On Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, Canadians celebrated GivingTuesday — a global day dedicated to giving! This year, Canadians from coast to coast to coast rallied together to “do good stuff,” like donating, volunteering, and fundraising for the causes closest to their hearts.
Celebrating six years in Canada, GivingTuesday had another record-breaking year, kick-starting the holiday giving season for Canadians and people around the world. In Canada, the day was celebrated by more than 6,500 partners, and millions of Canadians stepped-up to support their favourite causes.
Canadians Gave Generously in More Ways Than One
Globally, GivingTuesday was celebrated in more than 150 countries around the world.
In Canada, communities came together to give back. Many inspiring stories of giving and generosity are a testament to the GivingTuesday impact and the myriad ways that Canadians are giving back. Below are just a few ways that Canadians gave, together.
Impact on Donations
GivingTuesday continued to see growth in donations reported by CanadaHelps and other online donation platforms. Since GivingTuesday began in Canada in 2013, CanadaHelps has seen an increase of 785% in donations on the day.
Community Movements Leading the Way!
With 41 communities leading organized local movements from coast to coast, grassroots giving involving schools, businesses, charities, and everyday Canadians, is alive and well.
To celebrate, mayors and provincial premiers from across the country proclaimed November 27th as GivingTuesday in their jurisdictions. Within each community, acts of kindness and giving were performed, including hugs for charity, blood donations, food and toy drives and much, much more.
The Giving Season is Officially Launched
Since its Canadian debut, GivingTuesday has offered charities a strong start to the holiday giving season – but the generosity has only just begun! Many campaigns launched on November 27th and will run for the rest of the year, so the giving doesn’t end! Together, millions of simple acts of giving, all added together, amount to real impact.
Mark your calendars! GivingTuesday 2019 is on Tuesday, December 3rd.