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Today is #GivingTuesday! Here are 60 local nonprofit campaigns for you to support

December 3, 2019 Category: FeaturedLongPurpose


Update: Corrected the numbering to reflect the one organization listed but unnumbered; corrected headline correspondingly, from 59 to 60 organizations.
Today is #GivingTuesday, the day when nonprofits around the world encourage their supporters to donate via the power of social media.

We’ve collected the responses from organizations that sent us information about their efforts, and combed through the Twitter #GivingTuesday hashtag to identify local nonprofits, big and small, that were actively doing outreach via that social media platform.

So, of course, this listing will, by its very nature, be woefully incomplete. We encourage you to explore the hashtag on your favorite social media platform to see other organizations participating in #GivingTuesday. But more, we encourage you to give generously to our local nonprofits that work so hard to make life in Philadelphia better in every way.

And, while Generocity is not a nonprofit, if you believe there is value in our journalism and events centered on social impact, we’d love to see some contributions to our journalism fund. We’re lucky to have a small but spirited corps of volunteers — nearly as diverse as our city — and a contribution to the journalism fund enables us to continue to deploy them to do even more wide-ranging and in-depth work of interest to the nonprofit, mission-driven and social impact folks who are our community.

Without further delay, then, here are the 60 nonprofits that made our round-up this year:

1. Acting Without Boundaries

2. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)

Data Lab staff, 2018.

“All online donations to ALSF on Giving Tuesday will be matched by Power Home Remodeling for twice the impact! Donations to ALSF support much needed childhood cancer research.”

3. Anti-Violence Partnership

4. Arden Theatre Company

Share the magic of The Snow Queen with more kids in our community!

Now through Giving Tuesday, all new or increased gifts will be matched to share the magic of live theatre. For only $14 you can send two students to The Snow Queen thanks to a generous matching gift challenge by the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust. Share the magic of live theatre with more kids than ever before with a donation.”

5. Art Sphere Inc.

6. Bethesda Project

“As a part of #GivingTuesday, Bethesda Project is raising money to support our guests and residents experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia and to find and care for the abandoned poor and to be family with those who have none.

“Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. I’ve included information about Bethesda Project below.

“At 8:00 am EST (5:00 am PST) on December 3, 2019, Facebook will match donations (up to 100K! per org) and $7 million dollars total. Their match will go live, matching dollar for dollar on a first-come, first-served basis until $7M in eligible donations are matched. If you make your donation on that day, early in the day (starting at 8am), your donation will DOUBLE thanks to Facebook!”

7. Bread and Roses Community Fund

8. Bridge to Promise

“Our vision is for young adults to be financially empowered, active in society, socially engaged and emotionally healthy as they pursue their highest potential.”

9. The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia

10. Chester County Fund for Women and Girls

11. Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP)

“CSFP provides children from underserved Philadelphia families with access to quality, safe K-8th grade tuition-based schools to increase their long-term economic and social success by awarding scholarships through a random lottery. With the help of volunteers, Young Friends, and CSFP Parent Ambassadors, our goal this year is to raise $3,800 on Giving Tuesday — enough for two scholarships for next school year. We are fortunate to have a donor willing to match these funds for one more scholarship, so if we reach our goal, CSFP can surprise three additional families with scholarships at Lottery Day on Thursday, December 5.”

12. cinéSPEAK


“We are raising funds for cinéSPEAK to launch a weekly film and community-rooted conversation series in West Philadelphia in Spring 2020. I hope that you will take a moment to learn more about our past/present/future work and what your contribution, whether $5 or $500, directly impacts this vital mission.

“cinéSPEAK is a Philadelphia-based organization that engages diverse audiences through our independent, repertory and foreign film programming, creating space and centering the stories of individuals and communities that are often underrepresented in mainstream cinema. cinéSPEAK promotes community togetherness and global understanding by engaging film enthusiasts while cultivating the next generation of discerning moviegoers, encouraging people to demand social justice both on-screen and throughout society.

“After six + years as a mobile cinema, in Spring 2020, we will begin the first phase of our long-term goal of operating a year-round independent microcinema, through the launch of a weekly film series in the soon-to-be-renovated black box arts space in the basement of the historic Calvary Center for Culture and Community, located at 48th Street on the bustling commercial corridor of Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. We will use any/all funds raised to cover our rental fees and film licensing fees associated with this new and exciting initiative. Throughout 2020, we will be working to raise enough money to honor the labor of our currently all-volunteer team, as well as, individual and institutional program collaborators and future projects.

“We are actively seeking to engage individuals, businesses and institutional partners that would like to participate deeper in our vision through financial and labor contributions.”

13. City Year Philadelphia

“City Year Philadelphia partners with schools in communities challenged by persistent inequities in our education system to create learning environments where students can build on their strengths and fully engage in learning. At City Year Philly, we’re striving to raise $6,000 to support our work in schools. As alumni, board members, and supporters donate, five fearless staffers have volunteered to get pied in the face (live on social media!) when we reach different giving levels along the way! Donate today to #pieforprogress and follow us on Instagram to catch all the pie action.”

14. Clarifi

15. College Possible

16. College of Physicians of Philadelphia/Mütter Museum

This wall of 139 skulls is among the Mütter Museum’s collection of 20,000 medical anomalies and curiosities, historic medical instruments and anatomical pathologies. (Photo by Bob Krist for GPTMC)

“70 years ago, iron lungs lined hospital wards at the height of polio outbreaks and provided temporary and permanent breathing support for people suffering paralysis of the diaphragm and intercostal muscles.

‘This Giving Tüesday the Mütter Museum needs your help to get one of our largest objects in our collection restored and back on display for visitors to see! Gifts will be doubled thanks to a generous match from our generous Board of Trustees!”

17. Concrete Cowboys at Bartram’s Gardens

18. DonCARES of Philadelphia

19. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

“This #GivingTuesday, we’re rising to the challenge of matching a generous $120,000 donation by the end of 2019. Last month, Eastern State broke ground on phase one of construction on our planned visitor center. We’re upgrading our infrastructure (plumbing, electricity, and storm water management) to set the stage for future construction in the years to come. We also hope to build a new tour launch point. But to get there, we need to raise an additional $120,000 by December 31. If we succeed, come spring 2020, we’ll have a new sheltered area for visitors at the start of the tour route, with seating, a water bottle refilling station, and protection from inclement weather.”

20. ExCITE Center

21. Fairmount Park Conservancy

22. Food Moxie

23. Fred’s Footsteps

24. Free Library of Philadelphia

25. Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

26. Greater Philadelphia Film Office

27. Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

A new home.

A new home. (Photo via

“With your financial support, families can build strength, stability and independence with Habitat for Humanity by building a safe and secure place to call home.

Families who partner with Habitat build their own homes alongside volunteers, pay an affordable mortgage and are grateful for your help.”


29. Historic Philadelphia

30. Independence Mission Schools

31. Institute of Development for African American Youth (IDAAY)

32. Juntos

“All donations over $50 to Juntos on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3) will receive a gift from us. Consider it our way of saying “Thank You” for supporting Juntos’ fight against unjust immigration laws and deportations as well as our long-standing leadership development work that allows our community, those most impacted, to be in the lead of the fight for our liberation.”

33. Kimmel Center

34. Mazzoni Center

35. Mental Health Partnerships

36. Moonstone Arts Center

37. Musicopia

38. New Leash on Life USA

“New Leash on Life USA is a Pennsylvania 501(c) (3) non-profit, prison-dog training program, dedicated to improving the life of inmates and saving the lives of dogs.

“New Leash On Life USA is one of the country’s most unique prison-dog training programs. We save the lives of at-risk shelter dogs by training prison inmates to care for, and socialize them to enhance their adoptability. Inmates attend workshops on life skills and job readiness, and many receive opportunities for paid internships in the animal care field when they are paroled.

“Previously ‘unadoptable’ shelter dogs, many at the brink of death, now find loving forever homes. Additionally, inmates who have been in and out of prison most of their adulthood now have a skill they can use to gain productive employment.

“Improving the life of inmates and saving the lives of dogs. New Leash on Life USA believes everyone deserves a second chance.”

39. PathWays PA

“Make a difference in the lives of 4,300 homeless and low-income children, women and families from throughout Greater Philadelphia by donating to PathWays PA!

“Your donation this Giving Tuesday will help provide shelter services for homeless mothers, children, and teen girls; help families get back on their feet through education and job placement assistance; and help children stay out of the foster care system during the holidays and throughout the year.

“The holidays are often a time of celebration with families. But, for homeless families, the holidays can be a stark reminder of the challenges they face as they try to make the holidays special for their children. With your help, PathWays PA can give the families in our care a warm and welcoming holiday season, a safe place to call home and hope for the future.”

40. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

41. The Philadelphia Bar Foundation

“The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is the only foundation in our city that is dedicated to strengthening the delivery of civil legal aid. We sustain and support our legal services community by providing unrestricted grants and other support to nearly 40 legal aid nonprofits in Philadelphia. Our nonprofit partners represent the full range of vital services for people in need, and the unrestricted grants are critical in their ability to sustain their operations and daily work. You can find more information about the Bar Foundation here.”

42. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)

“PCA will join other nonprofits this year with its annual GivingTuesday campaign. Donors can contribute to PCA’s Philadelphia Fund for Seniors, which helps PCA continue the tradition of serving older adults in their homes and communities. Donors also have the option to contribute to the Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians ahead of its busiest season — winter. The Fund helps to alleviate extreme hardship felt by seniors who may struggle to pay rent, utilities, buy food or life-saving medication. Last year, assistance with heating oil made up the majority of the requests, accounting for 55% of the nearly $190,000 total funds distributed.”

43. Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity

“Our recent independent financial review confirmed that over 86% of our funding is spent on client and program service, and we have long had a Gold Seal rating from GuideStar. We count on your support to continue the work that we do.”

44. Philadelphia Youth Network


“This year, between now and December 31, 2019, JPMorgan Chase & Co. will match all gifts to PYN up to $15,000. On Giving Tuesday we’re setting up a phone back in the afternoon with our board members to call people who have donated and just personally thank them for their support.

“Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is a solutions-builder forging together significant players to alleviate a root cause of poverty by preparing 12-24-year-olds to become productive working adults. Our work is grounded in the understanding that young people need access to both education and employment, proven factors in being prepared for a career. With a track record of increasing impact, PYN funds and brokers action with the right partners to collectively address barriers. PYN constructs systems to create change, while innovating to meet evolving needs. Together with our partners, PYN dramatically changes the trajectory of individuals’ lives by giving voice to underserved youth, and ultimately creating a pipeline for an educated, engaged workforce.”

45. Philly Girls in Motion

46. Philly Slam League 

47. Playworks

“This #GivingTuesday, help ensure kids get the childhood they deserve. Playworks is building a culture of play that enables kids to find their voice, make friends, feel included, and learn to lead. 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!”

48. Project HOME

49. Public Interest Law Center


“For 50 years, we have used the law to make sure that people facing discrimination and poverty can obtain the fundamental resources they need to build their lives, resources like a quality public education. We are currently preparing for a trial set for next year in a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s school funding system, which skews the resources schools receive based on local wealth. In support of this lawsuit, the first $25,000 raised on GivingTuesday will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor.”

50. Rebel Ventures

“Rebel Ventures is a youth-run nonprofit that creates healthy deliciousness with and for kids in Philadelphia. Our core objectives are to increase access to healthy and nutritious food for children in inner-city communities and to engage high school students in meaningful job experiences, using entrepreneurship as a strategy for positive youth development. We are the creators of ‘Rebel Crumbles,’ a whole grain and fruit-filled breakfast product served to all schools in the School District of Philadelphia, which was created and developed by high school students.

“Currently, we are actively raising funds for the start-up of Philadelphia’s first youth powered and fresh food-filled corner store. The corner store will have a variety of healthy foods created by high school students. We are working to raise $25,000 by December 31st to apply toward the store’s expenses. We have launched a Gofundme campaign, dedicated ourselves to contacting partners, friends, and family, and our entire crew has committed to donating one hour’s wage to this project. [Your donation on #GivingTuesday] will help us achieve our goal of $25,000 for the market.”

51. Salus University Alumni

52. Sky Community Partners

53. Spark

“This school year, Spark is engaging 400 Philadelphia middle-school students in career exploration and self-discovery opportunities. Each fall, students visit a variety of professional spaces and participate in workshops alongside company volunteers. In the spring, each student is matched with a mentor and over the course of 13 weeks they create a Career Interest Project together. This program model works: 86% of Spark students grew in social emotional skills and 91% of Spark students agree that they learned about jobs & careers they didn’t know about before Spark. So far, Spark has reached over 1,000 students with this impactful programming.”

54. Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Philadelphia

“SVdP’s mission is to help neighbors in need, regardless of religious affiliation — and without any proselytizing — with whatever they may need including housing, home visitation, food, clothing, transportation or emotional support.”

55. Spruce Foundation

“The Spruce Foundation is an all-volunteer, next-gen led organization redefining philanthropy through community giving and grant-making in support of Philadelphia’s youth. Spruce promotes giving and engagement among millennial Philadelphians, and leverage the collective power of these young philanthropists to award grants to local nonprofits in four program areas: Education, Arts, Health & Wellness, and LGBTQ Youth. Keeping their focus locally on Philadelphia ensures that they are consistent with their main goal: supporting programs that empower, educate, and enrich the city’s best resource — its kids.”

56. Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

57. Support Center for Child Advocates

“Support Center for Child Advocates (aka Child Advocates) is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit agency providing legal and social services advocacy for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. 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 Philadelphia children who have been abused or neglected.”

58. United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

59. Volunteering Untapped PHL

60. Women Against Abuse

“The mission of Women Against Abuse is to provide quality, compassionate, and nonjudgmental services in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in persons experiencing intimate partner violence and to lead the struggle to end domestic violence through advocacy and community education.”

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