Background – What is #GivingTuesday?
Created by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday 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 #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.
The Big Ideas Behind #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday 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 for them 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 global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.
#GivingTuesday By the Numbers
Anyone, anywhere can get involved in #GivingTuesday.
JOIN the movement and use the free tools and resources on givingtuesday.org to get started.
Team of Influencers
#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, we launched a global movement that has engaged over 30,000 organizations worldwide.
Team of Influencers:
Charles Best (CEO, DonorsChoose)
Matthew Bishop (The Economist)
Kathy Calvin (CEO, UN Foundation)
Troy Carter (Founder, Chairman and CEO, The Atom Factory)
Sharon Feder (Chief Digital Officer, Watch Entertainment & Rachael Ray)
Colleen Giles Timms (Co-creator, GivingTuesday)
Hank Goldstein (Principal, The Oram Group Inc.)
Eileen Heisman (President and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust)
Adam Hirsch (Global EVP, Edelman Digital)
Patty Morrissey (Head of Groupon Grassroots)
Rachel Hutchisson (Director of Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, Blackbaud Inc.)
Beth Kanter (Author, Speaker, Trainer)
Edward Norton (Crowdrise)
Rob Reich (Professor, Stanford)
Selig D. Sacks (Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP)
Peter Sims (Author, Entrepreneur)
Thomas Tierney (Chairman, Bridgespan Group)
Henry Timms (Executive Director, 92nd Street Y)
Andrew Watt (President and CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals)
#GivingTuesday would not be possible without the help, friendship and support from the following organizations:
Dorothy A. Johnson Center on Philanthropy
Giving USA Foundation
The Huffington Post
Additional Support from:
John Templeton Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Case Foundation