What is Giving Tuesday?
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give back to our community.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then spread the word about why you are giving using the hashtags #CHAgives and #GivingTuesday. Last year on Giving Tuesday, our community raised $685,5000 for Chattanooga's nonprofit community in just 24 hours. During Giving Tuesday 2017, the city of Chattanooga ranked in the top 15 most generous cities in America, out of over 110 other #GivingTuesday campaigns!
History of Giving Tuesday?
Created in 2012 by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, a cultural center in New York City, Giving Tuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch Giving Tuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.
The Big Idea Behind Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. It provides a platform to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. As a local, national AND global movement, Giving Tuesday unites communities around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. The movement is also strongly tied to what founder Henry Timms calls “new power” characterized by networked governance, collaboration, radical transparency, and a culture of sharing.