Today is #GivingTuesday – a celebration of generosity to kick off the season of giving. Between now and the end of December, nonprofit organizations will share a window into their incredible work, sending out appeals to donors and hoping to raise funds for another year of making an impact.
In 2020, the nonprofit creative teams in our PhotoShelter community have risen to the challenge and inspired their audiences to join them in doing good.
As the coronavirus crisis brought the world to a halt, the team at The Bowery Mission sprung into action, caring for New York’s most vulnerable residents. Along the way, they trained volunteers and frontline staff members to document their work through photos and videos, so they could share their impact and inspire other people to join the fight.
Water Mission installed thousands of handwashing stations across the globe, helping healthcare facilities, refugee populations, prisons, schools and more slow the spread of COVID-19.
At heritage sites around the world, the Global Heritage Fund shifted its focus to supporting communities, finding new ways to fuel employment and help people bounce back from the economic impact of COVID-19.
The James Beard Foundation launched the #openfogood campaign to save restaurants, supporting chefs and educating their audience on how to support the culinary community during this time.
In New York City, the 14th Street Y moved its huge range of fitness and cultural programs online to support families as they sheltered in place.
In Baltimore, the National Aquarium also digitized its programs, finding new ways to bring the Aquarium to a global audience, even as everyone stayed at home. I think we can all agree that the triumphant story of grey seal Pippi Longstocking is the edutainment we all need in 2020.
Just last month, Special Olympics helped bring a story of hope to the national stage, as Special Olympics ambassador Chris Nikic became the first person with Down syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon.
"IRONMAN. Goal set and achieved. Time to set a new and BIGGER Goal for 2021. Whatever it is the strategy is the same. 1% Better every day." #ICYMI: @ChrisNikic, @soflinfo, is the first person with Down syndrome to complete an @IRONMANtri. #InclusionRevolution pic.twitter.com/mMBAB1QPLU
— Special Olympics (@SpecialOlympics) November 9, 2020
And right now, New York Cares is calling for #ActsofWarmth, kicking off its annual Coat Drive and hoping for this to be the event’s biggest year yet.
Thank you to the nonprofits in our community for inspiring us, and for making a powerful impact every day.
Who is inspiring you this #GivingTuesday? Give your favorite nonprofit a shout out at @psforbrands!
Up Next: Watch our 20/21 Vision keynote conversation on the power of visual content for social good with photographer Melanie Dunea, Top Chef’s Gail Simmons, ESPN E60’s Michael Baltierra and the Field Foundation’s Angelique Power.