Top 5 Things Teachers Should Know About GivingTuesday

What is GivingTuesday?

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world, is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States.

Giving Tuesday is a day that encourages people to give back in whatever ways they can.  It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. A whopping 10% of the U.S. population participated in Giving Tuesday in some way in 2021.

The motto of the day is: Everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts.  ThinkFives wants to encourage everyone to participate so we created this Top 5 List with fun facts and ideas for involvement.

How Did Giving Tuesday Start?

Like many great ideas, GivingTuesday began as a simple idea for a great cause.  In 2011, the the non-profit Mary-Arrchie Theater Company in Chicago and director Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, urged shoppers to consider donating to charity after they had finished their Cyber Monday shopping.

He suggested the name Cyber Giving Monday. The initiative was officially founded the following year by the 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.

How is Giving Tuesday Organized?

GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit organization.  It is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.  All fundraising activities and the funds raised on GivingTuesday are directed by each participating nonprofit organization and processed by the giving platform of their choice.

All money raised on GivingTuesday goes immediately to the nonprofit or community organization that solicited the funds. GivingTuesday does not collect any fees.

What Are Some Great Charities Who Are Participating?

There are so many worthy charities who participate in GivingTuesday.  Here are just a few that promote education, reading, student health or similar education causes

  1. Save the Children: Providing Education Access and Support to Vulnerable Children
  2. Care: Leading the Way to a Better Life for Vulnerable Children and Families
  3. Plan International: Advancing Children’s Rights
  4. Theirworld: Fighting to End the Global Education Crisis
  5. United World Schools: Every Child Deserves the Right to go to School
  6. World Education: Educate. Engage. Inspire
  7. Educate Girls: Girls Education can Change the World
  8. Asha for Education: Bringing Hope Through Education
  9. Childhood Education International: Innovative Solutions to Education Challenges



How Can I Participate?

There are so many ways for individuals to participate in GivingTuesday  — and for that matter with charities throughout the year. Here are just a few.

  • Make a Donation – Most not-for-profits are supported by the generosity of their donors. Unrestricted donations are always most appreciated and can help organizations support their mission in so many different ways.
  • Volunteer – Sign up to give your time to the organization of your choice.  Some charities rely primarily on volunteers (Habit for Humanity) while others like food services, toy drives and homeless services have many needs for volunteers.
  • Make a Gift-in-Kind Donation – Almost all charities need “stuff.”  Food drives and toy drives are some of the most common this time of the year but many organizations have auctions, drawings and specific needs that donors can support.
  • Show Gratitude – GivingTuesday is a great time to thank healthcare workers, service providers, and other essential workers who are making sure we still have the services we rely on, even at risk to their own health.
  • Share Kindness and Awareness – Sometimes, the smallest things can do the most good.  Examples include sharing kindness with your neighbors.  Or promoting local charities to friends.  Or talk about giving and generosity online using the hashtag #GivingTuesday

Fun Facts about GivingTuesday

  • GivingTuesday Revenue in the United States Reached Record Highs in 2021. Supporters gave an estimated $2.7 billion.
  • GivingTuesday Has Grown Into a Worldwide Movement. 80 countries and hundreds of cities participated.
  • It is estimated that over 35 million people participated last year, more people have ever.

  • 30% of participants donated goods, 50 % gave money, and 28% volunteered.
  • 84% of those aware of GivingTuesday report that the movement inspired them to give more.
  • The #GivingTuesday hashtag gets billions of impressions every year.
  • 82% of 18-34 year olds who know of GivingTuesday participate.


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  1. I give to various organizations throughout the year. I haven’t heard about Giving Tuesday 🤷‍♀️

  2. I love this idea so much. People can put it on their mental list of holiday and shopping as a way to remind themselves to give back!

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