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Practicing philanthropy this holiday season on #GivingTuesday

LatinaLista — On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

The day is known as #GIVINGTUESDAY.

#GivingTuesday is a special day to not only remember all the special organizations doing extra-special work to make this world a better place, but a day where everyone has the opportunity to make this world a better place by giving whatever they can.

Several worthwhile organizations have reached out to Latina Lista sharing that they are participating in #GivingTuesday. I am a fan of each of these organizations and wanted to share them directly with you but if you have a favorite non-profit organization, I encourage you to put #GivingTuesday on your calendar, along with, Black Friday and CyberMonday – and begin (or continue) a wonderful holiday tradition.

Help Me See
HelpMeSee is a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness endemic in developing countries. The HelpMeSee mission is to make sight-restoring, MSIC surgery available to millions of underserved people through financial support and the training of thousands of highly skilled specialist cataract surgeons recruited from within their communities. HelpMeSee has designed and is now producing a virtual reality surgical simulator and training program to be implemented worldwide, adapted from extensive experience in simulator based aviation training.

HelpMeSee’s Global #GivingTuesday campaign asks people to experience what it is like for the 20 million people living in the developing world who are currently blind with cataracts. To understand cataract blindness for just a moment in time, HelpMeSee invites people to film themselves conducting their favorite activity blind-folded and to share their experience with the rest of the world on this #GivingTuesday. During HelpMeSee’s Global #GivingTuesday campaign, they will be launching their first Global Ambassador Search, where participants demonstrate and address the challenges of a world with cataracts through their video submissions.

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange is the go-to source for in-depth and objective investigative reporting on the issues impacting youth in this country. We shine a light on the dark corners and the bright spots of the juvenile justice system.

National Priorities Project
National Priorities Project (NPP) believes our nation’s spending priorities should leave room for all Americans to get a slice of the budget pie. For 30 years, NPP has been tracking federal spending so everyone can understand where our tax dollars go – and what’s actually happening as lawmakers in Washington, D.C. make decisions about federal funds that affect all of us.

Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Teen pregnancy is not just a social, moral, or health issue. Teen pregnancy affects the workforce, the economy, and the future prosperity of Texas. While teen pregnancy rates have begun to decline, Texas still remains #1 in repeat teen births, #1 in state expenditures on teen pregnancy related expenses, and #3 in overall teen pregnancies.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made at St. Jude have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.

In addition to #GivingTuesday, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is encouraging everyone to make this holiday season a bit more meaningful by sharing gifts that keep on giving – gifts chosen from the St. Jude’s gift guide.

Hispanics in Philanthropy
Finally, our friends at Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), a national nonprofit organization based in Oakland, CA with a thirty-­-year track record of strengthening Latino communities and nonprofits by fostering philanthropy, is encouraging people to give back and make a difference in their communities this holiday season.

By focusing its efforts on encouraging giving on December 2, HIP is working to promote #Giving Tuesday and to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world.

For more information about HIP’s efforts to promote generosity on Giving Tuesday and during this holiday season visit the “I’m a HIPGiver, Are You?” campaign page.

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