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70+ Philly nonprofits to support this #GivingTuesday

November 27, 2017 Category: FeaturedFundingLong


Editor's note: This story has been updated. (11/27, 7:45 p.m.) (11/28, 9:40 a.m.) (11/28, 11:40 a.m.) (11/28, 4 p.m.)
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Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, the day when nonprofits around the world encourage their supporters to donate to year-end campaigns and related causes.

Even Facebook is getting in on the game this year: The Gates Foundation has pledged to match up to $2 million donated to nonprofits through the social media platform until that limit is reached (up to $50,000 per nonprofit and $1,000 per fundraiser), and Facebook is waiving all donation fees for the day. Learn all about the nitty-gritty on that here.

First, some of the #GivingTuesday stories we’ve published this year:

For the purposes of this list, we’ve included local organizations that have a specific fundraising campaign or goal for the day. (So, more than posting a “Donate” link in their Thanksgiving newsletters.)

Here are 50 Philly nonprofits looking for your help this #GivingTuesday, in their own words:

From our Partners

1. Rock to the Future

  • At Rock to the Future, we want to use Giving Tuesday to give thanks for all of our supporters, donors, and volunteers. That’s why we’re throwing you all a party at Howl at the Moon! Join us to watch a performance of the RTTF House Band, mix and mingle with other RTTF supporters and staff, and enjoy some snacks.

2. Philly Furniture Bank

  • We have a goal this #GivingTuesday to provide 160 new beds to children coming out of homelessness in our Sweet Dreams campaign, because getting a good night’s sleep is hard when you have to do it on the floor.

3. Lutheran Settlement House

  • LSH’s board will match all donations up to $5,000.

4. Council for Relationships

  • With the help of an anonymous donor who will be matching gifts, we’re hoping to raise $5,000.

5. Manor College

  • Manor College Trustees will match #GivingTuesday gifts.

6. Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

  • #FillTheHydrant! $10,000 will ensure we can continue to respond and help families with pets affected, missing or injured by fires through the rest of the year.

7. Playworks PA

  • We have a group of supporters who will match every donation up to $5,000.

8. Home of the Sparrow

  • We are collecting paper products all over Chester County to create a massive #WinterWhiteOut and raising money to prevent homelessness — if 100 people give $10, we could prevent two more families from getting evicted.

9. CASA of Philadelphia

  • CASA of Philadelphia has been asked to accept 79 new priority cases from Family Court, and we simply need the funds to deploy our services. So, we’ve set out to raise $15,000 between Giving Tuesday and year-end 2017.

10. Philly VIP

  • VIP’s #GivingTuesdayChallenge is all about balancing the scales of justice! In honor of VIP’s 36th year, our goal is to raise $36,000 in our end-of-year push.


  • On #GivingTuesday, help FINANTA raise $10,000 to support its crucial financial inclusion work in the Philadelphia region. Donate to FINANTA for#GivingTuesday, starting today and ending Thursday, November 30th. Give what you can and potentially double the impact of your donation! FINANTA’s president will match all#GivingTuesday donations up to $5,000.

12. Delaware River City Corporation

  • Help us reach our goal of $5,000 to help our campaign #ATreeGrowsInPhilly. Help by spreading the word/sharing our posts; donate Tues. Nov 28; give your time! Volunteer at Lardner’s 12-3 on Nov 28.

13. Asian Arts Initiative

  • The Youth Arts Workshop continues to fill an increasing need for safe, constructive out of school time space for youth and provides an important environment to share cultural experiences and to create cross-cultural understanding through artmaking. On #GivingTuesday, November 28, help us reach our goal of $10,000 to jump start our 6-week summer camp.

14. Public Interest Law Center

  • One of our amazingly generous board members will match all donations to the Law Center $1-for-$1 up to $8,000.

15. Morris Animal Refuge

  • A generous donor will again be matching all donations made on #GivingTuesday, up to $2,000.

16. Philadelphia Legal Assistance

  • For #GivingTuesday we are posting about our efforts to #GivePhillyJustice. We believe justice is a state achieved when all members of the community give towards the common goals of fairness, equity, and dignity.

17. Help Hope Live

  • We look forward to celebrating #GivingTuesday by waiving the credit card fees all day on November 28 for ALL donations made in honor of Help Hope Live families.

18. Mastery Charter

  • We’re asking people to help our schools on #GivingTuesday by buying and donating an item from our Amazon wish list.

19. ACCT Philly

  • The Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) is encouraging animal lovers across the city and beyond to make a donation this #GivingTuesday, November 28th, to the shelter’s medical fund for homeless pets, the Stella Fund. The Stella Fund provides simple yet lifesaving veterinary care, diagnostics, and procedures to sick and injured pets, giving them a second chance.

20. Mütter Museum

  • We are including this limited edition Mütter pin set with the next 100 Individual or Family membership purchases, renewals, or gifts of membership!

21. Jobs for Justice

  • Become a monthly sustainer today and a generous donor will immediately match every dollar you donate through the next year.

22. Support Center for Child Advocates

  • On #GivingTuesday, Child Advocates staff, Board members, donors and friends will gather to kick off Toy Drive season of giving. Guests are encouraged to bring a toy and join us for refreshments throughout the day. Child Advocates has set a lofty goal for #GivingTuesday — hoping to raise $10,000 for abused and neglected children in need.

23. NeedsList

  • A coalition of groups on Lesvos who support refugeees are partnering with U.S. organizations to get urgently needed supplies to refugees at the Moria Camp. Join us in purchasing urgently needed supplies and spread the word on social media with the hashtag #WeWill.

24. Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

  • The first 15 new CSFP donors from now until the end of the year will have their gift matched by a CSFP donor.

25. YouthBuild Philadelphia

  • Help #GrowYB and meet our single day goal of $2,000 from 25 gifts.

26. Coded by Kids

  • Help us give the gift of tech education to the students of Willard Elementary School in Kensington. By joining the movement, you’ll be giving students in 3rd and 4th grade the opportunity to learn technology skills through our coding program. Together, we can ensure that these students have a safe space to learn how to reason, problem-solve, and think out-of-the box using technology. Our goal is to raise $1,000 on Giving Tuesday, to unlock a $1,000 match from a generous donor.

27. Urban Creators

  • Thanks to our partnership with PHL Assembled, we will be installing a brand new 30ft Geodesic Dome at Life Do Grow! With your help, we will be able to install and retrofit the FREE(DOME) in the spring of 2018 to house our programming, events, and more.

28. TechGirlz

  • TechGirlz is hosting a Twitter chat from the @TechGirlzorg handle on Giving Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. @JoeyFortman from @RealityMoms will join TechGirlz to talk about #TechToyz as holiday gifts that can get your young daughter excited about STEM earlier.

29. Philly Love Notes

30. Steppingstone Scholars

  • Kicking off Giving Tuesday, our goal from November 28th — December 28th is to raise $50,000 to increase the number of Scholars at Highly and Most Selective Colleges and Universities from 26% to 40% over the next 5 years by enhancing and expanding our enrichment and advising from 4th grade through college. Thanks to the generosity of The Tuttleman Foundation, all donations up to $50,000 will be matched.

31. Maternity Care Coalition

  • By donating in increments of $25.00, $50.00, $100.00 or $500.00, supporters will be able to provide a family in need with a crib sheet and sleep sack, safe sleep practices education, one national safety rated crib or five cribs for multiple families in need. Once donors have made their donation, we encourage them to use the hashtag #PASafeSleep and share a picture of themselves including a caption of the item their donation will go toward.

32. Twist Out Cancer

  • Donations made to Twist Out Cancer on Giving Tuesday between $25 and $99 will receive a $25 match; donations between $100 and $499 will receive a $100 match; and donations $500 and above will receive a $500 match from The Coleman Foundation.

33. ROAR for Good

  • For every Athena we sell on Tuesday, we’re giving $20 to The Representation Project and 50% of the proceeds from our sweatshirt sales. Our “Hear me ROAR” Sweatshirts are $35 each.

34. We Are the Seeds

  • Our fundraising goal is $5,000.

35. Episcopal Community Services

  • We’re asking folks to opt-in to our Recurring Giving Circle — and playfully referring to the day as #RecurringGivingTuesday. Just as our participants’ goals add up and are transformational over time, recurring support — in any amount — adds up to a lot, too.

36. Pennsylvania Humanities Council

  • All week, you can follow along with PHC on Facebook and Twitter to find out how the humanities can unite a community. Between now and November 28, we’ll be sharing mini-stories using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and  #HumanitiesSparkChange to highlight how PHC puts the humanities in action to inspire positive change across Pennsylvania.

37. Benefits Data Trust

  • Hungry for Better Health, a program of Benefits Data Trust, asks you to support its efforts to feed our most vulnerable neighbors this holiday season. Help us reach our goal of raising $30,000 to help 30,000 families eat next year by donating to BDT.

38. Philadelphia READS

  • Buy a children’s book and donate the book to our Jacoby Book Bank.

Other orgs that are participating, but don’t have #GivingTuesday-specific campaigns:

Plus, some things we think are cool — this:

And this:

And we’ll count this, too:

Did we miss anything? Let us know — @Generocity or

Like these:

  • Greater Philadelphia Campaign for Hunger — Instead of looking for a specific dollar amount, we are looking to add 30 people to the ranks of “Hunger Fighter” in honor of the more than 300,000 people in Philly that are food insecure.
  • Norris Square Neighborhood Project — Our goal is to raise funds to support the #FreedomExplorationProject, our theme for the year. Funds will support high-school youth activities as they identify what #freedom means to them!
  • Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia — Our goal is 30 new members to kick off our year-end goal of 300 new members! To keep it fun — which is one of the Bicycle Coalition’s values — everyone who gives a gift will get a chance to win a great prize pack from bike-friendly bar Tattooed Mom.
  • Chester County Fund for Women and Girls — Your support on #GivingTuesday allows us to continue educating and inspiring high school girls through our GAB programming.
  • Career Wardrobe — Our 2017 annual giving campaign kicks off on #GivingTuesday and runs through the New Year. Our goal is to raise $10,000 online to support our work to provide #MoreThanClothes to 5,000 individuals in the Philadelphia region this year. In addition to showcasing our work and impact tomorrow, we are also planning some fun giveaways.
  • Angel Flight East — In honor of the 25th Anniversary, we are holding an #AFEturns25 campaign to encourage donors to make a contribution of $25, $250, $2,500 or as much as they can give.  At the end of the day, Angel Flight East staff and the Whitpain Tavern will host a happy hour to celebrate, with a portion of the sales going back to Angel Flight East.  To go along with the “25” theme, there will be .25 wings and $2.50 drafts.
  • Next City — News Match, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations, has generously offered to double any donations made today, up to $1,000 per donation. The Wyncote Foundation will match the first $10,000 we raise as well, tripling your impact. To maximize this match, we’ve set a goal of $2,000 in one day.
  • Broad Street Ministry — Whole Foods Market Center City and South Street will donate $1 to BSM for every coffee and tea beverage sold in their cafés on Tuesday, November 28. The Franklin Fountain will be donating 100% of the proceeds from hot fudge sundae sales from November 20th to November 28th. You can also stop by the following coffee shops to leave us a tip on November 28th, Metropolitan Bakery in Rittenhouse, any Rival Bros. Coffee location and Greenstreet Coffee. Good Karma Café’s Wilma Theater location will be donating 10% of their net sales to us on November 28th.
  • Sunday Suppers — We are making final plans to open our second site. To be ready to launch in less than two months we need to purchase the necessary kitchen and dining room equipment, materials and food.  When you make your donation today, your donation will go towards that goal. Thanks to a generous matching grant of  $5,000, all donations made today will be doubled.
  • Vision 2020 — All donations made this Giving Tuesday will be matched up to $2,020.
  • Philadelphia Printworks — For #givingtuesday we’re donating 25% of all sales to the Lakota Nation Boxing Gym! The gym, located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, is the home to The Lakota Lady Warriors. A fire destroyed their gym earlier this year and they need help rebuilding it.
  • Bethesda Project — On #GivingTuesday only the YouGiveGoods Foundation will donate 10% cash to Bethesda Project for every order of $50+.
  • Independence Mission Schools
  • Ralston Center
  • ACHIEVEability
  • Valley Youth House
  • Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission
  • Freire Charter Schools
  • Mighty Writers
  • Fleisher Art Memorial
  • Tiny WPA
  • Songs in the Key of Free
  • Tree House Books
  • VietLead
  • Youth Service, Inc.
  • Prometheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Mural Arts


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