New Online Resource Center Debuts for #GivingTuesday 2014


The annual global celebration of giving and generosity known as #GivingTuesday will take place on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Now in its third year, #GivingTuesday encourages participants to practice the everyday virtue that the science of gratitude has linked to a variety of benefits, from having fewer stress-related illnesses to more satisfying relationships. It is a day on which people of all ages, especially youth, will come together to take part in charitable giving and volunteer for causes large and small.

This year, a new online initiative offers the chance to increase the depth in which individuals engage with giving. The Science of Giving Online Resource Center is a one-stop destination to learn about living gratefully and generously.

The Resource Center explores the Big Questions of why people give and why it matters, with a focus on gratitude, altruism, and compassion. Additionally, it includes a Gratitude Blog that illustrates stories behind science and offers practical advice, like, the Three Good Things practice, an exercise developed by psychologists to break the habit of always seeking something new—to the detriment of valuing what we have—called “hedonic adaptation.” The Three Good Things practice mitigates the habit by intentionally taking a moment to focus on three good things that have happened each day.

Teachers can also find a range of project resources online that includes toolkits to help students keep a Gratitude Diary—or, for the more ambitious, to complete a 9-week philanthropy class curriculum.

#GivingTuesday engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide in 2013. It was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, and is supported by the John Templeton Foundation.