As we bask in the afterglow of Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday madness (yes, even we in Canada partake in these wild traditions), it’s important to take a moment to not only be thankful, but to give back. Giving Tuesday, which occurs on the first Tuesday of December each year, is a day set aside for people across the globe to remember the importance of contributing to worthy causes both locally and internationally.
We at EDPR have identified four charities that are very close to our hearts, and suggest you take a moment to check them out and (if you can) donate to the cause.
1. World Animal Protection (WAP)
Being the animal lovers we are, it should come as no surprise that this charity lands at the top of our list.
“We are World Animal Protection. We were known as WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals). Our vision is a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended. Together we can move the world to protect animals.”
Read more about World Animal Protection by clicking here.
2. Toronto People With AIDS Foundation
Although strides have been made in the HIV/AIDS community, it’s important to remember that there are still many in the world suffering with this epidemic.
“We engage people living with HIV/AIDS in enhancing their health and well-being through practical and therapeutic support services and broader social change, and we inspire them to live into their dreams and discoveries.”
Read more about Toronto People With AIDS Foundation by clicking here.
3. Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada
Having the pleasure of working with Starlight Canada for many years, we’ve been privileged enough to see just how impactful their work is for sick children and their families.
“Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada has been brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families by them bringing joy, laughter and relief, for over 25 years. We focus on the family as a whole, at a time when they feel most isolated, offering programs and events that can provide an escape from the stress of dealing with a serious illness every day.”
Read more about Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada by clicking here.
4. Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
More client love on this list, but also an organization that holds much importance to the LGBTQIA+ community in Canada. Often overlooked, this valuable charity is detrimental to preserving important pieces in Canadian history.
“The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archives in the world. With a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and archival materials in any medium.”
Read more about Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives by clicking here.
We hope you find some time today to reflect and give back to the charities that mean most to you. Remember, it’s not always just monetary support that is needed in these organizations, many are always looking for volunteers to help out with initiatives throughout the year. We wish you a very happy #GivingTuesday, and let us know in the comments below what your favourite charities are!