Finding a legitimate and reliable organization to donate your earnings to can be difficult—which is why we have done the work for you! In the spirit of giving and being thankful for the amenities we all have, here is a list curated by Busy Beaver about where to give back this Giving Tuesday.
Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916, and now one hundred years after its formation, the health organization is on people’s minds more than ever. During the most recent election cycle the organization’s funding had been a subject of contention between the two candidates. In response, Planned Parenthood chapters across the country have received overwhelming amounts of support and donations. In early 2016, Busy Beaver donated these 1973 #Roe43 custom buttons for Planned Parenthood Illinois Action’s fundraising event.
Donating is easy and if you’re not in the position to donate, you can volunteer your time at a Planned Parenthood facility near you.
From the water we drink tothe air we breathe, the National Resource Defense Council works to protect these resources. A monthly contribution will go towards research for clean energy, preserving wildlife and the wetlands, taking care of our oceans, and so much more. Plus, The NRDC lists the breakdown of their budget yearly on their website, so you can see exactly where your funds are being used.
The NRDC also proactively gets involved in communities all across the globe. Just this last spring The NRDC partnered up with Chicago’s Land & Sea Dept. at The Garfield Park Conservatory to present an Earth Day concert to help fund the saving of pollinators such as bees, wasps, butterflies, and even ants. Busy Beaver designed and produced these limited edition button pin packs exclusively for the event.
Tree House Humane Society and One Tail at a Time
Be you a kitty or pup person, there’s a way you can aid abandoned and stray animals in your city. Both of these Chicago organizations are no-kill shelters that help rescue and rehabilitate cats (Tree House) and dogs (One Tail at a Time) to find new loving homes. Donating to these groups means that your money is being funneled straight into the programs and services that help the pets directly. These services include but are not limited to providing food for the animals, treatments, vaccinations, and any surgeries to have them adoption-ready.
Inch x Inch
Founded by Indianapolis designers, Bob Ewing and Drew Hill, each month’s installment of Inch x Inch includes three, one inch round buttons with one designed by a guest designer. Once you’ve become a member, you can expect these pin backs to show up at your door monthly.
“We created this organization as a vehicle to support youth art education by donating our proceeds to charities that we feel are making an impact,” Bob Ewing said. Proceeds from the club memberships support local art programming.
For over a year and many buttons later, Inch x Inch donates 65% of each membership fee to Art With A Heart and 826Chi. Art With A Heart works directly with at-risk children to inspire them to create and express themselves to enrich their lives and communities. 826Chi is one chapter of a 7-city non-profit organization that works to equip students with the writing skills they need to succeed as well as one-on-one support.
This list only scratches the surface! There are hundreds on hundreds of groups out there that need the help of donations to continue providing the helpful and impactful services they do. During this time of reflection for what we do have, it’s important to remember to return the favor. Be it a $5 donation a month, or $100 per week, or offering your time or skills, every bit helps these charities thrive.