#GivingTuesday2013: 8 days and counting

25 Nov 2013

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This year, UNDP is joining the #GivingTuesday campaign for the first time, adding a global dimension to this powerful day of volunteerism and philanthropy. UNDP is one of over 5,600 groups and organizations from all parts of society that have joined #GivingTuesday in support of charitable giving.

Actions speak louder
Our staff members will also be volunteering their time in local communities. So far twelve of our country offices have joined the movement, showing enormous enthusiasm for this day of giving back.

Wide range of activities
Opportunities to donate time, knowledge and energy on #GivingTuesday are sheer endless and our country offices have not wasted a minute in coming up with creative endeavours. The Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, for example, is partnering with the NGO Second Chance to collect donations for people living in Bangkok’s slum area. The people from the Klong Toey slum will receive “home treasures” (clothing and house appliances) that they can sell in their thrift shops. In Bujumbura, Burundi, the hospitals have been sorely lacking in blood, so our #GivingTuesday there will be all about giving them precious lifeblood – figuratively and literally. The focus in Bangladesh, lastly, is on sharing knowledge and expertise about ‘giving back’.  Experts, local people, UN Volunteers and UNDP are all meeting to increase our understanding of what philanthropy really means.

Doing offline, showing online
And these are just a few examples. Volunteerism and philanthropy have a million faces – faces of you, me, and the communities we work with. To show these faces to the rest of the world we will also collect and share photos, videos and stories across the internet and social media, turning Giving Tuesday into a powerful celebration of giving.

Global giving: join us!
With our worldwide network of country offices we can take giving global. We do need one last magic ingredient; your passion and participation! So this December 3rd join the day’s celebrations, join our activities and make #GivingTuesday the day to remember.