3 Ways Your Generosity Goes Global on Giving Tuesday

The day known as Giving Tuesday was born in 2012, as an international day of giving encouraging people everywhere to be more generous. It has grown into a movement with incredible influence, inspiring acts of kindness and service as well as financial giving. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on November 30. 

Giving Tuesday has spread around the world, ferrying the giving of ordinary people to those who need it. Here are three ways your radical generosity travels.

1. Giving Tuesday Gathers Momentum Yearly

Giving Tuesday’s analysis of 2020’s donation patterns found that charitable giving increased by 5.2%, compared to 2019. Every year the numbers grow, both by raw dollar amounts as well as company participation and communities reached. 

Countries like France, Spain, and the Netherlands have seen significant growth in their Giving Tuesday campaigns every year, while developing nations have been able to harness the power of the movement and channel funds toward education and environmental care.

This year, consider casting a wide net with your donations. Giving Tuesday campaigns are active in every country around the world, and you can be too.

2. Giving Tuesday Benefits Nonprofits Internationally

As of 2020, more than 75 countries participated in Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday raised just over a billion dollars internationally in 2019, and 2020’s total topped that by 34%, approaching 1.5 billion.

In addition, Charity Navigator found that the number of nonprofits supported by Giving Tuesday rose from 2,900 to 3,600 between 2019 and 2020. More nonprofit participation in Giving Tuesday means that there are more options for you to direct your donations toward. It also indicates a broader platform for nonprofits, increasing opportunities for charities that depend on your generosity to accomplish their goals.

3. Giving Tuesday Fundraising Helps Organizations Respond to Crisis 

Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has grown in severity and extent. Many inhabitants of the developing nations we serve have been anxious about their ability to afford soap, food, and health supplies.

Thankfully, because of your generosity on events like Giving Tuesday, we have been able to channel some of our funds toward pandemic relief. In 2020 you helped us deliver 10,891 bars of soap to vulnerable populations, distribute over 56,000 pounds of food to families in need, and provide 647 public handwashing stations. Your donations went toward training many local leaders in COVID-19 prevention and donating supplies to health clinics. 

Love well is our focus this year, and we have seen the same truth again and again: that loving others well enables individuals and communities to flourish, even mid-pandemic.

Our partners enable us to stand with Asha Curran, CEO of Giving Tuesday, when she writes, “Philanthropy’s true meaning, “love of humanity,” is within the capacity of every single human to practice, and the intentional practicing of it brings healing, forges strong bonds between people and strengthens communities.” Thank you.

Love well with Lifewater this Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday is an excellent time to practice radical generosity.

For over 40 years, Lifewater has operated as a faith-based clean water and community health organization committed to helping families living in extreme poverty thrive. Lifewater currently holds Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star charity rating.

We bring clean water to remote communities in great need, and this season, we want you to join us in a global effort to love well.

On our website, you can read real stories and see photos of families in Ethiopia, Cambodia, Tanzania, and Uganda in need of safe water, life-saving health practices, and the hope of Jesus. 

This Giving Tuesday, love well.

Choose a Village. Change a Life.