What is GivingTuesday? Here are the featured charities of the 2021 holidays
It’s that time of year again – time to give back. And, the unofficial holiday for doing so is known as GivingTuesday.
GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year, falling November 30 for 2021. The day is dedicated to charitable causes and encourage individuals to give back in their daily lives – from donating to nonprofits to volunteering at local community centers. Give on Tuesday website calls the movement “radical generosity”.
Give on Tuesday started in 2012 by 92nd Street Y, a New York nonprofit dating from 1874, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Since then, the reach of the annual event has grown significantly – with 2021 estimates for movements in 80 countries around the world and nearly 300 community campaigns in the United States alone. Last year, people donated nearly $ 2.5 billion to the United States, according to a recent GivingTuesday report.
“With national and community leaders, millions of organizations and countless donors of all kinds, GivingTuesday offers an opportunity to come together to create a more generous world. ” declared Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday and co-founder of the movement.
The nonprofit behind the day stresses that taking action for GivingTuesday shouldn’t be just an annual event, or just a donation of money. You can “give – every Tuesday and every day – whether it’s a little of your time, a gift, or the power of your voice in your local community”, GivingTuesday writes.
How to be part of GivingTuesday
If you are looking for a specific cause to support this year, search under the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social networks reveals countless organizations. There is also GivingTuesday based on identity and causes coalitions and campaigns to search – like #GiveBlck, #GiveForDV and #RefugeesGive. In addition, it is important to check with local non-profit organizations and / or mutual aid fund looking for support this year.
Give on Tuesday the website offers a list actions you can take to give back, as well as a menu to find potential GivingTuesday moves where you live. But even if there is no Giving Tuesday organized in your community, there is still advice on ways to participate – ranging from the individual level to the small business level.
Here is a list of some of the nonprofit and coalition campaigns featured on the GivingTuesday website, as well as those that have requested help using the #GivingTuesday hashtag:
Love for our elders: Love for our elders writes letters to isolated elders to fight “loneliness through love”. According to Love for our elders, the organization has delivered over 250,000 letters worldwide since 2013. You can read more about writing a letter or donating on the Love For Our Elders website website.
Give black: Give black connects people with nonprofit organizations founded by blacks. The donor platform strives to “advance racial equity by giving and mobilizing positive action for the lives of black people.” Featured Nonprofits on Give Blck’s website understand Black voters matter, the National Black Theater and the Sports Association of the Great Youth.
Planned parenthood: Planned parenthood provides reproductive health care, sex education and essential information to millions of people around the world. Nonprofit participated in GivingTuesday during the last years. You can read more about how to donate and support Planned Parenthood on its website.
National Network to End Domestic Violence: The National Network to End Domestic Violence works to combat domestic violence through survivor support, policy change advocacy and information resources. For GivingTuesday 2021, the association is bringing together more than 50 coalitions of states and territories to raise funds – including Colorado without violence, Jane Doe Inc. and Women against abuse. Learn more about their website or with the hashtag #GiveForDV.
The Autism Society: The Autism Society works to support people with autism, including advocating for change in federal and state public policies. You can find out more about the association and how to donate on the site Autism Society website.
#LatinxGive and HIPGive: HIPGive, led by Hispanics in Philanthropy, is a bilingual crowdfunding platform that focuses on advancing Latinx social impact projects – which includes Dialogo de Saberes, Clay is alive and the COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund for Farm Workers This year. You can find more projects on the HIPGive website or with the hashtag #LatinxGive this donation tuesday.
IllumiNative: IllumiNative is a non-profit organization designed to increase the visibility of Indigenous nations and peoples through advocacy, educational workshops, support for Indigenous youth and more. You can find out more or make a donation on IllumniNative website.
Donors Choose: DonorsChoose is a non-profit fundraising site for public school teachers in the United States that works to help teachers and students get the resources and materials they need in the classroom. Starting at 7 a.m. ET this GivingTuesday, all donations will be equal to at least 50%. You can find out more and how to donate on the DonorsChoose website.
The Thurman Perry Foundation Girl Code program: The Thurman Perry Foundation focuses on the needs of women and girls who have been directly affected by incarceration. Support includes financial aid, educational resources and the provision of essentials. Through the Girl Code Initiative, the association makes monthly donations of menstrual products to women at the Orléans parish justice center, one of the largest pre-trial prisons in the country. You can find out more and donate to the Thurman Perry Foundation website.
Asian Mental Health Collective: The Asian Mental Health Collective aspires to make mental health resources accessible and affordable for Asian communities around the world. You can find out more and donate to the Asian Mental Health Collective’s website and Twitter.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation fight against childhood cancer by funding research, raising awareness and supporting families. You can find out more and donate to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation website.
Humane Society of the United States: The Humane Society of the United States combating cruelty to animals through rescue, response and work in sanctuaries – helping thousands of animals each year. And they are ask for help this GivingTuesday. You can learn more, donate, or find out how to volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States’ website.
Contributor: Brett Molina, USA TODAY.