Giving Tuesday is the antidote to a materialistic holiday season. It’s celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a primarily online event focused on donating to non-profits instead of shopping. It is celebrated in 150 countries and grossed $400 million in 2018, according to givingtuesday.org. Organizations of all sizes will participate in this year’s event on December 3.
Here are some local non-profits participating this year:
Who: Cooper’s Chance is on a mission to “rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused and neglected animals and educate the public on humane and responsible pet ownership.”
What: This campaign focuses on raising funds for the Second Chance Medical Fund, which raises money to save sick and injured animals from shelters and give them the immediate care they need to survive.
Why: The money goes directly to treatment, medications, surgeries and therapy for more than 200 animals per year that would have otherwise been euthanized.
The Foundation for Homeless Cats
Who: The Foundation for Homeless Cats takes a localized, grassroots approach to managing the overpopulation of feral cats across Maricopa County.
What: The team has a goal to hold 100 spay/neuter clinics for outdoor cats.
Why: Feral cat caregivers and volunteers receive no public funding and no help from any municipal animal control.
YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix
Who: “YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We focus on how race and gender impact the issues that impact Phoenix and we create safe spaces for necessary and courageous conversations,” said Mary Beth Gregory, director of marketing and communications.
What: The “Dare to be Powerful” social media campaign. The group will also launch its annual AZ Tax Credit Giving campaign, where donations could qualify for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit.
Why: “Giving Tuesday donations will support our programs and services, ensuring that our West Valley seniors have healthy meals and companionship that supports their ability to age in place, and for women and their families to receive the skills, tools, and support they need to create financial stability. Through safe spaces and courageous conversations, the Valley becomes a more just and equitable community,” Gregory said.
Who: “We serve LGBTQ youth and enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices,” said Clayton Scherf, director of development and marketing.
What: As a qualified charity, taxpayers could receive a dollar-for-dollar reduction in their Arizona state tax liabilities.
Why: A donation to one•n•ten will directly aid and fund single-occupancy studio apartment housing for LGBTQ youth through the institution’s partnership with the Promise of a New Day (POND). It will also help fund Camp OUTdoors, “the largest LGBTQ+ summer camp in the country.”
The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection
Who: The Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection conserves the long-term biological diversity and ecological role of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona through protecting connected open spaces, wildlife habitat and wildlife linkages.
What: For Giving Tuesday, the coalition’s goal is to raise $5,000 toward its year-end goal of $65,000.
Why: “By donating to our organization, you will be supporting protected open spaces, safer roadways and the incredible wildlife of the Sonoran Desert,” said Associate Director Kathleen Kennedy.
Who: Waste Not uses excess perishable food from caterers, grocers, and various other food purveyors; food that would otherwise be thrown away, to combat hunger and food waste. The organization serves 60 agencies, such as after-school programs, daycare centers and senior facilities.
What: During Giving Tuesday the organization will push its Ride-Along program, a donor membership program, via social media campaign.
Why: “For every $1 donated to Waste Not, five meals are provided to people in need. We estimate 75,000 people receive food from Waste Not every year,” said Executive Director Kate Thoene.
Keepers of the Wild
Who: Keepers of the Wild provides a lifelong home to all of its 130 exotic animal rescues. Its mission is to set new standards for the ethical treatment of exotic and wild animals, to educate the public and advocate protection from illegal breeding and pet trade.
What: An annual fundraising campaign called “Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona.” GlobalGiving is offering $500,000 in incentive funds and $42,000 in bonus prize money this Giving Tuesday.
Why: $40 cares for a lion or tiger for one day; $50 can feed a pack of wolves.