#GivingTuesday is a relatively new phenomenon, and one that the Full Court Press team is thrilled to get behind. After its inaugural year in 2012, Giving Tuesday became the type of trend we love to see around the holiday season— one which encourages altruism and reflection. An antidote-like balance to the consumerism often surrounding the holidays, groups have coalesced around causes they care about, creating new movements such as Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday. The day serves to kick off the charitable season of holiday and end-of-year giving and reorient the focus of the holidays to practicing generosity.
In the past, FCP has provided communications tips for organizations looking to take advantage of the trend by creating a deluge of support. This year, to mark the occasion, the FCP team is sharing some of the organizations we’re looking forward to donating to this holiday season.
Sarah’s Pick – The Alameda County Food Bank
I’m moved by the mission of the Alameda County Food Bank to end hunger in our area. Every day, the Food Bank helps provide fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, bread and more to Alameda County residents and partner organizations. The services of the food bank are in high demand – every month they serve 116,000 adults, children and seniors, right in our neighborhoods. Read the story of Zoey (age 2) to learn about why this organization is so important. If you give today, your donation will be matched up to $50,000! Give here.
Caitlin’s Pick – Planned Parenthood
I’ve given to Planned Parenthood many times this year, and I plan to increase my giving to the organization as we near the holidays. Planned Parenthood has been fighting relentlessly for a woman’s right to autonomy for decades, but the organization has never been stronger than in 2017. This year, the federal government has attempted to restrict access to women’s healthcare, prevent access to family planning resources, and make decisions for the lives and well-being of millions of women. Planned Parenthood is working to ensure we don’t go backwards, despite the best efforts of the Trump administration. Give here.
Dan’s Pick – The Oakland Education Fund (EdFund)
This year, I’m supporting the sole organization that raises funds for all Oakland public schools. They support initiatives ranging from bridging the digital divide, integrating new immigrants/refugees into the school system, and even just helping out kids in need with a warm coat in winter. But my favorite program is the A to Z fund: a small fund promoting professional development for teachers and opportunities for students to access the arts, field trips, and other special initiatives. Donations made to the A to Z fund on #GivingTuesday are being matched. Give here.
Erin’s Pick – Emily’s List
More than 20,000 women have signed up to run for office since November 9, 2016, an unprecedented number of champions ready to resist, run, and change the face of power in America. That’s why this year I’m ramping up my support for Emily’s List, a political action committee that helps elect pro-choice, Democratic women into office. They recruit the strongest candidates, support campaigns that can win, study the electorate, and turn out the vote. Their work will galvanize and support the next generation of leaders, and impact decisions that will brighten our individual and collective futures. Give here.
Audrey’s Pick – Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter chapters throughout the country are fearlessly organizing to build local power and intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities. I stand with their mission in imagining and creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive. Because, #BlackLivesMatter. Give here.
Erika’s Pick – Causa Justa :: Just Cause
This year, I’m investing in my community by giving to Causa Justa :: Just Cause. A Bay Area-based grassroots organization working to fight for immigrant rights and housing rights, Causa Justa works toward building a larger movement for racial justice. They provide tenant rights advocacy and information to tenants through a Housing Committee/Tenants’ Rights Clinic, as well as immigrants rights campaigns and community building and leadership training efforts. Give here.
Other places to give:
- OneJustice – a pro bono justice and legal aid organization, your donation will be doubled if you give before December 31!
- Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA) – a membership-based Latina immigrant community organizing and empowerment program with a double mission of promoting personal transformation and building community power for social and economic justice
- Swing Left – will help you find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives running in that district
- Southern Poverty Law Center – monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S. and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public. Your donation will be doubled on #GivingTuesday !
- Run for Something – works to recruit and support talented, passionate young people who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench
- Larkin Street Youth – provides housing, education and employment training, and health and wellness supports to help young people in San Francisco get off the street for good