'Tis the Giving Season

pexels-photo-264771.jpegStarting to see flyers in your mailbox asking for clothing donations? Is your email inbox filling up with requests from organizations you've given to in the past (or not given to ever)? It's November, and November kicks off the most charitable time of the year in the U.S.

With the holidays on the horizon, you may be feeling the urge to participate in a bigger philanthropic event, national day or movement. We're feeling it, too, so check out some of the amazing events coming up in November completely dedicated to giving back and celebrating those who have gone above and beyond in their philanthropic efforts.

World Kindness Day - Nov. 13: World Kindness Day is as simple as it sounds - a day to spread kindness. Studies show that when someone observes an act of kindness, they are more likely to carry out their own act of kindness.

National Philanthropy Day - Nov. 15: So many people go out of their way to make our world a better place, and National Philanthropy Day is a day to celebrate them. Check out when your local chapter is celebrating so that you can attend and support philanthropists in your community.

Thanksgiving - Nov. 23: Go beyond the turkey! Thanksgiving is a great day to gather with family and friends and give back. Serve food at a local shelter or food kitchen, volunteer at your local VA center or head over to a children's hospital with some holiday cheer.

Small Business Saturday - Nov. 25: Your local small businesses work hard to offer products and services that box stores can't, and many small business owners take the time to give back to your community in charitable ways. Give up the chain on Nov. 25 and shop at your local co-op and other small businesses instead!

Giving Tuesday - Nov. 28: Following the biggest shopping days of the year, #GivingTuesday is the biggest giving day of the year. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, we gather to celebrate philanthropy and give to the charities and organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. In 2016, 1.64 million charitable gifts were given on #GivingTuesday, and experts expect that to go up even more this year.

Do you have any giving traditions? How will you be participating in these upcoming philanthropic celebrations? Let us know in the comments!