Giving Tuesday
Date Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving
2016 date November 29  (2016-11-29)
2017 date November 28  (2017-11-28)
2018 date November 27  (2018-11-27)
2019 date December 3  (2019-12-03)
Frequency annual
Related to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for purposes of hashtag activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).[1][2]



Summary of money movedEdit

Year Date of Giving Tuesday Total money moved through Blackbaud (the biggest donation processor) Total money moved through Blackbaud, DonorPerfect, GlobalGiving, Network for Good, and Razoo Other money moved
2012 November 27 $10.1 million[3] not available no information
2013 December 3 $19.2 million[3] (+90% over 2012) $28 million[4] no information
2014 December 2 $26.1 million[4][5][6][7] (+36% over 2013, +159% over 2012) $45.7 million ($34.9 million online, $10.8 million offline)[4] (+63% over 2013) Indiegogo reported raising $7.5 million for 419 organizations.[4]
2015 December 1 $39.6 million[8] (+52% over 2014, +292% over 2012) $117 million (according to numbers provided by the Case Foundation to Reuters, pending further verification)[9]
2016 November 29 $47.7 million[10] Not available no information


The idea for Giving Tuesday was first announced in October 2012, a month before the first planned Giving Tuesday (November 27, 2012). The announcement was made by Giving Tuesday founding partner Mashable, a technology website.[1] Other founding partners listed in the story were Skype (launching Skype for Peace) and Cisco. Other partner organizations announced over the coming weeks included Microsoft,[11] Sony, Aldo, Case Foundation, Heifer International, Phoenix House, and Starwood Hotels.[12] Mashable provided detailed coverage of Giving Tuesday.[13][14]

Other news and opinion websites that announced Giving Tuesday well in advance were CNet,[15] the Huffington Post,[16] and Deseret News.[17]

Shortly before, during, and after the date, Giving Tuesday was covered by Washington Post,[18] the White House official blog,[19] ABC News,[20] and the Huffington Post.[21][22] Forbes used the occasion to publish a guide to effective giving.[23]


Mashable also covered Giving Tuesday in 2013,[24] including a partnership with Google+ to hold a "hangout-athon" for Giving Tuesday.[25] The Huffington Post also covered Giving Tuesday extensively.[26]

Giving Tuesday also received coverage in many philanthropy information websites, including Charity Navigator[27] and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.[28][29][30] The December 4 Chronicle of Philanthropy article highlighted a donation by Good Ventures (a foundation funded by Dustin Moskovitz and run by his wife Cari Tuna) to GiveDirectly, Google's hangout-a-thon, and matching grants announced by the Case Foundation.

Giving Tuesday was also covered by mainstream newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times[31] and USA Today.[3]

Charitable giving on Giving Tuesday in 2013 was approximately twice the value in 2012.[3][29][30] Over 7,000 nonprofits participated in the 2013 Giving Tuesday.[28]


In 2014, the #GivingTuesday movement launched the #GivingTower. The #GivingTower is a partnership between 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, and Crowdrise. Every donation in the #GivingTower represents a brick in the virtual Tower. [32]

Philanthropy News Digest, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Mashable reported estimates by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (with help from the Case Foundation), based on payments processed by Blackbaud, DonorPerfect, GlobalGiving, Network for Good, and Razoo, that a total of $45.7 million was donated on Giving Tuesday ($34.9 million online, and $10.8 million offline that were processed on the next day).[5][4][6][7] Of this, $26.1 million was processed by Blackbaud.[4] The tally did not include $7.5 million that Indiegogo claimed to have raised for 419 nonprofits on that day.[4] By 2014, the movement became global and involved organizations and individuals from 68 countries.[33]


The John Templeton Foundation released a study based on a survey of Americans that showed that whereas 93% of respondents were familiar with Black Friday, only 18% were familiar with Giving Tuesday, showing that the day still had a long way to go in terms of achieving name recognition.[34][35] Nonetheless, organizers were optimistic about continued growth in money moved, volunteering, and name recognition for the day, and payment processors and retailers offered donation matching and incentive schemes to encourage people to donate on the day.[36][37] In 2015, Blackbaud supplied data to show real-time statistics on an online dashboard to highlight the impact of #GivingTuesday.[38]

Facebook's principal founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan published an open letter to their newborn daughter, announcing their intention to donate 99%+ of Zuckerberg's wealth from his Facebook shares through the newly formed Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Their announcement, which did not mention Giving Tuesday, happened on Giving Tuesday 2015, and some commentators noted that the couple had taken Giving Tuesday to a new level.[39] However, Blackbaud's data analysts suspected that Zuckerberg's announcement did not have much effect on the overall volume of charitable giving for the day.[8]

According to initial reports, Blackbaud processed $39.6 million in donations for Giving Tuesday,[8] and total money moved for the day was $117 million.[9]


In 2016, The Blackbaud group announced they had processed more than $47.7 million from more than 6,700 organisations. Compared to 2015, this marked a 20% increase.[40]

Furthermore, when compared with the previous year, online donation volumes increased by 31% while 33% more non-profit groups received an online donation. Since 2012, they also calculated that the presence of Giving Tuesday had increased by 317%

In the UK, Charities Aid Foundation[41] announced more than one in ten adults took part in the event while 6.4 million people stated they had heard of the movement. Of these people, one in three stated they would do something for charity.


Reception of Giving Tuesday has generally been positive, with a large number of organizations, including Google, Microsoft, Skype, Cisco, UNICEF, the Case Foundation, and others joining in as partners.[42] Giving Tuesday has been praised as an antidote to consumer culture and as a way for people to give back.[17][27][29]

Timothy Ogden, managing director of the Financial Access Initiative at New York University and board member at effective altruism organization GiveWell, wrote articles for the Stanford Social Innovation Review skeptical of Giving Tuesday, one in 2012[43] and another in 2013.[44]

Inside Philanthropy attributed Giving Tuesday's growing success and global reach to the role that technology companies and founders played in promoting the event, including the $5 million matching grant to GiveDirectly announced by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz's foundation Good Ventures and the $75,000 in matching funds announced by former AOL CEO Steve Case for donations made to charities supported by his organization.[45]

A January 2015 article in Nonprofit Quarterly discussed Giving Tuesday in the context of giving days in general. Giving Tuesday was described as a federated, multi-platform campaign, that involved many different nonprofits and many donation processing platforms, all focusing on a single day so that they could coordinate efforts to raise awareness and publicity. It was contrasted with the Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, that involved many nonprofit participants but used a single donation processor every year to allow for better tracking of the money moved.[46]


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