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Tammy Flynn, Director of Philanthropy

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Feeling Overwhelmed About #GivingTuesday? 
5 Easy Ways to Give Locally for the Global Giving Event
HAMPTON ROADS – (November 21, 2018) #GivingTuesday (Nov. 27) has grown into an inspiring global movement that creates increased awareness of nonprofits and inspires a spirit of giving. The event serves as a kick off for the end-of-year giving season and can be overwhelming. With hundreds of worthy causes, where do you start? To help you wade through the numerous possible ways to make a difference locally, the Peninsula Community Foundation suggests starting at Hampton Roads residents can use the website to consider the following options: 
1. Donate to a local cause
Most of us are familiar with a nonprofit or two that does work that's in line with our values. But if no specific organization comes to mind, search the database of over 200 local nonprofit organizations. Easily locate nonprofits in your neighborhood or by a cause you are passionate about. You can donate directly to the cause of your choosing right on the website. 
2. Volunteer your time and talents to a local cause
Rolling your sleeves up can be a particularly fulfilling way to give back so the Foundation recently partnered with VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads to offer the additional option of donating your time and talents on the website. There are quick links to volunteer opportunities for the holidays, or year-round for residents 12 years and older. Volunteers can also complete a profile to match their talents to an organization in need of specific skills or search for volunteer opportunities close to home or by cause. 
3. Start a FUNdraiser Campaign for a local cause
If you have a social media account, one great way to elevate your efforts on Giving Tuesday is to create a FUNdraiser campaign for your favorite nonprofit. You can create a fundraiser campaign quickly and easily on the website and be provided a unique URL to share with your friends and family. The website allows fundraisers to set a goal for their cause and track donations as they are received.
4. Participate in the #pcfuglysweater challenge
If you're not financially able to give as much as you’d like this year, participating in the Ugly Sweater Challenge is a great option. PCF is challenging Hampton Roads residents from near and far to put on their ugly Christmas sweaters in honor of our local nonprofits for the holidays.  To participate:
- Post a picture/video of you, your family, co-workers, friends, or pets in your favorite ugly sweater(s)
- Tag your favorite nonprofit(s), @pcfvirginia, and 3 friends you want to challenge
- Include hashtags #pcfuglysweater and #givelocal757
One #givelocal757 nonprofit will be randomly selected from all those tagged Friday, November 23 - Thursday, December 20 to receive a cash grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation. The more you post, tag, share, the better chances your favorite nonprofit has of winning. The winning nonprofit will be announced on National Ugly Sweater Day, Friday, Dec. 21st at noon!
5. Start a charitable giving habit
#GivingTuesday is a great way to collectively affect positive change. But, in a world that is struggling in so many ways, it’s good to remember to give back whenever possible — not just the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Long after the rush of year-end appeals have been recycled and decorations are stored away, needs in our community remains. There are several ways you can give locally year-round including scheduling a recurring donation, or by opening a donor advised fund.  DAFs, as they are known, continue to grow in popularity for individuals who want flexibility, personalization and ease in their giving. These can be created at the Foundation where the donor receives expert local philanthropic advice to help make your choices in giving. Donors also receive an immediate tax deduction at the time of the gift. 
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Giving!
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Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook  via @pcfvirginia #givelocal757