The Disturbing Truth About ‘Giving Tuesday’ Revealed

Life Legal Defense Foundation wants the truth about “Giving Tuesday” and its pro-abortion connections known.

According to its website, GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a day that encourages people to do good. In July 2019, GivingTuesday became its own organization, led by co-founder, Asha Curran, CEO. GivingTuesday is described as a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.”

The website claims that in just 7 years, GivingTuesday has become “a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.” But is the organization really as benevolent as it sounds? The Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) says no.

The Truth About “Giving Tuesday”

The LLDF points out that the UN Foundation that started Giving Tuesday is blatantly pro-abortion: “When President Trump initiated the ‘Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance’ policy, which stripped taxpayer funding from foreign NGOs that provide or advocate for abortion, then UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin went apoplectic. She said women would ‘lose access to life-saving services.'”

According to the Life Legal Defense Foundation, the UN Foundation exists to raise awareness of the “critical role” of the United Nations, and the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights has stated that pro-lifers are part of an “extremist hate campaign” because “denying women the right to abortion care is tantamount to torture.”

GivingTuesday was spun out of an organization with a militant anti-life agenda, says the LLDF, claiming the campaign is “saturated with pro-abortion ideology.” Life Legal points to the board of GivingTuesday as evidence of the organization’s bias for abortion. The following information about GivingTuesday board members was sent out by the Life Legal Defense Foundation.

GivingTuesday Board Members

Board Member, Shijuade Kadree, Chief Advocacy Officer of the LGBT Community Center, applauded New York’s passage of legislation that allows the murder of babies not only through all nine months of pregnancy but even in cases where infants are born alive during an abortion.

Board Member Hilary Pennington is Executive VP of Program for the Ford Foundation, which brought on former PP President Cecile Richards to secure global abortion rights. The Ford Foundation called New York’s Reproductive Rights law a “landmark win.”

Board Member Jonathan Soros, son of billionaire George Soros, has given millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood’s Super PAC, which exists solely to fund rabidly pro-abortion candidates.

Giving Tuesday Founder and CEO Asha Curran is “deeply, passionately loyal to Planned Parenthood, because its absence would be a disaster and a tragedy for so many.”

“I am ashamed to say that we have sent out ‘Giving Tuesday’ appeals in past years. We were simply not aware of the existence of the Giving Tuesday Foundation or the aggressive anti-life activism of its leadership,” said Life Legal Executive Director Alexandra Snyder. “The CEO and board members of the Giving Tuesday Foundation serve a radical pro-abortion agenda that is the antithesis of everything we work toward. Organizations that call themselves pro-life should not support this movement!”

In addition, the website warns that like any viral social media effort, scammers and for-profit businesses sometimes take advantage of GivingTuesday to get money. “Avoid emotional appeals, GoFundMe or crowdsourcing, and non-charitable organizations when it comes to Giving Tuesday.”

Perhaps it is good to find out more about organizations, movements and causes before we jump on the bandwagon to endorse or support them. It looks like aid given through GivingTuesday may go to help others but it may also indirectly help build the abortion machine that hides behind GivingTuesday’s innocuous facade.

About Life Legal Defense Foundation

Life Legal Defense Foundation was established in 1989, and is a nonprofit organization composed of attorneys and other concerned citizens committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. For more information about the Life Legal Defense Foundation, visit

From our archives, Nov. 19, 2020.

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Originally published May 12, 2020

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