In the spirit of #GivingTuesday*, I give you a list of charities that I’ve supported in 2014.

Boston Children’s Hospital For obvious reasons, they’re the reason I was able to run the NYC Marathon this year. They’re mission is right in their tagline: Until every child is well.

CharityWater A great organization that funds a clean water initiative for a community in need. The campaign I supported was for my pal Jeff Lail — who sets up a donation project each year for his birthday.

ACPA Diamond Honoree Program I love this program for so many reasons. Not only does a very deserving member of our profession get recognized for all the amazing work that they do —  your donation goes to support their nomination, which in turn goes back to the association to fund programming.  Everybody Wins!

George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Resource Development GW provided me with a great education to help get me to where I am today. I will always be thankful and while I am still paying off my tuition, I really wanted to support them to help make a difference

Goodwill Every time I donate my personal items, off to Goodwill it goes. “Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.”

Of course #GivingTuesday does not have to be about an actual monetary donation. Volunteering for different activities and/or lending a helping hand to someone in need should also be incorporated into what it means to give. Giving can be based of off the three T’s: Time, Talent, Treasure.  For student affairs professionals, this could mean taking some time to mentor a student or to help an unemployed graduate student (or pro) find their way into (or back into) our field.  I’ve volunteered my time giving presentations to different organizations, facilitating leadership initiatives, and helping students and professionals find their way. In the future, I want to expand my volunteer efforts to be more local community based, rather than just sticking to the profession.

What are some of the things you plan on doing on #GivingTuesday? Remember, it doesn’t have to be a monetary donation, but instead, could be a pledge to give your time and talent to an organization.

* Note: While I do enjoy the idea of #GivingTuesday, giving to a charitable organization or volunteering should be done year-round when possible. When there is a need, you should donate time, talent, and treasure.

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