Facebook, Gates to Match Up to $2 Million for #GivingTuesday

Philanthropy News Digest | October 27, 2017

Facebook has announced that it is once again partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to match up to $2 million in donations for this year's #GivingTuesday event on November 28.Launched in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving positioned as a "do-good" alternative to the post-Thanksgiving shopping and consumption associated with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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