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After Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Don't Forget #GivingTuesday

Glenys Young

November 21, 2017

Nathaniel Wright

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

This week, millions of people across the country will gather with their friends and families to enjoy a good meal and talk about what they're thankful for. But many others will not enjoy the comforts of home, food and fellowship during the holidays. Next week holds the perfect opportunity to put that attitude of gratitude into action to benefit those less-fortunate folks.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Nathaniel Wright, an assistant professor in the Texas Tech University Department of Political Science, specializes in nonprofit management and philanthropic fundraising. He is available to discuss #GivingTuesday and why philanthropy matters to society as a whole.

Nathaniel Wright
Nathaniel Wright


Nathaniel Wright, assistant professor of political science, (806) 834-4817 or nathaniel.wright@ttu.edu

Talking points

  • #GivingTuesday refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is often stylized through the hashtag #GivingTuesday. It was launched as a response to the commercialization and consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • #GivingTuesday is a global movement started in 2012 and built by individuals, volunteers, nonprofits, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in 98 countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on Nov. 28 and will provide opportunities for individuals and corporations to give back through online donations and/or volunteering.
  • #GivingTuesday is a celebration of America's generosity, entrepreneurialism and sense of community. No matter how small the gift, this day provides individuals an opportunity to exercise their philanthropic side by giving back to their community or favorite nonprofit.
  • #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective giving power of a diverse group of partners to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in giving.


  • "#GivingTuesday is a call to action that ignites the fire of philanthropy in individuals across the United States and around the world. This day also reminds individuals about the true meaning of giving and demonstrates how every act of giving counts."
  • "Although it's a young movement, this effort has provided many nonprofits a chance to garner support from new prospects and jumpstart their end-of-year giving campaigns to meet the needs of their local communities."

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