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Want to teach your kids the importance of generosity? The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, December 3, is known as Giving Tuesday. Since its inception in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday has been a movement that emphasizes philanthropy, and encourages people to think charitably during the holiday season.

Plenty of businesses will be involved, too, by donating money to chosen causes. If you’re looking for a way to give back or to teach the kids the importance of charity, we’ve made a list of things you can do and places you can donate. Take a look below and be sure to check out what’s happening in your area.

Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey

Pillar Elementary School’s teachers have each created Amazon wish lists made up of developmentally appropriate holiday gifts, chosen specifically for each of their students. The lists will be featured on CPNJ’s Facebook page starting November 19. Give back to a student this holiday season!


Give presents to more than 30,000 kids-in-need, including those affected by recent natural disasters. The site has profiles of children, each with his or her own wish list.

JCC MetroWest

JCC MetroWest’s Financial Aid Fund ensures that citizens of their community have access to programs and services, regardless of financial ability. Such programs help families send their children to Jewish camp and attend their Early Education Center.

New Jersey Audubon

Support local conservation and education efforts by donating to New Jersey Audubon.

NJ Symphony Orchestra

Music lovers can take this opportunity to donate to the state’s symphony orchestra. Donations (up to $8,000) will be matched by generous donors.

Organ Donation

Register to be an organ and tissue donor (it only takes 30 seconds) and share on social media to spread the word.

St. Jude’s Research Hospital

Take part in Giving Tuesday at St. Jude’s Research Hospital by making a charitable donation to help St. Jude’s kids fight life-threatening diseases. You can also choose to give gifts of treatment, play and celebration. Donate a No More Chemo Party, a patient wagon or art supplies.

The United Way of Gloucester County

This nonprofit raises money for local programs that help residents with education, health and financial stability. Mount Royal Inn is hosting a fundraiser this Giving Tuesday where 10% of all proceeds from 7pm until close will be donated to United Way of Gloucester County.

Camp Quality USA New Jersey

This organization’s mission is to help children with cancer be kids again throughout their week-long summer camp program, as well as year-round events.

Alzheimer’s New Jersey

Support New Jersey’s fight against Alzheimer’s by making a donation that’ll go towards providing training for police officers who assist people with Alzheimer’s disease, expanding education programs to help families learn caregiving strategies and more.

EarthShare New Jersey

Help EarthShare’s dedication to preserve a healthy environment in New Jersey this Giving Tuesday. Donations allow this nonprofit to educate people about our natural surroundings and create volunteer opportunities that help make for a greener New Jersey.

Intrepid Museum

Inspiring students of all ages, this museum brings to life the experiences of the 50,000 veterans who served on the Intrepid and Growler when they were in service. Help fund the programs that inspire more than one million visitors the Intrepid Museum receives each year.

Autism Society of America

This Giving Tuesday, ASA has a goal to raise $15,000 to support their programs and help people with Autism live happy, meaningful lives. The #SpectrumOfOpportunity campaign aims to bring communities together to listen, educate, advocate and grow.

NJ Friends of Clearwater

Donations for this organization go toward funding three of their most popular events for the coming new year. These events help educate, advocate and clean up the environment.

If there’s a cause that’s near and dear to you, check to see which organizations are actively raising money on Tuesday. Have we missed a cause you’ll be contributing toward? Let us know in the comments and track the movement’s progress with #GivingTuesday on Twitter.