Giving Tuesday: my gathering of organizations

It’s Giving Tuesday, a day when people are encouraged to give back to nonprofit organizations.  Many nonprofit organizations need monetary and volunteer support no matter what the season, and I’m also glad there’s a donation-centered day in the midst of the holiday shopping themed-days.  I wanted to take this opportunity to feature a few of my favorite organizations.

Together Rising
Glennon Doyle Melton, of the blog Momastery, started this organization, and its message and spirit of giving grew and grew.  There’s a place on the site for women and families to request what they need – whether money, a letter, or a specific gift – and donors can choose from those or can give a general donation.  And really, who can resist when one of their campaigns is called “Love Flash Mobs“?
From their website:  “Together Rising offers support and assistance to people who have no where else to turn. As we give and receive we become connected to one other – understanding that sometimes people just need a little bit of help during difficult seasons of life. One of the most beautiful things about Together Rising is the remarkable number of recipients who turn around and become givers, adding their gifts to our community so that others may rise as well.”

NGS Movement
The NGS Movement supports young people in doing a year of service to help others and enrich their lives.  As a two-time AmeriCorps alum, I appreciate and support their efforts (and I also know the founder).
I love their manifesto.
More information from their website:  “The Next Generation of Service (NGS) connects young people to social change organizations by offering vocational mentorship and promoting community and international service as a component of any career path.  Their mission is to empower young people to chart professional lives that work toward the betterment of humanity.”
This season, NGS is doing a “What inspires you?” fundraising campaign, which you can find here.

The SPD Foundation
As a delayed diagnosis sensory adult, I really appreciate the work this organization does.  The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation’s mission is to to improve the lives of children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and their families through research, education and increased global awareness.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and fighting stigma.  In my own experience with depression and anxiety, I have discovered the importance of learning to advocate for myself.  NAMI really supports people with mental illness in speaking out and sharing their stories.

Planned Parenthood.  In the midst of politics and violence, this organization continues to provide crucial reproductive health services. I interned with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains as part of my Women’s Studies practicum in college.

I wanted to feature an organization that supports refugees. In a previous job, I partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and saw their resettlement programs in action. From their website:  “Across 40 countries and in 26 U.S. cities, the IRC is helping to restore safety and dignity to millions forced to flee from war, persecution and natural disaster. “

 This article includes additional links to organizations that are helping refugees worldwide.

What organizations do you support and would like to highlight this season?
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