What is Giving Tuesday?

By Jonesa Rodriguez - November 30, 2020

The days following Thanksgiving are usually dedicated to shopping, as the holiday season officially kicks off with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But did you know that the Tuesday after turkey day is a day to do good?

Giving Tuesday, a global movement, was created in 2012 to encourage people to do good in their communities. The goal is to inspire generosity around the world, which can be done by donating, volunteering or simply using your voice.

At Moffitt Cancer Center, for the last six years, Giving Tuesday, has become a way that supporters of the cancer center have shown their kindness through making a life-changing donation to cancer research. 

Maria Muller, President of the Moffitt Foundation
Maria Muller, President of the Moffitt Foundation

“Giving Tuesday, the national day of giving, is a day where the world stops and comes together for one major cause, which is generosity,” said Maria Muller, president of the Moffitt Foundation

This year, the Foundation will kick off it’s Giving Tuesday celebration with a matching gift from the Tampa Bay Rays.

“I am excited to join forces with the Rays this year,” Muller said. “The Rays have stepped up to the plate and will match all gifts to Moffitt up to $25,000. This is an amazing opportunity to continue the fight against cancer.”

Promoted mainly over social media platforms, over the past eight years, the global movement has grown, inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. 

While some may choose to give a monetary donation during Giving Tuesday, there are multiple ways to participate. This includes using social media to spread the word about your favorite cause, volunteering your time or talent, donating goods or supplies, or showing gratitude to those around you. 

Giving Tuesday will be held on Dec. 1, and it is important to remember the common goal: building a world where generosity is part of everyday life. 

To learn more about Giving Tuesday or to make a gift to Moffitt, click here.

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