Now in its 11th year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. This movement, which kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their end-of-the-year giving, takes place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and will take place this year on Nov. 29.
The nonprofits below are just some of the local organizations participating in this special day. Don’t see your favorite charity on the list? Visit their website to find out what their needs are this #GivingTuesday.
Central Florida Community Arts
250 SW. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando, FL 32804
Need: CFCArts suggests the following three ways to help: Volunteer to answer phones, support productions or help out around the office; shop for CFCArts on Amazon Smile this Black Friday and Cyber Monday by designating the organization to receive a portion of your eligible purchases, purchase items from its Amazon wish list or pick up gift cards from local retailers to support the cost of its programs; and help fulfill its fundraising goals by making a tax-deductible donation online.
For Online Donations: http://cfcarts.com/donate/
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
3755 NY Hwy. 17-92, Sanford, FL 32771
Need: Donations to be put toward continued repairs and cleanup efforts of the facility due to damages from Hurricane Ian.
Note: Donations of all sizes are being accepted on the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens website
For Online Donations: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=centralfz&id=2
Mennello Museum of American Art
900 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803
Need: Help with raising $2,500 to support educational art programs
Offer: Donation-based admission during operating hours (the amount you pay is up to you). If you aren’t able to make it to the museum, you can help reach the goal by donating online.
Giving Tuesday online donation page: https://squareup.com/store/friends-of-the-mennello-museum/item/givingtuesday
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida
Houses at Florida Hospital for Children, Arnold Palmer Medical Center and Nemours Children’s Hospital
Need: Help with raising $20,000 to benefit families with children receiving treatment at hospitals and medical facilities in Orlando
Offer: RMHCCF has partnered with LIMU, an organization that has committed to a $10,000 Giving Tuesday donation match. This means every donation made on 11-28 will be doubled.
11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, FL 32836
Need: Help with funding the Rosen JCC’s children’s scholarship fund so Southwest Orlando children can participate in the organization’s early childhood, after-school and summer camp programs
Note: The maximum online donation is $1,000. For larger gifts, contact Eric Lightman at EricL@rosenjcc.org or 407.387.2742.
Giving Tuesday online donation page: https://squareup.com/store/rosenjcc
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
411 Mercy Dr., Orlando, FL 32805
Need: Help with reaching fundraising goal of $50,000 to help families, seniors and kids in the community
**For every $10 you donate, 40 meals are provided to those in need in our community
The Mustard Seed of Central Florida
12 Mustard Seed Lane, Orlando, FL 32810
Need: Donations to help provide 50 families with more than 800 pieces of furniture
**If you are unable to give a financial gift, you can give your time, skills, voice or goods to charity, paying it forward to help others.
The Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803
Need: Donations to support the theatre’s programming and to help continue its mission of providing the finest in family theatre
Offer: The REP is giving away two Universal Orlando tickets to one patron who donates on 11-28.
Note: The REP’s board of directors has generously offered to match every dollar donated on 11-28, up to $1,000
Online Donations: https://www.orlandorep.com/donate/
UCP of Central Florida
3305 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32806
Need: Donations and volunteers to help UCP’s children by turning the power of one into the power of many
What Your Donation Provides: Therapy to a child who can’t afford it, hope to a family, technology to enhance a child’s education and inspiration to a classroom
One Heart for Women and Children
2040 N Rio Grande Ave, Orlando, FL 32804
Need: You can make an impact directly supporting One Heart’s operation by providing some of the ongoing supplies needed to fulfill our mission: Immediate Needs – One Heart for Women and Children (oneheartorlando.org)
What Your Donation Provides: Our desire is to provide the necessary resources for Central Florida individuals and families, as they overcome the obstacles and navigate the hardships of daily life.
Center for Independent Living
720 N Denning Dr. Winter Park FL, 32789
Need: The Center for Independent Living in Central Florida’s volunteers and interns help break down barriers for those with disabilities in our community. Whether building a ramp, supporting our office, or gaining hands-on educational experiences, every volunteer and intern becomes an intricate key to CIL’s organizational success. Donate here
1027 S Dillard St, Winter Garden, FL 34787
- Canned Meats – Vienna Sausage, SPAM, Chicken, Ham
- Soups & Pastas – Hearty Soups, Canned Pastas, Beef Stew, Chili
- Canned Vegetables – Corn, Carrots, Spinach, Mixed Veggies, Pork & Beans
- Snack Packs – Fruit Cups, Pudding Cups, Applesauce
- Single Serving Bars – Protein Bars, Granola Bars, Breakfast Bars
- Dry Items – Cereal, Crackers, Ramen Noodles, Coffee, Instant Coffee
- Bottled Drinks- Individual juice and water by the case.
Historical Society of Central Florida
65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, Florida 32801
Need: Your donations – of any size – are vitally important in fulfilling the museum’s mission to serve as a gateway for community engagement, education, and inspiration.
What Your Donation Provides: The Historical Society of Central Florida supports the Orange County Regional History Center through organizing several fundraising events every year, such as the Court House Golf Scramble. People looking to give back can participate in helping run these events or by donating directly to the History Center to ensure it’s able to continue serving as a gateway for community engagement, education and inspiration through preserving and sharing Central Florida’s continually unfolding story. To donate to the Historical Society, click here.