What People Are Saying

Sol Adler, executive director, 92Y

“Communities like ours are about opening doors and bringing people together. #GivingTuesday allows us to create a new kind of community – across geographical borders – around the idea of ‘doing good.’”

Henry Timms, deputy executive director, 92Y

“It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday. This initiative has truly been crowd-sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the new generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”

Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation

“#GivingTuesday offers America a new narrative, challenging us to think beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday and reminding us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism. The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to build a better world.”

Thomas J.  Tierney, chairman and co-founder, The Bridgespan Group

“Americans as a whole are the most generous people in the world when it comes to giving. This effort taps that spirit, unleashing its power by pulling together the creative ideas of myriad people committed to having real and lasting impact.”

Tony Bates, president, Skype Division of Microsoft

“At the heart of Skype is the belief that technology can change the world.  We also feel strongly as an organization that it is important to seek new ways to give back.  We look forward to joining together with individuals, NGOs and corporations around the world to make our mark on #GivingTuesday.”

Jonathan Atwood, vice president, sustainability & corporate communications, Unilever

“At Unilever, we’ve always believed in the power of our brands to improve the quality of people’s lives and in doing the right thing.  Essential to our mission is to work to create a better future and inspire people to take small actions that can add up to a big difference in the world.  #GivingTuesday shares those same principles and together, driven by the focus on a given day, the impact will be that much greater.”

Rob Reich, co-director, Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University

“#GivingTuesday has a simple aim: to establish a national day of giving during the holiday season of gratitude and generosity of spirit that will inspire Americans young and old, online and offline, red and blue, urban and rural. I joined #GivingTuesday because the aim is simple and the mission undeniably good: to increase charitable giving by all Americans.”

Adam Hirsch, senior vice president, Emerging Media and Technology, Edelman

#GivingTuesday is the type of campaign that is near and dear to my heart. #GivingTuesday is all about an open opportunity to get everyone involved in the giving season. The journey so far has been incredibly inspiring as more advisers and organizations joined, each adding a critical and unique voice to what we are all trying to accomplish. Together we’ve built a new platform and movement that I know will have a lasting impact on people everywhere for years to come.

Sharon Feder, chief operating officer, Mashable.com

“As a society, we’re more connected than ever before. With digital tools and resources, we are better positioned to effect real world change as a community. I got involved with #GivingTuesday because I saw the amazing potential for a powerful social good movement during the holiday season.”

Matthew Bishop, author of Philanthrocapitalism, US Business Editor, The Economist 

“I was there at the beginning of #GivingTuesday and it’s been great to watch the idea come to life. The posse of individuals, nonprofits and companies that has formed to make #GivingTuesday a reality is what philanthrocapitalism is all about. I’m particularly pleased to see social media at the heart of #GivingTuesday, as the transparency and ability to connect and see the difference that our money makes can make each one of us a more effective and impactful giver.”

Colleen Giles Timms, co-creator, #GivingTuesday

“#GivingTuesday is a wonderful opportunity for the giving community to come together under one “umbrella” just as the retail world does on Black Friday. I think it’s a fun and important challenge to show what a difference a day makes. It is especially exciting to see the creative and dynamic initiatives taking shape all over the US.”

Lindsay J.K. Nichols, communications director, GuideStar

“Charitable giving is such an American attribute. Nonprofits are part of the very fabric of our culture, and every day, whether we know it or not, we are positively affected by a nonprofit. Whether it’s the health services we receive, or the schools our children attend, or community projects we participate in, nonprofits are vital to our world. #GivingTuesday gives us a chance to remember and honor them for all they do for us. I’m thrilled to be a part of it with GuideStar.”

Sam Worthington, CEO, InterAction

“InterAction is excited to put #GivingTuesday on the calendar. It’s a time for our generous nation to show once again how much we care.”

Patty Huber Morrissey, head of Groupon Grassroots, Groupon

“Leveraging collective action for the greater good is core to Groupon’s DNA. We’re thrilled to be a part of #GivingTuesday, a refreshing initiative to inspire activism and giving among a larger audience. It’s a shining example of how we can all work together to achieve more than we could have alone.”

Zack Rosenberg, founder and CEO, DoGoodBuyUs

“We are excited to have found so many like-minded organizations as a part of #GivingTuesday. This gives us inspiration to continue our mission of making the world a better place through shopping for charity-made products.”

Mari Kuraishi, founder and president, GlobalGiving

“GlobalGiving has long believed that the holiday season should be a time for giving back and we’ve run our own awareness campaigns with this theme in the past. We’re thrilled to join a community of amazing organizations and partners that share our vision for making an outsized impact in the world this holiday season and spreading the message even further.”

Ken Berger, president & CEO, Charity Navigator

“I hope that #Giving Tuesday will become a powerful tool to channel America’s amazing generosity. And I also hope it will be a day where people learn about and share their experiences as givers that see themselves as social investors, who use their heads (evaluating the charity’s performance beyond its individual storytelling) as well as their hearts (passionate connection to the charity’s mission) in deciding where to give. If they do that, it will greatly increase the likelihood that meaningful change is happening in communities and people’s lives and make #GivingTuesday as awesome as it aspires to be!”

Margaret Coady, Director, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy

“From the biggest company to the smallest child, everyone has something to give. #GivingTuesday asks us all to consider what makes us unique, and how can we share those talents or resources with others who need a helping hand. “How can I help?” is both a powerful and empowering question. Let’s use #GivingTuesday and the season that it kicks off to take the first steps in answering that question together.”

Peter Sims, founder & sir, the BLKSHP; author, LITTLE BETS: how breakthrough ideas emerge from small discoveries; cofounder & director, Fuse Corps

“I have so much respect for the founding team and people core to this effort, that I support them without a blink of hesitation and what’s more, I think the combination of Mashable’s technology savvy, in partnership with public service platforms like the 92 St. Y and the UN Foundation to drive ideas, and collaborations amongst like minded entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, activists, technologists, influencers, bloggers, etc. is the future of influencing citizen focused and empathic, bottom up social change in the government sector. This is big and I’m honored to lend both my own personal support, as well as on behalf of my colleagues and the “brain trust” of the BLKSHP.”