Nov 29, 2021

Question of the Day: How much money was donated on Giving Tuesday in 2020?

Answer: $2.47 billion


  1. Have you ever donated on Giving Tuesday? Why or why not?
  2. Why do you think Giving Tuesday has grown so much over the last 9 years? [The first Giving Tuesday raised only $10 million in 2012].
  3. The average gift on Giving Tuesday in 2020 was $70.97. How would you categorize charitable donations into your budget?
  4. Do you think this donation record will be broken in 2021?

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Behind the numbers (Charity Navigator):

"An astonishing $2.47 billion was donated to U.S. nonprofits by a reported 34.8 million people on GivingTuesday, December 1, 2020, according to Giving Tuesday, Inc., the nonprofit behind the movement and eponymous hashtag -- #GivingTuesday. That amount, described as a “massive swell of generosity”, reflected a 29% increase in donations compared to 2019."


Check out the NGPF Mini-Unit: Philanthropy to supplement this Question of the Day!


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About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.

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