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The History of #GivingTuesday

Ever wonder what sparked the start of #GivingTuesday? Check out this week's blog and consider investing in students right here in Maine through JA.
 

 

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and 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.

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Created by the team at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces, collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly, to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

#GivingTuesday By the Numbers 2017:

$2.5 Million Total Online Gifts
$300 Million Dollars Raised Online
$120.40 Mean Online Gift
150+ Countries
21.7 Billion Social Media Impressions

Learn more by visiting GivingTuesday.org. Junior Achievement of Maine is grateful for the generous support from individuals, families, companies, foundations, and all those who help advance our mission to empower and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. To invest in Maine's future, visit our website or contact Michelle at info@jamaine.org

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