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Happy #GivingTuesday! Here are 38 Philly nonprofit campaigns to support today

Giving Tuesday 2018. November 27, 2018 Category: FeaturedFundingLong
We made it: Today is #GivingTuesday, the day when nonprofits around the world encourage their supporters to donate via the power of email marketing and social media.

Last year, we rounded up over 70 local nonprofits promoting Giving Tuesday campaigns. For this year’s list, we tried to be strict about only including organizations with a specific fundraising campaign or goal for the day — say, a board match, or an in-person event. They must have done more to promote the day than drop a “Donate” link in their Thanksgiving newsletters or promote a Facebook campaign.

(Psst, we doubt that $7 million the media company pledged to match will last the day, considering last year’s $2 million was gone by mid-morning, so telling people their donations will definitely be matched is a bit … misleading.)

Disclaimer: There are many, many local nonprofits not included here with ongoing end-of-year campaigns and matches extending past this one day. They have not been included. This isn’t a judge of their worthiness; it just means we don’t consider those campaigns to be true Giving Tuesday campaigns. (I mean, we needed to cut it off somewhere.)

And we’ve inevitably missed some! This list won’t be updated, but we encourage you to comb through the #GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayPHL hashtags on Twitter to find some cool orgs in need.

Aaaaand we’d be remiss to not mention our own Giving Tuesday membership drive. More details on that offering here.

From our Partners

OK, phew. Here are 38 Philly nonprofits looking for your help today, in their own words:

1. 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 $20,000 for abused and neglected children in need.”

2. Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

  • “In the Bicycle Coalition’s youth-driven competitive cycling program, the next generation is fostering healthy habits, independence, and leadership, one ride at a time. … Will you help maintain our bikes and buy supplies for this amazing youth program?”

3. Home of the Sparrow

  • “Today, we want to raise $6,000. This amount could prevent an additional woman and her children from losing their home in a time of crisis and give them the support and tools to gain long-term housing stability and self-sufficiency. … To support women and children who are on the brink of homelessness, we [also] collect critical household items and paper products that are not covered by government assistance.”

4. City Year Philadelphia

  • “One of our very own City Year Philadelphia alumni, Regen Naples, has ONCE AGAIN committed to matching the first $1,000 donated. However, his belief in our AmeriCorps members and the work they do in schools doesn’t stop there! If our total contributions reach $4,000, Regen has pledged to then double his support to $2,000.”

5. Council for Relationships

  • “A generous donor will match contributions made in honor of Giving Tuesday, which means your impact is DOUBLED.”

6. Brandywine Valley SPCA

  • “[A donor] has stepped up to match every dollar donated on Giving Tuesday up to $10,000.”

7. Fairmount Park Conservancy

  • “The Board of Directors of Fairmount Park Conservancy is pleased to announce the election of a new member: Connor Barwin. … Barwin has pledged to match up to $5,000 in donations that Fairmount Park Conservancy receives on Giving Tuesday.”

8. Pathways to Housing PA

  • “Several members of the Pathways’ board have pledged to match gifts made for #GivingTuesday, which means that your gift will have double the impact.”

9. YouthBuild Philly

  • “We are already very close to our goal of $2,500 raised for the day, with over $2,000 coming in before 11:30 am!”

10. Chester County Fund for Women and Girls

  • “This year for #GivingTuesday, we hope to raise $2,500 for our efforts to expand and enrich our girls advocacy and leadership programming.”


  • “This #GivingTuesday, your donation to WOMEN’S WAY will support the Immediate Response Action Fund (IRAF), which helps our partners address unanticipated and urgent needs of women and girls in Philadelphia.”

12. Public Interest Law Center

  • “This #GivingTuesday, your tax-deductible donation of any size will be matched $1-for-$1 up to $7,000, thanks to a group of generous donors.”

13. Morris Animal Refuge

  • “This year, donations will be matched up to $6,000 dollars!”

14. Nationalities Service Center

  • “To meet the many challenges our clients have faced this year, a generous donor has launched the Peace and Justice Challenge, offering a dollar-for-dollar match for all gifts made to this appeal up to $100,000!”

15. Lutheran Settlement Center

  • “Our goal is to raise $10,000 by midnight to help families like Erica’s, who stay in our shelter through the holidays, and Fatemeh’s, who are fleeing an abusive partner, find the support and stability they need to rebuild their lives. All gifts received by 11:59pm tonight will be generously matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 by our Board.”

16. Coded by Kids

  • “Two program partners, Turn5 and Odessa, have each pledged to match today’s donations up to $1,000!”

17. Fund for the School District of Philadelphia

  • “For #GivingTuesday we have a $10K goal to reach in support of music ed in @phlschools.”

18. Mighty Writers

  • “This year, we’re devoting all our GIVING TUESDAY energy to raising money for our GIRL POWER! workshops. … We want to double the number of GIRL POWER! workshops we currently offer at our centers. To do that, we need to raise $5,000.”

19. PlanPhilly

  • “Today only, donations are being matched dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 by special funding from NewsMatch 2018. … We’ll also donate a meal to someone in need through Philabundance for every pledge received.”

20. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

  • “Through #GivingTuesday, all donations will be matched by Country Time.”

21. Impact100 Philly 

  • “Please join us for happy hour on #GivingTuesday, November 27, to celebrate and promote the impact of collective giving and volunteering in our community! Grantees, prospective members, and guests are invited to meet and mingle with Impact100 Philadelphia members.”

22. Fleisher Art Memorial

  • “This year for #GivingTuesday, we’re raising $1,500 to support this year’s adventure. All costs associated with the field trip are FREE for students, including travel, food, and admission tickets.”

23. Clarifi

  • “If Clarifi receives 50 donations of $30 or more, we will unlock a $2,500 challenge grant.”

24. TechGirlz

  • “Help us reach our goal of $10,000 this Giving Tuesday! All donations will be used to develop more TechShopz in a Box™ topics.”

25. Sunday Suppers

  • “Thanks to a generous matching grant of  $5,000, all donations made today will be doubled.”

26. Community Volunteers in Medicine

  • “Giving Tuesday charitable gifts give CVIM patients access to non-opioid pain management services.”

27. Hopeworks ‘N Camden

  • “Help Hopeworks raise $5,000 to provide transportation for 50 youth!”

28. Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

  • “This #GivingTuesday, Habitat seeks to raise $80,000 to keep more Philadelphia families warm, safe, and dry. A generous group of donors has already contributed $25,000 towards this goal. Help us close the $55,000 gap!”

29. Playworks PA

  • “Join our #GivingTuesday challenge, lend your support and double your investment. We have a group of supporters who will match every donation up to $7,500!”

30. Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

  • “We’ll be unveiling our NEW Giving Grid to help make giving to a specific service even easier. And, something else that’s super fun, the unveiling of some new #firefriends!”

31. Arden Theatre Company

  • “It only costs $14 to send a student from an underserved school in our community to an Arden Children’s Theatre performance, and thanks to a generous matching gift challenge from a beloved Arden friend, now through Giving Tuesday $14 buys tickets for TWO!”

32. Jill Melmed-Buzzeo Award

  • “We invite you to turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingToiletries. Our goal is to reach this day with nine toiletry kits filled for our girls on the go.”

33. Sunrise of Philadelphia

  • “For the 12 Days leading up to Giving Tuesday we are posting 12 important services we provide that are made possible with your support.”

34. Twist Out Cancer

  • “All donations of $175 or more made prior to Thursday, November 29 will be matched in the amount of $175 by The Coleman Foundation.  Donors will have a chance to win a signed baseball by Tyler Chatwood of the Chicago Cubs.”

35. Bebashi Transition to Hope

  • “Bebashi Transition to Hope is raising funds through a social campaign for its sexual health, HIV/STI prevention education, breast cancer, hunger relief, and LGBTQ+ programs for minority communities in Philly. Bebashi has a goal of $5,000 for #GivingTuesday.”

36. First Up

  • “All donations on Giving Tuesday will go towards supporting early childhood educators and providers in the professional development of their careers through our newly created Phyllis Kohn Scholarship Fund.”

37. Episcopal Community Services Philadelphia

  • “Who’s been there for you? This #GivingTuesday, we want to know. Post a photo and caption about somebody you’re thankful for and use the hashtag #ECSGiving.”

38. Science History Institute

  • “Our social media specialist asked staff to share either 1) one thing they love about the Science History Institute or 2) their favorite object from our collection. Throughout the month we have posted photos of staff members with their reason written on a whiteboard and highlight favorite collections items. Social posts will encourage followers to tell us why they love us—and to support us, too.”


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