Giving Tuesday

Many non-profits invite donors to make contributions today on Giving Tuesday. The concept is a response to the commercial aspects of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and I welcome the focus on charity and generosity. What can be kinder than giving to people you don’t even know?

When many of us pitch in, donations don’t need to be big to have a huge impact. Beyond the likely recipients of former schools and holiday funds, here a few of my favorite non-profits, from far-reaching to local.

Global Greengrants Fund ~ With a focus on addressing climate change and the way it disproportionately impacts people in poor communities around the world, Global Greengrants works with local experts on the ground by administering small, pivotal grants.

Journey House ~ For Connecticut girls aged 13-17, Journey House is a locked, 13-bed residence that provides education, counseling, health care, and job training for juveniles convicted of crimes or placed by the Department of Children and Families.

Plan International ~ Founded in 1937, this humanitarian organization focuses on supporting children in stressed or impoverished communities. Donors can give general gifts or sponsor a specific child and follow that child’s annual progress.

Vernon Chorale ~ A 40-member chorus in eastern Connecticut, the Vernon Chorale celebrates choral music with three lively concerts a year.

American Heart Association ~ Famous for niece’s and nephew’s jump-a-thons, the American Heart Association supports research into heart disease, plus local services and programs.

NPR ~ For thoughtful, up-to-date news, interesting human stories, and snarky contests like Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, National Public Radio can’t be beat.  

Wikipedia ~ You know what this is! Perhaps you haven’t thought of it, but Wikipedia is free and free of ads because donors pitch in.

Remember, too, that your blood is always a welcome donation at the Red Cross, books can be donated to your public library, and time can be volunteered at tons of places.

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