GivingTuesday 2020

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes GivingTuesday - a global day of giving that raises hundreds of millions of dollars for important causes all over the world. With the flurry of messaging from all the nonprofits out there, it can be hard to figure out where to give. Here are a few organizations we've worked with recently that will put your GivingTuesday dollars to good use!

After much anticipation GivingTuesday is finally here, and nonprofits around the world are gearing up for the fundraising blitz. We’re huge fans of GivingTuesday though, not just because of the fundraising opportunity it represents, but for the opportunities it provides to join and even lead conversations related to various cause areas, and attract new supporters to high-impact organizations, they might not normally reach. It’s also just a great opportunity to refocus around the spirit of generosity, contribution, and compassion for those around us, after the retail frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

With that in mind, we wanted to highlight a few of the amazing organizations that we’ve worked with over the past year, and provide the links you need to give back on GivingTuesday.


Worker Justice Wisconsin

Worker Justice Wisconsin (WJW) is the only organization in Wisconsin that non-unionized workers can turn to for support fighting discrimination, harassment, and unsafe working conditions. Perhaps their biggest impact is in helping workers reclaim legally earned and unpaid wages, more than $124,000 worth this year alone - an impressive stat when you realize that 70% of their clientele earns $10/hour or less.

WJW has handled a dramatically increased caseload this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic with grace, and is gearing up to have an even bigger impact in 2021 when it plans to launch a new initiative, empowering workers to self-organize and become powerful advocates for equal rights and fair wages in their places of work.

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Barbells for Boobs

Barbells for Boobs is a different kind of breast cancer organization. They’re committed to early detection (removing all age and sex limitations from mammogram eligibility), and helping breast cancer survivors thrive after diagnosis through physical activity, nutrition, and mental health. They create a ton of impact with a very small team, and have some of the best branding of any nonprofit organization out there. Look for some big things coming from them in the years ahead!

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The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party was inspired by Co-Founder Carla Fernandez’s experiences seeking community support following the death of her father from cancer. Finding traditional support groups to be sterile and a bit too formal for her liking, Carla created The Dinner Party to host informal gatherings where candid conversations and community support would feel a bit more nurturing. The concept took off like wildfire, and independent organizers are now hosting Dinner Parties and providing peer-support after loss all over the country. Carla shared her founding story, and talked about the future of The Dinner Party on Cause & Purpose Episode 3!

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The Adventure Project

Having seen firsthand the impact gainful employment can have on families and the communities they live in inspired charity:water alum Becky Straw to launch The Adventure Project (TAP). While focused 100% on fostering entrepreneurship in third world regions around the globe, TAP can trace its impact to improved education, health, and environmental outcomes in the communities they serve. They’ve grown quickly and weathered adversity, largely because of their large base of small grassroots donors. You can learn more about The Adventure Project in Cause & Purpose Episode 5!

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La Jolla Institute for Immunology

If you're interested in cutting edge approaches to curing diseases - ones that mobilize the body's own immune system to fight things like cancer, diabetes, and Dengue Fever, look no further than La Jolla Institute for Immunology. We had the pleasure of working with LJI last year, and they're truly on the verge of some major breakthroughs in personalized medicine!

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Team Rubicon

Jake Wood saw the news of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and was compelled to act. He mobilized a group of recently-discharged military veterans to gather supplies, fly down to the Dominican Republic, and cross the border into Haiti by truck, ready to provide medical care and humanitarian relief to anyone who needed it - and thus, Team Rubicon was born. Launched as a disaster relief organization that leverages veterans services, “By engaging our veterans in continued service through disaster response, not only does Team Rubicon provide relief to affected communities, but many veteran volunteers begin to regain the purpose, community, and identity that is difficult to find upon leaving the armed forces.” OK, so Moonshot doesn’t actually do any work with Team Rubicon (yet) but we’ve been big fans of their work for years!

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Happy GivingTuesday everyone!



About the Author:

Mike Spear
Founder
Mike is the founder and lead consultant at The Moonshot Collective. Prior to launching Moonshot.co, Mike spent 12+ years leading strategic business development at Classy.org where he worked with a dozens of purpose-driven organizations on a variety of strategic initiatives. Mike also spent 10+ years as a journalist and filmmaker. He holds a master's degree in broadcast journalism from NYU and a bachelors degree in American literature and culture from UCLA.

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