major cause
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2021 snapshot

From the Go Red campaign to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Movember to Election Day, Giving Tuesday and many more moments in between…

As social purpose professionals, we have long recognized the value of leveraging specific moments in time to heighten social issue awareness, cause campaign promotions and fundraising.

Check out Rocket Social Impact’s 2021 Cause Awareness Calendar, a collective tool developed to provide CSR, nonprofit, and purpose leaders an opportunity to consider cutting through the clutter during key moments, new and old, to highlight issue awareness, heighten brand and nonprofit efforts and drive impact.


National Mentoring Month
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month

Jan 17th – World Religion Day
Jan 18th – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan 31st – National Hot Chocolate Day 🙂


American Heart Month
Black History Month

Week of 1-8: Children’s Mental Health Week

Week of 23-1: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Feb 4th – World Cancer Day
Feb 5th – National Bubble Gum Day 🙂
Feb 17th – Random Acts of Kindness Day
Feb 20th – World Day of Social Justice
Feb 28th – Rare Disease Day


Women’s History Month

Mar 3rd – World Wildlife Day
Mar 4th – World Braille Day
Mar 8th – International Women’s Day
Mar 11th – World Kidney Day
Mar 21st – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination & World Down Syndrome Day
Mar 22nd – World Water Day
Mar 31st – National Crayon Day 🙂


Autism Awareness Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month Military Child Month
National Minority Health Month National Poetry Month
National Volunteer Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Week of 3-11: National Robotics Week
Week of 5-11: National Public Health Week

April 1st – April Fools Day 🙂
April 2nd – World Autism Awareness Day
April 7th – World Health Day
April 11th – Good Deeds Day
April 15th – World Art Day
April 22nd – Earth Day
April 23rd – Day of Silence & World Book Day


ALS Awareness Month
Brain Tumor Awareness Month
Jewish American Heritage Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
National Foster Care Month

Week of 2-8: Brain Tumor Action Week
Week of 6-10: National Nurses Week

May 3rd – World Press Freedom Day
May 4th – National Teacher Appreciation Day
May 10th – World Lupus Day
May 17th – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
May 21st – Endangered Species Day & World Meditation Day
May 31st – Memorial Day


African-American Music Appreciation Month
Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
LGBTQ Pride Month

June 1st – National Go Barefoot Day 🙂
June 4th – National Donut Day 🙂
June 5th – World Environment Day
June 8th – World Ocean’s Day
June 12th – World Day Against Child Labor & Global Wellness Day
June 14th – World Blood Donor Day
June 19th – Juneteenth
June 20th – World Refugee Day
June 21st – International Day of Yoga


National Ice Cream Month 🙂

July 13th – National French Fry Day 🙂
July 18th – Nelson Mandela International Day
July 30th – World Day Against Trafficking in Persons


Black Business Month

Aug 4th – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day 🙂
Aug 9th – International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Aug 12th – International Youth Day
Aug 17th – National Nonprofit Day
Aug 19th – World Humanitarian Day


Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month

Week of 5-11: National Suicide Prevention Week

Sept 3rd – National Foodbank Day
Sept 4th – National Wildlife Day
Sept 5th – International Day of Charity
Sept 10th – World Suicide Prevention Day
Sept 15th – International Day of Democracy
Sept 21st – International Day of Peace
Sept 29th – National Coffee Day 🙂


Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Filipino American-History Month
LGBT History Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Week of 3-9: Mental Illness Awareness Week

Oct 1st – World Smile Day 🙂
Oct 4th – World Animal Day & World Habitat Day
Oct 5th – World Teacher Day
Oct 6th – World Cerebral Palsy Day
Oct 10th – World Mental Health Day
Oct 11th – International Day of the Girl & National Coming Out Day
Oct 16th – World Food Day
Oct 17th – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Oct 25th – National Art Day


Military Family Month

Nov 8th – National STEM/STEAM Day
Nov 11th – Veterans Day & National Sundae Day 🙂
Nov 13th – World Kindness Day
Nov 14th – World Diabetes Day
Nov 15th – National Recycling Day
Nov 25th – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Nov 27th – Small Business Saturday
Nov 30th – Giving Tuesday


Universal Human Rights Month

Dec 1st – World AIDS DAY
Dec 3rd – International Day of People with Disabilities
Dec 5th – International Volunteer Day
Dec 10th– International Human Rights Day
Dec 15th – National Cupcake Day 🙂

Julia Broudy, Account Manager, Rocket Social Impact

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