10 Businesses That Can Help You Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Photo by Techa Tungateja / iStock via Getty Images
Photo by Techa Tungateja / iStock via Getty Images

Along with the parties and the shopping, the holidays are also about giving to others. And today, December 3, is Giving Tuesday, a movement that started back in 2012, which encourages individuals, families, and businesses to come together to donate to charities and nonprofits.

According to the website, there are now people and organizations participating in Giving Tuesday in every country in the world, and in United States alone, the movement has raised over $1 billion.

Learn how you can get involved by checking out some of the businesses throughout the United States that are taking part in Giving Tuesday this year.

1. Lush Cosmetics

Lush Cosmetics is working to raise $300,000 on Giving Tuesday by matching up to $150,000 from Charity Pot Body Lotion purchases. The funds that Lush matches through the sales will go directly to Retreet, The Sunrise Movement, Aliados, Climate Action Network Canada, and Amazon Watch—five organizations that support the climate movement. The proceeds from Charity Pot sales will go straight into the company's charity fund, where 100 percent of the money will be donated to grassroots organizations working on human rights, environmental justice, and animal protection.

2. Facebook

If you’ve been thinking about setting up a donation to a charitable cause on Facebook, today is the day to do it, because the social media platform will be matching donations dollar for dollar until users hit $7 million in donations.

3. Pottery Barn

Today, Pottery Barn will be matching all customer donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital both in the store and online. St. Jude is an establishment completely devoted to treating children with cancer, and, according to the website, families never receive a bill for their care.

4. Patagonia

From November 20 through December 21, the outdoor gear company will be matching donations to their Patagonia Action Works fund, which supports grassroots movements that work to find solutions for the environmental crisis. The company will match donations up to $10,000 apiece and will continue until they’ve reached a maximum total match of $10,000,000.

5. T-Mobile

T-Mobile is working to get employees and customers to help donate up to 5 million meals to Feeding America. Today, for every deal customers save with on the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, the cell phone provider will donate up to five meals. Each time someone tweets with #GivingOnUs, T-Mobile will also contribute 10 meals. The cell provider will also be hosting 100 employee volunteer events with Feeding America member food banks across the country through the rest of the year.

6. Fossil and DoSomething.org

These two have teamed up to inspire their followers to Make Time for Good and give back to their community. Their website encourages fans and followers to complete challenges, such as posting kind messages on mirrors or unplugging electronics that aren’t in use. For every challenge completed and shared on social media with the hashtag #MakeTimeForGood, Fossil will donate $1 to DoSomething.

7. EBay

Each time a major brand uses a holiday buzzword (like mistletoe or Rudolph), the online marketplace will put $1 in a #HolidayJargon Jar. Once they reach $50,000, they'll donate the money to charity, according to Mobile Marketer. Consumers can join in, too, by tagging instances of #HolidayJargon in real life and following @HolidayJargon on Twitter.

8. The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has a network of locations throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island and helps enrich the lives of many in those communities. Today, you can help give back to this library system, because until midnight tonight, your donation to the NYPL will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.

9. Vizio

This retailer launched a 50-inch special edition VIZIO (RED) 4K HDR Smart TV, and on Giving Tuesday, 10 percent of the sales will be donated to the Global Fund, which finances HIV/Aids programs throughout Africa.

10. Paypal

This widely used service will add 10 percent up to a total of $600,000 when you support the causes that are part of the Paypal Giving Fund.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Save 97 Percent on This Course Bundle in Real Estate Investment

Photo by energepic.com from Pexels
Photo by energepic.com from Pexels

Real estate has always been a solid investment strategy, but it can be a little daunting to get started. The five-course Fundamentals of Real Estate Investment Bundle is built to guide you through the process, from classes in pre-investment to ones that help you identify the right partners. And you can get the whole bundle at a 97 percent discount today.

Before you spend a penny, you’re going to want to fully understand the key concepts of real estate investing. The Pre-Investing course will walk you through the evaluation of residential and commercial opportunities for investment, teach you how to mitigate risks, and explain other essential skills over a five-hour series of lectures. Once you’re feeling secure in your skills, you’ll be ready for the Fundamentals of Real Estate Investment Analysis series, where six hours of professional investment analysis techniques will provide a practical approach to attaining rental income properties and other investment opportunities.

You may be more familiar with residential real estate, but it's also important to learn about the commercial side of things. In the Introduction to Commercial Real Estate Analysis class, you'll be guided through case studies of real-world commercial deals for a hands-on approach to learning how professionals evaluate commercial opportunities.

Real estate is a massive investment that requires some big starting capital, and bringing in partners can be a great strategy to mitigate some of that risk. This bundle’s How To Invest with Partners class will help you learn to identify the right partners for your venture by using the Waterfall Distribution Framework. Learn what that is and how to apply it over the quick hour-long course.

The course bundle wraps up with a final hour-long class that covers techniques professionals use to evaluate wholesale deals and features a custom-built calculator to help you speed up the process.

Start your real estate portfolio on the right foot with a strong foundation of education with The Fundamentals of Real Estate Investment Bundle. Right now, you can get it at a 97 percent discount, totaling just $25.

Price subject to change.

 

The Fundamentals of Real Estate Investment Bundle - $25

See Deal

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. If you haven't received your voucher or have a question about your order, contact the Mental Floss shop here.