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#GivingTuesdayCLT: Lending a Gracious Hand

Written by Grace Kennedy    on November 24, 2018    in

Children born into poverty in Charlotte have the lowest odds in the country of rising above that poverty. Homelessness in the Queen City is up 13 percent over last year. Eviction filings are up too - to more than 29,000. Nearly 40,000 families in Mecklenburg County spend more than half of their income on rent.

If you read these stats and think, "Charlotte can do better," then you really need to meet Sonja Chisholm.

"I always knew I wanted to help the homeless, and I would say, 'When I win the lottery, then I'll open up a women's shelter,'" says Sonja, a native Charlottean. "Well, one day God spoke to me and he said, 'When I gave you the vision, that was you winning the lottery."

#GivingTuesdayCLT: How Lowe's Gives GOOD

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 23, 2018    in

#GivingTuesdayCLT would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors! Lowe's does a whole of GOOD for the Charlotte community that you may not know about, read below to hear about it in their own words with a quick Q&A!

*Want to see some of this generosity in action? Join SHARE Charlotte and Lowe's at the "Build It Forward" station at the #GivingTuesdayCLT World Headquarters (aka Wells Fargo Atrium) on November 27th and you could help SHARE Charlotte gift $25,000 in Lowe's gift cards to local nonprofits (while supplies last)!

A few GOOD questions for Lowe's...

Why did Lowe’s decide to sponsor #GivingTuesdayCLT this year? 

Lowe’s is committed to supporting the communities where we live, work and play, and Charlotte is our hometown! 

#GivingTuesdayCLT: Wings of Eagles Ranch

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 21, 2018    in


Wings of Eagles Ranch is celebrating 20 years of encouraging hope, instilling confidence, and building self esteem by offering nearly 400 children and adults with special needs each year the chance to do things they never thought possible.

I originally set out to write a feature that would highlight the impact Wings of Eagles Ranch has had on the children and adults with special needs that have visited the Ranch, but my second-hand description could never replace a first hand experience. I want you to hear about it first-hand, from Ross.

A Guide to #GivingTuesdayCLT 2018

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 19, 2018    in

#GivingTuesdayCLT is a big deal, and this year the goal is to inspire 1,076,837 acts of good - one act for every estimated resident of Mecklenburg County! 

#GivingTuesdayCLT, Charlotte’s local response to the global #GivingTuesday movement, begins today!  In just four years this celebration of CLT philanthropy has influenced nearly $20M in gifts to Charlotte nonprofits and inspired more than 11,000 new donors.  #GivingTuesdayCLT was the largest global community-wide campaign in 2016, and we are ready to lead the charge again this year - with your help. 

#GivingTuesdayCLT: How Wells Fargo Gives GOOD

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 19, 2018    in

#GivingTuesdayCLT would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Wells Fargo returns for the third consecutive year in a row as #GivingTuesdayCLT's presenting sponsor, and while the global #GivingTuesday movement kicks off the giving season, Wells Fargo does GOOD for the Charlotte community all year long. We asked Wells Fargo how and why giving back to the Charlotte community is such a priority for their company. 

A few GOOD questions for Wells Fargo...

Why did Wells Fargo decide to sponsor #GivingTuesdayCLT again this year?

#GivingTuesdayCLT Celebrates Five Years of Inspiring Good in Charlotte

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 19, 2018    in

#GivingTuesdayCLT Celebrates Five Years of Inspiring Good in Charlotte

This year, SHARE Charlotte challenges the Queen City to complete 1 Million Acts of Good

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2018 

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – #GivingTuesdayCLT, Charlotte’s annual celebration of the global #GivingTuesday movement, begins today!  Presented for the third consecutive year by Wells Fargo, #GivingTuesdayCLT encourages the Charlotte community to be part of the global movement by supporting local nonprofits today through Tuesday, Nov. 27.

#GivingTuesdayCLT: 8 Days of Ways to Give

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 14, 2018    in


Everyday during #GivingTuesdayCLT (Nov 20-27), SHARE Charlotte is offering the Charlotte community a different way to do GOOD for local nonprofits.  

Below is a breakdown of what YOU can do to give GOOD locally to be a part of the global movement.  You can of course give GOOD in your preferred way any day throughout the week of #GivingTuesdayCLT, these suggestions below are created to inspire you to give GOOD in different ways.

(This is a growing list, if you know of a business giving back to a local nonprofit this  #GivingTuesdayCLT that is not listed below, please contact us so that we can add it to this collection of GOODness.)


11/20: Take a Class Tuesday

YOU can give GOOD to a local nonprofit by signing up for or taking a class through one of these generous local educators:

#EverydayPhilanthropist: Kindness in Action

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 13, 2018    in

Some people give back by helping to build houses, other people serve meals, and some people knit.

SHARE Charlotte received an unexpected package filled to the brim with hand knitted scarves and hats and no explanation except a simple note that read:

“Share Charlotte, Please give these hats and scared to the homeless and the needy. I am an 88 year old knitter and do not know the charities who can use them. Sincerely, Elaine.”

Elaine is the epitome of an #EverydayPhilanthropist. Elaine used her time and talent for GOOD and is making a huge difference in the lives of the women at YWCA Central Carolinas. 

An Introduction to the #EverydayPhilanthropist

Written by Nicole Copsis    on November 1, 2018    in




noun: the desire to promote the welfare of others, the love of humanity. 

synonyms:  benevolence, generosity, humanitarianism, public-spiritedness, altruism, socially
conscience, charity, charitableness, brotherly love, fellow feeling, magnanimity,
munificence, liberality, largesse, open handedness, bountifulness, beneficence,
unselfishness, humanity, kindness, kind heartedness, compassion; 

Are you surprised by the definition of philanthropy? You are not alone. 

#RecoveringHope: Charlotte Rescue Mission

Written by Nicole Copsis    on October 31, 2018    in

Charlotte Rescue Mission provides free, Christian-based residential recovery programs for those struggling with the disease of addiction. Their mission is to help men and women achieve long-term sobriety while also helping them find employment, stable housing, and ways to build and maintain healthy relationships. They are there for those who need a little help #RecoveringHope.

Perhaps there is no one better to put Charlotte Rescue Mission's work into words than those who have been impacted by this organization themselves. Charlotte Rescue Mission has been doing this important work for 80 years now and has helped countless individuals through their struggles with addiction. Watch the video below to hear first hand how CRM has changed lives.