Giving Back

Worldwide charity challenge #GivingTuesday comes to Austin for one day event

Worldwide charity challenge comes to Austin for one day event

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I Live Here, I Give Here challenges locals to give back during #GivingTuesday. Photo courtesy of I Live Here, I Give Here

It’s that time of year again, y’all. The throngs have already lined up outside box stores for their shot at doorbuster Black Friday deals while others are searching their inboxes for promo codes ahead of Cyber Monday. They’ve got strategies and game plans, and they’re not afraid to throw a few elbows if necessary. The frenzy is upon us.

If you’ve found that your consumerist heart is pumping a little harder than might be healthy, take a breath and remember that above all else, ’tis the season for giving. That’s why Austin’s own philanthropic foundation I Live Here I Give Here has partnered with a global initiative called #GivingTuesday. The event takes place around the world on November 28, with ILHIGH spearheading local efforts to promote charitable giving and to honor Central Texans for their “Actions for Good.”

Over the last decade, ILHIGH has fostered a community of young and emerging donors to support the causes in which they most believe. Through their annual fundraising event, Amplify Austin, and their partnership with #GivingTuesday, ILHIGH has set a goal of raising $10 million for Central Texas nonprofits and charities in 2017.

“We are focused on increasing awareness about local organizations and galvanizing the community to give back to the causes they care about with a single call to action on Giving Tuesday,” said I Live Here I Give Here’s Executive Director, Celeste Flores in a release. “This exciting new partnership with the Giving Tuesday campaign will bring global attention to the generosity of Central Texans and our nonprofit community here in Austin.”

In addition to making a donation to any of the 700-plus partnered local nonprofits, on Tuesday, November 28, attend ILHIGH’s Giving Tuesday Pop Up Party from 2-5 pm at 2201 E. Sixth Street where there will be art activities, a mobile blood bank, diaper donation drop off, volunteer sign-ups, pet fostering and adoptions, and more. Finally, record your “Actions for Good” on social media using the hashtags #AmplifyATX and #GivingTuesday.

This year, consider skipping the pre-dawn lines and hordes of sale-hungry mall zombies. Instead, do some good for those people and organizations that already do so much good for our Austin community.