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Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to focus on giving back to organizations, causes, and people who are trying to make lasting change in this world.
From an international organization working to eradicate hunger to a small nonprofit partnering with communities globally, we highlight three organizations and ways to give back this Giving Tuesday.
Heifer International has worked with more than 36 million people around the world to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way since its founding 77 years ago. The organization works in rural communities in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, including the United States, to support farmers and local food producers to strengthen local economies.
Individuals and families can support Heifer International's programs through a direct tax-deductible donation at the website listed below or by purchasing the gift of livestock or other farming essentials, like irrigation pumps and garden seeds, that provide smallholder farming families the opportunity to improve their farms and incomes. You can find the full gift catalog online.
"The generous gifts that Heifer International donors send during the holidays have a lasting impact for farming families for years to come. Gifts of livestock, seeds, and farming equipment enable farmers to feed their families and increase their income, building thriving local communities," said Chris Coxon, vice president of Communications.
For more information, visit heifer.org.
Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation
The Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation is a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based organization that empowers community residents to dream, execute, and market their ideas.
It works to break down barriers through innovative, strategic, and long-lasting techniques for underestimated people, including women, immigrants, people of color, and refugee populations.
The organization houses several programs: Mother Road Market, the first nonprofit food hall in Oklahoma; Kitchen 66 and Cocina 66, English and Spanish-language food entrepreneurship incubators; and the Shops at Mother Road Market, retail spaces for local makers and artisans.
Located along historic Route 66, the Foundation is also focused on placemaking, creating, and cultivating a thriving and vibrant community known as the Tulsa Market District.
Consider purchasing an item from one of the Shops at Mother Road Market through the online store. Additionally, the Tulsa Market District recently launched a guide to shopping along Route 66. Some of the stores listed in the guide offer online options for gift-buying.
"Starting a business is tough, and it is even tougher for women and people of color who face bias when accessing capital and opportunity," said Elizabeth Frame Ellison, CEO of Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. "Consider supporting small, women-owned, and BIPOC businesses this holiday season. The Tulsa Market District holiday gift guide features products from locally owned businesses! Shopping local this holiday season directly impacts the entrepreneurs who are also the lifeblood of our communities and local economies."
For more information, visit LobeckTaylor.com.
The InteRoots Initiative
The InteRoots Initiative is a Denver, Colorado-based nonprofit organization that partners with communities—both domestically and internationally—to collaborate on roots-up projects.
InteRoots continues its longstanding partnership with community members in Kasasa, Uganda, to build the Tat Sat Community Academy, a school and cultural institution for children in the community. In the U.S., it has partnered with Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist collective, to raise funds for those affected by COVID-19, as well as partners with Young Mobilizers, an Atlanta, Georgia-based organization seeking to solve issues of inequity.
"Our roots-up model is designed to maximize the impact of every dollar given. Your support, no matter the size, is a direct investment in our partner communities that will compound for years to come," said M. Scott Frank, executive director and co-founder of The InteRoots Initiative.
For more information or to make a direct tax-deductible donation to The InteRoots Initiative, visit InteRoots.org.
Giving back can come in a variety of forms, and it can help both the giver and receiver, so consider these organizations as you take part in holiday shopping this year.