The other day, some friends and I were talking and we realized that the week after Thanksgiving is chock full of spending opportunities, some better than others. You’ve got Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (more on that later this month), Cyber Monday, and, last, but certainly not least, is Giving Tuesday.
It seems unfair to me that such an important part of the season of giving (you know, actual giving) is the last in a string a spend-heavy days, so to get you geared up a ahead of the holiday, I wanted to highlight some great Boulder nonprofits that could benefit greatly from your participation in and donation on Giving Tuesday this year. Let’s think GIVE, not SPEND.
Global climate change has been in the news a lot in recent years and with the recently published exhaustive climate change report developed by 13 government agencies, it’s even more important that private citizens help nonprofits like 350 Colorado to promote changes in public perception and policy surrounding our climate and environment.
What better way to help connect the coming generations of environmental activists than to get them working with their hands in a garden of their own? Growing Gardens’ goal is to cultivate community through sustainable urban agriculture. They offer a ton of youth and community gardening programs and a plant and seed donation program for those families in need.
If you’re at all passionate about women’s equal rights in the workplace and an avid outdoors person, this nonprofit would be a great fit for your donations! They’re dedicated to making the outdoors lifestyle industry more inclusive and diverse by empowering women’s leadership “from backcountry to boardroom.”
If you’ve ever coped with your own grief of any kind, you know how helpful it can be to have a supportive network to rely on when you’re struggling. The Grief Support Network empowers people to transform through their experience of grief and loss and they believe no one should have to grieve alone.
This nonprofit is dedicated to giving families in need fresh produce. The nonprofit has partnered with local restaurants and markets to take their produce that was too perishable to be sold rather than it being thrown away as it had been in the past. If that wasn’t enough motivation to donate to this worthy charity, for every $1 you donate, they are able to give $18 worth of fruits and vegetables to those in need.
If you eat, breathe, and sleep cycling, this is the nonprofit for you! Community Cycles is a team of mostly volunteers that helps promote cycling in so many ways. They fix up old bikes and sell them for a lower rate, they hold bike clinics to teach people how to fix their bikes, and they have a kids’ bike giveaway during the holidays where they give 300 bikes away to low-income kids in the community.
Of course, these are just a few of the great nonprofit organizations in the Boulder community and, heck, I don’t see why you couldn’t just donate now instead of waiting, but if you’d like to see the full list of charities participating in Giving Tuesday this year, you can find it on their website.
Also, if you feel like you can’t afford to donate your money, consider donating your time to help out at one of these or any other local nonprofits.