What is Giving Tuesday?
Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, people take the time to kickoff the holiday season by giving back to their community. Whether it be donating money to a charitable cause or volunteering, Giving Tuesday is a day set to benefit the community.
History of Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday timeline
A charitable record
$400 million was raised in total donations for Giving Tuesday, a new record for the holiday.
A dollar for a dollar
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced $2 million in matching for donations to fundraisers on Facebook, ultimately raising $45 million.
Real time efforts
The Giving Tuesday movement launched Giving Tower, a fund raising app that allows people to see the world's charitable efforts grow in real time.
A day to give back
Giving Tuesday was created by technology companies Mashable, Skype, and Cisco
Giving Tuesday - Survey Results
Giving Tuesday FAQs
Why should you give on Giving Tuesday?
How do I participate in Giving Tuesday?
You can participate in Giving Tuesday by finding an online fundraising site to contribute to or donating to your favorite charities and nonprofits.
Where can I donate on Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday Activities
Donate to your favorite charity
With an abundance of causes to support, there are many options for people to donate to charity. You can mail in a check, drop off some money, or even click 'Donate' from the comfort of your desk.
We sometimes forget that one helpful way of giving back is by volunteering. Contact a local hospital, shelter, or nonprofit ahead of time and see how you can help.
That sweater you swore you would wear this fall (and never saw the daylight), can be of use to someone in need. Go through your closet and donate any articles of clothing you know you're not going to wear again (or ever).
Why We Love Giving Tuesday
It makes us feel good
Whether you admit it or not, the holiday season can get the best of us. Especially when our main stressors are what gift to get that certain family member. If we splurge on materialist goods, giving back to a charitable cause takes some of that guilt away.
We can help those in need
By volunteering at a local community center, or donating money to your favorite organization, we're are able to help those in need. You can provide a warm meal at the local soup kitchen, or even clean drinking water by donating $5.
Anyone can participate
You don't have to be rich or in the Peace Corps to participate in Giving Tuesday, every small act counts. Donating $1 can make a huge impact on any cause.