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On GA Gives Day, Give 'Til It Feels Good

What are you passionate about? On GA Gives Day, consider how you can support an organization that feeds your passion.

Early on in my first job that involved serious fundraising, a mentor urged me to "create opportunities for people to give ‘till … it feels good!"

Thursday, November 12, is that kind of opportunity: Georgia Gives Day ( While the day's focus is on encouraging people to make charitable contributions to support the work of their favorite non-profit organization, each of us — regardless of our financial status — can find a way to give something important back to our community.

What are you passionate about — kids? education? sports? arts? politics? faith? animals? food?

Give a little time. Passionate about kids and education? Volunteer at your neighborhood elementary school. Offer to read a book aloud to kids in the school library or to be an assistant coach for your favorite sport. Volunteer at your local animal shelter: they need people to walk dogs, play with cats, give baths, etc.

Lend some expertise. Good at social media? A local non-profit — in the arts or health care, for example — could benefit from your knowledge. Help them communicate the importance of what they do with the wider world. A whiz with finance? Offer to help a local organization make the most of its dollars.

C'mon, give 'em some money. Most non-profit organizations operate on shoestring budgets and are expert at creating great results with far too few resources. The $10 or $20 or $100 (or more) that you share with them can make a real and lasting difference. On Thursday, GA Gives Day, take the money you would spend on morning coffee, lunch out with friends, and/or that end-of-day drink at the local bar and give it to your favorite local non-profit. And don't stop there:

Give ‘till … it feels good!

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