November 15, 2016

How to Plan and Participate in Giving Tuesday and Other ‘Giving Day’ Events

Special fundraising days have been around for decades, but in recent years the internet has fueled the rise of 24-hour online campaigns. Known as “giving days,” these campaigns can raise large amounts by combining social media, crowdfunding, and the pressure of a deadline.

Giving Tuesday, now in its fifth year, is the best-known giving day. The 2015 event raised a record $116.7 million. More nonprofits are expected to participate in this year’s event, which falls on November 29, with groups from as many as 75 countries expected to organize campaigns.

Whether you work at a community foundation, a university, or a small nonprofit, there are many benefits to participating in regional or national giving days — or even holding your own 24-hour event.

These fast-paced campaigns often help charities attract new supporters and activate their communities, and making the most of them requires. preparation and planning. Here is a collection of resources from The Chronicle to help you run a successful giving day.

November 17, 2015

7 Last-Minute Tips for Giving Tuesday

A plan for those without a plan for the giving day on November 29.

November 03, 2015

On Tap for Giving Tuesday: Collaboration, Creativity, and Revenue Growth

Nonprofits should think about how the event works with their year-end campaigns and incorporate it into their fourth-quarter fundraising strategies, organizers say.

March 01, 2015

Hosting an Online Fundraiser: The 'What If' Checklist

Scenarios to prepare for when planning an online fundraising event or giving day.

May 02, 2016

Best of Online Fundraising: Tactics That Work

The Chronicle asked experts and readers to identify charities that stand out in their use of the Internet to gain support and sell their causes.


How to Hold a Successful Giving Day

Scores of nonprofits are discovering how to build excitement around day-long fundraising campaigns. Join us for a primer on how to carry out a one-day fundraising campaign for your cause.

September 24, 2015

Network for Good Releases Free Giving Tuesday Tools

The online gift-processing platform is offering guides and webinars for nonprofits to prepare for the increasingly popular post-Thanksgiving annual event.

September 24, 2014

North Texas Giving Day Nets $26.3-Million in Online Charity Bazaar

Local media coverage, parallel fundraising events, and a tool kit with sample letters and tweets helped make the event a big success.

March 01, 2015

How the University of Michigan Raised $3-Million Online in a Day

The university’s elaborate Giving Tuesday event, Giving Blueday, built momentum for its eight-year capital campaign.

February 28, 2015

International Aid Group Appeals to Donors’ Values in First #GivingTuesday Campaign

American Jewish World Service used matching gifts and a powerful critique of holiday-season commercialism to raise gifts.

April 07, 2014

Fundraising Blitzes Bring Colleges Big Money in a Matter of Days

Borrowing from the momentum of crowdfunding and giving days, colleges are using online drives with lots of social-media promotions to show donors why small gifts matter.

June 05, 2015

Crowdfunding Website Charidy Has Unique Formula for Giving-Day Success

Used primarily by Orthodox Jewish nonprofits, the platform combines the heft of major donors, the pressures of time, and an all-or-nothing funding contingency.

November 20, 2014

Charities Should Give, Not Beg, on Giving Tuesday

The competition for donations on December 2 runs the risk of alienating the very people nonprofits need most.