My Giving Pledge: December Donation

It’s hard to believe I’ve been active in my Giving Pledge for a year now.

If you are new here, I pledged to donate to at least one nonprofit every month.

The idea came to me last year around this time when I realized that I just did not donate as much as I would have liked.

December is the most popular time of year to give due to the holidays and the last minute push to get those tax deductions.

As I stated in my original Giving Pledge post, waiting until the end of the year to donate is not the best giving strategy. And when we’re shopping around for last minute holiday gifts, who has the extra money to throw around?

Crossroads At this point, I’m usually wondering how much more I could have donated. I also think about those organizations that I wanted to support but never quite did.

I’ll be blogging more about what I learned through my Giving Pledge this year in another post.

For now, I’m happy to report that I donated to two organizations this month – Crossroads and Newtown Youth & Family Services. Both are social services agencies who make a difference in the world with their work every single day.

newtown youth and family services

Crossroads is an organization that I am very close to. They are my biggest client, and I used to work for them as an employee. I believe in their mission and know from experience that they are a very well-run organization that helps families live healthier lives.

Like many of you, I had not heard of the town of Newtown, CT before December 14th. My firsthand knowledge of how these type of agencies run tells me that they can use all the help they can get serving the needs of those families in Newtown. If you have never had the opportunity to work with an agency like this, I can tell you that those counselors and staff are working around the clock to do everything in their power to support the grieving town. And they are not immune to the grief.

So I donate to these organizations with the hope that my money will help someone through the toughest time of their lives.

To whom did you give this month?

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  1. says

    This month we helped out a family by buying their daughter Christmas gifts. We also helped victims of Sandy by donating to an organization someone in our church found to help feed those who are now homeless. I believe there will be another opportunity to give and support the latest tragedy that we will give also. I tried one avenue and it didn’t work out, so I am going to look for another one! Thanks so much for your encouragement to do this Jennifer! Have a beautiful holiday my friend!
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