01 December 2015

TODAY is #GivingTuesday -- a day for our already generous genealogy community to give more!

Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

Much of our genealogical and family history community is based on nonprofit entities and the generosity of our community.

Did you know that the National Genealogical Society is a nonprofit and the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists? Consider making a donation today to its 2nd Century Endowment Fund.

Want to donate locally? Check out your local genealogy society, library, archive or research repository.  Most nonprofits are able to receive donations and are happy to do so.

Want to support a specific project?  Preserve the Pensions, the War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project still seeks donations.  This project is about ½ way to its goal of making ALL of these pensions accessible and free for everyone.

Another popular national organization fundraising today is the Daughters of the American Revolution whose goal is to cover the cost to restore three elegant Roman Neoclassical-style Medallions showcased in the ceiling of DAR Constitution Hall that are nearest to the President General’s Reception Room.

There are many worthy organizations in our genealogy and family history community who would benefit from your generosity.  Please consider “giving” today, #GivingTuesday.

What family history entity, society, or project are you generously supporting today?

Editor’s Note: Though the focus of today is on giving $, your time is also valuable and just as generous a contribution. Can’t give $ or time, consider donating inherited bibles or other invaluable papers to a local or national institution – these too are also a form of “giving” that greatly benefits our genealogical community.

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