Giving Tuesday 2020: Unleash your Generosity

BY: Lisa Seibert
last updated 12/01/2020
Giving Tuesday 2020: Unleash your Generosity

#GivingTuesday 2020 is today, December 1 and no matter where your heart lies, there is a worthy non-profit in Dayton that needs you.

Unleash your Generosity: Giving Tuesday is Dec 1

Together we give - December 1, 2020

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is defined as a “global generosity movement” and simply encourages people to do good. In month 9 of a global pandemic, I can’t recall a time when more people and organizations have been in greater need. A charitable gift in the name of a loved one is a thoughtful gift that recognizes what’s important to the receiver. Memberships and gift cards also make wonderful holiday presents.

No matter where your heart lies, there is a worthy non-profit in Dayton that needs you.

If your passion is for feeding people, every dollar donated to The Food Bank’s network provides food for 6 meals (we’re not talking ramen noodles). 

St. Vincent de Paul Society gives shelter to more than 400 men, women, and children every night and are in need of sheets and blankets 

Crazy for kids? Shoes 4 The Shoeless locate children in need of clean and dependable shoes and gets them a pair that fits perfectly!  Their Facebook page has several posts requesting volunteers to bake cookies and detail oriented shoppers. 

The Alzheimer’s Association help provide crucial support to the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s and their families. Today (Dec 1), your gift can go twice as far with a 2x match.

Donations to United Rehabilitation Services (URS) support and maintain a safety net of vital services for children, adults and seniors with disabilities in our community. 

Hospice of Dayton provides comfort and dignity to patients and families facing end-of-life illnesses.  When you donate to Ohio's Hospice of Dayton, you help ensure that superior, compassionate care is available to patients and families, regardless of their ability to pay.

Our arts communities have been devastated by the pandemic too. In addition to performers, management, admin, educational, custodial, and other support staff have been furloughed leavng the venues empty.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is offering a variety of “Virtual Streams” at 4 membership levels. Made up of The Dayton Philharmonic  Orchestra, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Opera; DPAA is a performing arts powerhouse.

Dayton Live brings us touring Broadway, comedy, family shows, concerts,  & more at Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre, The Loft Theatre, and the PNC Arts Annex.  If you prefer, you can purchase gift certificates redeemable on future performances of your choice.

Are you a history buff? Dayton History manages Carillon Historical Park, the Archive Center, Hawthorn Hill, Patterson Homestead, the Old Court House, Memorial Hall, and Mound Cold War Discovery Center.

Dayton Art Institute (DAI) brings us one-of-a-kind and special exhibits, in addition to a few of the best parties in town each year. Having been forced to cancel their biggest fundraisers, Art Ball and Oktoberfest, they will put your donation to good use too.

The Kettering Children’s Choir campaign on Facebook is hoping to earn some of Facebooks’s matching funds. Facebook is matching the first $2 Million in donations on the platform at 100%, then they’re offering up $5 Million in a 10% match. Either way, it’s free money!

If furry friends are your preference, A SICSA Pet Adoption Center Facebook post says everyone who donates $10 or more will be entered to win a pet portrait by one of two local artists. 

FYI – The Cares Act included a provision to allow the IRS to temporarily suspend the limits on charitable giving. “Individuals may deduct qualified contributions of up to 100 percent of their adjusted gross income. A corporation may deduct qualified contributions of up to 25 percent of its taxable income. Contributions that exceed that amount can carry over to the next tax year.” More details here.

The Dayton Foundation has been helping Daytonians help others since 1921. Michelle Lovely, VP of Development and Donor Services has advice on how to handle large donations.

Whether you give your time, voice, money, goods, or are generous in some other way, fight for the causes you care about and help people in need. Whether you help a neighbor or stranger, advance a cause, donate goods, or make someone smile, everyone has something to give.

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