Giving Tuesday continues post-Thanksgiving global spending push

Tim Jimenez
November 27, 2018 - 8:21 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sprees in the books, Giving Tuesday is all about helping charities and non-profits bring in needed dollars to kick off the holiday season. 

Giving Tuesday has become a post-Thanksgiving weekend staple in recent years. It started in New York City six years ago, launched by the 92nd Street Y, a nonprofit cultural center. 

Asha Curran, with the Y, says Giving Tuesday has struck a chord with a lot of people. Last year alone, people in 150 countries donated $300 million.

"It exists in tiny towns, it exists in big states, and in every pocket of America, people are coming together to give for Giving Tuesday," Curran said. "But it's also all over the world."

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She says this day really showcases the spirit of giving that so many people have. 

"The energy and enthusiasm that we see from all corners of the United States and the world just indicates a lot of growth and really just a lot of embracing of this idea of generosity as a universal human value," Curran said.

Facebook is getting in the act as well. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the company will match donations to nonprofits made through Facebook's platform, up to $7 million dollars.