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How to Donate on Giving Tuesday in 2021

As the world’s leading expert on childhood, Save the Children is right now engaged in the most sweeping humanitarian response in our 101-year history. Our work to protect a generation of children at this unprecedented time makes us one of the best organizations to support and donate to charity this Giving Tuesday.

Thanks to our supporters, we have been able to change the lives of over 1 billion children since our founding more than 100 years ago. Our charity work in the United States and around the world helps keeps children healthy, educated and safe.

We are proud to be involved with a global day of giving by participating in #GivingTuesday on November 30, 2021.

With your help, we can come together to protect a generation of children in need and the future we share.

7 Things to Know About Giving Tuesday

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and unity. Now in its eighth year, Giving Tuesday is recognized as an opportunity for people and communities to come together in the spirit of generosity.

The first Giving Tuesday was held on December 4, 2012. Today, the day continues to be recognized worldwide.

When is Giving Tuesday this year?

Giving Tuesday is an annual day of giving held on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, Giving Tuesday will be held on November 30, 2021.

Following traditional days of spending, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday stands in contrast. Instead, Giving Tuesday is focused on the act and spirit of giving back to children and families in need. 

How Does Giving Tuesday work?

There are several ways to participate in Giving Tuesday this giving season.

As a Save the Children supporter, you can help us reach vulnerable children, families and their communities on Giving Tuesday in several ways, including:

  • Making a donation
  • Creating a Facebook Fundraiser
  • Giving a gift from our gift catalog
  • Sponsoring a child
  • Play, stream or blog

Why does Giving Tuesday exist?

The spirit of generosity can be found all around us and Save the Children recognizes this. As a global movement, Giving Tuesday is designed to inspire people and communities to come together at a time of the year when we can collectively reflect on those in need.

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are recognized as days of spending, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to donate—your time, your talent or your passion to transform your community and help change children's lives.

History of Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. It didn’t take long at all for Giving Tuesday to be embraced and gain awareness across social media. The hashtag #GivingTuesday is part of the official name. 

What’s a Giving Tuesday Match?

In 2020, your donation to Save the Children was generously matched 3x, tripling its impact! Your gift went even even further to help boys and girls in the U.S. and around the world.

How to donate on Giving Tuesday

On Giving Tuesday, your donation to Save the Children’s Global Action Fund can help protect vulnerable children in the U.S and around the world. When you give, you’re supporting our work to keep children healthy, learning and safe every day and in times of crisis. Thank you.

What is Giving Tuesday Now?

For the first time ever, Giving Tuesday Now was also created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Giving Tuesday Now took place on May 5, 2020.

An opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity, Giving Tuesday Now allowed people around the world to give back in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing.


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