Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday — it’s time to take a break from the shopping insanity and think outside the boxes and bows.

Giving Tuesday is a movement dedicated to just that by changing how people think about the holiday season and encouraging them to take action by giving back to nonprofits in their area, particularly in a year like 2020.

"Demand for services is up and revenue streams are obliterated," Heather Larkin, President and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation, told us in our October issue. "Events are a major source of income for nonprofits and clearly there are no events happening. … For the nonprofits that haven’t seen a huge increase in demand, for example arts organizations, revenue has bottomed and donors have, in many cases, turned their limited dollars to more human service organizations."

So hit the breaks for a moment this holiday season and think on the causes you care about, the community organizations you use every day that rely on the help of the ones they serve. Then consider giving a little (or a lot) of money or time to make sure they can keep up the good work. 

If you need some inspiration, browse our 2020/2021 Arkansas Giving Guide highlighting local nonprofits and how you can help.

To find out how to participate in Giving Tuesday, click hereAnd if you’re interested in more ways to help locally, follow the hashtag #GivingTuesdayAR to learn about the needs of your own communities.