Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed 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. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
What is #GivingTuesday?
Created by 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.
The Big Ideas Behind #GivingTuesday
#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.
As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.
On behalf of the entire Saint Xavier University Family, it is my pleasure to thank you for participating in #GivingTuesdaySXU. During this holiday season, we are honored by your generosity and your faith in this institution.
In her inauguration, Christine Wiseman brought forth an institutional vision -- one focused on academic excellence, thought leadership, strategic partnerships with external communities, and community service. With the ultimate goal to prepare Saint Xavier students for lifelong success, well into the 21st century.
We are extremely grateful for the opportunity your gift provides. And it is only through your continued faith in our future promise that we can truly succeed in becoming one of Illinois’s foremost educational institutions. Again, we thank you for your support.