Today is Giving Tuesday, the annual day that encourages people to support good causes, and around 3,200 charities and businesses in the UK are predicted to be taking part.
It is a global day of giving which takes place in more than 60 countries around the world.
People can donate money or raise awareness using #GivingTuesday and #MyGivingStory. The former is currently trending on social media.
Giving Tuesday has been organised in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) since 2014. CAF’s Gráinne Mathews said: “Last year celebrities including Sir Richard Branson, Cara Delevingne and Dua Lipa all got behind the campaign. £7.8m was raised in the UK on the day, and that’s just donations collected online”.
There are a number of organisations taking part, including the Jo Cox Foundation, Islamic Relief, Cancer Research UK, and PayPal.
Giving Tuesday messages will also be beamed on the top of London’s BT Tower throughout the day, whilst Thomson Reuters will be showcasing the campaign on their Canary Wharf Jumbotron screen.
Organisations to match funds
PayPal will be matching funds through its PayPal Giving Fund, up to a total of £150,000. RBS will also be matching their staff’s payroll giving contributions and promoting Giving Tuesday to over £1.5m of its MyReward Customers.
The Big Give will be running a week-long Christmas Challenge, starting at noon today. It aims to be the UK’s biggest ever match funding campaign, and hopes to raise more than £14m throughout the week.
The Dogs Trust will be taking puppies to the Radley store in Covent Garden, to celebrate the launch of their Giving Tuesday dog walking bag.
Marie Curie will host a thank-a-thon where employees write thank you letters to supporters. Last year more than 2,000 personalised cards, designed by hospice patients, were sent out on Giving Tuesday to the charity’s benefactors.
Ebay announces Give Day 2019
The online marketplace eBay has also announced its second Give Day 2019 takes place today.
According to eBay, data shows donations by its UK sellers and buyers to good causes spike in November and December. From 2011 to 2018, November was the most generous month, with an average £1,989,412 donated by UK users through eBay for charity. December was second at £1,640,618.
Ebay is partnering with The Prince’s Trust to raise money to help young entrepreneurs living in the UK. For 24 hours this Tuesday, eBay UK will donate 5p for every transaction on ebay.co.uk, and 10p if a customer buys two or more items, to The Prince’s Trust.
Give Day 2018 saw funds of £105,000 raised for the Trust, which equated to 2,000 hours of expert mentoring by dedicated Business Launch Group members.
Lynda McCullagh, head of technology partnerships at The Prince’s Trust, said: “At The Prince’s Trust we see that more and more young people in the UK are looking to take the leap to start their own business, and our Enterprise Programme supports young people from all backgrounds to explore and venture into entrepreneurship.
“We are enormously grateful to eBay for their support, as funds raised on Give Day will allow us to continue to support young entrepreneurs on their road to success.”