Girl Up Gives Back to Girls Globally on #GivingTuesday

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Second annual national day of giving puts the focus back on helping others.

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GivingTuesday is a reminder that the holidays are about giving back. This year’s message is that every action counts and every dollar matters.

Today, on #GivingTuesday, the Girl Up campaign is celebrating the second annual national day of giving by raising awareness and funds for United Nations programs it supports around the world.

“#GivingTuesday is a reminder that the holidays are about giving back. This year’s message is that every action counts and every dollar matters,” said Melissa Hillebrenner, Director of Girl Up. “Girl Up is using the day to impact the lives of girls in developing countries. All the funds we raise today will go to the UN programs that help provide girls with the chance to go to school.”

Around there world, there are more than 57 million children who are not in school – most of them are girls.    

There are two ways Girl Up supporters can take part in #GivingTuesday:

  •     Matching donations: Thanks to an investment from Caterpillar Foundation, donations to Girl Up received between 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m. ET on December 3 will be matched, up to $10,000.
  •     Recycling electronic goods: Through Girl Up’s partnership with Electronic Recyclers International, people can recycle their old electronics through BuyBackTech. Profits from all refurbished and resold items on December 3 will go directly to help girls in Guatemala.

Girl Up Teen Advisors and Girl Up Clubs around the country are among the thousands of people who are taking part in the spirit of #GivingTuesday:

  •     Carly Bandt from Shoreview, Minnesota is hosting a fundraiser at Dairy Queen on December 4. From 5-8 p.m. CT, 10 percent of all proceeds will go to Girl Up.
  •     Giuliana Gabellini from Brooklyn, New York and her Girl Up Club are going around the Park Slope community on December 3 with donation collection jars and flyers with info on Girl Up.
  •     Sarah Gordon from Portland, Oregon is organizing a winter fair with craft stations on December 3. Each craft will ask for $1-2 donation. The crafts include homemade trail mix called “Fuel for School,” designed to raise awareness about with health, nutrition and education.
  •     Emma Knoll from Washington, D.C. and Amanda Hart from Chevy Chase, Maryland are hosting a Zengo spinning fundraiser on December 7.
  •     The Maine Endwell High School Girl Up Club in New York raised more than $1,300 on November 29 by hosting a bake sale and raffle outside of Sam’s Club.
  •     Gloria Samen from Potomac, Maryland is hosting a fundraiser at California Tortilla. After 5 p.m. ET on December 3, the restaurant is donating 20 percent of the tab to Girl Up.

More than 10,000 organizations and businesses, from local nonprofits to multinational corporations, are taking action and mobilizing their communities to make positive change happen.

#GivingTuesday encourages everyone to create positive change in their communities, in whatever way is possible for them. Individuals can visit to learn more.

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About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 3, 2013. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses and individuals – to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.

About Girl Up
Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls ages 13-18 the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Go to to learn more.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit

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