Now that you're done splurging on Black Friday doorbusters, small business steals and cyber deals, you may have a hankering to give back this Giving Tuesday.
The annual Give! campaign
— featuring a whopping 93 local nonprofits — is a good place to start. The campaign, now in its 10th year, is the civic arm of Colorado Publishing House, which owns the Colorado Springs Independent
, Colorado Springs Business Journal
and the Pikes Peak Bulletin
Give! has helped 180 local nonprofits raise more than $9.6 million from over 74,000 donations since its start in 2009. The campaign also helps nonprofits access matching grants, media exposure and capacity-building training.
Each week through December, we're profiling two nonprofits in the Independent
to help you get to know them. Check out the stories we've published so far, for your Giving Tuesday inspiration:
Peak Military Care Network
"When members of the military need expanded assistance, it can be difficult for them to find exactly what they need. Since 2004, Peak Military Care Network has endeavored to change that, creating a centralized hub of support that guides those seeking answers to the proper services and information."
Angels of America's Fallen
Courtesy Angels of America's Fallen
Angels of America's Fallen provides kids with opportunities for growth through activities like making art, playing music or sports, baking and dance.
"Angels of America's Fallen devotes itself to mentoring children of those who have given their lives to protect others, by providing positive outlets for them to develop while missing one of their most important mentors."
Wild Blue Cats
"Envision 1,750 cats at large across the county, with no homes, having kittens, starving. Thanks to Wild Blue Cats, that same number of felines found shelter and food at the nonprofit's Black Forest-area refuge, which also neuters or spays and provides veterinary care."
Paws N Hooves
"Thousands of animals ... annually pass through the rescue, also known as Black Forest Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter. Located on 35 acres, the nonprofit began as a wildlife rescue, but now handles domesticated animals that include cats, parrots, lizards, horses, miniature donkeys, goats, sheep, ducks, llamas and a Holstein steer named Homer."
High Plains Helping Hands
"On the grounds of Mountain Springs Church, Helping Hands boasts a clean and comfortable waiting room for those who use its food pantry, a fully stocked storeroom with everything from packaged pies to fresh vegetables, an outdoor garden area and an aquaponics greenhouse — all geared toward giving individuals in its service area (20 ZIP codes) a fresh start."
Finding Our Voices
"[Joyce] Aubrey established Finding Our Voices in 2009, hoping to provide a platform for survivors of sexual assault to share their healing journeys through artwork. It began as an annual art show, still held every April at Cottonwood Center for the Arts."
You can browse the full list nonprofits and make donations on indygive.com
, which includes information about each organization's mission, matching grants, leaderboards and more.
If good karma isn't enough, Give!
partners offer exciting rewards
for those who donate as little as $25. Young donors are eligible for their own unique prizes.