Giving Tuesday focuses on charitable donations

Today, online shoppers are called upon to focus on philanthropy after an extended weekend of shopping.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that started in 2012.

While events such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday focus on shopping for consumer goods, Giving Tuesday focuses on building a “more just and generous world.”

And locally, The Marietta Community Foundation is covering online donation fees from the PayPal donation portal on its website to encourage that generous spirit.

“All donations received by the foundation through our website, on Dec. 1, will have their processing fees covered,” said Heather Allender, president & CEO of the foundation. “We want to encourage our community to be generous and this is a great way to foster that generosity.”

While the foundation does not assess fees for its services, the online PayPal donation portal does assess a processing fee of 2.2 percent.

Although the online fee is already a minimal cost, the foundation hopes that an act of generosity on its end will cultivate multiple acts of generosity throughout the community.

“We are nearing the end of 2020 and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to end on a good note,” said Allender. “Though it may seem like a small gesture, this could have a great impact as the countdown towards Christmas begins.”

Online donations may be made at www.mcfohio.org/donate.

For those who wish to speak to an individual, please contact Heather Allender at 740-373-3286 or heather@mcfohio.org.


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