Dubbed the Black Friday of charity, December 1 is Giving Tuesday, the annual post sales day to give back to charitable organisations in the age of online shopping.
On Giving Tuesday charities around the world make a push for donations, with many even matching gifts.
Since it first started in 2012, Giving Tuesday has added a charitable touch to the materialism of the holiday season, but this year more people are in need of a generous helping hand than ever before.
During May, the GivingTuesday organisation launched #GivingTuesdayNow as an emergency response to the pandemic, but the need remains great worldwide. With millions dealing with the economic, social and psychological effects of the covid-19 there has never been a more urgent need to help others in any way we can.
The pandemic has made in-person volunteering complicated, but there are many innovative ways to help out.
Working from home? How about giving back the cost of your commute for a week to your local charity. Running a small business? Try giving back a percentage of your sales today. Taken up running this year? Do your first sponsored run and give back to your favourite cause.
There are countless charities worthy of donations on Giving Tuesday and every day. Here are some impactful and inspiring organisations working to mitigate the effects of the pandemic this year:
Compliments of the House
Compliments of the House is a small London-based charity that collects fresh, surplus food from supermarkets and restaurants and redistributes it to those in need. Since many of their donor businesses have shut as a result of the pandemic, they have begun also buying food and delivering it to vulnerable people every fortnight. Many community services that once provided food to those in need have now closed and many food banks are running desperately low on supplies, so there’s never been more need for what they do. To help you can donate to their JustGiving page or volunteer your time.
Brixton Donation Drive
Brixton Village is organising a fundraiser to give back to the local community, taking place from Monday 7 to Friday 18 December. Partnering with Brixton Village-based charities Compliments of the House and Re:Sole, the drive invites visitors to give back to the community and donate long-life food and drink items, shoes, as well as contactless cash donations. Keen also to showcase some of the area’s wonderful creatives, Brixton Village is working with talented local artist Mona Wishkahi to deliver a large-scale illustration for the charity-led shop front. Visit their website to find out more.
Opening Doors London
Opening Doors London is a charity providing support to the elderly and isolated LGBTQ+ community many of whom have no access to digital services. It has launched an urgent crowdfunding campaign in a bid to secure £15,000 of funding to help train volunteers to use their tele-friending service - a telephone befriending service is for LGBT+ people aged over 50 who would like to receive a weekly phone call.
Social enterprise Beam lets you fund job training for a homeless person so that they can get into stable work. On Beam's website, you can read the stories of homeless people who are currently raising money and how your donation will make a difference. You'll also get to follow them on their journey as they do their training and start work. 100% of donations go towards funding job training, childcare, travel costs and work attire for those most in need. You can donate here.
The Felix Project
The Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold and delivers this surplus food to charities and schools so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in our society. The Evening Standard has teamed up with The Felix Project in our Food for London campaign to make sure no-one goes hungry during this difficult period. You can donate here.
Become a food waste hero with Olio - someone who picks up unsold surplus food from businesses to save it from going to waste. All unsold food is immediately added to Olio and shared within the community to ensure that no good food goes to waste. You can get involved here.
Pin Your Thanks
Say a heartfelt thanks to those who've helped during the COVID-19 pandemic with beautifully designed pins from some of the UK's national treasures such as Ringo Starr and Emily Sande. All Pin Your Thanks profits are donated to the NHS Charities Together - COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and Volunteering Matters COVID-19 Response Appeal.
Young Minds UK
Young people’s lives have been particularly disrupted by the pandemic so prioritising their mental health is crucial. Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health and it has created a resource page for tips, advice and guidance during this time. You can donate here.
Solace womens aid
The number of domestic abuse offences recorded in the UK has increased during the pandemic and Solace is working hard to ensure every woman affected by abuse can be safe and get the support she needs. It’s brought together some resources to help survivors and those supporting them at this critical time. You can donate here.
In the wake of Black Friday, why not donate to Fashion Revolution, a UK-based charitable organisation campaigning for a clean, safe, fair, transparent and accountable fashion industry. The website provides plenty of resources to get educated and motivated too. You can donate here.