There was Black Friday, Cyber Monday and finally Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday has grown into a global movement of fund-raising for nonprofits, food drives, blood drives, clothing drives and more that is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Last year, $117 million was raised for charities in more than 70 countries.

The idea for the Giving Tuesday began in 2012 out of New York City by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation.

The purpose of the day was to be a reminder of what the season is truly about: giving.

If you would like to participate and donate, here are some websites that allow you to research and choose organizations wisely:

  • #GivingTuesday allows you to give your time as an individual and you can learn how to be an ambassador for the movement.
  • GuideStar provides complete, up-to-date nonprofit data to help you make decisions on who to give to.
  • Charity Navigator is an independent charity watchdog that evaluates charities in the U.S.
  • BBB Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations asking for your money.