Frequently Asked Questions
What if I want to give on a Thursday?
You can give anywhere, anytime! #GivingTuesdayNow is about focusing our attention on generosity for four months in May during the COVID-19 crisis. This doesn't mean you should only be generous during this time, but it does mean that where you can, you should give.
It also means we're reaching out to individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to celebrate together, so now is a great time to talk about generosity. Get loud on social media, encourage others to take action and speak out about it. The journey towards healing is a long one, and it starts with acts of generosity and solidarity.
Does this mean there won’t be a GivingTuesday giving day later in the year as in other years?
Nope! #GivingTuesdayNow is a specific emergency event that we are launching as a response to COVID-19. It doesn't change our plans for our traditional GivingTuesday event that will happen on December 1.
What does it cost?
There are no costs to participating in #GivingTuesdayNow. GivingTuesday is a free and open movement, and is simply creating the opportunity to unleash generosity in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. All of our resources are available for free through our website.
If your not-for-profit organisation is using a digital fundraising platform, there may be costs associated with the tool you choose to use – check with your technology providers for these details.
If you are an individual who wants to give back, there are many ways to do so. #GivingTuesdayNow is about giving of all types -- some may choose to give a financial contribution to their favorite cause or a fundraising drive, others will opt to reach out to neighbors, start an advocacy campaign, donate goods or extra supplies, share gratitude to frontline workers and those keeping us safe. If you can show generosity and share kindness, you have something to give!
My organization want to participate in GivingTuesday later in the year, do I have to do both?
We recognise that the needs and responses in every community are unique, and every place is in a different stage of the COVID-19 crisis, so we want to emphasise that no one has to participate in this emergency day if it does not feel appropriate to your needs.
Who can participate?
Everyone! Literally. GivingTuesday has been built by a broad coalition of partners, including individuals, families, not-for-profits, schools, religious organizations, small businesses and corporations. We anticipate there will be people and organizations planning and participating in #GivingTuesdayNow activities in every country in the world.
I want to give back, help my neighbors and volunteer, but how can I do that safely?
#GivingTuesdayNow is focused on ways to give back and bring communities together safely. We encourage individuals and organizations to adhere to public health guidelines and physical distancing to help reduce the spread of the virus and flatten the curve.
While we're all adhering to physical distancing, there is no reason that our physical separation means we can’t provide the financial, emotional and social supports that nurture our families and communities. We all have gifts to give, and with social media, online giving, delivery, mail, and phones, there are limitless ways to use your generosity to support others. Embrace your power to be a beacon for others, and act.
Follow us on Facebook if you need ideas of how you can give to your community safely during this time.
Who is running GivingTuesday?
GivingTuesday is run by countless organisations across the globe that take leadership roles in promoting the GivingTuesday in their local communities.
In Australia, GivingTuesday is powered by Our Community, a social enterprise dedicated to providing advice, connections, training and easy-to-use tech tools for people and organisations working to build stronger communities. Our Community is supporting #GivingTuesdayNow as part of its #SaveOurSector campaign.
Is GivingTuesday raising money or collecting funds on #GivingTuesdayNow?
No, GivingTuesday is organizing this event in partnership with our global network of nonprofits, communities, leaders, businesses and funders, and individuals who want to give back. Individual organizations may host fundraising drives in conjunction with #GivingTuesdayNow, but the fundraising activities and the funds raised are directed by the individual organization and deployed by the giving platform of their choice.