Charitable Momentum Grows with Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, Planet AidGiving Tuesday on November 29 is a global day of giving that was started in 2012 as a kind of antidote to the holiday frenzy that surrounds Black Friday. This day has become increasingly popular, with millions of users across various social media platforms now joining in to make a difference and spread the word. An astounding 114 billion Twitter impressions were distributed last year, which helped generate $116.7 million in online donations to charitable causes.

While many choose to donate cash, Giving Tuesday can also be about volunteering or any action that embraces and extends a charitable spirit (even a smile can be a way to give back).


The holiday season is a busy time for many local shelters and organizations. Giving your time is one of the most valuable things you can do on Giving Tuesday. Find a local shelter, soup kitchen, or children's hospital and ask if they are accepting volunteer help. Alternatively, help out an elderly or handicapped neighbor by offering to run an errand, rake leaves in their yard, etc.

Americans are among the most charitable people on the planet. According to the CAF World Giving Index 2016, the United States ranked second among the top 20 charitable countries in the world from 2011 to 2015.

Donating a Part of Yourself

When you become an organ donor, you are giving others a second chance at life. Organizations like the Gift of Life Donor Program and Donate Life California are encouraging individuals to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor this Giving Tuesday. According to Donate Life California, a single tissue donor can heal up to 50 people!

Spreading the Word - #MyGivingStory

Use the hash tag #MyGivingStory to share your personal stories on social media. Using this hash tag will help to spread awareness about Giving Tuesday and inspire others to give back as well.

When people come together in a charitable spirit they will make the world a better place. And remember, any amount or type of giving will help.