In advance of the 9th annual Giving Tuesday, which takes place on Dec. 1 this year, many charity organizations have launched matching campaigns in an effort to convince Americans to donate in honor of the occasion.
Giving Tuesday, described as a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world,” was created in 2012. It has taken place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving ever since. On Giving Tuesday 2019, $1.97 billion was raised worldwide, with more than $500 million raised in the United States alone.
Here are six companies that are matching donations for Giving Tuesday.
1. The Adventist Development and Relief Association
The Adventist Development and Relief Association, the “international humanitarian arm of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church,” has been collecting donations for its Giving Tuesday campaign for several weeks. ADRA announced that because “the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have made bad situations worse in many parts of the world,” “our Giving Tuesday campaign has started early and it’s a match, to help as many families as possible.”
For every dollar donated to the ADRA by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the organization will triple the gift with a $3 match. As of Monday afternoon, the ADRA had raised $925,000 for Giving Tuesday, out of a goal of $1.3 million.
Most recently, ADRA deployed to Central America, which has been ravaged by two major hurricanes, Eta and Iota, that made landfall in the region within a period of two weeks. The humanitarian organization has worked to provide food, clothes and personal hygiene items to those impacted by the storms.
2. World Vision
World Vision, which describes itself as “a global Christian humanitarian organization” focused on “tackling the causes of poverty and injustice,” has announced that it will match gifts given to the organization on Giving Tuesday up to $1 million.
Like the ADRA, World Vision is working to assist the victims of the two major hurricanes that caused extensive damage in Central America. A World Vision official estimated that more than two million people have been impacted by the severe flooding and heavy winds that accompanied Hurricanes Eta and Iota.
The charity also has a child sponsorship program, helps provide access to clean water, and helps those around the world living in poverty.
Rated as a four-star charity by the watchdog group Charity Navigator, the faith-based organization has received a perfect score of 100% on the issue of accountability and transparency. GuideStar, a partner of Charity Navigator, has awarded World Vision a Platinum Seal of Transparency for “voluntarily sharing the measures of progress and results they use to pursue their mission.”
3. The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee, which “responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future,” has announced that in honor of Giving Tuesday, “all gifts, up to $250,000 will be tripled by a generous donor, until December 1 at midnight.”
Currently, the IRC is working to “protect refugees and displaced people from COVID-19 with masks, soap and other hygiene supplies, (and) treat people who have contracted the illness.”
Charity Navigator has awarded the IRC a three-star rating. Like World Vision, the IRC scores extremely high on the issue of accountability and transparency, with a near-perfect score of 97%. GlobalGiving, a partner of Charity Navigator, has awarded the IRC “GlobalGiving Leader Status” for “demonstrating active engagement and/or effectiveness over the past year.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley