Giving Tuesday at Magellan Promotions

Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, helping to kick off the charitable giving season. This year the entire Magellan Promotions team got involved by making donations to our favorite causes and charities.  Thanks to matched donations from Magellan Promotions, our staff were able to contribute over $700 to these worthy organizations.

Here’s where we each donated, and why.

Michael: Roots Ethiopia

A family supported by Roots Ethiopia

Roots Ethiopia supports Ethiopian families succeeding in work and school through supporting and creating a number of self-help initiatives.  The long term vision is focusing on proactive, sustainable projects and are based on local wisdom and experience.  Roots Ethiopia gives form to supporting Ethiopians helping Ethiopians, anchored in a partnership that values culturally-appropriate, forward-thinking ways.

My wife and I adopted both of our boys from Ethiopia, so the country is close to our family’s heart.  The organizers of Roots Ethiopia adopted children from Ethiopia as well and have the same goals that we have for families living in rural Ethiopia.  We have seen and learned about the importance of their mission of supporting children getting an education and women having opportunities to be independent through means of work.  Our family is excited to support these goals.

To learn more about Roots Ethiopia, visit

Julia: Zoological Society of Milwaukee

Strannik, an Amur Tiger at the Milwaukee County Zoo

I grew up going to the zoo, taking zoo classes and exploring with my parents and younger brother. While I may have outgrown most zoo classes, I still spend many mornings wandering around the zoo and visiting some of my favorite animals (including the Amur tiger family – with their three almost-grown cubs!)

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee not only supports the Milwaukee County Zoo, they participate in wildlife and endangered species conservation and educate the community on the importance of wildlife and the environment. In addition to providing financial and volunteer support, the zoological society provides exceptional animal, environmental and science-based educational opportunities to children, adults and families and works with conservation groups around the world to protect species that are in immediate danger of extinction.

To learn more about the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, visit

Rachel: The Women’s Center

I support the Women’s Center because I feel strongly in their mission to help support families in need, especially children who often suffer silently in these situations.

The Women’s Center’s mission is to provide safety, shelter, and support to women and their families and to facilitate their development. The Women’s Center provides free and comprehensive services designed to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. The services offered by The Women’s Center include emergency shelter for abused families, transitional living, counseling, child abuse prevention programming, legal advocacy and employment counseling.

To learn more about the Women’s Center, visit

Alyssa: Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation

Alyssa volunteering at the VLCF Gala

I’m giving to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation because of the work they are doing for Cancer Research. With many instances of cancer affecting my family and those of many friends, this cause is near and dear to my heart.

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF) is dedicated to winning the battle against cancer by funding advancements in cancer research and compassionate care. Since 1971, VLCF) has raised over $19 million in the fight against cancer.  It has grown to include additional charitable cancer fundraising events such as the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball, Food and Wine event and Lombardi Walk/Run, among others.

To learn more about the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, visit

Hannah: Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music brings music education to over 17,000 students of all ages, many who would not have access to quality music programming without this organization. I have a close connection to the Conservatory from the time I spent working here, and have seen how strong of an impact music can have on the lives of these students, young and old. The Conservatory helps to remove the barriers keeping musicians from pursuing their passions, such as by offering them scholarships.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, visit

Alli: Wisconsin Humane Society

Animals have always been a large part of my life and my family. I want to do what I can this holiday season to help those poor animals that don’t have a home and are left out in the cold. The Wisconsin Humane Society helps rehouse and rehabilitate homeless animals every single day, giving them the opportunity they wouldn’t have had before to thrive be loved by families throughout the state. For that, I am extremely thankful.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Humane Society, visit