Charlotte Coming Together to Celebrate Seventh Annual #GivingTuesdayCLT


December 1st marks Charlotte’s seventh year celebrating the global generosity movement GivingTuesday locally with #GivingTuesdayCLT, powered by SHARE Charlotte.

Celebrated annually the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

#GivingTuesdayCLT encourages the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community to come together to support local nonprofits. Since 2014, #GivingTuesdayCLT has influenced over $28M in gifts to local nonprofits and inspired more than 25,000 new donors. In 2016, #GivingTuesdayCLT was named the largest GivingTuesday community celebration in the world.

“Regardless of your circumstances, 2020 has been a tough year for everyone and forced us all to pause,” said Kendall Alley, Region Bank president for Charlotte. “We are proud to continue our support for #GivingTuesdayCLT, which provides a great opportunity to come together to take action for our community. It is our honor to serve our customers, support our employees and help accelerate the critical work of nonprofit organizations. Generosity looks different for each of us this year, and #GivingTuesdayCLT is our call to action to be generous and to share because Charlotte needs us.”

SHARE Charlotte has sourced local nonprofits individual goals for this year’s #GivingTuesdayCLT (Tuesday, Dec 1) and the impact that reaching that goal will have on their organization. 

You can find more information and how to donate time, money, or resources to the following causes on SHARE Charlotte’s Giving Tuesday webpage here.

Nonprofit #GivingTuesdayCLT Goal Impact of reaching their goal Who they could bring to the interview 
Angel in Disguise Inc. Raise $10K, gain social media followers, secure new volunteers 200 rides for cancer patients to help eliminate transportation barriers in the metro Charlotte area. A cancer patient who is able to get treatment because transportation services were provided
Anne Springs Close Greenway Raise $10K, gain social media followers In support of a $25 for 25 years campaign, which is raising money for the Greenway. A recipient of our Bridge Program
Beds for Kids Raise $303K to purchase 2,020 twin bed sets ($150 dollars each) Will allow us to increase our deliveries heading into 2021 to match the rising need for our service. We keep our clients anonymous but one of our social workers would be happy to share a testimony on the impact of a bed for her clients.
Bright Side Youth Ranch Raise $2500,  gain social media followers, secure new volunteers $2500 will complete a matching gift to pay for a badly needed tractor to help maintain the 15-acre equine property We have several families who would be willing to share their stories.
Cakeable Charlotte Raise $7,200 Pay for one year’s worth of rent in a commercial kitchen ($4,200), plus supplies and ingredients for baking classes in order to enhance the employability of our students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. One of our current students, an adult who has Down syndrome, has just received an offer to package cookie boxes for the Sweet Spot Cookie Club. After a trial period with training, she has the opportunity to hold her first paying job.
Carolina Breast Friends Raise $25K Carolina Breast Friends is the only organization meeting the care-and-support needs of Charlotte’s breast cancer community with free wigs, bras and prostheses, and our stock is depleted. Yes! Lots of women!
Changed Choices Raise $7500 Cover remaining operating expense for reentry home  Possibly a reentry client 
Charlotte Bilingual Preschool Secure 25 new volunteers  Securing 25 new volunteers will enable us to ensure the health and safety of our children and families. Having volunteers fill the following positions, would free up our staff to be able to do their jobs. Volunteers needed include Temperature Checkers and Traffic Directors.  Yes
Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center Raise awareness of their mission and general funds  Provide the gift of speech and hearing to all those in need in the Charlotte community We have several individuals who have received hearing aids through our organization who are able to continue working and enjoying life thanks to the gift of hearing.
Dottie Rose Foundation Raise $20K Provide for a dedicated space to accommodate recent growth,for gatherings and programming Yes, you can speak with any of our girls.
E2D Raise $7,500  Purchase 100 computers at $75/each (looking specifically for smaller donors!) Principal Daniel Gray of Hidden Valley Elementary
Faith in Action Community and Educational Transition Services We’d like to raise funds and/or materials for 50 transition kits  The need for cleaning and bed/bath products for transitioning families is the greatest need identified by Salvation Army Center of Hope, our partner agency. Yes – we can make available multiple women who have been helped by FACET Services over the past 13 years upon request. Some of them have testimonies of flourishing in their new homes as a direct result of the support we provided
Families Forward Charlotte Raise $10K Grow our program to serve more families. Yes, we have a few families we could choose from that would be willing to share.
First Gen Success Raise $20K gain gain social media followers, secure new volunteers, get 4 laptops and printers donated Provide college financial assistance to each of our 4 graduating seniors. Yes, scholars who are currently enrolled in our program.
First Responders 1st Goods purchased from their Amazon Wish List Help create 50 Kids Activity Kits that local first responders can give to kids when on calls I could get some local first responders 
Foster Village Charlotte Raise $60K by Giving Tuesday! Funds will help: 

Equip – Provide individualized support for families

Hire a highly skilled Caregiver Support Coordinator

Connect – Build our Village Guides program

Mentor new and struggling families directly

Advocate – Enable Foster Village to be the voice of foster families

Focus on change in the system to better serve foster children

Get ahead of foster care burnout

Yes- a foster family
GardHouse Raise $12,500.  This $12,500 will provide 10 paid workforce development opportunities to students graduating from high school entering college in Fall 2021 (in addition to a $5K gift from the Duke Energy Foundation) We have two students who were recently offered employment due to GardHouse’s efforts in a year of operation.
Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. Raise $7,500  To support ‘’Tailoring Teens for Success’’ program which enriches and empowers our girls to become leaders  Yes, we have a woman who is willing to share her testimony.
Hands for Holly Memorial Fund Raise $3K, gain social media followers Part of the annual Hope for the Holly-Days campaign which provides families who have children fighting cancer with financial needs such as paying for gifts, housing, utilities and groceries. We have a number of families who have given consent to share their story
Healing Vine Harbor Raise $3K, gain social media followers  Will bring us closer to the goal of having a living facility for homeless, single women in the greater Charlotte area. We have at least 3 people who would be willing to share their story of overcoming homelessness with the help of Healing Vine Harbor.
Heart Math Tutoring Raise $2K Will provide 1:1 math tutoring to two students in the 2021/22 school year. Yes – volunteers
Holy Angels $25K Will help upgrade, repair and refurbish our fleet of golf carts that our staff and residents use for safe transport around our campus. They’re critically important for emergencies, maintenance in our homes and facilities and daily operations. This fleet is not only cost effective, but allows us to limit traffic on our roads which is safer and more efficient. Absolutely. We have a family in Charlotte who would LOVE to share their story.
House of Mercy Raise $3500 (#GivingTuesdayCLT is also World Aids Day this year) Provides one full month of care for a resident with HIV who comes to us in an acute crisis situation with no source of funding. That $3500 of care is often the difference between life and death for an individual in crisis Maybe – due to the stigma that still surrounds an HIV diagnosis, our residents generally prefer to stay anonymous.
Humane Society of Charlotte Raise $10K (have a $10K matching donor!) Additional funds means we’re able to secure resources we need to help save more animals lives, more frequently. Some of these funds could help us to hire additional team members to aid in animal transport or to pay for the intake costs of animals so that we can take in more at a time.  Several of our adopters, fosters, or volunteers would be willing to share their stories. 
JazzArts Charlotte Raise $5K (have a $5K matching donor!) To keep the music playing. Since the pandemic began devastating the local arts community, JazzArts Charlotte has actually doubled the performance and educational opportunities we offer, employing musicians and educators, while providing the healing power of music online free. This goal allows us to keep filling that gap until the community is finally able to be in person again. We have educators and musicians who could speak to the impact of the pandemic and what JazzArts Charlotte is doing to bridge the gaps.
Life Connections of the Carolinas, Inc. Raise $5K Help fund our administrative team and training initiatives for staff Yes, parents of program participants who are now members of the Board of Directors.
Loaves & Fishes Raise $20K  To expand our new home grocery delivery program. Are currently delivering to 250 people,  two days a week. $20,000 will help us with funding for a staff position to further expand this program as well as make healthy food available to more people in need. A recipient of a week’s worth of groceries delivered directly to their door who would otherwise would not have been able to get to a pick up location due to illness or transportation issues.
MeckEd Raise $10K Will support the MeckEd Learning Lab ensuring students have a safe learning environment when one is not available at home. Students who have utilized the lab will be able to share their story!
Mind Body Baby NC Raise $10K To support the Community Care Fund, which bridges the gap for new & expectant mothers, who are struggling with perinatal mood disorders and traumatic births, when money, transportation, childcare or access to the internet is the obstacle to getting needed maternal mental health services and support. About our support groups, yes. One of Fund cases, possibly.
Para Guide Foundation Raise $2,500 Provide indoor stationary bicycle equipment for at least 5 additional individuals who are blind/visually impaired. Yes – two visually impaired people received indoor cycling equipment from Para Guide in September and can speak to their experience
PrettyPonytails Shop our Amazon Wish List and buy pajamas, socks, and hair care essentials to impact 100 underserved girls in need. Help boost young girls’ self-esteem and confidence! Yes, I was able to provide haircare kits to girls apart of Safe Families Clt that were place with a host family.
Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte Secure at least 25 donations of $100 or more Can build and donate 25 student desks and fund critical repair programs. Yes, a single mother who worried about losing her home until we provided extensive repairs to keep her family safe and healthy and her home preserved.
Shining Hope Farms Raise $36,192 Feeding our horses is one our biggest and most challenging expenses and it is not covered by insurance reimbursements from our therapy services. Raising enough money to feed our whole herd for the next year would ensure that our patients can go on receiving their awesome benefits!

If donors would give $24 each (the cost to feed one horse for one week), 1500 donations could feed all 29 of our horses for one year!

Teaching Fellows Institute Raise $1800  Fund our January virtual series of workshops with Dr. Bryan Harris, a  thought leader in the K-12 education arena and creates custom sessions for our Fellows based on their input.  Yes
The DeAngelo Williams Foundation Raise $15K Provide mammograms as part of “53 Strong for Sandra” program Possibly
The Nest Academy Raise $50K Help cover COVID re-opening costs and continue to provide the “gift” of a private school education to refugees, immigrants, and underprivileged students along with extracurricular activities to equip each student with the tools they need to make a difference in their world! Yes, one of our students was able to graduate and get a full ride to college and accomplish her dreams.
The Relatives Raise $5K Provide back rent for 5 young adults facing eviction, keeping them stably housed. Possibly – we have many young adults who have received housing, but would need to check with their comfort level on sharing their story.
Thrive Global Project Raise $11,500 Provide 23 low income, first-generation college students in Charlotte with a $500 relief package to help students afford vital, basic needs due to COVID.  Without assistance, students may not have access to vital, basic needs, decreasing capacity to graduate, impacting long term earning potential. Yes, we have constituents who would be able to share their story