Are you all worn out yet from the holiday shopping bonanza that was Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday? Have no fear, #GivingTuesday is here and it will rekindle your excitement for the holidays just as you were experiencing burnout. This campaign is so in line with our mission here at Blogalicious – giving is a surefire way to guarantee that both the gift-giver and the recipient are uplifted. Love that!!
#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.
And there’s so many ways that you can get involved! The GivingTuesday.org community site is chock full of information, ideas and inspiration to assist businesses, individuals, and families give back. Take a look here. Below we share some charities that are dear to #TeamBlogalicious’ hearts. If you’re excited about Giving Tuesday and are looking for gifts that give for the loved ones on your list, consider these meaningful ones:
Heart of Haiti
The devastating earthquake of January 2010 has made it very difficult for Haitians to make a living. Raw materials have been wiped out, there is a lack of secure sanitary conditions and no funding to support economic relief. Purchasing handcrafted masterpieces directly benefits Haitian artisans by allowing them to support their families with dignity and purpose. Artisans receive half the wholesale price for each item in the collection.
This initiative offers the first sustainable work since the earthquake, enabling artisans to repair their homes, pay for school fees and feed and clothe their families. With steady income comes better nutrition, improved education and access to healthcare. Learn more and visit Heart of Haiti here.
Global Soap Project
You remember Derreck Kayongo, charismatic opening keynote speaker from Blogalicious San Antonio? He shared with us his inspiring story behind establishing the Global Soap Project. $12 can provide an entire family soap for a year!
The Global Soap Project makes over one million bars of soap annually which are then given to partner organizations like the Center for Disease Control (CDC), CARE International, Partners in Health, World Health Organization to mention but a few. Through these global partners, Global Soap Project has donated soap in thirty-two countries around the world.
You can learn more about Global Soap Project here.
International Rescue Commission
Each symbolic Rescue Gift – from a Baby Goat to the gift of Clean Water – represents a program, project or tool that the IRC uses in its critical humanitarian work around the world. Gifts will be used where and when most needed to provide help and hope to people who have been uprooted by conflict or disaster.Gift-givers can browse Rescue Gifts online and dedicate them to loved ones, who will receive beautiful personalized print or e-cards to acknowledge the gift. There is a Rescue Gift for everyone on a shopper’s list, at a variety of price points.
For as little as $24 your donation can ensure a new mother has a healthy birth, $58 will provide one year of education for a young child and $23 contributes to emergency medical care for a sick child. Every dollar counts. Learn more about IRC here.
Shot At Life
Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for a global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate to vaccines, Shot@Life aims to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life.
Today in celebration of #GivingTuesday every donation given to Shot@Life will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This means a $5 donation will earn Shot@Life $10 to full immunise a child against pneumonia!
We’re proud to say that Blogalicious has been a community partner of the ONE Campaign for many years – and they’ve been supportive of the Blogalicious Weekend conference for several years running. Our very own Stacey Ferguson is on their Women and Girls Advisory Board. The people who run this organization are just the best and their mission is golden.
ONE is an international campaigning and advocacy organization of more than 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa… because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut by 60% and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now.
Cofounded by Bono, we raise public awareness and work with political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency so governments are accountable to their citizens. ONE does not raise money itself to build schools, hospitals and the like, but does its work by advocacy and campaigning so that government funds continue to flow to programs that make a difference in people’s lives. ONE works closely with African activists and policymakers as they fight corruption, promote poverty-fighting priorities, monitor the use of aid, and help build civil society and economic development. ONE’s work is strictly politically non-partisan.
And important, and distinguishing characteristic about ONE is that they do not solicit funding from the public – all they want is your voice! With so many initiatives in progress, we’re sure that you’ll find one that resonates with you. See their current campaign to #EndEbola HERE.
Johnson & Johnson
Donate a Photo, from Johnson & Johnson, is here to help you connect to the causes you care about by taking an action you do every day and turning into a way to do good.
Get involved by donating to USO and Save the Children through J&J’s Donate A Photo app! For each picture uploaded, J&J will donate $1 to support these programs to help deployed service members call home and promote children’s happy and healthy development. JOHNSON’S is matching all Donate A Photo submissions to Save the Children starting #GivingTuesday through 12/31/14 up to $100,000.