Reading this on a mobile device? Try our optimized mobile version here:

November 27, 2012 | News covering the UN and the worldSign up  |  E-Mail this  |  Donate

Inaugural Giving Tuesday enlists thousands

Thousands of organizations nationwide took a break today from the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy for the first Giving Tuesday. The movement, founded in part by the United Nations Foundation, aims at getting people to look at charitable giving with new eyes. The event means people are not "sitting alone at their kitchen table at the end of the year making those end-of-year contributions, but actually in a group experience where they're sharing that passion with others," said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. National Public Radio (text and audio) (11/26), Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (11/26), Impatient Optimists blog (11/25), The Wall Street Journal (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Whether you're a billionaire or a teen girl, we can all help the UN change the world. Go Global & Donate to our causes:"


"The goal is to make #GivingTuesday as synonymous with the holiday season as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Just as these are days dedicated to buying, there should be a day set aside for supporting your favorite charity."

UN Dispatch

United Nation
  • UN body focus of unprecedented battle over Internet
    World powers are on a collision course over Internet governance ahead of next week's conference of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union. Some countries with authoritarian governments are seeking to exert greater control over Internet content and structure, whereas the U.S., Google and others are pushing to preserve the decentralized governance system of private companies and nonprofit groups. Reuters (11/27), The Wall Street Journal (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Health and Development
  • Rethinking what makes a man
    Asian civil society activists, stymied in efforts to break the cycle of violence by men against women and children, are trying to alter people's perceptions about what it means to be a man. Their efforts also include changing the belief that gender violence is a woman's issue. "These are generational changes, but we do need to plant the seeds," says James Lang, program coordinator for Partners for Prevention, a United Nations interagency effort focused on ending gender-based violence. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Climate and Energy
  • Other News
Peacekeeping and Security
  • Other News
UN Foundation and Better World Campaign
  • Stephen Curry shoots threes to save lives
    Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry tips off his Three for Three Challenge this holiday season by donating three life-saving bed nets for every three-pointer he makes this season to Nothing But Nets. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Deployment Coordinator (Security & Risk)RedR AustraliaMelbourne, Australia
Click here to view more job listings.

 Get more involved:
Follow the UN Foundation on Twitter

UN Resources
Key Sites
UN Radio News ServiceThawing permafrost expected to cause significant additional global warming: UNEP
UN Radio

Subscriber Tools
Print friendly format | Web version | Search past news | Archive | Privacy policy

Advertise With Us
Amy DiElsi
Director for UN Foundation Communications
United Nations Foundation
1800 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
(D) 202-419-3230
(C) 202-492-3078
(F) 202-887-9021
UN Wire is a free service sponsored by the United Nations Foundation which is dedicated to supporting the United Nations' efforts to address the most pressing humanitarian, socioeconomic and environmental challenges facing the world today.

Job Board:  Jackie Basso (202) 407-7871
 Recent UN Wire Issues:   Lead Editor:  James daSilva
Contributing Editor:  Bryon MacWilliams
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2012 SmartBrief, Inc.® Legal Information