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Instead of overspending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, save a bit to serve others and support local programs on Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – is entering its seventh year. The day starts the year-end giving season that keeps many charitable organizations afloat and allows them to provide much needed services all year long. In many instances, gifts made on Giving Tuesday are matched by other donors, helping every gift make a greater impact.

Learn more and find a lengthy list of participating local organizations at https://www.givingtuesday.org.

If you’re giving, be smart. The South Carolina Secretary of State’s office issues annual lists of Angels and Scrooges. The site allows anyone to search a South Carolina charity to see financial details and determine if the organization is in good standing. Learn more at https://www.scsos.com.

Charity Navigator (https://www.charitynavigator.org) and GuideStar (https://www.guidestar.org) provide details about charitable organizations that can help you give wisely.

There are many Upstate charities participating in Giving Tuesday. Contact your favorite nonprofit to learn how you can maximize your gift or check out the Giving Tuesday website for specifics. Here are just a few:

• Chapman Cultural Center: Support local artists and arts organizations that paint the future for children who dream of theater, dance, visual arts and more. Chapman Cultural Center grants more than $700,000 to local arts non-profits and artists in the local area. https://secure.givelively.org/donate/chapman-cultural-center-inc/2018-chapman-cultural-center-giving-tuesday

• Girls for STEAM: This Giving Tuesday, Girls for STEAM will be fulfilling book wish lists in high poverty schools across Spartanburg County. The team will also distribute books to children in England, Ghana, Virginia, Maryland and Georgia. In addition, through the organization’s Giving Book Day Initiative (http://www.givingbookday.org), books will be donated books to Ball4Good's Hoops4Miracles campaign. https://www.girlsforsteam.org

• Set Free Alliance: Set Free Alliance’s 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign, My Giving Story, shares stories from donors about why they give. On Giving Tuesday, around 100 of the organization’s donors will be sharing their giving stories on their personal social media. https://setfreealliance.org

Loaves and Fishes: Help rescue food and reduce hunger – feed the families of Greenville County, ensure children have food at home during winter break, provide healthy food options to seniors with health issues and more. Loaves and Fishes hopes to raise $2,000 to put 8,000 meals on tables this holiday season. https://loavesandfishesgreenville.com/givingtuesday

• Spartanburg Regional Foundation: Make a direct gift to one of many specific funds that address needs in cancer treatment and prevention, heart health, hospice care and more. https://regionalfoundation.com/donate-now

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