Business, nonprofit leaders unite to promote Giving Tuesday

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday urges people to give a different kind of gift: supporting the local community.

On Tuesday, the Hawaii Community Foundation is partnering with several banks and business leaders to promote Giving Tuesday in Hawaii.

It’s a global event that takes place the week after Thanksgiving, aiming to encourage people to donate to non-profit organizations during the holiday season.

“Hawaii’s had a history of being a very philanthropic community,” said Micah Kane, CEO and president of the Hawaii Community Foundation.

"We wanted to recognize that. Giving Tuesday is an international day that’s recognized around the world about giving time, talent and treasure, and we just wanted to celebrate that and just reaffirm our commitment to the community. "

[Interesting in donating? Go to ChangeforHawaii.org and choose a local charity to give back to.]

It was created in 2012 as a way to encourage people to do good.

Last year, $400 million was donated globally on Giving Tuesday.

“We’ve got great partners in the community,” Kane said.

“There’s over 5,000 nonprofits in the community trying to do good work, so especially during this time, during the holiday season, it’s when the most vulnerable people are under the most stress, so we want to remind everyone to give and there’s opportunities to do that.”

Those who want to participate and donate to a charity are urged to go to ChangeforHawaii.org.

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