Use a Giving Day to Raise Money and Awareness

by Carol A. DiLuzio, CPA, CGMA, Principal

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Do you have plans for November 29, 2016? If that date doesn’t ring a bell, your organization probably isn’t participating in #GivingTuesday. But considering the opportunities associated with it, maybe you should.

What is it?
#GivingTuesday was created to encourage Americans to contribute to charity during the holiday season, similarly to how they participate in commercial shopping events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Like Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday wouldn’t be possible without technology. Participants use social media to raise awareness about issues and how their nonprofits are responding to them. Raising money online is a central goal, but #GivingTuesday is also intended to educate potential supporters and encourage them to volunteer in their communities.

Since its establishment almost five years ago by New York City’s 92nd Street Y, #GivingTuesday has grown into an enormously successful global event. It currently has more than 40,000 charitable, for-profit business and government participants. In 2015 it raised nearly $117 million in a 24-hour period – with a average online gift of $107 – and received 1.3 million social media mentions.

Get Involved
If you’re interested in participating, sign up at You must be registered as a 501(c)3 organization and you’ll need to provide a link to your own website or a third-party payment service that supporters can use to make donations. Donors can’t directly give money to your charity through the #GivingTuesday website. What the site does offer, however, are free marketing tools, including logos and banners, and advice on leveraging your social media presence and support base for maximum impact.

Your nonprofit’s participation in this designated day can be minimal or substantial, depending on your resources and greater objectives. If this is your first year, try a simple goal. For example, use the day to remind supporters to make their deductible gifts by year end. Or publicize the list of supplies your facility needs on an ongoing basis. It’s easier to both accomplish and measure progress toward such focused goals.

For creative ideas on how to implement a #GivingTuesday campaign for your organization, download the #GivingTuesday Communications Toolkit.

We welcome the opportunity to serve you. For more information about our services for nonprofit organizations, please contact Carol DiLuzio at (302) 254-8240.

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