Sophia's Top #GivingTuesday Picks

Have you started to indulge in the holiday spirit? Some of you may have already found the perfect tree and decorated your house to feel the cheer. Others may have started to shop with added incentive from #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday deals. But today, on #GivingTuesday we pause to think about a cause that we are moved by and missions that we believe in.

I have listed my favorite organizations that are participating in #GivingTuesday - perhaps one of these causes will spark your interest! Click on the name of the organization to learn more about their mission and their #GivingTuesday campaigns.

Impact Travel Alliance - Impact Travel Alliance is a non profit aimed at improving the world through travel. To celebrate #GivingTuesday they are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes that include roundtrip airfares, hotel stays, and tour packages well worth over $2,000. Your support helps them host educational events on sustainable tourism initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment, culture and economy of a destination.

CREST- For over 15 years, The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has worked to increase the positive impact of responsible tourism through our innovative field projects, research, advocacy, and educational programs. From Ethiopia to Cuba to Oman to Mexico, they have combined rigorous academic research with real-world expertise in order to find solutions to critical tourism challenges and help local communities thrive. They have launched a #GivingTuesday campaign so their invaluable work can continue to impact communities and travelers' experiences around the world.

St. Judes Children's Research Hospital - St Judes is at the forefront of helping children combat cancer and other life-threatening diseases. My Mom was a regular contributor of St. Judes, and I believe in the work they are doing to advance research and application of childhood diseases.

Kiva - Kiva is an incredible organization that allows anyone to provide micro loans to budding entrepreneurs around the world. For #GivingTuesday buying a $50 in Kiva Cards will earn you $25 in credit to lend to spark innovation around the world.

If this is your first time participating in a #GivingTuesday campaign and you would like to learn more, this Forbes article explains the purpose of this day and how to choose a cause that you believe in.

Happy Giving this Tuesday!

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