There’s Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Now do a little good this holiday season and participate in #GivingTuesday.

The Hive Society has built its brand around philanthropy. It’s at the core of everything we do. It’s who we are. Our vision is to inspire everyday people to be philanthropic in all that they do. You don’t have to be a trust fund billionaire to be a philanthropist. You can be the 6-year old who loves sorting rice at the Houston Food Bank or the 66-year old woman who takes meals to the homeless shelters. Philanthropy is simply the desire to promote the welfare of others.

This Tuesday, we invite you to join us in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

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What’s #GivingTuesday?

Created by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces—collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly—to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement. [Source]

#GivingTuesday harnesses the undeniable power of social media platforms and encourages visibility of people’s generosity to bring about tangible changes in their communities. Whether you donate your time, resources, or talents, your unique brand of giving contributes to the betterment of the world, your world. #GivingTuesday brings together nonprofits, businesses, corporations, and families to magnify small acts of kindness.

How you choose to give is totally up to you, but we’ve made a short list of some of our local nonprofit friends and family you can consider.

The Hive Society, Inc.

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The City of Houston and Mayor Annise Parker proclaim October 17, 2015 as The Hive Society, Inc. Day

Okay, okay. This isn’t self-serving. I know you may think of us as the bees who run that blog, but we are, in fact, a public nonprofit. Canvas and Cupcakes? Houston Cares? Axiom? Our partnership with #Hashtaglunchbag? Adopting Families for the Holidays? The things we do cost money and we wouldn’t be able to do them without your support!

Want to help us fulfill our mission? Donate via PayPal. You can choose any amount to donate and your #GivingTuesday donations will be used specifically for our 2015 Adopt-a-Family project.

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Houston Food Bank

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Houston Food Bank was designated Feeding America’s 2015 Food Bank of the Year. The work they do to feed Houston’s hungry families should be celebrated and we are honored that they are our #HoustonCares partner. Knowing that 1 in 5 children in Southeast Texas don’t have consistent access to nutritious foods should inspire you to do something. Volunteer your time or donate to the cause. Every $1 donated makes 3 meals! For more information, visit www.houstonfoodbank.org

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Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company

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Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company seeks to challenge audiences and theatre artists by creating and performing bold, innovative and fresh theatrical works grounded in the best traditions of the dramatic arts. With a strong feminine presence in our artistic vision, we strive to feature the work of female playwrights, actors and directors, which promotes the empowerment of women through the performing arts.

Donate here and visit www.mildredsumbrella.com for company and audition information.

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ArtBridge Houston

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Founded in 1999 by two board-certified licensed art therapists, ArtBridge has made it their mission to bring art into the lives of at-risk and  homeless children across the Houston area. After a decade of using art therapy on children and adolescents in psychiatric hospitals, the co-founders expanded their background to assist homeless children in Houston area shelters. They have a great need for 24 Pack Crayola Crayons, Thick White Watercolor Paper,  and 8 Color Crayola Watercolor Sets.

Donate here and visit artbridgehouston.org for more information.

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Special Olympics Texas

Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Just a few weeks ago, Hope went “over the edge” dressed as Spider-Woman when she rappelled down a hotel building to raise money and awareness for the cause!

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The Houston S.W.A.T Team helped with the ropes, and Harris County’s Ron Hickman also went “over the edge.”

Donate to Special Olympics Texas and visit www.sotx.org for more information.

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Firecracker Productions


Firecracker Productions was founded in 2014 by Sammy McManus in Houston, Texas. Houston is filled with art and culture, and the local talent is a testament to the high standards set by dozens of other arts organizations in the area. FP joined this growing group of artists with the intention of showcasing contemporary pieces that spark conversation and that allow artists to explore their craft.

Donate here or here and visit www.firecrackerproductions.org for more company and audition information.

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FrontSteps in Austin

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During the #Hashtaglunchbag: SXSW Edition, The Hive Society had the opportunity to deliver lunches to Austin’s Front Steps. Based on the belief that all people deserve the dignity of a safe place to call home, Front Steps’ mission is to provide a pathway home through shelter, affordable housing, and community education. Donate your  resources  or volunteer to help them provide safe spaces for Austin’s shelter-less community. For more information, visit www.frontsteps.org

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Want more options? Click through our Philanthropy is Cool tag and find dozens of nonprofits and causes highlighted on HiveSociety.com.

Be sure to share with the world how you contributed to #GivingTuesday! it’s all about amplifying your ability to change the world one small act of kindness at a time.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Albert Pike