The gift of giving is celebrated during Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement held each year after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, encouraging people to give back to their communities. 

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to encourage people to do good. This idea has grown into a global movement that has inspired hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity year-round.

There are official GivingTuesday national movements in 80 countries. At a grassroots level, people and organizations participate in GivingTuesday in every single country in the world.

In the U.S. alone, 300 community campaigns rally thousands of nonprofits, foundations, grassroots organizations, small businesses, and generous individuals to give back, according to organizers. In 2021, an estimated $2.7 Billion were donated in twenty-four hours in the U.S. alone, a 9% increase over the prior year and a 37% increase from pre-pandemic levels. 

Here is a list of local nonprofit organizations that help San Diego County:

  • Father Joe’s Villages, the largest homeless services provider in San Diego, will match all donations up to $250,000 with the support of anonymous donors. 
  • The San Diego Humane Society is matching gifts, up to $50,000, on Giving Tuesday. The society says that every donation will provide neglected animals with safe shelter, lifesaving medical care, behavioral training, rescue from cruelty, and more.
  • The Chicano Federation works to provide services to over 25,000 families every year. A donation will help achieve equity and access in San Diego, Orange, and Riverside counties.
  • The San Diego Museum of Art seeks to inspire, educate, and cultivate curiosity in our community through great works of art. A donation will help ensure a vibrant future for the arts in San Diego.
  • Family Health Centers provides affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to uninsured, low-income, and medically underserved persons across San Diego County.

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