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'GivingTuesday' Promotes a Day of Personal Philanthropy

More than 7,000 nonprofits nationwide, including many in Half Moon Bay, are reaching out for support.

At Coastside Hope more than 90 percent of every dollar given goes directly to goods and services to neighbors in need.
At Coastside Hope more than 90 percent of every dollar given goes directly to goods and services to neighbors in need.

We hear enough about Black Friday and Cyber Monday but do you know about GivingTuesday? It’s a campaign to add a new date to the national calendar. GivingTuesday, which is today Dec. 3, is a daylong event designed to help charities raise awareness and money for important causes everywhere. 

Spearheaded by the United Nations Foundation and 92nd Street Y, a nonprofit cultural and community center in New York City, GivingTuesday promotes a day of personal philanthropy on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Last year, GivingTuesday drew donations to about 2,600 nonprofits, according to event sponsors.

To participate in this growing movement which was first launched just last year, organizations must be a registered non-profit [a 501(c)3 in the United States] with a specific GivingTuesday initiative, or a for-profit business, school, religious or community group who commit to spearhead a project that will benefit at least one registered charity or non-profit.

Organizations can't get donations through the GivingTuesday website. All donations need to be made directly to the nonprofit or online through their website. Official partners are responsible for their own fundraising initiatives. 

For example, Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center in Half Moon Bay sent out a letter to their "Friends of Elkus Ranch," providing information on how to make a tax deduction donation using their website or by mailing checks. $20 can purchase a bale of hay. $100 will cover the staffing and material needed for a classroom serving children with special needs at Elkus.

On GivingTuesday, people are encouraged to be generous in whatever ways matter to them, whether that means volunteering at a local charity or donating funds to a favorite cause.

Consider these local charities from Pacifica to Half Moon Bay and Pescadero.

Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County

Cabrillo Education Foundation

Coastside Adult Day Care

Coastside Children’s Programs

Coastside Hope

Coastside Land Trust

Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center

Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library

The HEAL Project

Pacifica Beach Coalition

Pacifica Education Foundation

Pacifica Library Foundation

Pacifica Resource Center

Pacifica School Volunteers

Pacifica Youth Service Bureau

Pacificans Care

Puente de la Costa Sur

Second Harvest Food Bank

Seniors Coastsiders

Square Peg Foundation

Sonrisas Community Dental

Vida Verde Nature Education

Wildlife Associates 

For more information: www.GivingTuesday.org or #GivingTuesday on Twitter.

Did we miss your favorite local charity in our listing? Tell your neighbors about it in the comments section below.

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