The creators of the largest annual global day of giving, GivingTuesday, introduced #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, 2020 as an opportunity for communities around the world to come together and give in immediate response to the unprecedented need caused by the current COVID-19 crisis.
#GivingTuesdayNow sparked activity in more than 145 countries on May 5 for a global day of unity and giving. Millions of people expressed their generosity through acts of kindness, donations of goods, time and money, notes of compassion, advocacy for causes, and care for family and friends. Read more about the results of #GivingTuesdayNow on a global scale, here.
Charlotte participated in this global giving movement by supporting nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis right here in our own backyard. At GivingTuesdayNow-CLT.org, our community could choose from countless ways to support local nonprofits heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis as we showcased the specific needs that our nonprofit partners had identified as most urgent. Those needs can still be found here.
Additionally, individuals, organizations and businesses with a larger budget who are able to make a sizable donation on short notice were encouraged to become “Angel Donors” and cover the cost of higher ticket items needed by local nonprofits. Thank you to all who fulfilled Angel Donor opportunities in honor of #GivingTuesdayNow:
Crescent Communities adopted Community Link's Angel Donor opportunity, feeding 4 “hidden homeless” families with children!
A neighbor adopted Harvest Center's opportunity, providing 15 refurbished laptops so children on their campus can learn virtually!
A neighbor adopted one of Thompson's Angel Donor opportunities, equipping their temporary shelter with necessities to house up to six homeless families!
Three neighbors provided hot meals for neighbors in shelters, feeding 250 people each night while supporting local food service providers who prepare and deliver the food!
A neighbor adopted Shepherd’s Center’s Angel Donor opportunity, providing groceries and transportation for 100 seniors!
A neighbor adopted Safe Alliance’s Angel Donor opportunity, helping them pivot their monthly “Victim Services 101” volunteer and outreach training to e-learning!
Our friends at Lowe’s went above and beyond to encourage financial donations to local nonprofits on #GivingTuesdayNow by matching the first 200 gifts of $50 or more made through sharecharlotte.org with a $50 gift card to that organization. This promotion alone inspired more than $20K in cash donations for Charlotte nonprofits, and the following organizations received one or more Lowe’s gift cards as a result of this match on May 5:
- American Cancer Society
- Animal Adoption League
- Assist ME
- Beds for Kids
- Bethlehem Center of Charlotte
- Bright Blessings
- Campus Pride
- Carolina Raptor Center
- Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency
- Changed Choices
- Charlotte Community ToolBank
- Charlotte Family Housing
- Charlotte Rescue Mission
- Crisis Assistance Ministry
- Dottie Rose Foundation
- Feeding Charlotte
- First Responders 1st
- Heal Charlotte
- Healing Vine Harbor, Inc.
- KIPP Charlotte Public Schools
- Lakewood Preschool Cooperative
- Learning Help Centers of Charlotte (LHCC)
- McColl Center for Art + Innovation
- Opera Carolina
- Out Teach
- Para Guide
- Parkinson Association of the Carolinas
- Pineville Neighbors Place
- Purple Heart Homes, Inc.
- Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte
- Roots in the Community Market Foundation
- She Built This City
- Shining Hope Farms
- Shower Bus 'N CLT Inc
- Southend ARTS
- Teal Diva
- The Abandon Project
- The Bulb
- The Diabetes Family Connection
- The Shepherd's Center of Charlotte, Inc.
- Wing Haven
- ZABS Place
- Freedom School Partners
- Go Jen Go
- Hands for Holly
- Philips Academy
- Teaching Fellows Institute
- Promising Pages
Hear how some of the recipient nonprofits plan to use their Lowe’s gifts:
"Now we can buy our generator for the Mobile Tool Lab!”- Demi Clark, She Built This City
"We are so excited to use them for camp supplies."- Lisa Didzik, Dottie Rose Foundation
"We are combining this gift card with the two (Lowe’s gift cards) we received in December to put it all towards a fridge for our office." - Ann Marie Worman, Parkinson Association of the Carolinas
"We will use this gift card as a “door prize" for our teachers at one of our events this year." -Barbara Caldwell, Teaching Fellows Institute
Our local promotion of #GivingTuesdayNow would not have been possible without the support of our corporate partners Lowe’s, Wells Fargo and Google Fiber! See you again on Tuesday, Dec 1 for Charlotte's 7th annual #GivingTuesdayCLT.