It's that time of the year again. #GivingTuesday is here! Did you know that last year, $116.4 million dollars were donated on this national day of giving? Here's to making 2016 an even bigger success. Are you on board?
This year, Foundation Center decided to approach #GivingTuesday in a different way. With our unique perspective in the sector, we get support so many amazing nonprofits every day. So, this year, we wanted to highlight some of those organizations in a special way - through a sweepstakes where 5 nonprofits would win a spot in our Twitter feed for the big day.
We're so excited to share our 5 winners with you today. Take a look at this great group and see how they're making a difference in their communities. Please consider a donation that will help them continue the great work they do!
1. Community Health Alliance
Community Health Alliance is located in Reno, Nevada and provides quality, affordable, comprehensive health services to all. For #GivingTuesday, they are raising funds to help 100 children receive sealants on their molars to help keep them healthy.
"Giving Tuesday is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday giving season," says Emelie Melton Williams, Executive Director of Community Health Alliance. "Northern Nevada has no shortage of need, but also no shortage of kind people who care about the health of our broader community. We hope you will consider giving from the heart."
2. Mattie C. Stewart Foundation
Mattie C. Stewart is a nonprofit located in Birmingham, Alabama that designs tools to let young people and their families experience firsthand the powerful benefits of education and the likely consequence that await high school dropouts.
"Many people may not realize it, but one of the greatest threats to homeland security is a lack of educational progress by our nation's youth. We've got to keep finding ways to engage our young people through education and inspire them to great careers," shares Dr. Shelley Stewart, Founder and President The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation. "The more they disengage or drop out, the more our communities are left with societal ills that can be too big to handle."
3. Building Futures
Alameda County-based Building Futures believes everyone deserves a safe place to call home. So 24/7/365, they advance a powerful spectrum of services to help individuals and families in crisis regain safe and stable lives.
"No one can live a stable life without housing. Building Futures ' main aim across our spectrum of services is ensuring that families and individuals have a safe place to call home," says Liz Varela, Executive Director of Building Futures.
4. American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), Northwest
APDA provides support, education and research to help everyone impacted by Parkinson's disease. They fund research and services for the 1 million Americans with Parkinson's disease.
"Parkinson's disease affects 10 million people worldwide, more than MS, ALS and Muscular Dystrophy combined, making it the second most common neurological disorder. With our aging population, these numbers are only going to grow, and APDA will work even harder to help people impacted by Parkinson's live a better life today while we also fight for a better life tomorrow. Optimism is the cornerstone of our organization, and to that end we continue our pursuit of our ultimate goal, to find a cure for Parkinson's disease," says Jean Allenbach, Executive Director of APDA.
5. Alström Angels
Alström Angels based in Lubbock, Texas, is dedicated to raising funds for Alström Syndrome genetic and medical research, increasing awareness of the rare disease among the public and medical communities, and improving family support for those affected by the syndrome.
Hats off to all of these nonprofits for the great work they do! Foundation Center wishes your nonprofit the best of luck on #GivingTuesday and hope you consider donating to the causes that you 're most passionate about, too!
Foundation Center is a nonprofit that also relies on the generosity of the community to continue to provide free access to all of our resources, including funder information as well as best in class research to the sector. If you would like to donate today, please click here. Any amount is appreciated. Thank you, and happy fundraising!
Foundation Center is not affiliated with any of the 5 winners.
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