It’s time once again for one of the Impact team’s most treasured traditions. Each member of our staff selected a nonprofit with an amazing mission to receive one of Impact’s #GivingTuesday donations.
Here are the organizations we’re celebrating this year, and why we picked them:
Kim: I picked St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, because I’m passionate about organizations that help children with life-threatening illnesses. I like that they have a research facility to figure out how to tackle those diseases and find cures.
Onyi: I chose St. Jude, too, because nobody wants to see her child go through a cancer diagnosis. I’m glad to support a charity that is helping find cures for pediatric cancer.
Jen: The Inner Loop is a reading series dedicated to promoting and supporting the work of writers at all levels, from fledgling writers who have never done a public reading to published authors promoting their books. They’re doing a lot of exciting programming right now and building a writerly community across DC.
Hannah: When my friend Kelly passed away earlier this year, her family asked for donations to Small Miracles Cat and Dog Rescue in lieu of flowers. As an animal lover, I’m glad to support our hometown rescue and pay tribute to my wonderful friend.
Kathy: The Diverse City Fund is disrupting DC’s philanthropy landscape by investing in activists and leaders of color on the front lines of local struggles. By supporting leaders and projects that have less access to traditional funding, the Fund is building a new kind of community-led, social justice philanthropy in our city.
Meg: The MaxLove Project has been an important resource for a family near and dear to the Impact team. As our sweet little friend Lyra Farkas navigates treatment for T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, her parents, Andy and Katherine, and her sisters, Juno and Ena, have relied on the MaxLove Project to learn about integrative wellness and culinary medicine. We’re all rooting for Lyra and her family as she continues her journey through treatment, and I’m glad to support a charity that is making the road just a little bit smoother for them.
Julie: SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith community organization helping homeless and low-income people here in DC. They provide an astonishing array of supports, from food and clothing to addiction treatment and job training. SOME brings hope and dignity to people of all ages every single day—and running their Thanksgiving 5K Trot for Hunger is one of my favorite holiday traditions!
Heather: Reuse and play! UpCycle Creative Reuse Center inspires all ages to explore, create and play using collected creative reuse materials. Donated materials such as colored paper, feathers, ribbons, stickers, paint brushes, colorful bottle caps, fabric, and glass jars are available for children, teachers, and adults at their Community Resource Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Keeping art, learning, and office materials out of the landfill, every year UpCycle serves 2,000 community members. (The Impact team had a fun outing to make handcrafted signs at UpCycle earlier this year—we highly recommend it!)
Happy #GivingTuesday, everyone. And may your donation pages be as busy as our inboxes!