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Ten Local Organizations to Donate to on Giving Tuesday

These local nonprofits need donations to continue doing amazing work in Baja Arizona.

November 27, 2017

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have landed you somewhere between utter despair and inbox agony, but Giving Tuesday is different. You can feel great about participating in a day when millions of people donate to amazing non-profits that care for people, animals, and our planet as a whole.

While there are over one million nonprofits in the United States, the results of donating to local organizations are both discernible and far-reaching. Donate to the local food bank and help feed your children’s classmates. Donate to a local animal rescue group and see the joy on your neighbor’s face when they adopt a new pet. Donate locally and you’ll see exactly where your money goes, who it helps, and how it improves the community around you.

Regardless of who you donate to today, tomorrow, or next year, your kindness is always greatly appreciated. Here are a few of our favorite local nonprofits that would greatly benefit from your donations.

Food-related nonprofits:

Native Seeds/SEARCH was founded in Tucson over thirty years ago in an effort to conserve close to 2,000 varieties of aridlands-adapted seeds. At their seed bank, people are encouraged to borrow seeds to grow in their own backyard gardens. Why donate to Native Seeds/SEARCH? They are preserving agricultural biodiversity and thus working to combat our nation’s food security crisis. Learn more about Native Seeds/SEARCH and make a donation here.

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Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona provides food to underserved people in Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, and Santa Cruz counties. The organization provides over 63,000 nutritious meals to people in the community that might otherwise go hungry. In addition to providing food, they have a multitude of food-related services, including emergency food distribution, child hunger programs, and SNAP application assistance. Why donate to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona? They are providing crucial sustenance to your neighbor, your child’s schoolmate, and your fellow farmers’-market-goers. Additionally, 97 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to feeding our community. Learn more about the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and make a donation here.

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Watershed Management Group is invested in improving and sustaining desert ecosystems. Part of the way they do this is by educating the community and providing them with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to make their livelihoods more sustainable. Why donate to Watershed Management Group? They are helping Southern Arizona conserve, save, and recharge water while teaching people about sustainability. Water is life, and without it we aren’t going to live very long. Learn more about Watershed Management Group and make a donation here.

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Iskashitaa Refugee Network has been empowering refugees since 2003 by connecting them with resources and opportunities in the community. One way they do this is by locating, harvesting, and re-distributing locally grown produce that would otherwise perish. As they are introduced to backyard gardens, farms, hydroponic and aquaponic operations, refugees learn about sustainable food systems. Why donate to Iskashitaa Refugee Network? They are working to both combat food waste and increase cultural competency and diversity awareness, and as a result are making Tucson a stronger and more sustainable community. Learn more about Iskashitaa Refugee Network and donate here.

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Case Maria Soup Kitchen: Along with serving meals to the hungry 363 days a year,  Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community provides clothes, shelter, and water to those in need. Why donate to Casa Maria? They are working to serve the most underserved people in the Tucson community. Without their tireless work, many more would go hungry, thirsty, and unsheltered each day. Lean more about Casa Maria and donate here.

Image credit: Jeff Smith

Other local nonprofits we love:

Ben’s Bells: Spreading kindness throughout Tucson and the world.

El Grupo: Empowering youth through bicycles.

Living Streets Alliance: Empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play.

Local First Arizona: Making it easy to support local.

Sky Island Alliance: Protecting and restoring the biodiversity and natural heritage of the Sky Islands.

There are so many wonderful nonprofit organizations worth supporting in Tucson. Kino Border Initiative works to make migration between the U.S. and Mexico more just, humane, and workable. Southwest Folklife Alliance connects cultures, communities, and heritage through a range of diverse programs. These organizations need your support to continue bringing food, culture, and diversity to Southern Arizona. Donate or set up a time to volunteer today.

Header image by Nieves Montaño.

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