Since its creation in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become more than an international day of giving. To date, people all over the world have donated more than $1 billion on #GivingTuesday. It also is a movement that inspires people to donate their time and support causes with events throughout the year.
For the past three years, The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management has reached out to our member schools—now at 20 with the recent addition of The Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington—to participate in #GivingTuesday events with either a financial donation to The Consortium or by doing an act of kindness through volunteering at a local organization.
“We provide a list of organizations in the member schools’ cities from which they can choose and ask that they send us photos of what they did,” said Adrienne S. Thomas, manager of student and alumni relations at The Consortium.
This year, Cornell University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of California, Berkeley and Washington University in St. Louis shared photos of how they participated in Giving Tuesday 2018 fundraising events. Those events included:
- Washington University cataloged books for The Consortium’s Normandy High School book drive.
- Cornell University raised over $600 to support local charity The Learning Web that supports the mentorship of local youth, 1/3 of which experience homelessness.
- The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor organized their very first “CGSM Volunteer Weekend” with a total of 33 volunteers who gave up to nine hours of their time to two organizations: Growing Hope and Meals on Wheels.
- The University of California, Berkeley Cal Alumni Association (CAA) accepted donations on behalf of the Giving Tuesday campaign on their website.
#GivingTuesday, an international day of giving, is celebrated the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States and kicks off the charitable season. #GivingTuesday 2019 is Dec. 3.
Written by Tiffany Hudson