#GivingTuesday movement grows worldwide with UNDP supportJan 1, 2014
Millions of people around the world took time on 3 December to give to something back on #GivingTuesday, a worldwide celebration of the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy.
New Horizons - As the movement grew to a global scale this year with support from the UNDP, the event aimed to highlight the importance of giving not just funds, but also time, knowledge, volunteering and community work.
The day saw 10,000 entities come together to celebrate the power of giving to transform people’s lives, and to stress the importance of generosity over selfishness.
Public discussion powered by social media brought global engagement with the movement, as UNDP offices around the world held events that resonated with their local communities.
From Thailand to Zimbabwe, Croatia to Lao PDR, UNDP offices and staff marked the day by promoting philanthropy and organizing volunteer projects.
UNDP Jordan launched a campaign for cleaner and greener communities in the northern municipalities of the country, with 200 volunteers participating through different activities, from cleaning to planting trees.
In Zimbabwe UNDP worked with the Jairos Jiri School for children living with disabilities to provide much needed food and other provisions.
Overall, #GivingTuesday succeeded in raising donations, and more importantly awareness, of the power of giving.
The movement hopes to continue to grow and reach more communities around the world in future years.