What You Should Be Doing Right Now to Prepare for #GivingTuesday and #ILGive

It’s August, 2018, and #GivingTuesday is November 27th. What should you be doing right now to ensure that your campaign is successful?  Here is a timeline of recommended activities from the Complete Toolkit published by #GivingTuesday.  Visit to register  for #GivingTuesday and to download the toolkit and other valuable resources.  If you are an Illinois nonprofit, also register at #ILGive at  You should also review their timeline and download their resources. 

Don’t worry if this is the first you’ve heard of #GivingTuesday and the calendar of activities.  It’s not too late to catch up. 


So you’ve signed up for #GivingTuesday, but where do you start? This timeline will help you plan for #GivingTuesday. 

May – June (5-6 months out) 

July (4 months out) 

August (3 months out) 

September (2 months out) 

October (1 month out) 

November (Final month!) 


About the Author

Valerie F. Leonard is an expert in community and organizational development, helping organizations build sustainable communities.  She is the Founder of Nonprofit Utopia, the ideal community for emerging leaders, and host of the Nonprofit Utopia podcast. Valerie teaches courses in nonprofit management for the University of Illinois at Chicago's Certificate in Nonprofit Management program.  For further information, visit