After the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales settle down, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to put your money and time towards some worthy causes. This year, it’s taking place on December 3 and although there’s no ~official~ way to participate (other than simply doing something charitable), there are plenty of events dedicated specifically to this day of giving. But, anything qualifies—from giving a few dollars to an organization you support to doing something kind for a stranger. Celebrate the time of year by giving back however you see fit!
If you’ve never participated before, or are still researching ways to get involved, we’ve taken some of the work off your plate. Find out some amazing organizations to donate to, events to attend, and how other Girlboss members are spending Giving Tuesday.
Organizations To Support
Radical Matriarchs: Think of it as Girl Scouts specifically for girls of color, with a focus on social justice and community organizing.
Run For Something: A political organization that helps young progressives run for office.
Women’s Center for Creative Work: A non-profit co-working and community space for women in Los Angeles.
National Network of Abortion Funds: Help remove the financial and logistical barriers to abortion access, by donating to your local abortion fund.
The Trust For Public Lands: Protect parks and other public land, to ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.
Showing Up For Racial Justice:An organization that focuses on organizing and educating white people to act as “part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.”
Higher Heights: Invest in the political representation of black women, through organizing, mobilizing, and shifting the narrative of what leadership looks like in 2019.
Save The Children: An organization that’s helped more than one billion children around the world. For every donation Save The Children receives, a donor will match your gift.
Find volunteer opportunities near you by searching VolunteerMatch, browsing through the Giving Tuesday participating organizations directory, or reaching out to local charities and asking about their volunteer openings.
How Girlboss Members Are Spending Giving Tuesday
“I’m creating care packages for Willow, a domestic violence shelter for women and families in Rochester, NY. I’ve also signed up to volunteer with Birthright, a free and confidential service for women who are family planning. It feels so good to give back to my local community. Giving doesn’t always have to be monetary, showing up for others is just as valuable.” —Jahasia Cooper
“The South Asian Network provides direct services to low-income and immigrant South Asian Americans and others in Southern California, in the areas of healthcare access, civic engagement, and gender-based violence.” —Shikha Bhatnagar
“I organized a toy drive at my company for Good+Foundation, and for the past three years, I have asked my Christmas party attendees to donate to Social Tees in exchange for drinks & snacks for the night!” —Brooklynn Kramer
“Please check out our charity subscription service Down to Donate. We want *more* people to donate *less* through what we call micro-philanthropy. $8/month with 100% of your monthly gift going to the nonprofits of your choice. Set-it-and-forget-it charitable giving that makes a huge impact.” —Monica Weintraub
“I work as an attorney representing unaccompanied minors. They’re able to obtain legal representation both in state court and immigration court. With the difficult political climate and extreme views on immigration, it has become harder for children to be granted relief. Your donations [of time and money] really make a difference in these children’s life.” —Maitte Barrientos