According to Wikipedia, Giving Tuesday was initially started in 2011 and called Cyber Giving Monday. It was created by the non-profit Mary-Arrchie Theater Company and then Producing Director Carlo Lorenzo Garcia urging donors to take a different approach to filling up an online virtual cart with goods. The push was moved to Tuesday the following year as to not compete with Cyber Monday by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). To be logical, it seems that we should have Giving Tuesday before Black Friday, when people have a lot more money to give, right? What about giving Thursday?
There are thousands of worthy charities to contribute to, right here in Central Florida. Did you know that Florida has incorporated approximately 12,000 nonprofits per year every year for more than ten years? This is hard to believe.
One of my favorites is the lovely project which can be found at www.thelovelyproject.org. They operate out of a church on the west side of Orlando. The Lovely Project is a Non-Profit Organization that exists to empower girls by providing them with tools, education and peer-mentorship for living a purposeful, productive life. The mission is for every young girl to grow into a woman who will create positive impact on the world around them.
According to a series of Gallup polls, more than 80 percent of Americans support one or more charities each year. Although tax considerations play a role, charitable planning for the purpose of eliminating or minimizing one’s tax burden is typically not the primary motivator for most estate planning clients. We represent clients of all economic status, who want to get their legal affairs in order. I am delighted to see that the majority of Americans do give!
Considering setting up a thorough estate plan this holiday season, as the ultimate gift for your family. Come see us at CPLS, P. A., downtown Orlando Office, it’s important to speak with an experienced attorney to discuss your specific case and circumstances. Attorney Hallie Zobel is a member of the firm’s Estate Planning Practice Group.