Published on November 30, 2016.

In the US, $168 Million Dollars was Raised Online in 24 Hours through 1.6 Million Donations; People in Nearly 100 Countries Participated

77 Towns, Cities, Counties, States and Regions in all Corners of the US Raised Funds, Rallied Volunteers, Held Civic Celebrations & Collected Acts of Kindness

From Funds Raised to Send Low-Income Students to College to an Anonymous Kidney Donation, #GivingTuesday Showed Common Values of Generosity & Community


New York, NY – November 30, 2016: On #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back, from opening their wallets to volunteering their time to helping those in need to raising their voices in support of causes they believe in. On the fifth annual #GivingTuesday, individuals, corporations and civic coalitions in 77 U.S. towns, cities, counties, states and regions and organizations raised $168 million to benefit a tremendously broad range of causes, and gave much more in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness. The total number of donations reported is 1.6 Million, for an average gift of $108.

#GivingTuesday began as a simple idea at 92nd Street Y (92Y) in New York City in 2012: after two days for getting deals -- Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- it was time for a holiday centered around giving back. Now, #GivingTuesday has grown into a global movement of individuals, families, organizations and communities coming together to demonstrate their common willingness to give.

Giving Time:

  • Thousands of volunteer hours were pledged through organizations like VolunteerMatch and Plus Social Good
  • In Baltimore, Maryland, Thread brought 1,000 people together for acts of kindness around the city, including a “Love Notes to Baltimore” campaign where community residents wrote inspiring notes in chalk on city streets
  • In Bethel, Alaska, volunteers stood at the one three-way stop despite wind chills of -30 degrees to accept donations for local nonprofits.

Giving Money:

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was so inspired by the incredible generosity of the Facebook community on #GivingTuesday that they contributed an additional $400,000 in matching funds mid-way through the day (on top of an existing $500,000 match) in order to match even more donations.
  • Blackbaud processed 47.7 million in donations, a 20% increase over 2015, and 22% of their donors gave online with a mobile device.
  • DonorsChoose, which connects donors directly with classrooms and teachers, had its biggest giving day ever, raised $1.8 million, funding 3,210 classroom projects.
  • The Trevor Project raised over $85,000 to support to LGBTQ youth in distress, surpassing their $50,000 goal.
  • The Humane Society of the US exceeded its target of $200,000, with a total of $350,000 raised.
  • The University of Michigan’s #GivingBlueDay campaign raised a record $5.5 million in 24 hours, compared to $4.3 million last year.
  • The City University of New York received over half a million dollars as part of its first-ever university-wide giving campaign. Funds will help students stay in school and earn a degree.
  • #CHAGives, in Chattanooga, had already surpassed last year’s total at 5pm yesterday.  Among the day’s highlights was Chattanooga Zoo’s pop-up petting zoo.
  • Brooklyn Gives, an initiative of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, raised $257,449 for twenty local nonprofit organizations, ranging from the Arab American Family Support Center to Red Hook Community Justice Center.
  • The United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien raised over $32,000 in a #GivingTuesday sweepstakes offering a pair of Hamilton Tickets.
  • Beyond Boundaries, which provides equine therapy for children with disabilities, funded a barn raising to house thirteen horses.
  • Smile Train has raised enough to create 186 new smiles through training local doctors to perform free cleft repair surgeries in developing countries.

Giving Resources:

  • Lenovo and US Veterans Corps broke the Guinness World Record for toy donations in 24 hours with over 45,000 lbs of toys collected and donated.
  • Donations to Feeding America on #GivingTuesday will help secure over 3.3 million meals to people in need.
  • Music for Life Foundation received a donation of 40 ukuleles for a high school in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
  • Irwin Natuals, a vitamin company, donated 723 pairs of socks to the Los Angeles Mission.
  • Casper donated more than 25 mattresses and 50 pillows to five firehouses in New York City—one in every borough.

“On #GivingTuesday we saw people, communities and organizations unite in a true demonstration of generosity and community spirit,” said Henry Timms, Executive Director of 92Y and Co-Founder of #GivingTuesday. “For all those things that may divide us, we all share a proud tradition of giving. The funds raised and the acts of kindness that took place will improve lives in countless ways. Through the work of ordinary people all over the country, on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are adding a new ritual to our holiday season.”  

#GivingTuesday was born at 92nd Street Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact, which deepens the organization’s focus on reimagining community for a global, digitally connected world, and develops new mission-driven initiatives that honor the innovative spirit that has always been central to 92Y’s work and mission.