken in by the advertising, I failed. Our 10 year old television finally died and Best Buy was advertising some good prices…… so, I succumbed. But sadly it did not stop there. Some of the sales were very enticing and, in a cognitive dissonance sort of way, I thought about all the money I would be saving if I purchased the online specials that kept popping up on my browser. And save I did!
Fortunately there is penance to be had with GivingTuesday tomorrow. I can dissuade any guilt by giving to those less fortunate. According to givingtuesday.ca, this is “a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The ‘Opening day of the giving season,’ it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.”
GivingTuesday was originally started in the US in 2012. Last year in Canada, 6500 partners came together for GivingTuesday, impressively $15 M was donated on line. It is a targeted day of giving back.
Regardless of where you are in Canada, some special ‘giving events’ have been organized.
Philanthropy within the estates’ world includes pre planning and bequeathing monies to charities and organizations as part of one’s estate. While this is a fantastic way to support your favorite cause, you don’t need to wait until you have passed to see your monies being spent on a worthy cause.
What are you going to do tomorrow?