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What Charitable Causes Do Houstonians Give to and Why?

On Thursday we had a day for giving thanks. Friday was a day for waiting in line for bargains. Saturday was for patronizing small businesses and today’s a day for shopping online. And now there’s a new one to add to the list along with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday: Giving Tuesday. […]

On Thursday we had a day for giving thanks. Friday was a day for waiting in line for bargains. Saturday was for patronizing small businesses and today’s a day for shopping online. And now there’s a new one to add to the list along with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday: Giving Tuesday. That’s tomorrow. Giving Tuesday is a new initiative dedicated to encouraging families and individuals to give back to their community.

And one of the ways Houstonians give back – especially at this time of year – is through charitable giving. Perhaps you’ll be taking part in a food drive this holiday season or will be making a donation to your favorite non-profit organization.

Well, a new study from US Trust looks at the philanthropic habits of Americans these days. Samantha Kennedy of US Trust joins us to discuss the report in more detail.

And Betsy Ballard joins us from Houston Food Bank, an organization that often benefits this time of year from the surge of holiday altruism.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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