3 Ways to Do #GivingTuesday When You Have Student Debt

The Tuesday that follows Cyber Monday is referred to as #GivingTuesday. Most simply put, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity and reminder to give back during the holiday season.

Giving Tuesday began on November 28, 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Giving Tuesday began as an antidote against the consumerism and excessive shopping often associated with the holiday season.

For many, Giving Tuesday is a great way to enjoy and experience the true meaning of the holiday season – helping others.

Giving Tuesday is also a perfect time to think about any end-of-the-year donations or season giving you’d like to participate in.

But, what if you’re broke or strapped for cash this year? Not to worry! Here are three easy ways to participate in Giving Tuesday and help others – even if you have student loan debt.

 

# 1 Skip the Shopping, Make a Surprise Donation

Many of us use the great deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get a jump start on holiday shopping. But what if this year, you saved a little money… by skipping or reducing the shopping entirely?

Whether you decide to cut back $5 or $50 from your holiday shopping budget, you can use that cash to make someone’s day a little brighter. A great way to do this? Make a small donation towards a stranger’s LoanGifting profile.

There are thousands of members to help on LoanGifting, and a surprise donation is a fun and easy way to give back this holiday season.

 

# 2 Spread the Word on Social Media

 Sharing about LoanGifting on social media is the perfect way to participate in #GivingTuesday – without spending a dime! Your post could be seen by people around the world, and spur on all kinds of donations!

Here’s a sample post you can use to spread the LoanGifting cheer on #GivingTuesday:

Happy #GivingTuesday!

@LoanGifting is an online platform where anyone with student loan debt can create a profile and receive small donations from friends, family, and strangers to help pay back their debt.

I just donated $5 to INSERT NAME’s (tag your friend or the LoanGifter you donated to) profile – and I want you to make a donation too! Comment on this post with a person you just sent a LoanGift to!

P.S. – if you want to check out my LoanGifting page, so you can see what it’s all about, here’s my profile: INSERT YOUR PROFILE LINK

 

# 3 Help a Friend Make a LoanGifting Profile

If you have a friend or family member who’s struggling to pay back their student loans, help them out on Giving Tuesday by making them a LoanGifting profile!

Creating a profile won’t take long, but it will be super helpful for your friend  – especially before the holidays, when people are in the giving mood.

 

How To Help Your Friend Create a LoanGifting Profile:

 

  1. To start, share your own Loangifting profile and have them click around the website to become familiar.
  2. Help your friend register for an account at https://www.loangifting.com/index
  3. Snap a great profile picture of your friend. Tips on taking great profile pics here!
  4. Craft a personal story into their profile.
  5. Edit for clarity and language choice.
  6. Be sure check out this post for more tips on helping a friend create a LoanGifting profile.

Helping a friend make a LoanGifting profile is the perfect way to give back, help others, and donate your time on Giving Tuesday  – without spending any cash!

Remember, there are all kinds of ways to help others in this world – we know our community can make a big difference this year’s Giving Tuesday!

And please be sure to share your #GivingTuesday stories with us by tagging us at @LoanGifting on Twitter, @LoanGifting on Instagram, or @Loan Gifting on Facebook!

Alexis Irvin is a writer and documentary filmmaker obsessed with entrepreneurship, careers, and pursuing dreams. Her Millennial career guide, Build Your Dreams: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, is available at bookstores everywhere! Alexis lives in sunny Los Angeles where she loves to hike, eat tacos, and read on the beach.

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