Today is #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday November 27, 2012 charities, families, businesses and individuals are coming together to transform the way people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. The idea is to find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters.
So, in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite places to give. These are all places I have given to and support their missions and visions.
Sante Fe International Folk Art Market Sponsor an Artist: Every year, folk artists from around the world travel to Sante Fe to participate in the International Folk Artist Market. I have both volunteered at the Sante Fe International Folk Art Market as an Artist Assistant and every year, I donate to sponsor an artist to the market. Sponsoring a first-time artist at the Market, gives an artist the opportunity to meet other artists, encounter buyers from across the U.S. and the world, and succeed in a dynamic global marketplace. Sponsorships cover costs including training, international airfare, lodging, local transportation, and meals. Artists report that with the earnings from the Market they have been able to purchase land, build new studios, run health clinics, hire teachers and start schools, pay for school fees and books, and buy farm animals that bring additional wealth. The Sante Fe International Folk Artist Market is life changing for many, many of the artists who participate. You can find out more how to sponsor an artist to the market here. Be sure to watch the video.
St. Louis Zoo: Become a Zoo Parent. This is one of my favorite ways to give and gift others. The St Louis Zoo Parent Program enables you to pick an animal and donate toward that animal’s food and care costs. In return, you become a Zoo Parent and receive a certificate, a decal for your car, a stuffed animal (if you chose the animal of the season), and your name or the person who receives the donation gift (such as your sibling’s name) will be on the Zoo Parent board at the zoo. I’ve been gifting my siblings and parents as Zoo Parents for the last couple years. After my Grandpa’s Memorial in August, we stopped by the St Louis Zoo and saw our names on the Zoo Parents Board and we went to see the animals we donate towards. You can find out more about the Zoo Parents Program here.
Tacoma Glass Art Museum Membership: The Tacoma Glass Art Museum is an amazing experience of glass art. My favorite part of the museum is the hot glass shop where you can see hot glass artists at work. One way to support the Tacoma Glass Art Museum is to become a member. You can do this in your name or gift it to someone else. Find out more here.
I’ve also been a member of the Schack Art Center in Everett. They have a hot glass shop as well as offer FREE teen art nights on a regular basis. Right now, they are matching, dollar for dollar, all donations up to $5,000. You can find out more here.
Chicago Girl Talk: Self Care Day for Incarcerated Girls: On Saturday December 15th, Girl Talk will be hosting a “Pamper Yourself” Self-Care Day for the young women who are incarcerated at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. They are organizing this event with no money and will be heavily relying on supporters to make this day a success. They are asking for everything from personal care items such as: Bath salts, Bath Soaps, Bath Gels or if you live in the Chicago area and are a massage therapist or body worker, consider donating your service for the girl’s day. They are also asking for donations. You can find out more here.
Chicago Girl Talk: Self Care Day for Incarcerated Girls is where I will be giving for Giving Tuesday.
Where will you give? Please share in the comments. I’d love to see the list of where everyone else is giving.