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|Next date||April 2, 2017|
Good Deeds Day is an international day of volunteering. Beginning in 2007, its mission is to unite people from around the world in doing good deeds for others and the planet.
This day of community service was launched in 2007 in Israel by businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, through Ruach Tova, a Nonprofit organization that connects between people who want to volunteer and organizations in need of assistance.
Speaking about the day, initiator Shari Arison said:
I believe that if people will think good, speak good and do good, the circles of goodness will grow in the world. Good Deeds Day has become the leading day of giving and this year individuals, school children, students, soldiers and employees from many businesses are joining in for the annual Good Deeds Day with the aim of doing a good deed for others.
Approximately 7,000 people participated in Israel in 2007. The day became global in 2011, with participants from around the world, including in the USA, Ukraine and Poland. In 2012, project organizers teamed up with MTV Global for a six-week-campaign on its online and TV platforms, exposing the message to 24 million viewers around the world. In 2014, NASDAQ invited Shari Arison to kick off Good Deeds Day in the trading day closing bell ceremony. 2016 marked the third year in a row of the NASDAQ and Good Deeds Day collaboration.
Good Deeds Day 2017 will be on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
In 2016, Good Deeds Day’s 10th anniversary, approximately 1,500,000 participants from 75 countries volunteered, marking it the largest and most global day yet. To celebrate, project organizers held mega events in New York City, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Rome, Italy.
Good Deeds Day and Ruach Tova are part of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Arison Group.
In 2011, international companies Shikun & Binui and Bank Hapoalim were among the first international participants in Good Deeds Day outside of Israel. As of 2016, Good Deeds Day is celebrated in 75 countries worldwide, and has collaborated with major cities such as Rome, São Paulo, Kaohsiung City, and New York City to create special events. In the Good Deeds Day event at Herald Square, New York City, actor and activist Adrian Grenier supported the day by speaking at the event:
|Year||Israeli date||International date|
|2011||April 5||April 5|
|2012||March 20||March 25|
|2013||March 3||March 10|
|2014||March 11||March 9|
|2015||March 24||March 15|
|2016||March 15||April 10|
|2017||March 28||April 2|
|2018||March 13||April 15|
|2019||April 2||April 7|
|2020||March 24||March 29|
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