Going Giving … On a Tuesday

1 December 2015 — After Black Friday, and Cyber Monday and perhaps a little too much pie, you’ve done a lot of getting on days that are essentially made up. So why not officially make up a day for giving? It’s about balance. And although giving should be a part of our every day lives, it doesn’t hurt to counter all the getting we’re doing with a reminder to give.

So, here are 20 ways you can be going giving … on a Tuesday (complete with instrumental) as inspired by friends in the UK at the Charities Aid Foundation.

1. Donate your time

  • Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and develop your skills.
  • Help some other types of our Lord’s creation by volunteering at a local animal shelter.
  • Receive any unwanted gifts lately? Sell your unwanted presents and donate the proceeds to charity.
  • Get crafty and hands-on can you knit something to sell for charity?
  • Cook for a cause put on your apron, you can have a bake sale!

2. Donate your money

  • Throw a fundraising bash. For inspiration join the Islamic Relief USA Facebook or Twitter community to keep up-to-date with the latest fundraising tips and charity events. Share fundraising stories with like-minded humanitarians!
  • Shout loud on Social Media. Share one of our posts to raise awareness for a cause close to your heart.
  • Teach kids about giving. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said even a smile is charity. Smiling at someone on the street, donating unwanted toys or visiting a sick relative is still charitable because it warms someone’s heart.
  • Random act of kindness. Think about simple ways you and your friends can help others to make a positive difference.
  • Dedicate a donation. Dedicate a donation to a charity that is close to a loved one’s heart or has helped them in some way, and tell your friends about it on social media.

3. Spread the word

  • Donate money. Use your contactless credit/debit card to make donations online.
  • Give as you shop. Do your shopping online through a site that gives a portion of proceeds to charity.
  • Sign up for payroll giving. If your employer offers a payroll giving scheme. You can donate to your favorite charities through your salary.
  • Gift your financial assets. Gifting qualifying shares is one of the most tax-effective ways to give charity, especially at the end of the year.
  • Fundraising event. From running a marathon to Gala charity dinners, get involved with fun events to make a difference.

4. Help a stranger

  • Feed a family in need. Donate spare food to your local food bank.
  • Charity cards. Support a charity and buy their holiday cards this year to send to friends and family when occasions arise.
  • Donate blood. A great way to ensure that you’re giving back to those who need it.
  • Toy box scheme. When buying toys for your kids, buy an extra one for a toy box scheme that is collecting toys for less fortunate children.
  • Do a First Aid training course. Learning CPR and First Aid could mean the difference between life and death for someone else when an emergency comes up!


Islamic Relief USA will match your gift on Giving Tuesday