Giving Tuesday initiative provides important boost to local nonprofits

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Today is a big day for nonprofits across the globe. Each year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as Giving Tuesday, and it’s considered the kickoff of the end of the year charitable giving season.

The initiative encourages people to give to a good cause following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Several local groups hope to benefit from the Giving Tuesday movement.

Riley Children’s Foundation is eliciting the help of local celebrities to help increase its donation total this year. Clear Channel agreed to donate $10,000 to the foundation if it reaches more than 300 donors.

Giving Tuesday isn’t just about making financial contributions to charities; people are also encouraged to give their time.

The Indiana Blood Center says its blood supply is dangerously low following the holiday weekend. That’s why the organization is teaming up with Riley Hospital for Children to host a Giving Tuesday blood drive at the Fifth Third Bank Tower in downtown Indianapolis. You can schedule a donation appointment here.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to help FOX59 Pack the Pantries and donate to Midwest Food Bank and Gleaners Food Bank.

Suggested items to donate include:

  • canned meats like tuna and chicken
  • canned soups/stews/meals like ravioli and pastas
  • dry boxed pasta
  • canned veggies and fruits
  • peanut butter & jelly
  • cereal
  • canned or dry beans

“By leveraging truckload discounts from food manufacturers, regional food banks are able to provide three to five meals to hungry Hoosier neighbors for each dollar donated. Unfortunately, with one in six Hoosiers food insecure, the hunger relief network has become so large that traditional food drives that gather loose cans and boxes of food are inefficient, labor-intensive and provide less meals for hungry families. A cash donation of $30 will feed one hungry neighbor for a month,” said John Whitaker from the Mid-West Food Bank.

Here are some other suggestions for local places to donate on this Giving Tuesday!

Dress for Success

Gleaners Food Bank 

College Mentors 

Riley Children's Foundation 

Humane Society of Indianapolis