The Gift of Giving Tuesday

by Oxfam Canada | November 24, 2023
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Giving Tuesday is a Chance to Give Back

As the holiday season approaches, so does an opportunity to give back. This Giving Tuesday, November 28, you’re invited to join a global movement that seeks to dismantle the systems that keep people in poverty.

Your gift to Oxfam this Giving Tuesday will bring lasting change to individuals and communities in need. Let’s explore the origins of Giving Tuesday and how this special day connects with the true spirit of the holidays — love, togetherness and giving.

A Small Group of People Can Change the World

And that's exactly what happened when a group of thoughtful individuals decided to change the narrative and create something truly amazing - Giving Tuesday: a day where we can all come together to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Giving Tuesday was created out of a desire to bring back a value we all share: generosity. When your plate is full, you make one for someone in need. Being charitable, making donations, and offering what you can to someone in need is at the core of our communities. It’s a global call for all of us to dig deep into our humanity and discover the possibility and power of our individual generosity.

One of the best things about Giving Tuesday is that it's not about any single organization or non-profit — it's a movement that encompasses the entire charitable sector. We’re not in competition; we're all rowing in the same direction.  It’s one powerful idea and hashtag that spreads the message further than any person or organization could.  And that's the secret to its success.

At Oxfam Canada, we know we can’t change the world alone. If only we posted about #GivingTuesday, it wouldn’t work. It is precisely because we come together — just like we’re asking our supporters to do — that Giving Tuesday has become what it is today.

With the alarming surge of violence in Gaza and Israel, ongoing conflicts in East Africa and Sudan, and climate-related displacement around the world, the need for urgent action is higher than ever. We know that 2024 will be a year that asks more from us, and we are ready to deliver.

#GivingTuesday creates possibilities for the year ahead. It's an opportunity to set our budgets, determine what we can accomplish, and, most importantly, show the world that our beating generous human hearts are alive and well. So, let’s make this year’s #GivingTuesday the most powerful one yet.

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