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Manchester becomes the UK’s first #GivingTuesday city

18 November 2015

Manchester has signed up to be the first UK city to take part in the #GivingTuesday movement.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of supporting charitable causes which originally launched in the US in 2012 and falls after the festive shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  It calls on people and businesses to give time, money or their voice to a good cause.

#GivingTuesday is being held in the UK for the second time on December 1. It took place in the UK for the first time last year when it was endorsed by the Prime Minister and celebrities such as Dame Helen Mirren, and led to a spike in charitable donations.

This year a group of Manchester based organisations have come together to create a city-wide #GivingTuesday campaign focused on raising money for local charities and causes.

The Manchester Gives More initiative is a call-to-action to everyone to give something back to this great city – whether it is making a donation, volunteering time or spreading the word.

People in Manchester are being encouraged to support a local cause they care about, for example by supporting organisations which help address the underlying reasons why people have become homeless to help them get off, and stay off, the streets.

Manchester City Council, Manchester Community Central, the University of Manchester, Manchester Chambers of Commerce and the Royal Exchange are some of the organisations involved in putting on events for this year’s #GivingTuesday.

Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said:

“The Council is proud to support Manchester Gives More.  We will be promoting the day using our communications channels and encouraging our staff to sign up to ‘pennies from payroll’ so they can donate little and often to good causes which are making a difference in Manchester.  #GivingTuesday is being led in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). It now has more than 1,100 charities and business signed up as partners.

Kim Roberts, Campaigns Manager for #GivingTuesday in the UK, said:

“It is very exciting that Manchester has chosen to lead the way and become the first city to take part in the #GivingTuesday campaign.

“The Manchester Gives More initiative is a great opportunity for everyone to work together to support local causes and demonstrate what we already know that Mancunians are hugely generous and giving people.”

Notes to Editors

  • Manchester Gives More is being led by a steering group of charities, businesses and non-profits from the City including City Council, the University of Manchester, the Royal Exchange Theatre, homelessness charity Barnabus, Medequip4kids, JD Williams, digital magazine Northern Quarter and the Big Issue North.
  • More information about the Manchester Gives More campaign can be found here: www.givingtuesday.org.uk/uk-campaigns.
  • A list of organisations signed up to take part in Manchester Gives More can be found on the #GivingTuesday website.
  • One in three people in the UK is intending to donate to charity this #GivingTuesday, according to recent research by CAF. https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/media-office/giving-tuesday-4weeks
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