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#GivingTuesday Gift Guide

Whew… what a weekend of incredible sales and deals. #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday are forces to be reckoned with.

Enter #GivingTuesday, a global movement of collective generosity. It’s a day to celebrate giving, to show we can give as well as we can get here in America. 

Check out the Giving Tuesday network, or check the trending #GivingTuesday hashtag. So much good is happening today, I can hardly stand it.

In the spirit of all the super helpful Holiday Gift Guides floating around in cyberspace, I wanted to do my own #GivingTuesday Gift Guide. 

Here is a roundup of my personal favorite #GivingTuesday picks (most of which I have already donated towards today). Check them out. Again, I will never recommend an organization I don’t a.) know personally (the founder or significant person in the org), b.) know someone close to me who knows the organization personally, or c.) have donated to or worked with the organization closely. These are tried and true, folks.

Give generously knowing your money really is making a difference to those in desperate need! 


 

 

DALIT FREEDOM NETWORK

 

This is a clear first choice for me. I am currently working with DFN and the more I learn about the people, the work and the mission, the more excited I am to promote the organization (Our website is under construction and will re-launch in January 2015, but you can read the mission of DFN here). Today’s campaign is specifically for the EDUCATION FUND.

Dalit children are routinely ostracized, physically beaten and forced to do unthinkable jobs (look up manual scavenging, a job delegated to Dalit girls and women on a regular basis) when going to community schools in India. DFN goes into communities and villages only after being asked to come. Often the first project is to build or start a Dalit Education Center (DEC). This is a non-discriminatory, English-medium, accredited school that children from all castes, all religions are welcome to attend. They are some of the best schools in India. Getting a Dalit child into a DEC school is often a preventative measure against human trafficking, and a ticket to freedom out of the Dalit existence.

Please consider donating ANY AMOUNT today so that we can get more children into schools and out of danger on the streets and villages. All children who enter a DEC are given a uniform, shoes, vaccines, school supplies and backpacks. We have two VERY easy ways to give – via TEXT or ONLINE DONATION: 

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And as a bonus, I am hosting a #giveaway for a random donor today. Just post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that you donated to DFN. Be sure to tag us and use the hashtags #MAKECHANGE and #GIVINGTUESDAY.

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TOO YOUNG TO WED

 

I recently had the good fortune to meet award winning National Geographic photographer, Stephanie Sinclair at the ONE Girls & Women’s #AYASummit. Stephanie’s life changed drastically after an assignment to photograph Yemen’s child brides. This experience led to a documentary and then to a non-profit organization dedicated to helping stop child marriage worldwide. Stephanie’s TYTW has a #GivingTuesday initiative that is well worth your donation. Please take a moment to check it out. 

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The first 100 people who donate at least $50 to Too Young to Wed will receive a complimentary “100% Thankful” tote bag from Thankful Registry. All the proceeds will support a pilot program in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, aimed at building a Girl Empowerment Group, where girls can express themselves without fear of repercussions and learn about health, human rights and self-esteem.

 

Ultimately, Too Young to Wed wants to establish groups like this in all the communities where the girls in our photos live. Too Young to Wed is a member of the Adolescent Girls Learning Circle, sponsored by the Population Council, a large international NGO that is mentoring Too Young to Wed in this program.

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Donate Here.

 

INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION

 

Always a top 3 favorite of mine. IJM’s work is some of the best in the world at addressing corrupt justice systems, violence against the poor and injustice in general. IJM has a wonderful matching campaign today.

Today is ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬, a day dedicated to giving back. Today ONLY any gifts made to our gift catalog will be DOUBLED up to $50,000. Give the gift of RESCUE. The best gifts can’t be wrapped: http://bitly.com/GiftsofRescue.

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Donate here.

 

WORLD RELIEF

 

I have recently had the wonderful good fortune of becoming friends with World Relief’s president/CEO’s (Stephen Bauman) wife, Belinda. She has already been a wonderful gift of encouragement and inspiration in my life, and I foresee many years of collaboration for GOOD coming our way. Through this relationship, I have come to see and understand the depth and breadth of World Relief’s work both locally, with refugees and globally, with peacemaking and development work in many a war-torn country in Africa. I cannot recommend this organization highly enough. I often look at the heads of organizations like World Relief (IJM, World Vision etc…) and when I see humble, focussed, authentic, compassionate leadership, I see viable, hopeful organizations truly making a difference in the world.

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World Relief also has a catalog for “gifts of hope.” Check out the three ways you can give to WR today! 

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Donate here. 

 

COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL

 

I would be remiss in my gift-guiding if I didn’t mention Compassion International. If you have been around this blog for any amount of time, you have probably seen a few posts where I have blogged for Compassion. I do it willingly and passionately because I know they are making a difference. We support a little girl in India so this #GivingTuesday campaign is very special to me:

On December 2nd, we want to help fund and launch a brand new Child Survival Program in Gujarat, India – ALL IN ONE DAY, #GivingTuesday!
For the first time ever, we are asking the entire Compassion family to take #GivingTuesday action and raise $25,000 for moms and babies in India.
Read more about this special campaign here.
Your gift will help mother in India form a strong foundation through a loving local partner and will:
  • prepare moms with training to help care for their babies
  • help mothers learn to read and write
  • give children a safe place to learn and grow
  • ensure lifesaving medical care for babies and moms
  • proclaim the hope of God to families living in poverty
Learn more about Compassion here.
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