If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will. If you think it’s too early to start thinking about holiday giving, maybe you’ll be glad someone’s already planning for the big day. That day is “#GivingTuesday,” and Saint Martin’s University is a partner in the global day of giving event.
Saint Martin’s goal on #GivingTuesday is to help bring an awareness to our greater community about the importance of giving back during the holiday season. As a Catholic, Benedictine educational institution, service and community involvement are two of our core values, and we encourage everyone to engage in philanthropy on this global day of giving.
What is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a day set aside during the holiday season to celebrate philanthropy, volunteerism and community service, and to be part of the powerful difference people can make when they join forces to help others. Designated as the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday highlights “giving back,” similar to the emphasis on holiday shopping marked by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Since its inception in 2011, #GivingTuesday has quickly gained momentum. In 2013, more than 10,000 partners in more than 40 countries participated. Through the power of social media, a global conversation ensued with more than 3 billion people helping to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Most importantly, the day led to a 270-percent increase in donations to non-profit organizations and countless service projects worldwide, according to the #GivingTuesday website.
How do I get involved?
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.