Giving Tuesday, the kick off of the charitable giving season, has occurred the day after Cyber Monday each year since 2012. This year’s Giving Tuesday total is expected to increase by 26% and Magellan Promotions is again doing its part to participate in this global generosity movement. Our team got involved by donating to our favorite causes and charities, encouraged by a matching contribution from Magellan Promotions.
With 100% team participation, here’s where we each donated, and a little background on why we chose that organization.
The Sierra Club
Supported by Michael Wolaver, Captain
I believe mitigating the effects of climate change is going to be the biggest challenge for the world in the coming decades. So I like to support organizations, like the Sierra Club, that are doing grassroot efforts to help protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and work to protect our fragile ecosystem.
Wildlife Response Program at the Alaska Sea Life Center
Supported by Julia Buraczewsk Jaskie, Operations Manager
If you’ve ever needed an excuse to look at pictures of baby sea otters, here’s your chance. I visited the Alaska Sea Life Center (ASLC) while on my honeymoon this summer, and saw first-hand the awesome impact they have on Alaska’s marine wildlife.
The ASLC Wildlife Response program responds to marine wildlife that has been abandoned, stranded, or injured throughout Alaska. ASLC plays a critical role in responding to oil spills or other unusual events. In addition to covering the live animal response and care during the ‘busy’ season, May to September, ASLC remains in a ready state year-round to provide basic animal care for oil-affected animals and deploy a mobile treatment and rehabilitation enclosure.
Supported by Alyssa Adriansen, Senior Account Manager
Project Bubaloo is a local non-profit foundation raising money for Congenital Heart Disease research, quality improvement projects and educational opportunities particularly in pediatrics. The foundation is in honor of a family friend we lost too soon and I’m donating to help this great group of people kick off their mission. While their website isn’t quite live yet, be sure to save the date for next year’s Heart and Sole 5K, and check out the Hops and Hearts event this February.
Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
Supported by Lauren Schudson, Content Writer/Marketing Strategist
On this Giving Tuesday, I’m contributing to the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families (CCYF) in Milwaukee, WI. The organization provides support for individuals and families involved in foster care and adoption. As their saying goes, “Every Child Needs a Champion. Every Champion Needs Support,” and as a parent, I understand how it sometimes takes a village to raise a healthy child. CCYF equips families with the tools and resources they need to promote stability and thrive as a forever family. Information, videos, tip sheets and training webinars can be found at https://coalitionforcyf.org/.
Wisconsin Humane Society
Supported by Hannah Jorgensen, Senior Account Manager
This year I am giving to the Wisconsin Humane Society, which provides protection, shelter, and care for wild and homeless animals. They rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome thousands of animals – around 40,000 each year. Every animal on the adoption floor at the Wisconsin Humane Society has as long as it takes to find a loving home. They also have resources available for people who are adopting animals, such as low-cost training classes and behavior seminars. I hope to someday adopt a pet from this organization! In honor of Giving Tuesday, a generous donor is matching donations made today up to $30,000.
Supported by Cassi Dreyer, Account Manager
My husband and I have enjoyed supporting Special Olympics for the past few years as it provides so many great opportunities to our local community members with disabilities. My family has been to multiple events to support the organization, such as bowling with a Special Olympic athlete and supporting the Cop on a roof top event.
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports. It empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, leading to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst as well as programming around health and education, Special Olympics works to end inactivity, injustice and intolerance.
The Women’s Center
Supported by Rachel Schaar, Office Guru
I support the Women’s Center because I feel strongly in its mission to 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.
Gold in September (G9)
Supported by Amy Pearson, Graphic Designer
This organization is very close to my heart. It was created by a young girl who lost her twin brother to cancer. Her determination and dedication to this cause is something to be admired.
Gold in September (G9) is a childhood cancer non-profit dedicated to increasing funding for pediatric cancer research. G9 funds Early Phase Trials, Uniting Precision Medicine, Precision Awareness, and Precision Funding. The concept was created by Annie Bartosz, only 11-years-old at the time, who saw the nation turn pink in October for Breast Cancer, and became determined to turn the world GOLD IN SEPTEMBER for kids battling cancer. Gold is the national color for pediatric cancer and September is the recognized National Childhood Cancer Awareness month; together they make G9.