#GivingTuesday Make It Count

First comes the turkey high of Thanksgiving, then the shopping high of Black Friday’s sales. Keep the high alive with Giving Tuesday?

For the eighth year, people around the world are taking the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to give back. #GivingTuesday is a global movement that was started to contrast Black Friday and focuses on helping others through the gift of your time, donations, goods, or your voice.

BigSpeak is proud of our many speakers who use their talents and bandwidth to make this world a better place. These are some entrepreneur, business and motivational speakers who have focused their drive on doing good.

Here’s how you can support their causes and cleanse your palate from Black Friday.

Project Athena

Teamwork Motivational Speaker and Adventure Racing World Champion Robyn Benincasa created Project Athena to help women who have survived medical or other traumatic challenges reach new athletic goals and achieve their adventurous dreams.

Through donations and grants these life-changing adventures are available to anyone who needs to be reminded it’s not about the setback, it’s about the comeback.

To learn more or support their comebacks click here.


Founder and CEO of Charity:Water  Scott Harrison has dedicated his life to bringing safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Chairty:water has funded 29,725 water projects, giving 8.4 million people around the world clean water.

His nonprofit has an open-book policy with 100% of your donation going to funding water projects around the world.

To learn more or make a donation click here.

The 7 Virtues Peace Perfume

Social Entrepreneur Barb Stegemann sources fair market natural essential oils from nations rebuilding after war or strife. The farmers she works with earn as much as 2.5 times the income of the next crop, giving them freedom from the Taliban and other corrupting factors.

Her scents are sourced from Afghanistan, Rwanda, Madagascar, the Middle East, and Haiti.

To learn more or support the local farmers click here.

Because I Said I Would 

Alex Sheen developed a program and nonprofit dedicated to building values and morality back into society. After the passing of his father—a man whose best quality was staying true to his word—Sheen started a campaign to help people become more accountable with Promise Cards. It was simple, you write your promise on the card and give it to the person you are committing to. 

People loved this resurgence of values and the whole operation took off. Now his nonprofit, Because I Said I Would, has school and prison programs that instill honorable values into society.

To learn more and help spread good values click here.

Little Lotus

Jane Chen developed a reusable incubator for premature babies in developing countries that costs less than 1% of traditional incubator technology. She then leveraged the technology to create Little Lotus baby products that help babies sleep at the perfect temperature.

With each Little Lotus purchase, proceeds are donated to ensure vulnerable babies in the developing world have access to the Embrace Incubator.

To learn more or provide an Embrace Incubator to an infant in need click here.


James Clear partners with the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). With each donation, AMF distributes nets to protect children, pregnant mothers, and families from mosquitos carrying malaria. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to extend life and fulfills his bigger mission to spread healthy habits and help others realize their full potential.

To learn more about James’s contributions to AMF click here.


TOMS started as a shoe company built on a one-for-one model—for every pair of shoes bought, one is donated to someone in need. Through your purchases, TOMS helps provide shoes, sight, water, safe birth, and bullying prevention services to people in need. In 2018, founder Blake Mycoskie gave $5 million to organizations across the country committed to ending gun violence.

To learn more about TOMS 2019 impact report click here.

Life is Good Kids Foundation

Bert and John Jacobs started the Life is Good Kid Foundation to promote positivity and ended up creating a nonprofit that partners with leading childcare organizations to positively impact the quality of care delivered to the most vulnerable children.

To impact lives, the Foundation provides retreats, tools, and on-going coaching to more than 10,000 childcare professionals working in schools, hospitals, and social service agencies across the US and Haiti.

To learn more or make a donation click here.

Jessica Welch is the Content Marketing Associate at BigSpeak Speakers Bureau, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Anthropology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her business thought articles often appear on Business 2 Community, Born 2 Invest, and YF Entrepreneurs.