#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It’s a day to reflect on the issues and causes most important to us, and to kick off the giving season by supporting organizations working to tackle the big challenges. Last year Visceral was proud to be part of over 700,000 people in 71 countries who raised more than 116 million dollars. Here’s what we’re supporting this year. Where are you showing your support today?
Jay Buys – Natural Resources Defense Council
There is an overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that climate change is real, is caused by humans, and that there will be catastrophic consequences if we don’t move swiftly to address the problem. This will be one of the defining issues of our lifetimes and with a President-elect who has pledged to, among other things, withdraw from the Paris climate agreement it’s more important than ever to support organizations that are fighting to defend our environment. I’m proud to support the NRDC in that fight this Giving Tuesday. Find out more about the NRDC’s work or watch the film Before the Flood to learn why this is such a critical issue.
Matthew Billingsley – Project H
For the second year in a row I’ve decided to donate to an organization committed to arts education. Project H uses the power of creativity, design, and hands-on building to amplify the raw brilliance of youth, transform communities, and improve K-12 public education from within. In today’s reality, states are continuing to reduce arts, science and engineering education in favor of common-core curricula and focuses on standardized testing. One of the best investments society can make to improving communities is to nurture childrens’ creativity and problem solving at an early age.
Allen Hopper – The Planetary Society
For this year’s Giving Tuesday, I chose to support The Planetary Society in their political advocacy efforts, where they will be an invaluable voice in our country’s changing political waters. I believe in supporting organizations that are thinking outwards from earth, yearning for a greater understanding of our place in the universe. This understanding is critical to broadening the human perspective and growing our appreciation for this special planet and our future.
Travis Johnson – Doctors Without Borders
My donation this year is going to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). All around the world people are caught in armed conflicts, natural disasters, and epidemics, and MSF is there to provide expert medical services to help those suffering. The courageous men and women at MSF go where most of us won’t — to African nations fighting diseases with insufficient health care, to Nepal in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, and to Afghanistan and Syria where innocent people are being bombed and killed amidst war. The Syrian war/refugee crisis is one of the largest humanitarian emergencies of our time, and millions of people desperately need help from organizations like MSF. Learn more about MSF’s work in Syria and consider donating to help fund their humanitarian efforts: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/syria.
Allegra Poggio – Mountain School & Planned Parenthood
I am giving to the Mountain School which I attended in Fall of 2000. It holds a special place in my life experience and is a place that honors commitment to community, health, love and the importance of nature. The Mountain School cultivates a diverse and interdependent community of scholars who learn to know a place and take care of it. Through collaborative learning and shared work, students emerge from their semester prepared to reach beyond the self and focus on the common good. I am also donating to Planned Parenthood because women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — and PPs people, programs, clinics and resources are essential and the best at advocating for women around the world.
Dana Jensen – Global Fund for Women
This year I donated to the Global Fund for Women. The mission of the Global Fund for Women is to find, fund, and amplify the courageous work of women who are building social movements and challenging the status quo. In the past few weeks it has become clear that without organizations like the Global Fund for Women the fight for equality could become stagnant or worse. I believe in a world where people, regardless of sex, are not limited by bias or laws and the Global Fund for Women supports this belief and works to take action across the world. For Giving Tuesday, a donation to the Global Fund for Women will be doubled up to $10,000. Learn more about what they do.
Austin Gil – Standing Rock
This year I am donating to the efforts of the people at Standing Rock. Their cause is about protecting the environment, the rights of indigenous people, police militarization, and the fight against big corporations and fossil fuel. I have a lot of respect and admiration for what they are doing and hope this contribution will be helpful in their struggle.