Giving Tuesday: How you can help Alaskans
It's Giving Tuesday! If you're looking for a way to help, here's a list of some local groups that are accepting donations today.
The Alaska SeaLife Center
“We have no federal or state funding to care for sea otters, and we rely on donations to keep this program going," ASLC President and CEO Tara Riemer said." We are very thankful to all who donate on #GivingTuesday. Your contributions support the care of all four of these high-maintenance otter pups!”
To support the Alaska SeaLife Center’s #GivingTuesday initiative, visit http://www.alaskasealife.org/donate.
Sealaska Heritage Institute
"On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new custom for our annual calendars," a representative said in an email. "#GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season. Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together."
To support SHI, visit www.sealaskaheritage.org/.
Spirit of Youth
"Donations to Spirit of Youth support Alaska Teen Media Institute, bullying prevention efforts in Anchorage, the Spirit of Youth Radio Series & Recognition Campaign and more," a representative said in an email. "Whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support."
The Spirit of Youth program is accepting donations at https://www.spiritofyouth.org/donations/.
Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation
"Giving Tuesday is a day to celebrate a culture of giving rather than the culture of receiving and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support," the organization's website reads. "We know many of you have already given to the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, and we thank you and hope that you will consider a donation."
To support, visit https://inspiringgoodhealth.org/givingtuesday/.
The Alaska Community Foundation
"When you give to one of these great causes, you create a philanthropic ripple that is felt across Alaska," the organization's website reads. "Whether it's $25 or $25,000, your investment in Alaska makes a real difference and builds a permanent endowment that will benefit all Alaskans now and forever."
To support, visit https://alaskacf.org/funds/.
"Today is #GivingTuesday! At Camp Fire, children are not only kept safe, but also taught self-confidence and other skills by challenging themselves, exploring their environment and building healthy relationships," the organization's website reads.
To support, text “GT4Kids” to 41444 or visit igfn.us/form/xEOs_w.
Special Olympics Alaska
"With your support, Special Olympics can transform lives through the joy of sport, each and every day," the organization's website reads. "Every day we empower athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life. But for every inspiring Special Olympics athlete in Alaska there are 3 more people waiting for their chance - and so many more around the world."
To support, visit https://give.specialolympics.org/page/contribute/alaska.
Alaska Humanities Forum
"Today is #GivingTuesday!! Be part of this global celebration of giving - please consider making a gift to support Alaska Humanities Forum among the organizations you support today," the organization wrote on their Facebook page. "Thank you!!"
To support, visit https://www.akhf.org/donate.
University of Alaska Anchorage
"#GivingTuesday inspires us to help our community and create a better world. UAA is proud to be part of this international movement to transform how people think, talk about and participate in the giving season."
UAA's #GivingTuesday website is at https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/about/university-advancement/office-of-development/giving-tuesday.cshtml.
Catholic Social Services
"You can bring soap, volunteer to wrap presents, or make an online donation. These gifts will help to restore hope to our clients."
To offer soap, time or money, contact CSS at https://www.cssalaska.org/get-involved/givingtuesday/.
National Indian Health Board
"NIHB is the premier, national, health advocacy organization focused solely on issues confronting federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes," a representative said in an email. "NIHB seeks to create a unified voice for the 573 Tribes to advocate at the federal and state levels for effective Tribal health and public health systems, equitable access to resources, and to ensure that the federal government upholds its responsibility to provide for the health of American Indian and Alaska Native people."
To support, visit https://www.classy.org/give/115808/#!/donation/checkout.
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
"Join SEACC in the global giving movement 'Giving Tuesday'!," the organization's website reads. "SEACC is joining other nonprofits around the world to promote giving. By donating to SEACC, you are helping us enter into a strong new year protecting the Tongass and Inside Passage. Donations like yours are what makes our work possible here at SEACC."
To support, visit https://www.seacc.org/giving_tuesday_2018.
American Red Cross
"Lowe’s has pledged to MATCH all gifts made for #GivingTuesday, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000," an email from the organization reads. "Donate today and your matched gift will make twice the difference for people who need a helping hand."
Donations will go towards providing warm blankets, shelter, hot meals, comfort, care and emergency preparedness for those in need. To support, visit https://www.redcross.org/donate/giving-tuesday.html/.
American Cancer Society
"Today is #GivingTuesday and your impact could be doubled when you donate to our Facebook fundraiser," the organization posted on its Facebook page. "Your donations help fund free lodging for patients, research, and more."
According to online fundraising software company Classy, Americans have some thoughts on what should be the priority for this year's Giving Tuesday.
The company conducted a nationwide consumer survey to see how Americans plan on giving. Here's what they found:
• The top cause for donors this year is disaster relief efforts. 54 percent of those surveyed said they’ve already donated or are planning on donating to Hurricane Michael or Hurricane Florence relief efforts, while 44 percent said that the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting makes them more likely to donate to charity by the end of the year and 37 percent citing immigration issues as a motivator for them to donate to charity by the end of the year.
• Nearly half of donors (49 percent) plan to donate more money to charity in 2018 than 2017, and only 10 percent said they plan to give less this year. In a press release, Classy representatives said this is a hopeful outlook for Giving Tuesday and the remainder of the giving season, despite reports that predict a massive decrease in charitable giving as a result of the new tax laws.
• Only one-third of consumers said the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections will impact their plans on Giving Tuesday, while more than half say it will not.
• Voters in the 2018 midterm elections are twice as likely to donate money on Giving Tuesday 2018 than nonvoters.
• Less than 10 percent of Americans surveyed said a tax write-off is their primary reason for donating to charity. Classy found that 42 percent of respondents said that if they knew they’d get less of a tax incentive, they would definitely or probably donate less.
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