54 Top Writers and Mom Bloggers Reveal Where They Give


Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Make room for #GivingTuesday -- a global rally for great giving which falls on December 2 this year.

I'm proud to be a social media ambassador for Giving Tuesday.

What I like about the movement is that no one charity is supported -- each person choose's who to support and how, whether it's a tweet, a donation, volunteering, or socially sharing on a virtual and physical level.

In honor of #Giving Tuesday, I tapped into a slew of my friends and colleagues to find out where they like to give.

I'll start:

I like to give to Mothers & More. I'm a past president where I served on the board of directors, and a current member of the nonprofit's advisory council.

The mission of Mothers & More is to connect mothers through a virtual and local network throughout the United States, and to provide programming and national community for moms through all stages, phases and transitions of motherhood.

Here is the link to donate

Mothers & More will be holding an online Expo from January 25 through January 31, where there will be keynote speakers (on flexible job options, money mastery, how to raise a thoughtful communicator in a digital world), as well as demos (cooking, meditation, fitness, relaxation) and giveaways.

Another pet charity of mine is The Lighthouse Guild, which supports care and education for people who are blind or vision impaired, including those who are multi-disabled. I attended the gala last night at the Plaza with my husband (pictured below), where model Carol Alt hosted. They do such wonderful things to support and rehabilitate people with sight problems.


Here are the rest of the wonderful organizations to check out and open your wallet for based on recommendations from 53 fabulous and talented women (please follow them on their blogs and sites).

A Giving Roll Call

Lauren Apfel of Omnimom for Cancer Research UK

Nina Badzin for The Wounded Warrior Project (helping injured veterans).

Esti Berkowitz of Prime Time Parenting for Masbia Soup Kitchen (they feed healthy and fresh food to not only the Jewish community but other communities as well)

Carla Birnberg for Mayan Families( provides opportunities and assistance to the indigenous and impoverished people of Guatemala through education and community development programs).

Ciaran Blumenfeld of Momfluential for Kids Save

Lisa Carpenter of Grandma's Briefs for Feeding America (particularly their Child Hunger Ends Here campaign).

Cathy Chester of An Empowered Spirit for The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Ava Chin for NY Foundling (a shelter which serves at risk families and children).

Jessica Rubin Cohen of Eat. Sleep. Be for The Arbor Day Foundation (which provides resources for the nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and tree care).

Val Curtis of Bon Bon Break for It Pays to Promote (on Bon Bon Break

Margit Detweiler of TueNight for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Cindy Dudas of Whatever Works for The Jetty Rock Foundation (this charitable organization was formed in June of 2013 as a direct result of Jetty's massive Sandy Relief efforts).

Nancy Friedman of Hip To Housewife for DonorsChoose.org (see what great teachers need for their students).

Kim Jorgensen Gane of GANE Possible for The Readiness Center (located in Benton Harbor, Michigan, this community resource tries to break the cycle of poverty by helping prepare and educate families by supporting their children's education).

Stephanie Giese of Binkies and Briefcases for Seemingly Obvious (Stephanie says: "We are not a registered non-profit, but we are working with the American Psychological Association on this project)".

Lisa Heffernan of Grown and Flown for Neighbors Link (an org that strengthens the whole community by actively enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants).

Wendy Kaufman of ABCs and Garden Peas for My Sisters Circle ( a charity that provides mentors for underprivileged girls in Baltimore).

Jennifer Maidenberg of Yadda Yadda for FARE (food allergy research & education).

Carla McDonald of The Salonniere for Feeding America

Judith Newman for LearningSpring School (a place for children on the autism spectrum to learn and grow). To donate go here.

Avital Norman Nathman of The Mamafesto for The Lilith Fund

Elizabeth Norton of EdVAcation for ActivationReACT

Jennifer Oxenford of Philly Fun 4 Kids for Alexs Lemonade Stand

Anne Paris of Not A Supermom for CARITAS (provides food, shelter, and case management to homeless families and homeless people in the churches in and around Richmond, Virginia).

Debra Rutt of The Harried Mom for Action Against Hunger (a NJ-based food pantry)

Ellen Seidman of Love That Max for Reaching for the Stars (which funds cerebral palsy research)

Tina Creaney Seitzinger of Life Without Pink for Kaboom

Jo-Lynne Shane for Cradles to Crayons in Philadelphia

Kristin Shaw of Two Cannoli for Safe Place

Aliza Sherman for G(IRL)s 20 (a global platform that economically empowers girls and women all over the world)

Charlene Smith for National Race Amity (in U.S., which promotes race reconciliation and understanding ) and in South Africa for NKosi's Haven (which supports Gail Johnson's work with HIV infected mothers and their children).

Marcelle Soviero of Brain, Child for Girls Write Now

Whitney Wingard of Mommies with Style for The Kolbe Fund ( they provide funding for people traveling to Philadelphia and Wilmington for treatments for their kids).

Aliza Worthington of The Worthington Post for Casey Cares Foundation (they provide comfort and relief for critically ill kids and their families).

Thank you everyone who participated in this post. I really appreciate you sharing your favorite organizations and charities to give to.

So get ready and join us on December 2nd.

Because to give of yourself is the best way I know how to make a difference in the world.

This article originally appeared on the author's blog Musings on Motherhood & Midlife

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