A DC Guide to Giving Tuesday

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A DC Guide to Giving Tuesday
Maura Losch / Axios

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global campaign promoting “radical generosity.” American donors gave nearly $ 2.5 billion last year.

Why it matters: After our second year of pandemic, nonprofits, small businesses and other groups need more support than ever.

  • An estimated 100 million people worldwide have fallen into extreme poverty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is no shortage of worthy organizations in the DMV area that could use support. Here’s a quick list to get you started:

  • CASA for children from DC is a non-profit organization that connects specially trained volunteers with children in foster care and the juvenile justice system.
  • Coalition for the homeless provides temporary housing and other services to the unhoused in DC
  • The Humane Rescue Alliance supports animals that are looking for their home forever. The organization is doubling donations up to $ 100,000 on Tuesday.

Be Smart: No matter where you spend your time or resources this holiday season, you know cash is king when it comes to donations.

  • While a donation to almost any charity brings the greatest value per philanthropic dollar, a growing body of studies is finding that donating to charities that channel as much money as possible to the poorest has the greatest value per philanthropic dollar, writes Bryan Walsh from Axios.

Remarkable: Donating money directly to those in need through sites like GoFundMe and PayPal has also grown in popularity, particularly in the DMV.

  • GoFundMe’s 2020 annual report named Silver Spring, Maryland, the most generous city in the country based on the number of donations per capita in cities of more than 50,000 residents. Alexandria and Rockville were also the ten most generous cities.

Worthy of your time: Join Axios Co-Founder Mike Allen and Axios Today host Niala Boodhoo for The New Era of Philanthropy, a talk about innovation in philanthropy and charitable giving, Tuesday at 12:30 pm.

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