Six easy ways to give back this #GivingTuesday

Countless individuals, communities and organizations unite on #GivingTuesday to promote philanthropic efforts and celebrate generosity worldwide.

The holiday is traditionally held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on Tuesday, December 3. The global giving movement has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world.

Big or small, every gift counts this #GivingTuesday. The day of collective action aims to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. Each and every person has the power to make a difference and support the causes they hold close to their heart.

Join the Gingerbread Kids Campaign

Families and individuals can help children in need by participating in Southwest Human Development’s annual Gingerbread Kids Campaign, an initiative which ensures that children in need receive holiday gifts during this special time of year. Parents who find themselves in challenging situations may be unable to participate in traditional holiday gift-giving because they are focused on paying bills or meeting their family’s basic needs. On widely-recognized shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, keep our Gingerbread Kids Campaign in mind! To participate, please contact Annette Sutfin at (602) 633-8416 or [email protected].

Make an Arizona Charitable Tax Credit contribution

The State of Arizona offers the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit to people who support qualifying charitable organizations. You can get a dollar-for-dollar credit of up to $400 as an individual or up to $800 as a married couple/filing joint when you give to qualifying charitable organizations like Southwest Human Development. This tax credit is in addition to any public or private school tax credits you may be claiming and does not have to be itemized on your state tax forms! Donate online here.

Commit to donating your time

Committing to a volunteer opportunity this #GivingTuesday is an affordable way to make a difference. Volunteering is free, and helps teach children learn to be thankful while building new skills. Southwest Human Development offers many volunteer opportunities for individuals, community and corporate partners. Among all of the opportunities, families with children of all ages are invited to sign up for one of our quarterly Family Volunteer Days sponsored by Build-A-Bear Foundation. There are several projects to engage children and adults of all ages and abilities. To register, visit

Discover one of our ‘Shop & Give’ opportunities

Did you know there are many ways to support Southwest Human Development just by shopping? Use AmazonSmile when ordering online and shop at Fry’s Food Stores for groceries and each company will make a donation to Southwest Human Development! All you have to do is complete their initial online registration and every time you shop, you’ll be helping Arizona children and their families! Learn more

Make a donation

A gift of any size can make an impact in the lives of Arizona’s children and families. Make an immediate impact by giving now. When you give online at, you make an instant impact on the lives of more than 135,000 children in our community – easily and securely. You can even designate your gift to the program of your choice!