Giving Tuesday

December 3, 2013 – Be a part of Giving Tuesday. It will make a difference.

As Central Asia Institute’s database manager, I am the lucky person who sees the generosity and thoughtfulness of our supporters every day. I hear and read CAI supporters’ stories about why they are passionate about girls’ education and peace in the communities where we work. I receive the handcrafted cards from Florence in Washington each month. I read letters from motivated teenagers like Amy in Massachusetts, who grew up volunteering for her father’s non-profit. I am humbled to hear from young students who donate their birthday money to support Pennies for Peace.

It is inspiring that so many people take the time out of their busy lives to give. Give their time, compassion, and money to support CAI’s mission in Central Asia. We at CAI are thankful for our supporters – thank you for giving, and helping create a better world for so many.

Photo: Erik Petersen 2013

Photo: Erik Petersen 2013

Thanksgiving is a time to give, be thankful, and spend time with family and friends. But it has also turned into a time of consumption and materialism. Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving Day, and for some, the whole holiday is centered on shopping.

Last year, Giving Tuesday was started to create a day of giving that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea is to inspire people to give to their cause of choice. Today is Giving Tuesday and we want you to be a part of it.

Donations to CAI go toward supporting community-based projects in remote areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. If you did shop on Black Friday, the money you saved could send a girl to university, or provide clean drinking water for an entire community. Giving just a little this Giving Tuesday could be the first step toward educating a girl, and empowering a community.

If you can’t donate today, you can still give – volunteer, start a Pennies for Peace drive, or post an #UNselfie to promote Giving Tuesday. Give back to the world around you in some way today. It will make a difference.

To donate to CAI, click here.

For more information on Giving Tuesday, visit

QUOTE: We only have what we give. – Isabel Allende

– Laura Brin, CAI’s database manager