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Churches and Christian charities across the UK are taking part in #GivingTuesday next week ...

Churches and Christian charities across the UK are taking part in #GivingTuesday next week.

The Church of England and a number of Christian charities have signed up to #GivingTuesday, an international movement asking people to give their time, money or voice to charity on one day.

Christian charity Stewardship, a founding partner of the campaign, has created a number of free resources available online to help more Christians get involved in the day. This includes material to help churches promote the day to their congregations and a number of ideas of generous acts Christians can do on the day.

So far the Church of England, Stewardship, Christian Aid, Church Army, Church Housing Trust, Glasgow City Mission and Through the Roof have all pledged to support the campaign in some way to help bolster donations and awareness of the importance of giving during the festive season.

#GivingTuesday falls on 2 December this year, directly after big shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and asks people and organisations to do one simple charitable act on the day in the run up to Christmas. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy and good for getting deals, #GivingTuesday is a chance to give something back.

Partner organisations are encouraged to take the campaign and do something of their own with it.

The campaign was launched in the US in 2012 by 92nd Street Y, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, and was made such a success with the help of support from business partners such as Google and Facebook.

It has since become a global movement, with Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia, Singapore and Latin America all getting on board in 2013. Last year the campaign had 10,000 partners worldwide, with support from the White House, Kevin Bacon and Heidi Klum, among others, and saw a huge spike in donations on the day.

The campaign in the UK is being led by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), working closely with Blackbaud – and they are seeing support also grow from key charities such as Cancer Research UK, the RSPCA and Marie Curie, as well as key businesses such as Facebook and Glamour magazine – with more than 600 partners already signed up.

Daniel Jones from Stewardship said: “We’re delighted to be part of the #GivingTuesday movement. #GivingTuesday is a brilliant opportunity for Christian charities, churches and voluntary groups to reach out to those in faith communities and to encourage and inspire even greater acts of generosity.

“We hope our resources will make it easier for churches and individuals to get involved and show Christ’s love through acts of generosity on the day.”

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