The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as Giving Tuesday and it has become one of the most popular days of the year for donating to charitable causes. Our team put together some quick thoughts on what organizations we'll be supporting this year.
We encourage you to identify causes you want to support and make a donation today. If you're able, consider regular monthly donations throughout the year to help support the missions you're passionate about in a more sustainable way.
I'm supporting DC Food Project - a 501c3 here in DC that works to provide food to local students experiencing food insecurity. As the husband of a teacher in a Title 1 school, this is an issue I hear a lot about and want to help to combat. I'll also be supporting Wikipedia. Back in high school, I was taught not to use the internet as a reliable source of information, but today Wikipedia has become a massively peer-reviewed, open knowledge base spanning 57 million pages that I rely on almost daily. To keep Wikipedia going as an independent, ad-free non-profit, I chip in every year.
This year, I plan to support Common Good City Farm, a DC-based farm whose mission is to sustain and support a more equitable community through growing, learning, cooking, and sharing fresh food together. I'm also allocating donations for DC SCORES (a program that supports the physical, emotional, and mental health of DC youth through soccer and community engagement; check out America SCORES to see programs nationwide) and my kids’ school, DC Bilingual (a public charter school dedicated to building an anti-racist community while strengthening the physical, mental, and social well-being of our community.)
While my home city of New Orleans is a place bursting with culture, joy, and celebration, it is also a city with a chronically underserved population. Throughout our yearly giving, my family and I support a multitude of organizations. Today we'll be donating to Anna’s Place NOLA (A Treme-based youth program working to disrupt cycles of poverty and violence through providing education/arts, workforce development, and health/wellness programs), Birthmark Doula Collective (a birth justice organization dedicated to supporting, informing and advocating for pregnant and parenting people and their families in New Orleans), LA-SPCA (a 130+ year old organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and advancing the well-being of Louisiana's companion animals), New Orleans Musicians Clinic (provides cost-efficient access to reliable, comprehensive healthcare and social services for performing artists), and Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (works at the state, local and federal levels to ensure that restoring and protecting coastal Louisiana is a top priority for our state and the nation).