Giving Tuesday started out as a simple idea: We have a day for giving thanks and two days for getting deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). How about a day for giving back to the community?

Now it's a national phenomenon. #GivingTuesday is a top-trending Twitter hashtag -- and a chance for you to use your money to support nonprofits working for a better South and future!

I hope you will consider participating in Giving Tuesday by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Institute for Southern Studies today.

Your gift will go straight to work to:

* Build a strong voice for justice and change in the South

* Expose the Big Money interests that threaten our democracy and communities

* Train a new generation of fearless journalists and social change researchers

Please join me in celebrating the real holiday spirit -- helping out, giving back and ensuring a more peaceful future for all.

To contribute, click here.

From all of us at the Institute, thank you!