In the United States, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as "Giving Tuesday." The idea began in 2012 as an effort to combat the commercialism and spending that occurs the day after Thanksgiving (known as Black Friday) and the first Monday after Thanksgiving (known as Cyber Monday). It was a way to support nonprofit companies and other philanthropic missions by encouraging donations. The movement grew and gained popularity, to the point that there is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of the same name.
According to GivingTuesday.org:
"GivingTuesday started as a day for anyone, anywhere to give, and it’s grown into the biggest giving movement in the world."
In support of Giving Tuesday, ECE recently matched donations from its staff and gave to the Internet Archive and Wikimedia Foundation. Both are nonprofit organizations focused on the exchange and preservation of information. Their services are vital to comparative education and the international credential evaluation community, which depend on both current and historical research.
If you would like to donate to the same causes, visit the Internet Archive and Wikimedia Foundation. You can choose to make a one-time donation or sign up for an ongoing monthly contribution. We also invite you to support our charitable cause, ECE® Aid.
For more information on Giving Tuesday, go to www.givingtuesday.org.