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MacKenzie Scott Gives $7M to GivingTuesday

15 Jun 2021 by GivingTuesday

Donation Underscores Global Generosity Movement’s Power to Drive Change

GivingTuesday, the global generosity movement driving innovation in the social sector and inspiring giving of all types by communities, individuals, brands, and small businesses, today received $7M from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott. The gift will accelerate GivingTuesday’s efforts to connect, support, and amplify the work of the movement’s global leadership network, and strengthen the sector through measurement and insights that identify emerging best practices.  

“We are profoundly grateful for the generosity of this gift and the ripple effect it will have for not just GivingTuesday but for the sector and communities around the world,” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday co-founder and CEO. “This gift is a testament to the power of our distributed but interconnected model and the work of the people all over the globe who inspire generosity in their communities every day. We believe that it’s time to reimagine a world built upon radical generosity and shared humanity, and this gift will help us accelerate that vision immeasurably.“

The gift will allow GivingTuesday to further invest in priorities of leadership development, learning and innovation, and global expansion to advance GivingTuesday’s mission to distribute philanthropic power as broadly and locally as possible through its ecosystem of global leaders unified by a shared vision: a more generous world. “We have big dreams, and our intention is to view this incredible gift as a multiplier opportunity, reaching $10M in funding as we head into our 10th anniversary. With that resource we will unlock more giving, supercharge plans for further global expansion, and accelerate our data and insights work,” said Curran. 

Uniquely positioned to rapidly activate its global network of changemakers, GivingTuesday responded to the pandemic and resulting crises to unleash the power of radical generosity in new and profound ways. In 2020, the organization launched #GivingTuesdayNow, the global day of unity and giving as an emergency response to COVID-19; created the Starling Collective, a fellowship and learning lab designed to uplift and resource grassroots leaders who are advancing cultures of generosity in their communities; and continued to build the GivingTuesday Data Commons, the largest global philanthropic data collaboration, to understand trends in generosity and analyze the impact of crisis on giving. The annual celebration of GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020 was the most successful in the movement’s history, with people donating nearly $2.5 billion in one day in the US alone on top of the tidal wave of generosity expressed in non-monetary ways around the world. 

Born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York, GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit. The organization has become the nucleus that connects and empowers communities to build a worldwide grassroots movement that has resulted in more than 250 community campaigns across the U.S and national movements in more than 75 countries.   

This gift is part of $2,739,000,000 in gifts MacKenzie Scott distributed to 286 high-impact organizations in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked. GivingTuesday also receives leadership-level funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is supported by generous gifts from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Fidelity Charitable, Ford Foundation, Ford Motor Company, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and PayPal.


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About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity year-round. The movement is brought to life through a distributed network of entrepreneurial local changemakers who lead national movements in more than 75 countries and more than 250 community campaigns across the U.S.  To learn more and join the movement visit: https://www.givingtuesday.org

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