03 December 2019

Giving Tuesday Highlights Year-Round American Generosity

by Sara Barba

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for Americans to showcase their generosity in the middle of the giving season. The nationally recognized tradition began seven years ago when the 92nd Street Y and United Nations Foundation came together to insert some giving into several days of consumption (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday). Since then, Americans have come together on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to show their willingness to give, raising $380 million in the U.S. in 2018 on Giving Tuesday alone.

What many don’t realize is the actual impact these charitable gifts, whether big or small, have on communities across the globe. They allow private organizations to aid in solving problems that government sometimes can’t or won’t address, and those dollars given often go much further than taxes paid.

As the most charitable nation in the world, we shouldn’t look at Giving Tuesday as a day to bring in one-off donations, but instead a day to remind all Americans of the importance of giving and participating in civil society. That’s why ACR is working to protect and advance tax policies that will allow Americans the freedom to choose how, when and where to give their money, therefore driving more dollars into the hands of charities so they can continue to provide critical services and solve growing problems in our communities.