New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation founded #GivingTuesday in 2012, launching a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.
"We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back," #GivingTuesday's website states. "On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give."
The philosophy behind #GivingTuesday is to challenge "individuals and communities to make the world a better place through generosity. The simple act of giving not only helps others, but also fundamentally connects you to the human family and nourishes a generous community spirit."
Pulitzer Center journalist grantees raise the profile of issues across the globe, from the marginalized LGBT community in Uganda and the intersection with religion, to resilient groups of rape survivors and orphaned children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the benefits of India's Midday Meal free school lunch program that feeds 120 million poor and malnourished children. They dig into the systemic crises beyond the headlines and reach across media platforms: One of our latest e-books, for example, is "Congo's Children" written in English and translated into French.
At the university level, our student reporting fellows embark on journeys far away from their college campuses to search for the personal stories behind global issues, from Syrian refugees fleeing from chaos toward freedom as well as hunger in Turkey to Nepalese communities fighting for water rights along the Koshi River in order to maintain their way of life.
These stories are just a few examples of projects made possible by the Pulitzer Center's support of journalists around the world. We then bring those journalists and the issues they cover into classrooms, across college campuses and in front of general audiences. And we give students the chance through connect these global issues to their communities, often amplifying their voices. Check out "Not Your Mama's Drama" and "LGBT Youth in Chicago."