This year has been an incredibly difficult one for many — the COVID pandemic has exacerbated many of the societal issues that were already present, particularly for the most marginalized in society, while adding new layers of challenges on top.
If you have the means, Giving Tuesday can be an opportunity to support communities that have been hardest hit by the pandemic through mutual aid and nonprofits working in partnership with the communities they serve.
Although it was challenging to narrow it down with the array of groups doing vital work, each of our team members has selected one organization below that they have supported in the past and/or recommend supporting this Giving Tuesday.
Let us know what nonprofit or mutual aid group you’ll be supporting this Giving Tuesday in the comments!
Recommended by: Cayley, Founder and CEO
Aid to Artisans helps artisan cooperatives around the world gain access to the U.S. market through training programs and visibility at international trade shows. I’ve worked with them over the years on a few projects and feel very strongly about this work to create sustainable opportunities for artisans to build their businesses and promote traditional and heritage crafts.
Recommended by: Andy, COO
Wild fish are in deep trouble. Fish hatcheries, open water fish farms, and dams are accelerating the extinction of wild fish across the globe. Native communities throughout the Pacific Northwest depend on wild salmon to support their way of life. Native Fish Society works to restore rivers, stop fish hatcheries, remove dams, change our relationship with wild fish, and maintain the biodiversity of our rivers. Protecting wild species is paramount to maintaining the wild beauty of our natural world.
Recommended by: Maddie, Customer Service Manager
Founded by Rachel Cargle in 2018, the Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up to “bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls.” The Loveland Therapy Fund provides recipients with a list of highly qualified mental health professionals who provide culturally competent services to Black women and girls and this fund covers the recipient’s first 4-8 sessions.
Recommended by: Jamie, Customer Service and Merchandising Specialist
This grassroots disaster relief network helps out in any sort of disaster situation, and they’re very active in Richmond, Virginia where I’m based. This year, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief has been working toward alleviating the pressure of COVID, such as providing PPE and funding to the unemployed, helping protesters with first aid and bail money, and helping tenants who face eviction, which is a huge problem in Richmond.
Recommended by: Hillary, Growth Manager
Project Angel Heart provides medically tailored meal deliveries for Coloradans with life-threatening illnesses. They take a “food as medicine” approach when putting together menus that have helped some clients see fewer readmissions and lower medical costs. Another great part of their mission is their commitment to sustainability — they take their ecological impact into account with their ingredient sourcing and kitchen practices. I used to volunteer with this organization in Denver!
Recommended by: Elizabeth, Content and Partnerships Manager
Partnering with Indigenous communities since 1972, Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous rights and supports Indigenous resilience and cultural advancement. This Indigenous-led organization amplifies and helps build the capacity of grassroots movements, curates art created by Indigenous artists, supports Indigenous media, publishes a quarterly magazine, and creates radio programs in numerous languages to inform Indigenous peoples of their rights.