Giving Tuesday is an annual tradition in the US where people donate to the causes dear to their heart on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Given that it comes hot on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (big off and online shopping days respectively), I always find that Giving Tuesday is a breath of fresh air and welcome signal that the consumerist long weekend is over.
Thanks to the power of social media advertising, I’d donated to some US non-profits during the last few Giving Tuesdays. But given that I live in Hong Kong, it felt odd not to support my favorite causes here in my hometown as well. So this year, I set out to research and compile a list of local causes and organizations that I am supporting on this Giving Tuesday.
FactWire 傳真社 – a team of veteran journalists who only do investigative journalism here in Hong Kong. They remain independent by relying on crowdfunding and have successfully brought a series of political scandals to light since its inception.
Inmedia 香港獨立媒體網 – one of the longest-running champions of indepedent, online media in Hong Kong. Publishes their own stories but also offers a home for many other writers, bloggers and organizations (including Add Oil Comics).
Culture & Media Education Foundation 文化及媒體教育基金 – a newbie NGO launched by some of the same people that brought us Inmedia that promotes civic participation and creative media online. It’s rare to see organizations in Hong Kong focus on internet culture, which is what makes their work that much more worthwhile.
For The Refugees – a fund that pays for the daily expenses of the refugees who housed Edward Snowden during his sojourn in Hong Kong many moons ago, and who are still unfortunately waiting for their asylum application to be processed.
I believe in giving a little bit of money to many places rathern than placing all of my charitable eggs in one basket. So these are all the organizations that I will be supporting on this Giving Tuesday. Write in the comments below if you have others ones you’d recommend.