"Giving December" is a month during which donation recipients can offer thanks to donors. It also provides an opportunity to improve the contents of reports made to donors, and aims at being a month for many people to reflect on the importance and roles of donations, thereby increasing interest in donating and creating opportunities for action.
This special month was established through the coming together of a broad range of people involved in donations from NPOs, universities, corporations, government and international institutions. Starting this year, the entire month of December will be designated "Giving December."
"Giving December" is an initiative taken for the future of society in Japan, where presently roughly 70 percent of people wish to make a contribution to society.
Making a donation is a voluntary action. There are, therefore, no mandatory initiatives regarding "Giving December." It is important that people do what they can, in a way that they are able to.
Please spread word of this new movement, take this opportunity to reflect on donations, or make a donation yourself. Imagine your own "Giving December."
"Giving December" is a campaign that was launched as a private initiative in 2015. It is aimed at creating opportunities for people to express gratitude for donators, to discuss roles of donation, and to take an action. In the first year, with the assistance of Bill Gates, we hosted a symposium. Moreover, we distributed a wide range of information on donation, including delivering messages about donation from professional soccer players. In Japan, there were 23 projects regarding donation that came into operation, including Kanpai Charity. And, in the second year, 71 projects were conducted, almost a triple of those in the first year. The projects included distributing information on donation with the assistance of professional musicians, a campaign on writing satirical haiku, or senryu, regarding donation, and charity events conducted by students. The number of companies that support "Giving December" increased to 397 from 122.
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