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GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 with a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. On #GivingTuesday, nonprofits around the world encourage their supporters to donate via the power of social media.
That day is today.
We’ve collected the responses from organizations that sent us information about their efforts (and left them in their own words), and combed through the Twitter #GivingTuesday hashtag to identify local nonprofits, big and small, that were actively doing outreach via that social media platform. We’ve also included several tweets from colleagues, guest columnists, etc., urging folks to support their favorite nonprofits — whether they have a #GivingTuesday campaign going or not.
Some of my favorite grassroots orgs Amistad Law Project, Bread & Roses Community Fund, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, VietLead, Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, Juntos, La Puerta Abierta and Puentes de Salud, are among those that don’t seem to have #GivingTuesday campaigns going (at least not that I can see as I hit publish on this round-up), so I haven’t included them in the round-up that follows. But I encourage you to donate to them today (or any day) because they are doing great work that significantly helps some of the hardest-hit communities in Philly.
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 as the day progresses to see other organizations participating in #GivingTuesday.
From our Partners
But more, we encourage you to give generously to our local nonprofits that work hard every year to make life in Philadelphia better, and that in this momentous and difficult 2020, have pivoted, scrambled, retooled and redoubled their efforts to meet the increased need.
Look through our listing of local organizations and get ready to give!
1. ACCT Philly
— ACCT Philly (@ACCTPhilly) December 1, 2020
2020 has been frustrating, inspiring, overwhelming, enlightening and many times simply heartbreaking. From a global pandemic to a racial reckoning, we’ve all been pushed to our limits and have had to lean on each other in ways that we never could have imagined. The culmination of this unprecedented year has left us fired up, with a focus stronger than ever to fulfill our mission of ending poverty.
We could not accomplish our work without the support of our dedicated stakeholders. Partners and friends are stepping up for our participants and community through financial and in-kind donations. This support is critical in helping individuals and families to sustain themselves through this crisis and beyond.
This Giving Tuesday, pledge your support and make a difference in the lives of families, business owners and the West Philadelphia community by donating this year.
Foster care, kinship care.
A Second Chance, Inc. (ASCI) is a licensed 501(c)(3) foster care agency designed to meet the unique needs of kinship care families by providing an array of holistic, values-based services catering specifically to kinship families. Kinship care is the placement of out-of-home children with relatives or fictive kin. If you value family, you value kinship care.
A value for family is the foundation of our service. Through this value, we have developed a comprehensive framework of social services needed to authentically engage families. The agency continues to be recognized as a national kinship model in the delivery of kin services, and its work has been cited by organizations including the Urban Institute, Children’s Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to name a few. Currently, the agency works with well over 1,800 children and their families daily to ensure safety, permanency and well-being.
This Giving Tuesday, we are asking donors to help us give our kinship children a happy holiday by donating toys, games and other gifts, as well as making monetary donations so we may purchase gifts and provide gift cards to families.
For most children, the holiday season is a time of wonder and excitement. But for children in our care, this can be a very difficult time as they cope with uncertainty, trauma and healing, as well as being away from their birth parents. This is also an especially tough time given the financial challenges many of our families have seen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Asian Mosaic Fund
— Asian Mosaic Fund (@asianmosaicfund) December 1, 2020
5. Bethesda Project
Your support provides a family for those experiencing #homelessness.
Tomorrow, join the global #GivingTuesday movement and give a home to those who need it most at https://t.co/gzdvAAv968 – an anonymous donor will match EVERY gift!#phillyhomeless #homelessness #philly pic.twitter.com/05ZdMwxqpV
— Bethesda Project (@Bethesda_Proj) November 30, 2020
6. Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
From now til #GivingTuesday, @bcgp is raising money to help build the Lil' Philly Safety Village, our brand new park specifically designed for kids and adults to learn how to and practice riding a bike! Text ‘safetyvillage’ to 76278 to donate now, or go to https://t.co/EbgGESjbFr
— Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (@bcgp) November 30, 2020
Putting a spin on Giving Tuesday — more micro grants!
As a national day dedicated to charitable donations, Giving Tuesday is usually characterized by small grassroots organizations asking for funds before the end of the year. The Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia (BTAP) steering committee decided that this day should also be a day to give back to the community.
Due largely to the generous donations received in the August announcement of the coalition, BTAP was able to award $200 micro grants to 29 amazing Black Philadelphia theater artists. As a burgeoning organization — composed of professional theatre artists from different walks of life, BTAP wanted to extend this support further before the onslaught of holiday shopping.
BTAP is excited to announce another round of $200 micro grants to the Black Philadelphia theatrical community (First time applicants only). Addressing the reason for this second round of micro grants, Lindsay Smiling, BTAP Steering Committee member said, “On the other side of this pandemic, we want Black artists financially poised to hit the ground running into the new year.”
More micro grant information can be found on BTAP’s website: www.blacktheatrephiladelphia.org and by following the group on Instagram @btaphilly. All allies of BTAP are encouraged to donate to the organization in order to buttress this Giving Tuesday initiative and to multiply and fortify the support for Black Philadelphian theatre artists.
8. Catholic Housing and Community Services
Join us for #iGiveCatholic & help where it is needed most. Last year, we served 10,000 seniors in the #Philadelphia region. Your generosity enables us to continue addressing the physical, emotional, & spiritual needs of seniors. ➡️https://t.co/cfMxaHHccu #GivingTuesday pic.twitter.com/Dm1CBbbYCx
— Catholic Housing and Community Services (@CHCSPhila) November 20, 2020
9. C.B. Community Schools
@blackthought @theroots @Oprah @TheEllenShow @Eagles @EaglesComms @djjazzyjeff215 @Bilal @MsPattiPatti @tobias31 @JoelEmbiid @BenSimmons25 @KevinHart4real @questlove support C.B. Community Schools, a high school for students in the #childwelfare system in #Philly! #GivingTuesday https://t.co/eViOkiCX3c
— C.B. Community Schools (@community_cb) November 30, 2020
10. City Year Philadelphia
We’re just 1 week away from #GivingTuesday. Help us raise $10,000 to support our AmeriCorps members and Philly students then join the #RedJacketChallenge to show everyone On GivingTuesday We Wear Red! Gifts $75+ will be matched for double the impact! https://t.co/eFaEPg4ArF pic.twitter.com/yXHVqXTOlQ
— CityYearPhilly (@CityYearPhilly) November 24, 2020
11. Congreso de Latinos Unidos
We know it's been a challenging year, but on December 1st, 2020, we're inviting you to unleash generosity with millions around the 🌎. Get ready for #GivingTuesday and mark your calendars! 📅 Together we can do extraordinary things. pic.twitter.com/XN1xswXuO5
— Congreso de Latinos Unidos (@Congreso1977) November 20, 2020
12. Education Law Center
For 45 yrs @edlawcenterpa has fought for r most marginalized youth n their families in PA. The fight for fair edu funding comes to the fore this year n #ELC can use all the support we can get. https://t.co/Z6UFKdOTy4 #GivingTuesday #donate#BlackLivesMatter #phled #Philly pic.twitter.com/CL00g69UhJ
— edwin mayorga (@eimayorga) December 1, 2020
13. Free Library of Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday on December 1. Mark your calendars—we’re only 1 week away! Support the Free Library, and spread the #GivingTuesday message. https://t.co/pmmMMZckEJ pic.twitter.com/A4GMwQef07
— Free Library of Philadelphia (@FreeLibrary) November 24, 2020
14. Fringe Arts
#GivingTuesday is exactly 7 days away – whether it's through a donation, a membership, or tickets to our upcoming FEASTIVAL wine dinner, we hope you'll help us support Philly's amazing and unique community of artists. https://t.co/9NtcaT0jG0
📸: Johanna Austin pic.twitter.com/Ii92mGSN04
— FringeArts (@FringeArts) November 24, 2020
15. Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Resource the creative community
Since March, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance has stepped up in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice to advocate and provide for our community. But this work is long term and we need your help to continue.
Now, more than ever, organizations and individuals are looking to the Cultural Alliance for advocacy, support and guidance.
The Cultural Alliance needs your support so we can continue to be the resource the creative community can count on. Please help us reach our goal of raising $7,500 by the end of the year.
This year, home means more.
Throughout 2020, we have missed many of our favorite traditions so we are going to celebrate Giving Tuesday in a uniquely Philadelphia way. Join Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia next week for our first-ever Virtual Block Party, where we aim to raise $50,000!
Follow along on Tuesday, December 1, as we bring a Philly block party to you, complete with friends, food, and music. We’ll share organization updates, a cooking video from a Habitat family, and hear a musical guest. We will even livestream the newest Habitat Homeowner, Clissita, receiving the keys to her home for the first time!
17. Hosts for Hospitals
Give the Gift of a Safe, Affordable, Worry-Free Place to Stay
Make a gift of any size so patient-families coming to Philadelphia for specialized medical care may have a safe and affordable place to stay!
- Help sustain our outreach efforts to obtain long-term, multi-bedroom housing for more pediatric-families who, due to family-size, no longer qualify to stay at a Ronald McDonald House.
- Allow us to have more housing available on short-notice for patients, or family members, when an emergency medical condition requires a last minute trip to a Greater Philadelphia hospital.
- Help us expand the types and geographic range of housing we have to offer, so patient-families may be placed as near as possible to their treating hospital, and otherwise have their specific lodging needs met.
- Will make possible for more patients to travel to receive medical care, like international patients who must quarantine before admission, and people who come from hours away to receive daily, out-patient radiation treatments.
18. Maternity Care Coalition
Be Part of the Support System That Never Stops
Two weeks after Maternity Care Coalition’s (MCC) annual Celebrating Mothers Brunch, we closed our offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Immediately, we began serving our clients and their families through virtual home visiting services, uninterrupted support, and with contactless relief supply deliveries families so urgently needed.
One of our MCC Advocates in Norristown, Rosa Suero, summed up our
“Our team began virtual visits within 24 hours of working from home. It was hard at the beginning, but our clients saw they had a support system that never stopped, that said to them, ‘We’re not going to forget about you.’”
As we move through this pandemic, we ask you to show your support for families today.
Your gift today will enable us to provide families with basic essentials like diapers and wipes, but it will also support families in connecting to our virtual home visiting services with a tablet and unlimited data. Already, families are using their MCC-provided tablet for things like Telehealth, virtual school-aged learning, and adult education programs online.
19. Morris Animal Refuge
#GivingTuesday is just a few days away!!! Thanks to Arm & Hammer and other supporters, we have a $10,000 match this year. That means donations made on Tuesday will have double the impact! Help support the pets of Philadelphia by participating on Tuesday! pic.twitter.com/AlPSckue7c
— Morris Animal Refuge (@MorrisAnimal) November 28, 2020
It’s #GivingTuesday. If you are going to give pls consider @Philabundance, a hunger relief group in #Philly who apparently was part of a cyberattack and recently lost $1 Million – at a time when the need is greatest. https://t.co/k5mdj8zjAk
— Marion Leary MSN MPH RN (she/her) (@marionleary) December 1, 2020
21. Philadelphia Annual Latino Film Festival
This #GivingTuesday, consider donating to the 10th anniversary of #PHLAFF! PHLAFF was established in 2012 & has become the Greater Philadelphia region’s only festival showcasing the work of emerging & established Latin American & Latino filmmakers.https://t.co/EvMf5jd5lc pic.twitter.com/mSh0vFiIrG
— PHLAFF (@PHLatinFilmFest) November 27, 2020
22. Philadelphia Bar Foundation
Happy #GivingTuesday! On this global day of generosity, please consider making a donation to the Bar Foundation to support our end of year grantmaking to Philadelphia’s public interest community. Facebook is matching donations made on their platform today: https://t.co/sRdKHkrlss pic.twitter.com/yOc9YHkOPl
— Phila Bar Foundation (@PhilaBarFdn) December 1, 2020
23. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Improve the quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities.
Each year, #GivingTuesday raises billions of dollars for critical causes around the world. Donations are crucial to an agency like PCA, which provides a variety of programs and services to improve the quality of life for approximately 140,000 older adults and those with disabilities, each year.
Each gift to the Rodney D. Williams Philadelphia Fund for Seniors helps to support PCA’s mission of improving the quality of life of older adults and people with disabilities by providing them with assistance to achieve their maximum level of health, independence and productivity. Philadelphia has the highest proportion of older adults in poverty of any of the ten largest cities in the United States, with over 20% of all older Philadelphians living below the federal poverty level.
For these groups, experiencing poverty can impact all aspects of life, including one’s health and wellbeing. PCA works to combat those effects by:
- · Providing nourishment through our home-delivered and community-based meal programs.
- · Providing socialization and resources through PCA-supported senior centers.
- · Empowering individuals through evidence-based health promotion programs.
- · Facilitating the transition back to the home after a surgery with in-home supports.
- · Ensuring individuals reach critical medical appointments through brokered transportation services.
Those willing to give to PCA on #GivingTuesday also have the option to contribute to PCA’s Emergency Fund for Older Philadelphians ahead of the busy winter season. The fund helps to alleviate extreme hardship felt by seniors who may struggle paying for rent, utilities, food or life-saving medications. Last year, assistance with heating oil made up the majority of the funds dispersed, accounting for 43% of the nearly $136,000 total funds distributed.
24. Philly ASAP
On this #GivingTuesday. I urge you to give to one of my favorite Philadelphia non-profits @PhillyASAP .
Any donation will help PhillyASAP continue in 2021. Give a direct donation today at https://t.co/lvVqA3Q3iK.
Thank you in advance for your donation and support. pic.twitter.com/AjcaRBIVQX
— Vincent Thompson (@mediamancomm) December 1, 2020
25. Philly Family Pride
— Philly Family Pride (@phillyfampride) November 29, 2020
26. Philly Peace Park
This #GivingTuesday we have 4 ways you can support our work at the Philly Peace Park. All donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated, thank you in advance #PhillyPeacePark pic.twitter.com/lQ0VuEN0hh
— Philly Peace Park (@PhillyPeacePark) November 25, 2020
27. PHL COVID-19 Fund
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday.
Seniors, people with disabilities, and those who are economically disadvantaged need your help through the #PHLCOVID19Fund.
— PHL COVID-19 Fund (@phlcovid19fund) November 30, 2020
28. Prevention Point Philadelphia
We've raised $3,702 since Wednesday night! Thanks to everyone who is helping us get our #WinterWarmth campaign off to a strong start. Every dollar you donate is matched by an anonymous donor up to $50K! Let's try to hit $4,000 before #GivingTuesday! https://t.co/4PpSACsmtn pic.twitter.com/AMrX8FJX3H
— Prevention Point Philadelphia (@preventionpp) November 29, 2020
The gift of music
After a year of growth and development, we are challenging our supporters to help us reach our goal of $20,000 in donations in the month of December. Let’s set up your plan to give!
- Donate directly on the Project 440 website.
- Set up a Facebook fundraiser benefiting Project 440. Tell your friends and family about our work — and how they, too, can support our students!
- Shop using Amazon Smile. All your purchases will remain the same price, and 0.5% will be donated to Project 440.
Your donations ensure Project 440 can continue and expand our life-changing programs for students in the city of Philadelphia and beyond. At Project 440, we are using music to teach students essential life skills, community service, and entrepreneurship — every donation is used to further that work.
The short answer: Whatever you can.
A $10 donation would pay one student’s stipend for one hour — ensuring we are able to offer accessible programming for all students. A $500 donation would provide seed funding for our Doing Good students’ entrepreneurial, community service projects.
Every donation, no matter how big or small, makes a difference in the lives of our students.
30. Project H.O.M.E.
Be the change
Starting on Tuesday, December 1, Project HOME is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global celebration of giving. You can double your impact by making a gift today.
All gifts contributed to Project HOME’s #GivingTuesday campaign through December 4 will once again be matched through the leadership and generosity of the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund up to a total of $10,000!
Your donation today will help us meet our match and, more importantly, provide someone who is experiencing homelessness with the gift of being able to say, “I’m going HOME.”
31. Public Interest Law Center
One donation, double the impact
2020 has undoubtedly been a difficult year. We’ve been here through it all, defending tenants from illegal evictions, fighting to protect our right to vote, and so much more.
We are ready to continue working with our communities to advance justice together, but we need your support. Giving Tuesday is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to get involved in our work with a first-time donation or a renewal of last year’s Giving Tuesday gift.
And this year, thanks to a generous matching gift from Reed Smith LLP, your donation will be matched $1-for-$1, up to $10,000.
On #GivingTuesday, we're counting on your support to help clients like Kim Burrell.
Ms. Burrell lost her son to gun violence and is currently working to get illegal handguns off the street by defending Philly's lost-and-stolen law. Listen to her story: https://t.co/hIgvj3dvIx
— Public Interest Law Center (@PubIntLawCtr) November 25, 2020
32. Rebuilding Together Philadelphia
Tomorrow, December 1, is #GivingTuesday; a day created to inspire people to give back to the nonprofits they care for most. Join us for this global day of giving as we raise money to repair, rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. https://t.co/pQAqxcjVu5. pic.twitter.com/NCh8nzmCJ5
— Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (@RTPhiladelphia) November 30, 2020
33. Share Food Program
Share Food Program leads the fight against food insecurity in the Philadelphia region by serving an expansive, quality partner network of community-based organizations and school districts engaged in food distribution, education and food justice advocacy. Serving more than 1 million family members and neighbors in need, in the Philadelphia five-county region, Share each month:
- Harvests more than 500 pounds of food from our onsite Nice Roots Farm, and offers this fresh produce at extremely discounted cost at local farmers markets
- Works with more than 1,000 volunteers, who are still helping amid Covid-19, to support food packing, home delivery and neighborhood canvassing
- Delivers more than 3,500 meals to the doors of seniors and people with disabilities who are vulnerable to Covid-19
- Provides food to more than 6,500 seniors through our Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
- Provides nutrition for more than 305,000 children in nearly 70 school districts through our National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Today, from 1 to 4 p.m.: Giving Tuesday with Local Music Group, Low Cut Connie
A select number of fans, aka Tough Cookies, will celebrate Giving Tuesday by volunteering to pack food boxes in the Share warehouse, then enjoy a live acoustic set by Low Cut Connie.
Learn about Share volunteer opportunities: www.sharefoodprogram.org/get-
Today, all day: Giving Tuesday #FoodBankChallenge Launch with Law Firm, Greenberg Traurig
Philadelphia office of Greenberg Traurig will launch a holiday campaign in support of Share Food Program. Follow on Facebook @sharefood, and Twitter @sharefoodphilly
34. Spruce Foundation
Tomorrow, pls join me in supporting @SpruceFdn's commitment to #nextgen philanthropy & empowering youth-serving #nonprofits in Philadelphia. Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday and make tomorrow #GivingSpruceDay. #sprucelove https://t.co/YqjtvLd5AU pic.twitter.com/DFLmsz5yzd
— Aman (@akaur0) November 30, 2020
35. Vetri Community Partnership
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! This year, join in the spirit of the season by giving the lifelong gift of a culinary and nutrition education. By donating, you're inspiring Philadelphia kids and families to get connected, get curious, and get cooking.https://t.co/OEFK0Lr1bG
— Vetri Community Partnership (@vetricommunity) November 30, 2020
Abortion access. Now. Always.
Did you know that since the start of the pandemic Women’s Medical Fund has seen their average pledge per caller rise from $141 to $175? WMF needs your support now more than ever.
This Giving Tuesday, choose to support PA’s oldest and largest abortion fund! Any new and increased gifts will be matched, up to $5k. Gifts of any size make a difference!
We will choose five random individuals who donate between NOW and MIDNIGHT TUESDAY 12/1 to receive some WMF swag!
37. Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project
There are currently 27 children held pretrial in Philly’s adult jails. Most are there bc their families cannot afford bail. This #GivingTuesday, help YASP + @Phillybailout bring some of them home for the holidays. Donate to the youth bailout now at: https://t.co/O2l1mdFfvO
— YASP (@YASP2) December 3, 2019
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