It's the Black Friday of the non-profit world. Giving Tuesday is still young, only in its second year of existence. New York's 92nd street Y was the catalyst for the idea. The United Nations Foundation helped plan the 2012 event. Looking for ways to participate in #GivingTuesday? Here are some local groups participating:
Act Together is a charity in north Atlanta serving foster children, special needs children, and children from low income families. They provide Christmas gifts to hundreds of local needy children every year.
The Atlanta Chapter of the Red Cross
kicks off its "Give Something that Means Something" holiday Campaign. You can purchase symbolic gifts like a military comfort kit, full day of shelter, or vaccinations. You can also make an appointment to give blood, send cards to members of the military, or become a Red Cross volunteer.
At the Atlanta Community Food Bank, every $1 donated provides $9.21 in groceries. You can browse their online catalog and send a gift in someone's name. It includes $25 to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, $40 to build up canned food supplies., and $50 to rescue perishable food from restaurants.
The Atlanta Police Foundation funds critical public safety programs like Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta, Mounted Patrol, Operation Shield and more. It's a way for the community to support the men and women protecting the city.
11Alive Can-a-thon the 31st annual food drive is scheduled for Friday, December 6th. 11Alive is once again partnering with the Salvation Army and Publix to collect food for Metro Atlanta families in need. Pick-up locations include Turner Field, The School Box store in Gwinnett County, the School Box at Town Center, nad the Forum in Rome.
C4 is an Atlanta non-profit dedicated to helping artists. They provide scholarship money, entrepreneur seminars, marketing courses, and website classes. Right now, they're working to raise $10,000 to send 60 artists in Atlanta through the Ignite the Arts 2014 program.
Deep Springs International provides clean drinking water in Haiti and is kicking off a new program, Buckets of life. A gift of $34 can provide a simple, sustainable way for poor families to purify their own water.
The mission of Earth Saver Girl Organization
is to engage educate and empower children to protect the Earth's environment. On July 25, they'll host the first annual Eco Summer Camp. Sixth through eighth graders will learn about the environment, hike, fish, canoe, build solar items, explore nature, learn about green careers and many other fun activities. Donations will help pay for the camp.
The Empty Stocking Fund has been providing gifts for Atlanta's underprivileged children since 1927. They rely almost exclusively on financial contributions to buy new toys at a fraction of the retail cost.
Hosea Feed the Hungry is most visible during its Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the homeless, but the agency also runs homeless prevention, day center programs, services to seniors, and back to school assistance. The agency accepts in-kind donations and financial gifts.
Lifeline Animal project works with local shelters to find permanent homes for all cats and dogs. The organization also manages Fulton County and DeKalb County Animal Services. Through December 31st, donations up to $25,000 will be matched through a Challenge Grant from Atlanta-based Anisa International.
Samaritan's Purse has delivered more than 100 million shoe boxes full of gifts through Operation Christmas Child. You can build an online virtual shoe box or deliver a real box by December 20th to:
OCC Atlanta Processing Center
2700 Breckinridge Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096
Be sure to visit the website for shoe box details.
The PIER Foundation assists adults with disabilities with jobs and jobs training. They're raising money through their thrift store in Cumming. Their dream is to build a residential living facility.
The Atlanta Chapter of Toys for Tots is an holiday tradition. You can make a donation, find a toy drop-off site, and sign-up to volunteer at their website.
Is your non-profit participating in #GivingTuesday? Email Reporter and Director of Social Media Julie Wolfe at jwolfe@11Alive.com with details. Be sure to include your non-profit group's web-site and specifics about how donations will help the community.