With the world in a state of crisis and flux, the people at Giving Tuesday, which happens the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, have created another day of global unity, #GivingTuesdayNow, which will take place this Tuesday, May 5, in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
As editor and publisher of Philanthropy Women, I will be participating in GivingTuesdayNow by supporting organizations that are particularly dedicated to women. We know from reports that women are crying out for help during this time, due to increased rates of domestic violence, increased problems with employment and income, and many other needs. In consultation with my family, these are the organizations we have chosen to support.
For readers, I hope our giving might provide inspiration or even guidance for your giving on #GivingTuesdayNow.
1. Giving to our Local Women’s Fund, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island
Our first donation goes to our local women’s fund, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. Because we know that women’s funds take an approach that prioritizes the most marginalized and works to lift up women in the economy and as leaders, this feels like the right fit for our first gift to help women during COVID.
2. Giving to our Local Domestic Violence Shelter, Sojourner House
Rates of domestic violence are off the charts, and I can tell you from my own practice as a therapist right now, women are reporting more abuse, mistreatment, domination, and manipulation, than ever before. Therefore, our second gift of #GivingTuesdayNow goes to Sojourner House, our local Domestic Violence shelter in Rhode Island.
3. Giving to Help Girls Globally During COVID
Our third gift this year is going to PLAN International, to support its mission to reach, protect, and uplift girls globally. This pandemic is going to set back women and girls across the world, and Tessie San Martin, CEO of PLAN, is reporting an increase in girls not attending school, being married off as child brides, and being otherwise further oppressed as the pandemic starts to impact developing countries. Our third gift goes to support those girls.
We’d also like to offer the comments area below as a place where readers can share about where they did their giving to help women and girls for #GivingTuesdayNow, or, if you work for an organization that is doing work and looking for funding, you can also post a comment and request support today.