Gifting that gives back: Giving Tuesday
During times of uncertainty and economic instability, many of us find ourselves wanting to give back in ways big and small.
Last year, organizations around the world navigated how they could support those in need, which led to a 24% increase in corporate charitable donations compared to 2020. As we enter another bout of economic uncertainty, many are considering not if they should give this holiday season, but how they should give.
In today’s environment, the positive intent of sending gifts can completely miss the mark. As Q3 earnings reports show poor performance and many tech companies are performing massive layoffs, sending lavish gifts such as high-end wine, food baskets, and company swag might be perceived as insensitive or excessive. Instead of unintentionally coming across as tone-deaf, consider charitable giving as an option for those on your appreciation list this year.
Charitable giving offers your employees, clients, customers, and partners the opportunity to gift-it-forward. An ideal charitable giving experience allows your gift recipients to donate their gift to an organization that aligns with their values. The best way to do this is to provide them with an array of social impact nonprofits to choose from.
As you plan your holiday gifting program, consider becoming an extension of the Giving Tuesday movement on Tuesday, November 29th. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that’s helping influence change around the globe through acts both big and small.
In the spirit of spreading global generosity, we have pulled together a Giving Tuesday collection. This gift collection is filled with nonprofit organizations whose impact helps many in need around the world. Learn more about the nonprofit organizations included in this year’s collection.
All Hands and Hearts
All Hands and Hearts was formed when All Hands Volunteers and Happy Hearts Fund joined forces in 2015. As an organization, they’re committed to supporting both the immediate and long-term needs of global communities impacted by disasters. Volunteers deploy early to support the initial response to a disaster and stay late to help rebuild homes and schools in disaster-resilient ways.
To date, more than 62,000 volunteers have put in more than 1,000,000 volunteer hours to help over 1,200,000 people in communities across the world recover from hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and more.
Wondering how far your donation will go? A $50 donation can buy 5 bags of cement to help build a school foundation.
The Alzheimer’s Association
Founded in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association helps accelerate global research in the hopes of ending Alzheimer's and all other dementia. They also support driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care, support, and advocacy for patients and caregivers.
In their chase to end Alzheimer's and dementia, the association is currently investing more than $250 million dollars in more than 750 active best-of-field projects in 39 countries.
In their effort to maximize quality care, they helped provide support more than 7.5 million times through their website, caregivers, support groups, educational programs, and information throughout 2021.
Donations made to the association, contribute to the research being done and provide support patients and caregivers often need.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is on a mission to end cancer as we know it. As a leading cancer-fighting organization, they’re focused on ensuring everyone has access to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, as well as improving the lives of cancer patients and their families.
Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has invested more than $5 billion in cancer research to help identify better treatments, uncover factors that cause cancer, and improve patients’ quality of life. 50 of the scientists they’ve helped fund have received Nobel Prizes for their work.
In addition to focusing on research, they also help provide educational resources, support groups, and services to cancer patients across the country. Each donation made helps save lives and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
buildON is helping to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. Their U.S. Service Learning Programs empower youth to serve their communities by helping senior citizens, the unhoused, and younger kids. Globally, buildON is breaking ground on new schools every two days in the poorest places economically to help increase access to education.
To date, 6,641 students in the United States have contributed 2,400,000 hours of their time supporting buildON projects. 98% of these students have graduated from high school.
Globally, buildON has helped build 2,171 schools in 8 developing countries, which are attended by 285,046 students.
For every $133 donated, buildON is able to provide education to a child in a developing country and sponsor a month of service learning for youth in the United States.
Did you know 771 million people don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water? That’s 1 in 10 people. charity: water is on a mission to change that.
The vast majority of people without access to clean water live in rural areas and often have at least one family member that spends hours every day walking to collect water that frequently carries disease. The need to spend so much time collecting water keeps children out of school and/or parents away from opportunities to earn money for their families.
Not only does access to clean, safe water help improve the health of communities, but it also positively impacts income and educational opportunities, especially for women and children.
charity: water works with local experts and community members to identify the best sustainable solution for improving water access, whether it’s a well, a piped system, a BioSand Filter, or a system for harvesting rainwater.
To date, they’ve helped fund 111,709 community-owned water projects, serving 15,477,279 people in 29 countries.
Curious about the impact you could make? A $20 donation can provide clean, safe drinking water for 6 people for 1 year.
In the United States, 1 in 8 people face hunger. Feeding America exists to ensure equitable access to nutritious food for all through its partnerships with food banks and pantries, policymakers, supporters, and the communities they serve.
Last year alone, the Feeding America Network reached 1 in 7 Americans by supplying 6.6 billion meals through their 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs.
In addition to helping supply food to those in need, they also help fund research to help achieve their goal of ending hunger in America.
Ready to make an impact? Each $1 donated helps provide 10 meals.
Global Empowerment Mission: Ukraine Crisis
Founded in 2011, Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) acts as a first responder to global disasters, including conflicts, pandemics, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tragedies, and fires.
When word broke that there was conflict in Ukraine, GEM quickly took action. In partnership with Aerial Recovery Group, they’ve been on the ground at the Polish border of Ukraine since February 25, 2022. As part of their Bstrong initiative, they’ve also committed to sending 100,000 hygiene kits, blankets, generators, and sleeping bags to the NATO countries bordering Ukraine. Further, they’re helping to repair key structures and homes in Ukraine.
To date, they’ve sent in 580 trucks of aid and helped relocate 52,368 people.
Hello Neighbor connects recently resettled refugee and immigrant families with dedicated neighbors in Pittsburgh to help support and guide them in their new lives.
On a monthly basis, they’re supporting more than 100 refugee and immigrant families by providing resettlement support, mentorship, mom-to-mom support, online tutoring for youth, and essential item distributions.
In the past 5 years, they’ve helped 800 refugees and immigrants from more than 17 countries. They’ve dedicated more than 10,000 hours of time spent mentoring, tutoring, and connecting with families, and they’ve distributed more than $52,000 in emergency funds.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
JDRF is the leading global organization advancing life-changing breakthroughs for type 1 diabetes (T1D) through research, advocacy, and community engagement. They’re on a mission to turn Type 1 into Type None.
Since its founding, they’ve invested more than $2.5 billion in T1D research. In 2021 alone, they were able to help fundraise and advocate for $483 million to support research dedicated to better understanding and curing the disease.
METAvivor is the only organization in the United States dedicated to funding research on stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.
Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that has spread to other areas of the body like the lungs, liver, bones, and/or brain. 100% of deaths attributed to breast cancer are due to metastasis, and almost 100% of people who have breast cancer that has metastasized will die from it.
30% of people who have been treated for early-stage breast cancer end up developing stage 4 breast cancer, and despite the prevalence and seriousness of this, only 2-5% of research funds are focused on treatments for stage 4 breast cancer.
That’s where METAvivor comes in. They help increase awareness, advocate, fundraise, and provide information and support to patients. Their mission is to transition metastatic breast cancer from a terminal diagnosis to a chronic, manageable disease with a decent quality of life.
mothers2mothers employs HIV-positive women as community health workers to help educate and reach out to women at risk of contracting or those already battling HIV in their communities.
These community health workers are able to help deliver integrated primary health care services to women, children, adolescents, and entire families in 10 African countries.
Since 2021, they’ve helped create nearly 12,000 jobs for women living with HIV, reached more than 15 million people with critical health services, and helped prevent 4.3 million HIV infections.
As part of its evolution, m2m rolled out a new 5-year strategic plan to become a primary healthcare organization using its proven peer-led model to help end HIV, tackle new health challenges, and reach more people in more countries.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youths in the U.S. experience mental illness each year. NAMI is the nation’s largest mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for those who struggle with their mental health.
Since its founding in 1979, NAMI has grown into an organization with more than 600 local affiliates and 49 state organizations that work in communities to increase awareness and the availability of support and education to those in need.
NAMI initiatives include:
- Educating families, individuals, and educators
- Advocating for public policy changes
- Listening to anyone who needs help via their HelpLine
- Leading awareness events and activities, and fundraising
No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry helps supply meals to kids in need through school meal programs, early childhood programs, grants, advocacy, awareness, and research.
During the pandemic, No Kid Hungry supported policies expanding nutrition access to kids across 7 states, supplied funds to over 35 million kids to help replace missed meals at school, and launched an early childhood initiative with 126 organizations benefiting from the inaugural granting program.
Operation Baby brings hope to military families that are impacted by infertility issues.
Founded in 2020 by Emma and Nick Perkins, Operation Baby was created after they experienced fertility issues and wanted to support other military couples in the same position. 1 in 8 military families struggle to conceive, and Operation Baby makes it possible so that servicemen and women don’t have to give up on their hopes of having a child due to financial restraints.
Currently, Tricare doesn’t cover reproductive assistance procedures like IVF, and with the average IVF cycle costing between $12,000-$17,000, it can be too much for some families. If a family is looking to adopt, the average cost is $43,000 which can keep that dream just out of their grasp.
The Trevor Project
Young people who identify as LGBTQ are 4x more likely to commit suicide. The Trevor Project is focused on changing that by building a safer, more inclusive world for LGBTQ youth.
As the largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ, The Trevor Project supports five key programs: crisis services, peer support, research, public education, and advocacy.
Last year, they served 201,000+ crisis contacts through phone calls, texts, and chats; relied on the support of 1,600+ volunteers; and grew the user base on TrevorSpace.org to 409,000+.
By the end of FY23, they want to scale their operations to be able to support 1.8 million crisis contacts in order to help more people.
A donation to The Trevor Project helps them support more LGBTQ youth who reach out.
Watsi is on a mission to make healthcare accessible to everyone. They work to help provide life-changing medical care to people who couldn’t otherwise afford it.
Watsi gets connected with patients through their medical partners who inform patients about Watsi. If the patient is interested in the help Watsi provides, the partner will submit their medical profile for review. After Watsi approves the case, medical care can be provided and fundraising starts. As patients receive care, a timeline of milestones is shared on their donor page and with donors, keeping everyone informed of the progress being made.
To date, Watsi has helped fund surgeries for over 25,000 people in 28 countries.
Watts of Love
Did you know nearly 1 billion people live without electricity? The lack of electricity perpetuates the cycle of poverty as people spend a good portion of their income on kerosene to have light. Without light, the amount of daily activity they can complete negatively impacts household income, safety, and overall health.
This is where Watts of Love steps in. They help provide solar lights to those without electricity and provide financial literacy education to help people pull themselves out of poverty.
To date, Watts of Love has supplied 77,554 lights in 52 countries impacting 542,878 people. Access to light has:
- Helped generate $12,020,870 in revenue and increased household income 15%.
- Generated 168,843,260 hours of productivity and 372,259,200 hours of education.
- Kept 34,123,760 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions out of the atmosphere now that unsafe fuel isn’t needed to generate light.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
The World Wildlife Fund is the largest conservation organization. It started to help protect endangered species and landscapes and has since evolved into an organization focused on addressing larger global threats and the forces that impact them.
WWF is focused on six key areas including forests, marine, freshwater, wildlife, food, and climate, with the hope that people will one day live in harmony with nature. People are at the center of everything they do because together we can help ensure nature can provide for everything living, including ourselves.
With over 5 million supporters, they work in 100 countries around the world to help educate and influence people into making sustainable choices.
Ready to help your recipients gift-it-forward to these amazing organizations? Send our Giving Tuesday collection at your preferred price point today.