Why COVID has made Giving Tuesday more important than ever this holiday season

GivingTuesday Announces Day of Global Action for Giving and Unity in Response to COVID-19

Why COVID has made Giving Tuesday more important than ever this holiday season

Today GivingTuesday, the groundbreaking global generosity movement, announced #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. #GivingTuesdayNow Leadership Supporters the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PayPal are already actively responding to COVID-19.

Confirmed additional partners include original #GivingTuesday co-founder the United Nations Foundation powering the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, the CDC Foundation, , LinkedIn, Guardian News and Media, the Aga Khan Foundation, United Way Worldwide, Candid, The Communications Network, Global Impact, Philanthropy Together, Teach for All, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), with NBC News and MSNBC returning as GivingTuesday's signature media partner.

#GivingTuesdayNow will mobilize GivingTuesday’s global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals.

GivingTuesday is also committing $200,000 to launch The Starling Fund, designed to support its existing network of official community and country leaders.

Priority will go to leaders in the regions of greatest crisis or lowest resource in order to strengthen their #GivingTuesdayNow initiatives.

The global day of action will rally people around the world to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level.

Communities are encouraged to take action on behalf of first responders, as well as the world’s other – often forgotten – frontline workers: the nonprofits and community organizations that feed, house, educate, and nurture neighbors impacted by the global pandemic.

The social sector is in crisis at the very moment the world needs it most, and GivingTuesday stands ready to rally the world at this critical time.

On the last GivingTuesday, December 3, 2019, the global giving day generated $2 billion in giving, just in the United States, and inspired millions of people worldwide to volunteer, perform countless acts of kindness, and donate their voices, time, money, and goods. The additional giving day planned for May 5, 2020 is being deployed in response to needs expressed by communities and leaders around the world.

“For eight years, GivingTuesday has celebrated grassroots generosity, and has built a movement that empowers millions of people to give, engage their communities, and find common ground,” said Rob Reich, Faculty Co-Director, Stanford University Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and chairman of the board for GivingTuesday. “We are all confronting the same challenge right now, we need the giving spirit more than ever.”

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow–whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The giving day will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in ways that comply with public health guidelines. Planned initiatives include:

Dozens of countries will mobilize national networks to activate locally and promote generosity in their country.

  • Hundreds of communities across the United States led by volunteer leaders and by organizations community foundations, United Ways, and giving groups will both raise funds and provide safe opportunities for supporting neighbors in need with other forms of civic participation and generosity.
  • Corporate and foundation partners from around the world will activate employees, and provide technical resources and matching funds in support of efforts on the ground around the world.
  • Giving platform partners are delivering solutions in response to the crisis already, and will be coordinating those efforts for #GivingTuesdayNow; and, they have committed to sharing data and collaborating on research into giving patterns, interest, and impact.
  • GivingTuesday Kids will offer opportunities for youth to organize internationally and give back while many young people are distanced from their schools and classmates.
  • GivingTuesday Military will activate their network of military service members, families, and veterans around the world to engage with their communities to give back in a show of unity.
  • The GivingTuesday Data Commons will continue to collaborate with online giving platforms around the world, and conduct primary research to provide in-depth analyses on giving trends and donor behavior in times of crisis, and offer recommendations in support of sector resilience and emerging best practices from this influx of generous behavior.

“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another.

We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday.

“#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. Every act of kindness is not only a beacon of hope, it’s a critical act of civic and social solidarity.”

Created in 2012 at New York’s 92nd Street Y and incubated in its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact as a day to do good, GivingTuesday has grown into a year-round global generosity movement with leaders who have launched more than 200 community campaigns across the U.S. and national movements in more than 60 countries. At the grassroots level, people and organizations participate in GivingTuesday in every single country in the world. 

To learn more and participate in #GivingTuesdayNow, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), page (https://www..com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday on . For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas

Learn more about GivingTuesdayNow here

Nonprofits can sign up to learn more here and join us 4/9/20 for a “Getting Ready for GivingTuesdayNow” webinar!

Источник: https://www.givingtuesday.org/blog/2020/03/givingtuesday-announces-day-global-action-giving-and-unity-response-covid-19

Be part of Giving Tuesday, a global day of charitable giving

Why COVID has made Giving Tuesday more important than ever this holiday season

The holiday shopping season had its usual kickoff starting with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and then Cyber Monday.

Tuesday is a time to ease up on the shopping and remember what's important this holiday season: giving and sharing.

Giving Tuesday — which always falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — is a global day of charitable giving fueled by the power of social media and the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

Many area nonprofits are promoting Giving Tuesday via social media campaigns. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need is greater than ever this year. 

“A lot of our local nonprofits have been stretched to the limit just because they've had an increase in needs for services as well as the decrease in fundraising capabilities,” said Cindy Beecher, director of administration at United Way of the Ozarks.

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Images from the new Habitat for Humanity house on North Main in Springfield on Jan. 18, 2019. (Photo: Bruce E. Stidham/Special to the News-Leader)

United Way's mission is to raise funds and unite support around the community's critical needs and “red flags,” Beecher explained. 

“We are raising funds throughout the year. Then in the spring we have a panel of donor volunteers that come together and decide where to direct the funding,” she said. “We focus on initiatives that support the entire community's health education and financial stability.”

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The United Way will be promoting #GivingTuesday on , Instagram and , Beecher said.

“I would encourage people to become part of this movement of generosity,” she said of Giving Tuesday. “Make this part of your annual tradition as part of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Just add on Giving Tuesday so that we can support these nonprofits that provide a lot of important services to our community.”

To support United Way of the Ozarks, visit uwozarks.org.

For more about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit givingtuesday.org.

Search for your favorite nonprofit on social media Tuesday. Many will be promoting #GivingTuesday online fundraisers.

Here are a few other local nonprofits that are participating in Giving Tuesday.

Care to Learn

Care to Learn is a Springfield-based nonprofit with chapters in schools throughout the state. The mission of Care to Learn is to provide immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene so every student can be successful in school.

Under normal circumstances, Care to Learn fulfills that mission by providing vouchers specifically for what a student needs through the school's Care to Learn liaison, who may be a teacher or coach.

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When Missouri schools closed earlier this year due to COVID-19, the Care to Learn chapters were able to continue meeting the needs of students because schools worked hard to stay connected with families, said Executive Director Christian Mechlin.

“It's been a huge blessing for us that the schools have been so adaptable in finding ways to stay in touch with students,” Mechlin said. “We've got a ton of students whose families have been thrust into situational poverty. Job loss, unemployment, underemployment, loss of insurance — all kinds of stuff have brought families into a place where they need assistance.”

In a normal year, Care to Learn serves between 25,000 and 30,000 students throughout the state. This past year, Care to Learn has served more than 70,000 unique students. 

And while the needs have increased due to COVID-19, the ability to raise funding has been limited. This past fall, for instance, Care to Learn had to move its annual fundraiser Panther Run 5K, 10K, and 15K races to virtual. 

“Losing those fundraisers and losing those points of contact with the community have been really hard,” Mechlin said. “We are definitely seeing it in our bottom line. There's no doubt this is going to be a much tougher year.”

“Virtual opportunities Giving Tuesday are going to be absolutely critical for us,” he continued. “This is where we have a chance to be in contact with the community, spread the word about what we are doing and continue to harness that community support.”

Care to Learn founder Doug Pitt has pledged to match donations on Giving Tuesday up to $10,000.

“This is just an opportunity for people to stretch their dollars to help meet more kids' needs,” Mechlin said.

To support Care to Learn, visit caretolearn.org.

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Shannon Calton works on the new Habitat for Humanity house on North Main in Springfield on Jan. 18, 2019. Habitat for Humanity of Springfield is among the many nonprofits promoting Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving. (Photo: Bruce E. Stidham/Special to the News-Leader)

Habitat for Humanity of Springfield 

Habitat for Humanity of Springfield's theme for Giving Tuesday is “Habitat Hammers Back.”

“We are just not going to let COVID-19 stop us,” Abby Glenn, director of development, said of the theme. “It's forcing us to change the way we look at things and the way we do some things. But at the end of the day, we are not going to let it stop us because we have people who need homes built. We have people who need homes repaired.”

Habitat's fundraising goal is $3,000 in the single day.

“I always want to say, 'Support Habitat for Humanity,'” Glenn said. “But I have so many friends at so many nonprofits in town, that Giving Tuesday is that day, especially in 2020, that we need to come together and remember what's important and reflect on what we do have and the difference we can make.”

Un a lot of nonprofits, Habitat for Humanity of Springfield has fared pretty well through the pandemic, Glenn said.

The ReStore is Habitat's nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

When Habitat had to close the ReStore during the mandated shutdown, Glenn said the organization lost about $160,000.

“But once we were able to open our doors back up, our ReStore had its highest grossing months in history,” she said. “People were finally doing those household projects that they needed supplies for. But then also during the shutdown, they were cleaning a lot and getting rid of stuff they wanted to donate.”

“We saw a huge spike in our ReStore, and our Restore is our biggest financial arm of our organization,” she said.

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The need for affordable housing and home repairs for Springfield families is only growing, she said, particularly as the pandemic continues.

“For our home buy program, we have three houses right now that we are working on,” Glenn said. “We haven't had three simultaneous builds in years.”

“We have seven families currently in our home-buying program,” she said. “And then we have, frankly, hundreds on our home repair list.”

In the past fiscal year, Habitat for Humanity of Springfield built two homes (serving seven people) and repaired 82 homes (serving 135 people).

To learn about different ways to support Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, visit habitatspringfieldmo.org/giving-tuesday/. 

Girl Scouts continued to meet from anywhere throughout the pandemic with newly developed programs such as Girl Scouts Delivered. A donation to the Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland provides financial aid for membership, uniforms, badges and programs. (Photo: Submitted by Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland)

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

By giving to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, you can “give a girl the chance to see what she's capable of and achieve more than she imagined,” a news release said. 

“Your donation is used to make sure girls are getting the Girls Scouts experience they want without having to worry about the cost,” the release said. 

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland will use Giving Tuesday donations to provide financial aid for membership, uniforms, badges and council-sponsored programs.

To learn more about supporting the Girl Scouts, visit girlscoutsmoheartland.networkforgood.com.

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Soldiers from the Missouri National Guard assisted in distributing food during an Ozarks Food Harvest mobile food pantry at Glendale High School on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

Ozarks Food Harvest

Ozarks Food Harvest has set a fundraising goal of $25,000 for Giving Tuesday to help provide food for families experiencing hunger this holiday season.

Community members can support the food bank by donating through its website or fundraiser on Dec. 1. The goal of $25,000 will help provide more than 100,000 meals to children, families and seniors in the Ozarks.

Feeding Missouri, the Feeding America food bank coalition for Missouri, will be matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000.

“The holiday season can be an especially challenging time for families experiencing hunger,” Denise Gibson, development and communication director at Ozarks Food Harvest, said in a news release. “We appreciate the community helping their neighbors in need as we can take $1 and turn it into $10 worth of groceries.”

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Since 2014, Ozarks Food Harvest has raised more than $125,000 through Giving Tuesday campaigns to help provide more than 500,000 meals to families experiencing hunger in the Ozarks, the release said.

Ozarks Food Harvest is the largest COVID-19-related donor to charities in southwest Missouri. Since April, Ozarks Food Harvest has hosted more than 75 Mobile Food Pantries, purchased an additional $2.2 million worth of food and provided a record-breaking 14 million meals for its network of 270 hunger-relief organizations.

To donate to Ozarks Food Harvest on Dec.1, visit ozarksfoodharvest.org/donate.

The Kitchen, Inc. 

The Kitchen, Inc., is a nonprofit that provides services to families, individuals, youths, seniors and veterans to make sure homelessness is rare, brief and nonrecurring for each of its clients.

For Giving Tuesday, The Kitchen's theme and hashtag is #1000NightsofShelter, a special fundraiser to make sure more families have a safe place to sleep this holiday season and beyond.

The Kitchen is asking folks to consider three ways to get involved on Giving Tuesday:

  1. Donate $12.50 to provide a night of shelter for someone in need;
  2. Share The Kitchen's crowdfunding page with family and  friends;
  3. Post an “unselfie” telling your friends why you support The Kitchen, Inc. An “unselfie” is just a selfie, but with a generous twist. Take a photo of yourself hold a sign that tells your followers who you are supporting for Giving Tuesday and why.

Learn more about supporting The Kitchen, Inc., at thekitcheninc.org.

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10 Ways Global Citizens Can Celebrate Giving Tuesday in 2020

Why COVID has made Giving Tuesday more important than ever this holiday season
Why Global Citizens Should Care Inequality and poverty have risen dramatically around the world in 2020 and have threatened the possibility of achieving the Global Goals on schedule.

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for Global Citizens to come together and take action to make the world a better place. Join us and take action here.

 

Giving Tuesday is a “global generosity movement” celebrated on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the US to encourage charitable giving during the holiday season. 

After a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, rising global inequality, climate change, and racial injustice, supporting others and being generous is more crucial than ever in 2020.

Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, holidays that encourage people to shop and spend money on material items. But Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to give back and support organizations helping to unleash everyone's dignity, opportunity, and potential around the world. 

Giving Tuesday was first created in 2012 to encourage people to do good during the holiday season. Over the past nine years, the event has grown into a movement that inspires people worldwide to give back. 

Especially during the pandemic, Giving Tuesday believes that generosity is key to bringing people of different races, faiths, and political views together. 

Giving Tuesday encourages people to donate money to organizations dedicated to doing good, but there are multiple ways you show your generosity and celebrate the day beyond donating money. 

Here are some ways for you to celebrate Giving Tuesday meaningfully this year. 

1. Support Global COVID-19 Initatives

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s lives in 2020. As we enter the holiday season, cases of the virus are continuing to rise around the world. It is increasingly urgent that the global community comes together to stop the spread of the virus and find a vaccine. 

You can donate to the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to help the global community understand the spread of the virus better, ensure that patients get the care that they need, and make sure essential health care workers can work safely. 

You can also celebrate Giving Tuesday by giving back to health care workers who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reach out to your local hospitals and clinics to see if you can support health care workers by cooking meals or delivering food.  

If you know any health care workers personally, you can embrace the spirit of Giving Tuesday by helping them with their daily tasks or providing emotional support to show them your appreciation. 

You can also raise awareness about the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which launched in April 2020 and brings together politicians, philanthropists, and members of the scientific community to speed up the end of the pandemic. The ACT Accelerator focuses on developing lifesaving resources against COVID-19 as soon as possible and ensuring everyone, everwhere, has access to them.

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2. Donate to Organizations Supporting Global Health Beyond COVID-19 

Although COVID-19 has captured the world's attention and resources, people around the world still need access to health care that has been disrupted due to the pandemic. 

You can support Partners in Health, which provides high-quality health care — from cancer and chronic disease to maternal and mental health treatment — to those who need it most. 

You can also donate to The Global Fund to make sure that the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria is not overshadowed by the pandemic. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is also working to strengthen global health care infrastructure and provide everyone with vaccines for diseases. Your donation to these organizations can help keep these vital services running despite the pandemic. 

And if you can't donate financially on Giving Tuesday, you can still support the medical community by donating blood. Even though most COVID-19 patients do not need blood transfusions, many patients around the world still need them. If you are not medically fit or are otherwise unable to donate blood, you can also volunteer at a blood drive and donate your time instead. 

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3. Support Global Education and Children Around the World

The pandemic has caused the largest disruption to students' education in history, and 1.6 billion learners have been affected around the world. 

You can donate to organizations the Education Trust, which focuses on supporting students of color and students from low-income families in the United States.

Education Cannot Wait (ECW) is another organization that works to keep students in school during humanitarian crises and emergencies. ECW works with governments, multilateral institutions, and the private sector to develop comprehensive educational programs. 

As more and more students turn to online resources during the pandemic, you can also donate to organizations that support digital learning. 

Khan Academy is working to ensure that everyone has access to free, high-quality learning materials including online courses that are translated into more than 36 languages and range from grammar lessons to AP Test prep support. If you can't donate, you can also look into volunteering to online tutor students in your community who are adjusting to virtual learning.

And although children are less ly to contract COVID-19, the pandemic has still put children’s lives and futures at risk. When traditional care providers schools and nurseries had to close, children lost access to their usual support systems and were forced to spend time at home.

 However, not every household is safe for children, especially during times of financial crisis. During quarantine and isolation, girls are particularly at risk of gender-based violence. Economic stress has also forced some children to start working to support their families.

 

Donating to Save the Children can help develop social protection systems that can protect children in over 100 countries around the world. Its programming will help ensure children can return to school after the pandemic. A $150 donation can keep 100 children from going hungry during the pandemic, and a $300 gift can buy 60 hygiene kits to keep families clean and safe. 

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4. Support the Fight for Racial Justice 

The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in July and the subsequent Black Lives Matter marches further sparked a global movement demanding the end of racial injustice. 

There are many different ways that you can take action for racial justice.

 You can donate to organizations Color of Change, which is the largest online racial justice organization in the United States working to end violence against Black people and people of color.

On Giving Tuesday, you can support one of its campaigns that range from demanding justice for those murdered by police offices to calling on politicians or those in power to make changes. 

The NAACP, the Black Youth Project, and Black Lives Matter are just some of the many other non-profit organizations you can donate to and support. 

You can also take time to educate yourself about issues facing marginalized communities by reading books, watching movies, and listening to podcasts about policing, the criminal justice system, anti-racism, and more. 

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5. Use Your Voice, Take Action, and Spread Awareness

Instead of just donating your money, you can educate yourself on some of the most critical world issues in 2020.

One place to start is to learn about all of the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals that aim to eradicate poverty, inequality, and injustice by 2030. 

Education is an essential part of organizing for change, and taking the time to arm yourself with the facts and evidence about the problems facing the world will help you be a more engaged citizen. You can also embrace the Giving Tuesday spirit by sharing your learnings with friends and family. 

Take that one step further and take action what you've learned. Global Citizens are taking action for people and the planet every day, but Giving Tuesday is an extra opportunity to make your voice heard.

You can take action with us across our core issues of gender equality, health, education, food & hunger, water & sanitation, and more by going to our Take Action page.

You'll find a number of actions and campaigns — such as Act Together to Beat Coronavirus and Fight for a World Without Hunger — and can earn points toward current and future rewards.

You can also support other organizations leading impactful campaigns, such as Human Rights Watch, which investigates and reports on the abuse happening worldwide and develops advocacy campaigns to support the world’s most vulnerable. For example, the organization is currently running campaigns to eradicate chains used on patients with mental illness and for increased equality for the LGBTQ+ community in Japan. 

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6. Support Climate Action and Indigenous Peoples

Climate change is one of the most significant emergencies facing humanity, disproportionately affecting the world's most vulnerable. The United Nations’ Global Goal 13 Is dedicated to taking steps to prevent climate change to protect the earth and humanity. 

In 2020 alone, the world has experienced unprecedented extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. From devastating wildfires in Australia to hurricanes in the Midwest in the United States, this year has shown the importance of combating climate change. 

The Coalition for Rainforest Nations is an intergovernmental organization that spans over 50 rainforests and surrounding communities around the world, from Fiji to Bangladesh.

The Founder’s Pledge, an organization that supports philanthropy, found that the coalition is one of the most impactful charities in the climate change sphere. According to the organization’s cost-effectiveness model in 2018, even a $0.12 donation to the organization can avert roughly a metric ton of CO2 emissions.

Since the average American causes around 16 metric tons of emissions each year, you can offset your carbon footprint for less than $2 if you donate to the coalition. 

Источник: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/giving-tuesday-2020-covid-19-racial-justice/

GivingTuesday: A Global Day of Generosity

Why COVID has made Giving Tuesday more important than ever this holiday season

Today, Tuesday, December 1, 2020, is GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement that harnesses the power of people and organizations to make a difference in their communities and the world. This year, due to the various challenges and hardships brought on by COVID-19, giving back is more important than ever.

What is GivingTuesday?

Initially created in 2012 to encourage feel-good giving, GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Since its inception, the day has transpired into a global movement that inspires people around the world to give, collaborate and celebrate charity.

For nonprofits, it is an opportunity to leverage the energy of the day of generosity to share their stories, raise awareness, engage with new and long-time advocates, and launch fundraising campaigns. There are many ways to show support and make a difference in your community.

Whether it’s helping out a neighbor or advocating for a cause, every act of kindness counts as everyone has something to give. 

Here are a few of the ways you can participate in GivingTuesday:

  1. Give Time: Volunteering offers critical help to those in need. Not only does volunteering make a considerable impact on your community, but it also has great benefits for yourself. The right opportunity can help you develop a new skill, make new friends, and even reduce stress.

    Given its countless benefits, volunteering at a local nonprofit is a great way to participate this GivingTuesday. Looking for an opportunity in Boston? St. Francis House has volunteer shifts Monday-Saturday. You can also check out VolunteerMatch, which helps match nonprofits with passionate and committed volunteers.

  2. Give Dollars: Big or small, every dollar counts! Whether it be $1 or $100, donating money is a great way to make a lasting impact on nonprofits that are working for causes important to you. Not to mention your own charitable donations can inspire your family and friends to give to organizations focused on issues they are passionate about.

    Castle client the Greater Boston Food Bank (GB) usually asks for donations of canned goods this time of year. This year, due to COVID-19, they’ve launched a Hunger-Free Holidays campaign. A $25 gift to the GB provides a complete holiday meal for a family struggling with hunger in Eastern Massachusetts.

     

  3. Give Kindness: In the wake of what has been a very tumultuous year, small acts of kindness can inspire others to do the same. Some acts include checking in on your neighbors, using your voice or platform to display advocacy, or hosting a virtual giving party.

Supporting Small Businesses Beyond Small Business Saturday

Prior to GivingTuesday, we have Small Business Saturday. Taking place annually on the last Saturday of November, this American shopping holiday encourages consumers to shop small and support local businesses. Although Small Business Saturday already passed, it’s important to continue the momentum around shopping locally. 

The impact COVID-19 has had on small businesses across the nation is devastating. Meaning it’s particularly important to be mindful of where you’re spending your money this holiday season.

This year, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism is advocating for residents to spend their money where their heart is, right here in Massachusetts. Through its My Local MA campaign, they are showing why local is better and why it matters.

From creating jobs in the area to fostering economic growth and opportunity, shopping local helps our communities thrive. The good news is every one of us can make an impact. By simply shopping, eating and staying local, you can make a difference.

Looking for organizations to give back to this GivingTuesday and beyond? Here is a list of some of the incredible organizations Castle works with and actively supports:

The BASE: Combines exceptional athletic training and competition with education and career resources to empower student-athletes to achieve their full potential both on and off the field.

Boston Arts Academy Foundation: Raises essential funds for Boston Arts Academy, the City’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts.

Boston Women’s Fund: Supports community-based organizations and grassroots initiatives run by women and girls to create a society racial, economic, and social justice.

Center for Women & Enterprise: Provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence.

Family Reach: Dedicated to eradicating the financial barriers that accompany a cancer diagnosis.

Foundation for MetroWest: Tackles community-specific needs and challenges facing the area to improve the quality of life for all who live and work in Massachusetts’ MetroWest region.

Greater Boston Food Bank: Works passionately to end hunger across Eastern Massachusetts by providing our neighbors in need with healthy food and resources they need to thrive.

Joe Andruzzi Foundation: Committed to providing help, hope and a reason to smile for New England cancer patients and their families by contributing financial support when it is needed most.

King Boston: Works closely with the City of Boston to create a living memorial and programs honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

St. Francis House: Rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty.

The Center for Collaborative Leadership at UMass Boston: Dedicated to convening future leaders from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors and immersing them in the collaborative leadership model – a process built on teamwork, trust, and respect for diversity of thought.

The Commonwealth Institute: Focused on advancing businesswomen into leadership positions in the Greater Boston and South Florida area. 

WriteBoston: Promotes deep learning through writing by providing training and coaching to teachers and writing opportunities for students, built on the premise that powerful thinking and writing are inseparable.

Источник: https://www.thecastlegrp.com/givingtuesday-2020/

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