FAQ

What is GivingTuesday?

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. 

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. The idea caught on and has grown around the world, inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

GivingTuesday was founded in 2013 in Canada by CanadaHelps.org, GIV3 and several other founding partners. GivingTuesday now has active movements in 75 countries, collaborating year-round to inspire generosity around the world, with a common mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life. Visit the Global GivingTuesday site (givingtuesday.org)

When is GivingTuesday?

It can be every Tuesday (#GivingEveryTuesday), but our global GivingTuesday celebration event will take place on November 30, 2021. 

Is GivingTuesday just one day?

Generosity is a lifelong commitment to think of others and our communities as well as ourselves. While our global celebration event will take place on November 30, 2021, the most successful GivingTuesday campaigns are planned and launched weeks before the actual day, and many last until the end of December.  

We encourage giving back throughout the year, whether through donations, volunteering or in whatever other ways we can. #GivingEveryTuesday was born when people started asking, what if every Tuesday was GivingTuesday? #GivingEveryTuesday a series of weekly opportunities to come together to give, volunteer, and show kindness in shared moments with communities, causes and countries around the world. It’s another way the world comes together to inspire people to do good all year round.

Who organizes GivingTuesday?

GivingTuesday is a free and open movement, unleashing the power of generosity to transform communities and the world. The movement is organized by a global network of country leaders; in Canada the movement is led by CanadaHelps.org with support from the Rideau Hall Foundation, and includes thousands of participating organizations. The Canadian movement has prospered thanks to a growing network of community movements with dynamic leaders all over the country. Each participating organization is responsible for organizing their own GivingTuesday campaign or activities. 

Who can participate in GivingTuesday?

Everyone! We welcome a broad range of participants, including charities and non-profits, small businesses and corporations, schools, community groups, individuals and families. These partners have one important thing in common: they are committed to generosity and creating positive change. Each participating organization is responsible for organizing their own GivingTuesday campaign or activities.

GivingTuesday is about encouraging people to be generous, and there are so many ways to do that. It’s simple: a day that encourages people to do good, on GivingTuesday and every day! Give time, make someone smile, help a neighbour, or make a donation. Everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts. 

What does it cost? Are there fees to participate?

GivingTuesday is a free and open movement. There are no costs to become a partner or participate in GivingTuesday and all of our resources are available for free through our website. Each participating organization is responsible for organizing their own GivingTuesday campaign or activities.

Organizations that use an online fundraising platform may be subject to fees (please check with your technology providers for more information). Charitable donations made through the search on givingtuesday.ca are processed by CanadaHelps.org and are subject to standard CanadaHelps fees which are low, non-commercial rates covering credit card fees and processing.

What does it mean to be a Giving Tuesday partner?

GivingTuesday has been built by a broad group of partners, including charities, non profits, schools, community groups, small businesses and corporations. These partners have one important thing in common - they are committed to generosity and creating positive change. Joining as a partner is free and all GivingTuesday resources are available for free through our website.

Can organizations get donations through GivingTuesday.ca?

GivingTuesday is a movement, not a donations processor. However, people can search for a charity and donate through CanadaHelps.org, directly on the landing page at givingtuesday.ca. People can also donate to GivingTuesday partners on individual partner pages, where donations go directly to selected organizations using fundraising platforms chosen by each organization. 

GivingTuesday is just one day – what about the rest of the year?

Generosity is a lifelong commitment to think of others and our communities as well as ourselves. While our global celebration event will take place on November 30, 2021, the most successful GivingTuesday campaigns are planned and launched weeks before the actual day, and many last until the end of December.  

We encourage giving back throughout the year, whether through donations, volunteering or in whatever other ways we can. #GivingEveryTuesday was born when people started asking, what if every Tuesday was GivingTuesday? #GivingEveryTuesday a series of weekly opportunities to come together to give, volunteer, and show kindness in shared moments with communities, causes and countries around the world. It’s another way the world comes together to inspire people to do good all year round.

What is a GivingTuesday community movement?

GivingTuesday Communities come together around a common geography (eg. city, town or province) or a common cause (eg. promoting science centres or adult literacy) to collaborate, innovate and inspire their communities to make a difference. These Community campaigns find creative ways to mobilize their networks, host volunteer events, raise funds for their local organizations, spark kindness, and much more. 

I have a question that wasn't answered. How can I reach you?

We’re always glad to help!  Please reach out to info@givingtuesday.ca with any questions.