Oakville Kicks off #GivingTuesday: Help Make a Difference!

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Oakville Kicks off #GivingTuesday: Help Make a Difference!
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Nolan A Machan

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GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.

GivingTuesday was started in Canada by a group of organizations including GIV3, CanadaHelps.org, and now includes over 3,000 partners. GivingTuesday was originaly started in the US in 2012 by the UN Foundation, the NYC 92Y and several other community organizations.

Want to be a part of #OakvilleGives? all Oakville charities, schools, businesses and organizations are welcome to celebrate giving on December 1st.  Find out how you can become involved by visiting the Website: #OakvilleGives – and don’t forget to take part in the Oakville-wide social media challenge!

The Challenge for Oakville:
To celebrate Giving Tuesday in Oakville on December 1st, challenge your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to donate $20 to their favourite Oakville charity. Share your giving on social media with the hashtag #OakvilleGives, and then pass on the challenge to another person in your circle! It’s a quick, easy and impactful way to share the spirit of giving and caring that makes Oakville such a wonderful place. It’s a reminder to think less about stuff and more about helping each other.

Last year, according to new data from CanadaHelps, the second annual GivingTuesday increased charitable donations in Canada by 75% on top of last GivingTuesday’s lift of 169%. Like last year, charities that actively promoted GivingTuesday saw the greatest lift in donations, with an average overall increase of 93% in number of donations received through CanadaHelps. And, many Canadians committed to the ongoing work of a charity, with the number of new monthly donations set-up using CanadaHelps increasing 84%.

Several other online giving platforms also announced significant increases including Frontstream (+30%), Mobile Giving Foundation Canada (+75%) and Blackbaud (+36% in North America). All of these increases are on top of significant lift in 2013. And charitable donations are just one way that people got involved; volunteering and other forms of giving are an important part of the annual event with individuals families, and work colleagues getting behind numerous initiatives such as socks and clothing drives, helping out at local food banks, signing up to donate blood or organs, acts of kindness and much more.


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