Wednesday, December 2, 2015
“Giving Tuesday”, now in its fourth year, is a global day of giving. In the United States, it is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This year, it is December 1st. To coincide with the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with social media and with events throughout the year. The background of Giving Tuesday is that it was created to bring people together around the values of service and giving back to celebrate and encourage giving. There are many ways to celebrate – please check out The Dale Associations Facebook page and website for examples. Giving Tuesday harnesses the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. As a global movement, Giving Tuesday unites us by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.