Happy Giving Tuesday, everyone! After the chaos of all of the sales, it feels good to take a step back and remember that there is so much more to life than dresses and gadgets. Since Giving Tuesday can be just as overwhelming as Cyber Week Sales, I thought I’d narrow today’s post down to 4 very worthy causes.
Before we dive in, I got a lot of requests for parents and in-laws, and even though a guide on that is coming, I really love the idea of bringing a nice bottle of wine and making a donation to one of these organizations in their name. It’s a meaningful gesture, and instead of getting them something they don’t want, you could help someone who really needs it.
And, since I know sometimes you feel like you NEED to bring a physical present, keep scrolling for a list of 10 amazing gifts that give back to those in need. They are all SO CUTE, and since I can earn a commission from some of the brands, I will be donating 100% of anything I make off of this specific post. Thanks for your help, friends!
4 Organizations To Donate To This Giving Tuesday
As soon as my friend Marley reached out to tell me about this incredible organization, I was all ears. ACFA was founded in 2010 to address children affected by deep poverty in Mali. Their founder, Malian-American Kadiatou Sidibe, also grew up in poverty in Mali and built this organization after coming to the US to prevent more children from struggling the same way she did.
Mali has seen a lot of conflict over the past 10 years with a coup d-etat in 2012 that upended the government and left a lot of families and children begging on the streets. These are the children that ACFA is helping. They provide each child in the program with their own bed at their home in Bamako, along with 3 meals a day, education, private tutoring (since many of them didn’t have an education before they entered ACFA’s program), health care, and more. Also, they train them in vocational skills (mechanics, hair-braiding, sewing, farming) so they can run their own business or get a job after school.
They are currently caring for 12 kids full time, but they are in the process of building the facilities and program more. This Giving Tuesday, they are aiming to raise $13,000 to help bring 10 additional kids into the program. Here is how your money can help:
- $10 = provides 3 nutritious meals for 5 children
- $36 = covers a child’s preschool education for one month
- $48 = provides healthcare coverage for one child for a month
ALIVE Rescue will always have a special place in my heart because they brought Luna into our lives!! (The picture above kills me – she was so tiny! 😍) In addition to everything they do in Chicago, they were recently gifted a 4,800 square foot barn in Salem, Wisconsin that will allow them to more than double the amount of animals they save.
“The Big Barn” will have two birthing suites for pregnant and nursing moms, 18 dog suites, and more. Specifically, it will have a huge impact on the amount of ‘hard to place” dogs they take in (dogs that require medical attention, one-on-one training, etc). There will also be several fenced in play lots behind the barn and a large indoor play area, too!
They have plans to break ground in March 2020, and you can help make this dream a reality by donating here!
This organization was introduced to me by another friend from my hometown (these women are amazing!). Supply Hope supports parents living in poverty in Nicaragua by providing them with a reliable income through micro-franchising. The micro-franchise also serves their neighbors by making healthy, fresh food more affordable and accessible to low-income communities. Most of their store owners are women and 50% are single or divorced moms!
In addition to providing jobs that increase their daily income from $0-2 a day to $8.35 a day, Supply Hope also provides access to legal services, counseling, healthcare discounts, and financial planning. This isn’t just about providing help, it’s about empowering these men and women to create a better life for themselves. How amazing is that?!
I’m pretty sure everyone in Chicago knows about that incredible work being done at Lurie Children’s Hospital – but have you heard about their new Feel Good Gifts program?
Basically, Feel Good Gifts allows you donate a meaningful gift to families spending the holidays in the hospital. You can browse the gifts by category, occasion or price, but here are a few particularly sweet ones:
- Visit from Santa: ($68) Coordinate and staff a visit from Santa for one inpatient floor.
- Holiday Gift Cards for Families: ($50) Provide holiday support to one family.
- Holiday Travel Package: ($40) Help meet transportation needs so a family can be together this holiday season.
- Pet Therapy Visit: ($37) Help hospitalized children find comfort and heal faster through pet therapy.
- Arts & Crafts Supplies: ($35) Supply crayons, paper, paint and other arts and crafts supplies for patients.
Our yellow lab, Maggie, used to be a therapy dog with my Mom, so that gift is particularly near and dear to my heart. But how sweet that you can help them arrange a visit from Santa?! My heart!
Physical Gifts That Give Back:
1. Ivory Ella
Know someone who loves animals and really wants a cozy sherpa this year? Ivory Ella was founded after 6 friends discovered the sad reality of the ivory trade and abuse of elephants. Instead of looking the other way, they created this company that donates 10% of their profits to Save The Elephants. This sherpa couldn’t be cuter or more on trend – and when you donate at least $10 on Giving Tuesday, you will receive 25% off sitewide.
2. bombas socks
Not only are these socks insanely comfy, but when you buy a pair, a pair is donated to someone in need! So far, they have donated over 25 million pairs of socks!! I love their gift sets – and they are still offering 20% off with code HOLIDAY20. (My nephew might need this Sesame Street set!)
I feel like gals always ask me for cute gym bag recommendations, and this one looks amazing! Plus, for every bag purchased, STATE supports children and families in need with fully-packed backpacks! They also partner with charities and schools on special projects to help shed light around social injustices. AND they are still offering 35% off with code STATEBF right now! (I also love this duffel bag for a special man in your life. Would be a great family gift for a Dad!)
4. toms shoes
Since Toms first launched, they have donated over 95 million pairs of shoes, 780,000 sight restorations, 722,000 weeks of safe water, $6.5 million committed to impact grants, and so much more. Luckily for us Chicago gals, they’ve also designed the prettiest waterproof boots for winter. And they’re code THANKFUL still works for 30% off today!
Not only does shopping at Patagonia support a sustainable company committed to inspiring solutions to the environmental crisis, but they will also match ALL donations made through Patagonia Action Works from now until December 31st!
These hand knit dolls are made from 100% cotton yarn and 10 meals are donated to children in need for every purchase throughout the year. However today, they are offering 15% off your order and DOUBLING the impact for each purchase. That’s 20 meals for children who need it for every doll you get!
7. Out of Print
This book-loving company turns literary favorites into totes, socks, tees, mugs, and more! And with every purchase, you help to donate books and support literacy programs around the world.
We have succulents all over our apartment, so I was SO excited to discover Lula’s Garden. Not only do their arrangements make great gifts, but a portion of their proceeds also go to organizations that provide access to safe water, like water.org.
9. warby parker
Prescription glasses might be a hard gift to buy, but who wouldn’t want sunglasses?! Plus I love supporting Warby Parker since they donate a pair of glasses for every pair sold. They’ve already donated over 4 million pairs of glasses to communities that need them. So amazing!
Did I leave any of your favorites out?
Please feel free to share other worthy causes below!!
PS. You might also like Chicago Volunteering Opportunities!