Defined as a global generosity movement, Giving Tuesday has gained popularity over the past several years as the philanthropic counterpart to both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. People are encouraged to think about donating their resources (be it time or money) to positively impact the lives of others during the holiday season.
It’s with this inspiring message in mind that we’d like to bring your attention to a few organizations that are dear to our hearts here at Home Outside. Please take a moment to check out the links below:
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.
Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and more than 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 79 countries and territories across six continents.
The Native Plant Trust saves wild native New England plants, cultivates them for gardens and restorative landscapes, and educates people about their importance and how to use them. We rely on their excellent information and resources.
If you don’t live in New England and would like to support a native plant organization in your region,here’s a good list.
The National Park Foundation is the charitable partner of the National Park Service. Want to support any or all of these 419 national treasures? A donation to the National Parks Foundation helps protect these special places, increasingly at risk of exploitation and development, for future generations.
The Sierra Club uses its tremendous size and political influence to lobby for environmental conservation legislation and clean energy policies.
The world’s largest seed exchange, Seed Savers Exchange collects, grows, and shares heirloom plants in order to safeguard food crop diversity, as well as serving as a community for gardeners and seed savers committed to preserving biodiversity.
And now a couple of very special local organizations:
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, located in Westminster, Vermont, just 10 minutes from Home Outside’s headquarters, is an organization cherished by many in our area and far beyond. For over 100 years, Kurn Hattin has provided a safe and caring residential school experience for children whose families experience poverty, homelessness, or conflict. Supported almost entirely by donors, Kurn Hattin never denies admission for financial reasons.
Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, Vermont, is a vibrant community theater and arts center that brings phenomenal performances and art exhibits to our little corner of New England. Known for ambitious productions that belie the tiny size of this village, gorgeous costuming and sets, and outstanding musical performances, MSA provides a much-loved outlet for creative expression and appreciation.
Vermont Feed is a farm-to-school project that has created awareness among students, teachers, and families about the role of local farmers in healthy food and healthy communities. Thanks to VT FEED, 75% of Vermont schools will soon be getting 50% of their lunch ingredients from local farms, and as our own children will attest, school food has gotten so much better and healthier!