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Giving Tuesday: A time to strengthen our culture of generosity

Charities Aid Foundation

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The Charities Aid Foundation writes for PoliticsHome to encourage people to get involved with #GivingTuesday.


Much of 2016 has been focused on what divides us. It’s time to talk about what unites us and focus on the good that we can achieve when we work together. It’s time for #GivingTuesday.

Today is #GivingTuesday, the international day of giving that sees people across the world coming together to make a difference and show what we can achieve when we take action in support of the causes we care about.

#GivingTuesday began as a response to the ‘shopping holidays’ of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and encourages us all to give something back to society. It sees businesses and charities joining celebrities, politicians and ordinary people in putting aside some time or money to take action in support of a good cause. It’s the biggest international day of giving across the world, and the UK is at the very heart of it.

High-profile organisations taking part in #GivingTuesday this year include the likes of BT, Sainsbury’s and ITV, whilst last year prominent individual supporters included Lily Allen, Gary Lineker and Wayne Rooney, and from the world of politics household names such as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon. People from all walks of life do so much to support charity in the UK - #GivingTuesday is the day to shout about it. It’s also backed by global figures including President Obama, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Katie Holmes.

Last year, #GivingTuesday saw £6,000 donated every minute to charity, and a world record for the largest amount of money donated online in 24 hours. #GivingTuesday also trended on twitter for the whole day. It isn’t just about the day itself though - #GivingTuesday sees the development of relationships between donor and charity, charity and business, that contribute to our strong culture of generosity all year round.

2016 will be the third year that #GivingTuesday has taken place in the UK, and we’ll be building on its previous success to make it even bigger and better than ever. Over the past few months many people have felt more divided than ever - #GivingTuesday offers a great way for people to unite and do something to make their community, country or even world a better place.

But to make #GivingTuesday a success, we need your help.

This year, we’re asking people to do good stuff for charity. It might be making a donation to a charity of your choice; spending time volunteering to make a difference; baking cakes or running to raise money for a charity close to your heart; or even tweeting or talking to people about the organisations you support and why.

Whatever it is you do, you’ll be part of a movement that sees people across the whole country unite to do good stuff. You’ll be making the world a better place and you’ll be joining millions of others in making a difference this #GivingTuesday. 

#GivingTuesday in the UK is brought to you by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). To find out more about #GivingTuesday, visit www.givingtuesday.org.uk, follow us on twitter @givingtuesdayuk, or join the conversation on social media using #GivingTuesday.

Today is #GivingTuesday, the international day of giving that sees people across the world coming together to make a difference and show what we can achieve when we take action in support of the causes we care about.

#GivingTuesday began as a response to the ‘shopping holidays’ of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and encourages us all to give something back to society. It sees businesses and charities joining celebrities, politicians and ordinary people in putting aside some time or money to take action in support of a good cause. It’s the biggest international day of giving across the world, and the UK is at the very heart of it.

High-profile organisations taking part in #GivingTuesday this year include the likes of BT, Sainsbury’s and ITV, whilst last year prominent individual supporters included Lily Allen, Gary Lineker and Wayne Rooney, and from the world of politics household names such as Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon. People from all walks of life do so much to support charity in the UK - #GivingTuesday is the day to shout about it. It’s also backed by global figures including President Obama, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Katie Holmes.

Last year, #GivingTuesday saw £6,000 donated every minute to charity, and a world record for the largest amount of money donated online in 24 hours. #GivingTuesday also trended on twitter for the whole day. It isn’t just about the day itself though - #GivingTuesday sees the development of relationships between donor and charity, charity and business, that contribute to our strong culture of generosity all year round.

2016 will be the third year that #GivingTuesday has taken place in the UK, and we’ll be building on its previous success to make it even bigger and better than ever. Over the past few months many people have felt more divided than ever - #GivingTuesday offers a great way for people to unite and do something to make their community, country or even world a better place.

But to make #GivingTuesday a success, we need your help.

This year, we’re asking people to do good stuff for charity. It might be making a donation to a charity of your choice; spending time volunteering to make a difference; baking cakes or running to raise money for a charity close to your heart; or even tweeting or talking to people about the organisations you support and why.

Whatever it is you do, you’ll be part of a movement that sees people across the whole country unite to do good stuff. You’ll be making the world a better place and you’ll be joining millions of others in making a difference this #GivingTuesday.GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday in the UK is brought to you by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). To find out more about #GivingTuesday, visit www.givingtuesday.org.uk, follow us on twitter @givingtuesdayuk, or join the conversation on social media using #GivingTuesday.

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