The Twenty Something Guide to Giving Tuesday

Alternatively titled, 10 organizations you can give back to on Giving Tuesday

Public Service Announcement

I know, I know. Another long post? I promise it’s worth it to check out all the organizations listed! I’ve included the type of cause each organization supports in brackets to help make it easier to search for a specific cause to donate to.

Dear Twenty Somethings,

How’s it going? Did you guys get any good Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals? As someone always wanting to save money, I love that Black Friday made its way down to Canada. I still remember when we had to make the trek to the United States for Black Friday. Thankfully I went to a school on the border. For four years, I woke up bright and early to down some caffeine and check out the deals in Detroit. Mind you, that’s when the dollar wasn’t so shitty but I digress. Moving on. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the consumerist mess. As a self-diagnosed recovering shopaholic, I’m guilty of it myself.

Luckily, Giving Tuesday is here to remind us of the power of giving back during the holiday season.

There’s nothing wrong with spending money on yourself but it’s also important to give back to others any way you can. The #GivingTuesday movement was started in 2012 and designed to use the power of social media and collaboration to give back to the community and charitable organizations.

This Giving Tuesday, I wanted to highlight twelve organizations to give you some ideas of where to donate this year. As you may know, I have a serious passion for charity and volunteering. I hope one day to work in Public Relations for a charitable organization I admire. If you have a similar passion or are a charitable human, please be sure to click their names and links to find out more. I also have already written a post about inspirational people, most of whom have worthy charities attached to their names for more #GivingTuesday ideas, so check it out!

Without further ado, here are twelve inspirational organizations (and their counterparts) that you can help out this #GivingTuesday (and beyond).

1. SickKids (Children’s Health)

SickKids is a life-changing hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country. Currently, they are trying to raise funds to build a new, state-of-the-art facility. I’m proud to say that I volunteer for them and they are definitely worthy of your donation.

2. Movember (Men’s Health)

Movember occurs in the month of November and sees men growing a mustache to raise funds for men’s health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. There are so many ways to donate but one way is to support individual’s efforts. I know a few people participating this year and would be remiss not to include their individual pages here, here and here. Feel free to donate to all three pages 😉

3. WE (International Development and Change)

Formally known as Free the Children, WE Charity is an international development charity and youth empowerment organization. Donating to WE helps fund education, water, health, food and opportunity initiatives worldwide. On this Giving Tuesday, all donations made until midnight will up your donation by 5X.

4. CAMH (Mental Health)

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. A donation to CAMH helps those recovering from mental illness and those who are still fighting!

5. Canadian Centre for Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (Sexual Abuse)

The Canadian Centre for Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (cc4ms) was established to provide treatment, support and assistance to adult male survivors through healing, education, advocacy, and research. They focus on healing adult male survivors, educating others about this situation, preventing abuse and advocating on behalf of our clients. 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before age 18 yet there are only four dedicated treatment centres in Canada. Please help them heal and advocate for others by donating to cc4ms today.

6. The Angel Foundation for Learning (Education)

The Angel Foundation for Learning helps students in the Toronto Catholic District School Board through nutritional, educational and recreational programs. Your donation to the Angel Foundation for Learning supports the almost 40% of students in the TCDSB who live below the poverty line and give them an equal opportunity to succeed.

7. The Sunshine Foundation of Canada (Children’s Health)

The Sunshine Foundation of Canada supports children living with severe physical disabilities and/or life-threatening illnesses by fulfilling their dreams. Donating to them will help fund once-in-a-lifetime experiences for kids that ignite a sense of newfound independence, build confidence, and create joyful memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives

8. Save the Children Canada (Children)

Save the Children Canada is a member of the international charity Save the Children International, the world’s leading independent organization for children. They strive to provide children with an environment where their human rights and needs are respected and protected, so they can realize their fullest potential. Moreover,  a donation to Save the Children helps fund initiatives focused on child rights and protection, health and nutrition, clean water, education, sustainable livelihoods, emergency relief and survival.

9. Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (Female Survivors of Violence)

The Schlifer Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced violence. The clinic was created in memory of Barbra Schlifer, who was she was brutally sexually assaulted and killed on her way home from celebrating being called to the Bar of Ontario. Donate to the Schlifer Clinic to help support women who have survived violence.

10. Raising the Roof (Homelessness)

Raising the Roof raises awareness and understanding around the issue of homelessness. They seek to find real, long-term solutions for homelessness. Also, they developed several sustainable programs focusing on youth homelessness and homelessness prevention. Donate to Raising the Roof to support long-term solutions to homelessness.

*  American friends, a fellow PR student Victor reminded me that you can also support the American homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations by donating to the Happy Hippie Foundation.

11. Little Warriors (Child Sexual Abuse)

Little Warriors is a Canadian organization in Alberta committed to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse. They also run The Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch, a long-term treatment centre focused solely to help children who have been sexually abused, and their families. They receive no government funding so they need donations to keep doing their amazing work. You can find out how to donate through their website.

12. Camp Oochigeas (Children’s Health)

Camp Oochigeas a privately funded, volunteer-based organization. They provide kids with and affected by childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth at camp. There are so many different ways that you can help make a difference for these kids. Check out the Camp Ooch website to find how.

Obviously, those are just a handful of organizations in a sea of many worthy causes.

I wish I could list them all but that would take a very long post.  CanadaHelps can help you find information on charitable organizations that you can donate to. You can search by category or keyword if there’s a specific cause that you want to support! Remember that Giving Tuesday is one out of 365 days where you can change the world through kindness. Sometimes, the impact is more than donating money and your time can be donated as well.

If you donate to any organization, be sure to use #GivingTuesday on social media to inspire others to give. Until next time…

Truthfully yours,

Sam

PS. What organizations do you love? How do you make an impact on Giving Tuesday and beyond? Be sure to leave your answers in the comment section!

5 thoughts on “The Twenty Something Guide to Giving Tuesday

    1. Thank you! Giving back is really important, especially during the holidays. It doesn’t even have to be money.

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