During the holidays, we’re called to open our wallets and hearts, not only to buy gifts and do good for family and friends, but to help our greater community, whether it’s a neighbor in need or nonprofit organization. A movement that started in 2012, GivingTuesday is the beginning of the charitable season, when people look at year-end opportunities for giving back.
According to givingtuesday.org, GivingTuesday was founded by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. The movement was launched as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people you care about, or giving to causes you care about, every act of generosity counts. GivingTuesday has raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets 14.2 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved.
"GivingTuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year." said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO, and co-founder. "With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world."
In Lycoming County, The Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of nonprofits in the area who participate in fundraising activities to offer services to the community.
In 2012, when GivingTuesday began, the movement raised $10.1 million and by 2018, people gave $380 million, according to nonprofitssource.com.
This Giving Tuesday, how will you give back?