“Generosity consists of not the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed “
- Mahatma Gandhi
GivingTuesday is the world’s largest generosity movement* and was first started in 2012 as an idea – a day to encourage people to do good and spread positivity. Today, GivingTuesday has active movements in over 80 countries, with participation of people from all walks of life.
The movement, started by CanadaHelps.org, has come a long way since its inception. Each year, a broad range of participants, from charities to small businesses, corporations, individuals, and families commit to generosity and creating positive change.
Everyone can be a part of GivingTuesday, and as a proud global movement with roots in Canada, everyone contributing to it becomes a part of something bigger than themselves.
The idea behind the movement is to spread kindness. Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a stranger, or giving to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give. Individuals can join the official movement by picking their charity of choice from the website while charities, businesses, schools and other organizations can choose to become partners to make a difference.
Here are some reasons why you should be a part of the biggest generosity movement in the world:
GivingTuesday communities come together around a common geography or a common cause to collaborate, innovate, and inspire their communities to make a difference. These community campaigns find creative ways to mobilize their networks, host volunteer events, raise funds for their local organizations, spark kindness, and much more.
Whether it is making someone smile, helping a stranger, or giving to those in need, every act of generosity counts, and with GivingTuesday, people know that their efforts are going towards a good cause. There is nothing better than knowing that your efforts, no matter how small, are making someone’s life better.
The best part about showing your generosity is that you can choose the charity of your choice. GivingTuesday’s website has a list of partner charities to choose from, ranging from non-profits, small businesses, media, community centres, educational institutes, and more. You can also choose to donate to a particular cause.
Volunteering is one of the most popular ways of giving for GivingTuesday. From helping a neighbour to driving to your nearest community centre and helping out, volunteering is simple, yet effective at making positive change.
Numbers can be a great catalyst to bring change. Here are some numbers from the GivingTuesday movement* around the globe:
80+ country movements around the world
47 local community movements across Canada
$43.6m donated online in Canada (in 24 hours for all the reporting platforms)
Millions of generous people doing good
1.2 Billion media impressions made for GivingTuesday across Canada
GivingTuesday is just one day, but generosity is a lifelong commitment to make our community a better place. This year, GivingTuesday will be celebrated across the world on November 29, 2022.
To be a part or find out more about the movement, you can visit GivingTuesday.ca