About Giving Tuesday
#GivingTuesday was created four years ago as a reaction to the global shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday that follow our national day of Thanksgiving. Just last year more than 27,000 organizations in 68 countries celebrated #GivingTuesday. This year, we invite YOU to join the movement and to share your reasons for giving back, inspiring your friends, as well as giving to the causes you believe in on December 1.
How will YOU give back?
Shop our Holiday Wish List. Choose to honor or give a gift in memory of a loved one.
Take an UNselfie and share it with us on Dec. 1. Tag it #UWDOR or email it to email@example.com.
How can YOU help?
- Help spread the word about #GivingTuesday. Share our posts, send in your #UNselfie explaining how YOU give back.
- Enter your story in the #MyGivingContest
- Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support.
- Give to United Way on December 1st! Support the community during this time of giving. Our first 75 donors of $25 or more will receive a United Way tote.
Enter the #MyGivingStory Contest
This November, the #GivingTuesday is running #MyGivingStory, a new storytelling contest that will highlight acts of generosity that may take place out of the public spotlight. Individuals across the country are asked to share their personal reasons for giving, and then share those stories with their communities. As a supporter of United Way, we’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to reflect upon your commitment to our work. Winners will receive GlobalGiving gift cards ranging from $100-500. The nonprofit they write about in their essay will receive $1,000-5,000 grants. Upworthy will also develop and share articles featuring the two first-place winning stories.
To enter the #MyGivingStory contest, go to the contest entry form (http://woobox.com/kxdcce) or visit the #MyGivingStory tab on #GivingTuesday’s Facebook page. Then post a short essay (200-words or more) responding to the question: “What inspires you to give?” In it, tell the story of a specific instance in which you supported United Way in a way that was meaningful to you. To be considered, submit your essay by November 24 and share and promote your submission on social media with #MyGivingStory and #GivingTuesday hashtags. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!