Giving Tuesday: a day to give back - Our Daily Green

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Giving Tuesday: a day to give back


Today is the first official Giving Tuesday. From the site:

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help create #GivingTuesday™, the giving season’s opening day.
On Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.
It’s a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.
And together we’ll create ways to give more, give better and give smarter.
12 Days of Charities
Forbes magazine's Caroline Mayer provides an excellent resource to ensure the charities you donate to will be able to use your donation to the maximum effectiveness.

A few years ago, Our Daily Green compiled a list of coordinating charities for the popular carol, the Twelve Days of Christmas. It was one of our most well received posts, and was syndicated by Your Olive Branch positive news site. In that same spirit to commemorate Giving Tuesday, we present a reprise of that original inspired post, with suggestions for charitable contributions to match each verse of the song.

Twelve Drummers Drumming

DrumsForCures promotes cancer health, education and survivorship support :: through rhythm. We produce the annual cancer health festival, drumSTRONG, showcasing resources available to address cancer concerns and drumming for ridiculously long periods of time… BEATing cancer! 

Eleven Pipers Piping

Ear Candy Non-Profit Music Organization provides youth with access to music education through instrument drives, play it forward mentoring programs, and backstage passes to music events.

Ten Lords Leaping

Action for Healthy Kids® fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. We partner with a legion of dedicated volunteers - teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more - from within the ranks of our 34,000+ constituency to create healthful school changes.

Nine Ladies Dancing

The National Dance Education Organization envisions a nation that affords every citizen equal access and opportunity to quality dance arts education regardless of gender, age, race or culture, socio-economic status, ability or interest. 

Eight Maids Milking

CowParade events have raised over $20 million for non-profit organizations worldwide since 1999. The CowParade auctions are conducted like traditional art auctions with live bidding. *note CowParade is an event that raises charitable funds, not an actual charity, but it was too fun to not include in this list!*

Seven Swans Swimming

Colin's Hope Athlete Ambassadors from around the world have raised over $100,000 to help raise awareness for water safety.  These amazing individuals have swam, biked and run to help prevent childhood drowning.  Join the wave and become a Colin's Hope Athlete Ambassador today and help us realize our vision of a world where children do not drown.

Six Geese Laying

The World Wildlife Fund protects wildlife around the planet, including geese. The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Five Golden Rings

Gold is the biggest source of conflict mineral trade in Congo and is most responsible for the ongoing bloody conflicts. Gold has soared in price on the commodity markets in recent years, and Congo is literally sitting on a gold-mine worth tens if not hundreds of billions of dollars.HEAL Africa partners proactively with communities to transform the status of women and bring village life back into balance. HEAL Africa works with individuals and communities to restore health, build hope, and help create a better future for all people of the DR Congo. 

Four Calling Birds

Phones 4 Charity works with many charitable organizations whose works have benefited hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. There are so many charities that need help with their causes that it is hard to choose which ones to work with. Because of this, we have set up our program with a few charities that we strongly believe in and we have also implemented an open door policy that lets you decide directly where your money will do the most good. Our open door policy enables you to give us your favorite charities name and information so that we may contact them about our cell phone fundraiser program so that they can start benefiting from this revolutionary means of fundraising as well.

Three French Hens

Almost every week brings more news of food contamination or foodborne illness outbreak. What’s going on? Our industrialized food system is the root cause of many of these outbreaks. The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization established in 1997 for the purpose of challenging harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives. CFS combines multiple tools and strategies in pursuing its goals, including litigation and legal petitions for rulemaking, legal support for various sustainable agriculture and food safety constituencies, as well as public education, grassroots organizing and media outreach.

Two Turtle Doves

The National Aviary is America’s only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated exclusively to birds. Located in West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 600 birds representing more than 200 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary works to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

American Forests, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country, advocates for the protection and expansion of America’s forests. Since 1990, they have planted more than 40 million trees. American Forests restores watersheds to help provide clean drinking water. They replant forests destroyed by human action and by natural disasters.
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