Support Local Orgs on Giving Tuesday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The coronavirus pandemic has strained nonprofits and community organizations like never before, making this Giving Tuesday more important than ever.

First held in 2012, the holiday – celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – has brought billions of dollars to agencies worldwide. Last year’s estimated total was $1.97 billion, with roughly a third coming through online donations.

Locally, nonprofits are searching for everything from monetary donations to volunteers. Below, find some of the organizations you can support and help communities throughout the Mahoning Valley.

Angels for Animals: Donations of less than $100 to the Canfield animal charity can be made through the organization’s website, while gifts of more than $100 can be made through The Youngstown Foundation, which will match 10% of the donation. In addition, Facebook is matching a portion of all donations made on its platform today; to donate to Angels for Animals and have Facebook match it, go to the fundraiser page HERE. Angels for Animals is also taking donations for its Antique and Collectibles Sale through Wednesday, with the sale being held at its site this weekend. All proceeds will support the organization.

C.S. Lewis Institute of Northeast Ohio: Based in downtown Youngstown, the C.S. Lewis Institute provides Christian seminars and education, as well as a fellowship program. Donations can be made at CSLewisInstitute.org/give.

Canfield Fair: Celebrating 175 years next year, the fair board continually enhances and improves the fairgrounds and buildings there to build upon the experience for fairgoers each year. Every dollar made is reinvested into its 353 acres and more than 60 buildings, including the new Event Center – Home of the Junior Fair, which debuted this year. Anyone who makes a tax deductible donation to the Canfield Fair’s capital campaign this year will receive a small thank you gift, with one donor winning a 175th Canfield Fair Prize Pack. Click HERE to donate.

Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley: Since 1999, the foundation has advocated for strategic philanthropy by partnering with donors to make investments in improving the quality of life for all residents. Donations can be made through the foundation’s website HERE, by sending a check to the foundation at 201 E. Commerce St., Suite 150, Youngstown, OH 44503, or through its legacy Planned Giving program.

Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern OH: Donors to the foundation can choose to impact six areas of focus, including children’s programs, health and family services, college scholarships, unrestricted funds, arts, culture and humanities, and community development. Learn more about the programs at the foundation’s website, or make a donation through its donor portal HERE.

Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley: Donations can be made online through PayPal and The Youngstown Foundation, as well as by mailing checks to Habitat for Humanity at 480 Youngstown Poland Road, Struthers OH 44471. In addition, purchases made its ReStores support the organization’s homebuilding efforts. Interested in working for Habitat? Sign up to volunteer on projects HERE.

Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley: Gifts can be made to the organization HERE, helping to support more than 12,000 local students. Each year, Junior Achievement provides hands-on learning experience to support financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness.

Project MKC: Donations to the organization have already made an impact during the pandemic, including more than 5,000 winter boots and socks being distributed to community children, more than 100,000 diapers each months to 55 partner agencies, and more than 500 Comfort Kits given to children who were removed from their homes and placed into foster care. Click HERE to make a donation and to see a list of items the organization needs.

Stambaugh Auditorium: Donations to the historic venue can be made at StambaughAuditorium.com/givingtuesday or by calling 330 747 5175. Gifts will support programming and social needs at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Trumbull County Historical Society: Donations can be made to the history society HEREto support the organization’s education programs, exhibits, events and collections that preserve the history of Trumbull County.

United Way of Youngstown & the Mahoning Valley: Beyond just raising money for United Way programs, this year’s Giving Tuesday effort also shines a spotlight on local businesses. As part of Rise United Blitz, donations made HEREby local businesses or individuals. will be recognized on local iHeart radio stations – 570 WKBN, Mix 98.9, Real 95.9, 106.1 The Bull, 1390 The Gambler and 93.3 The Wolf. Donations can also be made by texting “BLITZ” to 26989. 

W.D. Packard Foundation: Donations made HERE will support capital improvement and education projects at Packard park and Packard Music Hall.

Youngstown Area Jewish Federation: Donations can support the organization as a whole or specific programs under its umbrella – Heritage Manor, Levy Gardens, Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Services. Donations of less than $100 can be made HERE, while gifts above that amount can be made through The Youngstown Foundation’s website, where it will receive a 10% match.

The Youngstown Foundation: As the largest and oldest community foundation in the area, the Youngstown Foundation serves the needs of local nonprofits. For Giving Tuesday, the foundation will add 10% to qualified contributions to its Support Fund Program.

YMCA of Youngstown: Donations are being accepted online at YMCAYo.org/givingtuesday to support the Y’s Scholastic Support program, Swim Whisperers and underwritten memberships. Thanks to an anonymous donation, donations made on Giving Tuesdaywill be doubled up to $6,000.

YWCA Mahoning Valley: The YWCA serves Mahoning and Trumbull Counties with housing, youth development, childcare, advocacy, and empowerment programs to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all. Donations can be made HERE.

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