On #GivingTuesday, we’ll explore the trends in giving now from crowd sourcing to big charities and beyond.
A check for $500,000 dropped in a Salvation Army red kettle in Minneapolis yesterday. That’s a bell ringer. Your giving this season may not be quite so grand. But giving is important, feels good, and there are more ways to do it now than ever. Today has been dubbed “Giving Tuesday” by philanthropy advocates looking to raise an option to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Looking to give American giving the visibility of American shopping. And there are new ways, crowdsourcing and beyond. This hour On Point, for Giving Tuesday, who’s giving what, where, how and why now.
-- Tom Ashbrook
From Tom’s Reading List
Bloomberg Business: Income Inequality Makes Rich People Stingier -- "If Charles Dickens's Victorian London had more income equality, Ebenezer Scrooge wouldn't have been such a miser. That's the implication of new research that suggests inequality makes wealthy people less generous."
MSNBC: #GivingTuesday: Why giving is an expression of faith — "Giving elevates us out of our own wants and needs, out of our busy-ness, out of our preconceived judgments. It compels us to recognize the power in each of us to make the world better and more hospitable for all humanity — the best legacy we can leave to our children. And when we reach across that divide, when the person in need becomes a fellow human, humanity is elevated."
Chronicle of Philanthropy: America’s Largest Charities Raised 5% More Last Year; Donor-Advised Funds Won Big — "The United Way hangs on to the No. 1 spot in the Chronicle’s latest Philanthropy 400, the annual list of the U.S. nonprofits that raise the most in private support. But its hold is tenuous: Only $23.5 million separates it from the next group in line, Fidelity Charitable. United Way Worldwide and its affiliates raised $3.87 billion in the 2014 fiscal year, representing flat performance — a mere 1.5-percent growth — compared with 2013. Fidelity Charitable, a donor-advised fund manager associated with a financial-services company, gained 3.2 percent in 2014, raising $3.85 billion."
This program aired on December 1, 2015.