We’ve all now heard of Black Friday, but there’s another holiday that should be made official on the calendar: Giving Tuesday.
#GivingTuesday is a movement to create a day of charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday shopping season in an effort to remind consumers to help others.
Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street YMCA in NYC and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season. It’s been growing every year since then, celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.
In fact, Giving Tuesday had one of its biggest years yet, raising $380 million in 2018. While there is no centralized, coordinated organizational effort behind Giving Tuesday, the grassroots movement has been adopted by thousands of charitable groups around the world, and has been quite successful in mobilizing giving campaigns, particularly through the use of social media.
Organizations who are participating in this year’s Giving Tuesday won’t be shy about letting you know. Visit your favorite charity’s website or social media pages on December 3rd and if you see a Giving Tuesday link or hashtag, chances are, they will be redirecting you to a secure site to make a charitable gift.
Goodwill of Greater Washington will be actively promoting #GivingTuesday over the long Thanksgiving weekend leading up to and through December 3rd.
Although we have a special financial giving page (below) for Giving Tuesday, there are others ways you can give back.
For every dollar spent when shopping at our retail stores, 91 cents is used to support mission services.
Goodwill also gladly accepts the donation of household goods which are then resold in our retail stores with the proceeds going to pay for our job training programs and services.
We hope you’ll consider supporting Goodwill’s critical mission to help DC area residents become more self-sufficient through the power of work by making a gift here and then sharing the link with others.
Goodwill is a socially sustainable organization that believes in the intersection of environmental, cultural and economic sustainability in order to build a successful and thriving community.
To learn more, just contact your favorite charitable agency or visit https://www.givingtuesday.org/.