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Giving Tuesday 2017: Jacksonville local guide

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Started by a cultural center in New York City five years ago, Giving Tuesday is the kick off to the charitable season.

With a plan to match up to $2 million in donations for USA nonprofits, the Gates Foundation and Facebook easily met that goal before mid-morning on the West Coast.

Some local groups in need include Greater Lansing Food Bank, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and the Capital Area Humane Society.

Goodworld is the leading fundraising resource for donations on Facebook, Twitter, and online. In addition, locals participating in the #MyGivingStory contest through sharing a story about how an organization impacts the community positively can help that chosen non-profit can win a grand prize of $10,000.

Earlier this year, a private donor pledged to match every dollar, up to $100,000, donated to services aimed at helping seniors and low-income pet owners. That makes donations from individual supporters more important than ever.

Last Year, Giving Tuesday saw a significant increase in online donations, with donors giving more than $177 million, up from $116 million in 2015.

Well, according to a new survey from Give.org, millennials are the generation most likely to do background research on charities before donating. But if you are going to give money, remember my three golden rules. Before you give, be sure you have the exact name of the charity to avoid a case of mistaken identity. Once you configure the app, you have a chance to win a $1,000 donation to your charity through their monthly Doofl ("donation raffle" or "Do-Full").

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