Today is one of those little known holidays. After US Thanksgiving at the end of November, the kickoff of the holiday season on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we come to #GivingTuesday.
Started in 2012, #GivingTuesday is dubbed as a “global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.” But #GivingTuesday is more than a hashtag; it is the annual kickoff of charitable giving during the holidays. It’s a global generousity movement!
In 2015, #GivingTuesday raised more than $116M in 71 countries. The social impact of #GivingTuesday included more than 1.3M mentions on Social Media, over 913K of those on Facebook. Fast forward to 2018 and #GivingTuesday brought in 3,600,000 gifts equating to 400,000,000 in the US alone.
SUSE Believes in Openness and Giving
#GivingTuesday is not only a day but a way of life. At SUSE, we enjoy this as part of our culture. One little known fact is that SUSE provides the ability for and supports our employees volunteering for their favorite organization. From paid days off to social amplification, SUSE believes in the power of volunteering and giving back.
Take, for example, my colleague Mathew Johns, who has been featured for his work in the #Movember movement. Or our Channel Sales Manager, Wayne Maw, who isn’t letting Parkinson’s disease slow him down and advocates for a cure.
Every SUSE employee is encouraged to #daretobedifferent and support the organization of their choice. It is what makes this a special company, with a unique and open culture.
Take the Challenge
Now it’s your turn, think about your passion. Whether it’s fighting disease, helping the vulnerable, or working with animals, there are a number of organizations that desperately need your help this time of year. Some of my and my friend’s favorites include The Trevor Project, Augie’s Quest, Star Trak Cycling, and The Pat Tillman Foundation. But there are so many more!
My challenge to you: #daretobedifferent and give back this holiday season. We really have so much to give.
As Winston Churchill said,
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”