With Thanksgiving under our (growing) belts and Cyber Monday a not-so-distant memory, let’s take a break from the holiday frenzy and focus on giving back. In honor of #GivingTuesday, we sat down with our own BuildASign.com Giving Program to get their take on the best organizations to donate time, money, and resources to this year.
The Giving Program launched in 2008 as the philanthropic arm of our parent company, BuildASign.com. In just seven years, the program has awarded over 1.3 million dollars in in-kind donations, supporting nonprofits in nearly every U.S. state.
With over 2,700 nonprofits served since its inception, choosing just five nonprofits to highlight was no easy feat. But, after considering community impact and their own personal experience, each Giving Program employee provided a heartfelt recommendation below.
Dorelia Miller, Giving Program Manager
Ronald McDonald House Charities
To create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.
Dorelia’s Reason for Choice:
When my daughter was 3 months old she had a minor surgery that required an overnight stay at the hospital. Thankfully, it was one night and we were able to stay in her room with her, but that is not the case for many of the families we met during our stay.
Children facing a serious illness or injury spend extended time receiving care. The ability to remain close together is crucial to the well-being of the entire family. The Roland McDonald Home is a “home away from home” that provides a place of rest and stability for families. You can donate money or items on the Family Room Wish List and Most Needed Items.
Meghan Gatewood, National Partner Coordinator
American Cancer Society
To eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Meghan’s Reason for Choice:
While my grandmother was battling cancer, she stayed in one of American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodges. Hope Lodges around the country allow those undergoing treatment away from home a place to stay free of charge. This is a huge help for families going through treatment because sometimes it can take weeks, which could be an expensive hotel bill. My grandmother said it was a place where she could connect with people going through the same thing she did, and being there actually made her feel “normal.” Visit http://www.cancer.org/ and join the fight against cancer.
Amanda Villarreal, Giving Program Associate
Con Mi Madre
To empower young Latinas and their mothers through educational and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education.
Amanda’s Reason for Choice:
Growing up, I was lucky enough to have support to be successful in receiving a college education, but many of my friends and family members were not. I volunteer with Con Mi Madre in Austin, Texas by advising a high school senior girl and her family through the college application process, which can be very overwhelming and confusing even for people who are experienced with it. I help her stay on top of application deadlines, essay editing and brainstorming, and financial aid navigation.
Con Mi Madre addresses the important cultural considerations to assure academic success for this growing demographic. Donate and get involved at: www.conmimadre.org.
Hannah Lapin, Giving Program Associate
To secure justice and fair treatment to all.
Hannah’s Reason for Choice:
While we have come a long way in progress for tolerance for all, there is still so much hatred in the world. Especially after the recent terrorist attacks in France, it is crucial to support an organization dedicated to combating hate and advocating for equality. The Anti-Defamation League has programs on a global scale committed to taking action against hatred and providing the resources for education and outreach. To learn more about their efforts and to get involved, visit www.adl.org.
Arielle Scherr, Giving Program Administrator
To inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.
Arielle’s Reason for Choice:
Full disclosure, I used to work at Girls Inc., which gave me an inside look into how they implemented their goal of empowering girls to be strong, smart and bold. We taught the girls to stand up for themselves and what they believed in, to understand their emotions, and to build their self-confidence. They learned how to manage money and met professional women working in fields that inspired their own career aspirations.
The girls learned to be critical of the messages the media sends them about girls’ bodies, behavior, and role in society, and created their own television programming focused on girls’ issues. For many of the girls, Girls Inc. was a safe place where they could be themselves, get access to the services they needed and connect with a diverse group of female role models. Visit http://www.girlsinc.org/ to learn more and support the cause.
We hope that you enjoyed these suggestions from the incredible women behind the BuildASign.com Giving Program! If you work with a nonprofit in need of affordable signage or t-shirts, be sure to submit a BuildASign.com Giving Program Request. If your nonprofit is in need of canvas prints, please complete an EasyCanvasPrints.com Giving Program Request. Our team would love to help out!
For other ways to get involved in the global #GivingTuesday event, head on over to http://www.givingtuesday.org/.