As I’m sure you’re seeing all over the internet, today is “Giving Tuesday”

– or, as you’ll likely see it written, #givingtuesday. It’s a concept that was conceived in 2012 to take the spending momentum of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and redirect it away from consumerism and toward worthy causes. Doing good obviously shouldn’t be limited to one day a year, but I think it’s great that #givingtuesday gives a platform to highlight the importance of giving to meaningful organizations that do work to help make the world better.

Below I’ve listed a handful of local nonprofits that are doing work right here that directly improves our lives and those of our neighbors. This is by no means a comprehensive list, nor is it meant to say that these are necessarily better than many other great organizations. But I can say that many good people put a lot of love and effort into these nonprofits and that I think they make our corner of the world a better place.



And this list just scratches the surface: there are so many other great not-for-profit groups nearby doing good work. Which are your favorites? Did you take the time to give today? If not today, when?