We love to kick off the holiday countdown with our new favorite: Giving Tuesday (thanks social media for not being all selfie all the time)! It gives us all a chance to double down on contributions to nonprofits that are near and dear to our hearts with a matching donation on Grow. Although we could write a novel about all of the worthy causes we love to support, we wanted to highlight seven groups that we are especially excited to give to this year.
Best Friends Animal Society: For over 30 years, Best Friends has been committed to ending pet homelessness by running the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals and working with shelters nationwide to increase adoptions and reduce kill rates in animal shelters. Tami donates her time and resources to help Best Friends achieve their goal, most recently traveling to their amazing Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah to volunteer.
Heifer International: Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. Donations go toward placing farm animals with needy families (and make a great holiday gift in a loved one’s name!), providing long-term sources of nutrition and resources. Gabrey is donating to Heifer International because of their impactful work and for the sustainability behind their model.
East Bay SPCA and San Francisco SPCA: The entire Grow team has been touched by San Francisco SPCA. Several of our team became “foster parents” to a sweet kitten Patra (now happily adopted!), and Kelcy recently added two cuddly kittens to her family from the East Bay SPCA. Kelcy is donating to support their medical services, foster programs and a new “fospice” program to bring care and joy to animals in their twilight years.
GirlVentures: GirlVentures’ mission is to empower adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths through working with them during the transition from childhood to young adulthood. As the mother of an almost-ten-year-old girl, Cassie is a strong supporter of cultivating leadership skills in young women to help them reach their full potential, she loves GirlVentures’ strategy of drawing on every girl’s natural strengths.
Haight Ashbury Psychological Services (HAPS): HAPS is one of the very few remaining nonprofits that provides essential mental health services on a sliding scale to the Bay Area community. As a former psychotherapist and current board member at HAPS, Sarah donates her time and resources to ensure that counseling services are available to all who need them, regardless of their financial or life circumstances.
Charity: Water: Right now, 663 million people worldwide are living without clean water—that’s almost 10% of the world’s population. Charity: Water works to bring sustainable sources of clean water to those in need. As a child, Neel traveled to countries across the world where families don’t have access to clean water. Witnessing water insecurity firsthand was an eye-opening experience, and is why he’s donating to Charity: Water.
Produce to the People: Many San Francisco residents live without easy access to fresh, nutritious food. Produce to the People is dedicated to providing fresh food to SF residents via community gardens, food education and the creation of green jobs for youths. Ali became passionate about these issues while growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, living only 20 minutes from a food desert, where the jarring discrepancy between those with food security and those who relied on convenience stores for nutrition was apparent.