Ever since it was introduced in 2012, Giving Tuesday follows Thursday Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Entering its sixth year, GivingTuesday is a global day of giving.

This Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving, as a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources. Keep in mind that giving isn’t only about money and material goods. Your time, effort and helping hand have the power to change someone’s life this season, so take a look at these charities and non-profits and devote yourself to one.

Downtown Women’s Center

Homelessness has reached critical levels in Los Angeles. The Downtown Women’s Center is on skid row and provides housing, a health center, a day shelter and other community services for homeless women.

As I said before, being humane doesn’t have to involve money or material goods of any kind, here you can apply to volunteer in this organization any time you can.

MAP International

The health and relief organization aims to save lives and advance the health of those living in the world’s poorest communities. Since it was founded in 1954, the MAP has given over $5 billion worth of medicines and supplies to over 100 countries. The group also works on disaster relief, providing humanitarian assistance and aid in the immediate aftermath of crises.

NEA Foundation

The public charity believes every student deserves a great public education and aims to advance student achievement by investing in public education. Since 1998, the NEA Foundation has provided nearly 4,000 grants to schools and educators (totaling $8.5 million), and invested $10 million to support district-level initiatives to close achievement gaps.

The Lange Foundation

The cause of this foundation are the animals. It rescues dogs, cats, and horses from overcrowded public animal shelters. Since the nonprofit was founded in 1993, it has placed more than 25,000 pets in new homes.

Volunteers are always welcome, not only to provide love and exercise to the animals but also to help organize fundraisers, spread the word, and assist with the everyday tasks of a busy rescue.

The Los Angeles Conservancy

The Los Angeles Conservancy advocates for the preservation of historic buildings in L.A. County. It offers walking tours and other forms of education about the landmarks, landscapes, structures, and neighborhoods.

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles

Support your local public library! Or at the very least, support this organization that does. The Library Foundation of Los Angeles works in concert with the public library system to create programs for students and underprivileged youths, adult literacy initiatives and efforts to digitize the library’s archives to preserve them for the future.

Wildcoast

Love the beach? This organization is dedicated to the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. It has helped preserve more than 17,000 acres of Marine Protected Areas around Southern California.

The possibilities for good deeds are endless. Donate your time by volunteering at a nearby animal shelter or soup kitchen. Sign up to become an organ donor. Give blood. Even your social media usage can be useful for gathering people to help. However, you giving doesn’t have to stop at non-profits and charities. This Giving Tuesday, you can give extra care and attention to your friends, family members, and neighbors. Spend time reading to a younger relative. Volunteer to finish off a project around the house. Let this day of philanthropy inspire more days of giving back.


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