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How to Find a Nonprofit to Support on GivingTuesday

27 Nov 2022 by GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is an open-source social movement, so there isn’t a list of nonprofits that are participating. Whether you want to give your time, talents, voice, or financial support, here are some tips for how to find a nonprofit or community organization to support on GivingTuesday.

Decide what types of causes you’d like to support.

If there’s a cause you care about, there’s most likely an organization that dedicates itself to creating change in that space. For example, if food insecurity in your neighborhood matters deeply to you, consider the multitude of ways you can contribute to food access, from volunteering at a food bank or community center to supporting community fridges or mutual aid food distributions.

Keep in mind the organizations making the most impact might not be registered charities. Tax status doesn’t determine an organization’s worthiness of support, and it’s not an indicator of impact.

Ask your friends and family where they choose to give.

Odds are you might be interested in similar causes as the people closest to you– why not support the same organizations? This is a wonderful way to ensure you’re giving towards initiatives that have a profound impact on your community. This is a great way to leverage collective efforts to drive even more giving to causes near and dear to you.

Search through a nonprofit directory.

Online directories like Charity Navigator and Guidestar by Candid are helpful for learning more about organizations in your region and/or interest area. These virtual platforms also typically also include information such as ratings, location, status (i.e. whether it is a 501c3 registered nonprofit), if donations are tax deductible, quick summaries of their impact and results. Some GivingTuesday country movements also publish directories of organizations.

Check out your local nonprofit association.

Nonprofit associations are dedicated to upskilling organizations, but they also work towards sharing the great work of local nonprofits. Their websites and social media channels are packed with important information on what these nonprofits do and where to find them to send your support!

Use social media to connect.

Use social media to find local activists, community organizers, and changemakers. They’re well-versed in what immediate needs are in your community and will be thrilled to help direct you to where your help would be the most impactful.

Check if there’s a local GivingTuesday campaign happening in your area.

There are official GivingTuesday movements in 85+ countries. This means there are individuals, organizations, and coalitions that work year-round to unleash radical generosity in their corner of the world. They run special campaigns around GivingTuesday (Nov. 29) that you can join by raising awareness, peer fundraising, acts of kindness, and more.

Lastly, don’t forget to share where and why you’re giving this GivingTuesday with your friends, family, and social media followers – you never know how much more giving you can inspire!

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