Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a day which is observed on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It was created in 2012, to celebrate giving and charitable acts. Using the Internet and social media, this holiday is able to connect many different groups all over the world for the purpose of supporting service and giving back to not only the local community but also the world community as well. It is a holiday that is also known in Twitter parlance as #GivingTuesday and participants use that hashtag to not only bring attention to the cause they support but to also raise awareness about Giving Tuesday itself.

History of Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday was created by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in 2012. It was first announced in October of that year, a full-month before the holiday was launched on November 27th. The announcement was made by Mashable that year and some of the partners of this holiday included Cisco, Microsoft, Aldo, Sony, Phoenix House and Skype. Announcements of this new holiday were also offered by Cnet and the Huffington Post and full coverage of the event was handled by the White House Blog, ABC News and the Washington Post.

Giving Tuesday Celebrations & Customs

People can celebrate Giving Tuesday by giving their time or money to charities that they find worthwhile and then posting on social media what you support and why you support. When you post to social media, make sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to raise awareness about the holiday.

Where is Giving Tuesday celebrated?

There is no specific location where this holiday is celebrated.