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'Tis the Season of Giving

Giving Back

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known to many as Giving Tuesday in the United States.

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known to many as Giving Tuesday in the United States.

On Giving Tuesday, many nonprofits encourage donors to open their wallets and give big in the spirit of the season. Each year since its inception in 2012, Giving Tuesday has inspired millions of people to participate by giving their funds or their time to their favorite causes. While we have countless registered 501(c)(3) organizations worthy of extra love right here in the South Sound and across the region, we picked 100 orgs and put them into this giving guide for your consideration. Happy giving!

All photos courtesy of their respective organizations unless otherwise stated 

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Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue

A lifelong calling for rescuing animals led Sharon Bond and Jacklyn Glover to start rescuing alpacas in 2007. While there are several animal-rescue organizations, there are few dedicated to these fluffy ruminants. In addition to caring for alpacas, the volunteer-run and private donation-fueled nonprofit’s mission is to provide education about alpacas and offer adoption services. Tenino

Alpha Supported Living Services

BOTHELL

Arc of Washington State

OLYMPIA

Assistance League of the Eastside

REDMOND

Babies of Homelessness

BOTHELL AND BELLEVUE

Bellevue LifeSpring

BELLEVUE

Ben’s Fund

BELLEVUE

Big Brothers Big Sisters

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

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Pizza Klatch

“Klatch” is a Yiddish word for an informal social gathering, especially one for community conversation. In the case of this Thurston County nonprofit, these klatches are held at local middle and high schools to empower area LGBTQIA teens to learn self-advocacy, community building, and resource allocation. Through queer and ally mentors, students have a safe, welcoming space within their schools where they can be free of harassment or discrimination — and eat pizza. Olympia

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

SEATTLE

Birthday Dreams

RENTON

Bloodworks NW

SEATTLE

Books of Joy

REDMOND

Boys & Girls Clubs

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Burned Children Recovery Foundation

EVERETT

Cheer Tacoma

TACOMA

Children’s Home Society of Washington

AUBURN

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Quixote Communities

Looking to help homeless veterans and other unhoused individuals? Olympia-based Quixote Communities is an organization that builds and maintains tiny house villages as a permanent solution for the unhoused in the region. The micro-footprint homes are 144 square feet with energy-efficient designs. Currently, Quixote’s offerings include Quixote Village in Olympia and the newly opened Orting Veterans’ Village in Orting. Another Veterans’ Village is currently in development in Shelton. Olympia

Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW

CLE ELUM

Citizens for a Healthy Bay

TACOMA

Compass Health

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Concern for Animals

OLYMPIA

Days for Girls International

MOUNT VERNON

Destination Imagination Washington

REDMOND

Dry Tikes Wet Wipes

OLYMPIA

Duwamish Tribal Services

SEATTLE

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Rainier Athletes

Now more than ever, kids need positive role models who care. In fact, 30 percent of Bellevue School District students report that they don’t have a relationship with a caring adult. That’s where Rainier Athletes takes over. Not only does Rainier unite a student’s teachers, family, and coaches through one mentor that stays with the student through graduation, it also fully sponsors that student’s sports, activities, and camps throughout his or her schooling. Bellevue

EastHUB

BELLEVUE

Eastside Baby Corner

BELLEVUE

Eastside Pathways

BELLEVUE

Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank

TACOMA

Encompass

NORTH BEND

FareStart

SEATTLE

Fine Dine Front Lines

KENMORE

Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

SEATTLE

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Reading with Rover

Therapy dogs aren’t just for visiting hospitals and helping people with disabilities. In fact, Kirkland-based Reading with Rover shows what a calming effect therapy dogs can have on children who are learning to read or college students with looming tests. The community-based literacy program enters area schools, bookstores, libraries, and universities with trained furry friends to ease anxiety and provide a calming presence. As it turns out, dogs love to listen, and they never judge a reader. Kirkland

Friendly Water for the World

OLYMPIA

Gashora Girls Academy

MEDINA

Girl Scouts of Western Washington

SEATTLE 

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

TACOMA

Habitat for Humanity

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Helping Hand House

PUYALLUP

Homage

LYNNWOOD

Home Court NW

WOODINVILLE

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Ruby Room

When you look good, you feel good. However, it can be difficult for youths in financial need, especially those in foster care, to afford to feel confident in their personal style. Ruby Room in Renton empowers Washington youths by channeling the strength of personal style as a tool for building confidence. Ruby Room joined forces with F-Factor and in, 2020, started offering a variety of fashion-driven workshops, personal styling services, formal clothing selection programs, a bespoke annual fashion show, and more. Renton

Homeward Pet Adoption Center

WOODINVILLE

Hopelink

BELLEVUE

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

ISSAQUAH

JBLM Santa’s Castle

TACOMA

Jubilee Reach

BELLEVUE

Junior League of Tacoma

TACOMA

KidsQuest Children’s Museum

BELLEVUE

Kindering Center

BELLEVUE

T2P2

Seattle T2P2

T2P2 might sound like a new droid from the Star Wars universe, but it’s actually an acronym for Towers of Tampons & Pyramids of Pads. The org is so named for the sheer magnitude of its menstruation- product supply, of which it has distributed more than 100,000 to more than 5,000 young menstruators since its inception. After all, these products are seen as “luxury items” and subjected to a pink tax, costing young adults in the Puget Sound region approximately $13.25 per month. Many of T2P2’s donations go to area shelters and other programs for unhoused youths. Seattle

LifeWire

BELLEVUE

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

REDMOND

Making a Difference Foundation

TACOMA

Medical Teams International

SEATTLE

Minority Veterans of America

SEATTLE

Mona Foundation

BELLEVUE

Musicworks NW

BELLEVUE

NAMI Eastside

REDMOND

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The Trail Youth

After meeting homeless youths living on the Rainier Trail in 2014, Tonya Guinn, Kristen Zuray, and Wendy Laxton started feeding them with coffee and donuts. They soon realized these teens, as well as others, needed a safe and welcoming place. In 2018, the women founded Trail Youth Coffee Home, a nonprofit coffee shop with special hours, events, and free drinks for youths. All proceeds support programs such as mentorship, barista training, and leadership development. North Bend

North Beach Paws

HOQUIAM

Nourish Pierce County

TACOMA

One Day’s Wages

SEATTLE

Overlake Medical Center Foundation

BELLEVUE

Pasado’s Safe Haven

SULTAN

PAWS

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

PFLAG Bellevue Eastside

BELLEVUE

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (The Zoo Society)

TACOMA

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2nd Cycle

2nd Cycle in Tacoma gives bicycles — and cyclists — new life. In 2008, Noah Struthers and fellow cyclists founded 2nd Cycle with the mission to encourage bike riding and see it as a tool of personal and community empowerment. For 14 years, 2nd Cycle has worked to provide equitable access to sustainable transportation to all people through its recycle reuse e  orts, full-service bike shop, and a variety of programs for adults and youth. Tacoma

Rainbow Center

TACOMA

Razor Clam Society

OLYMPIA

Rebuilding Together

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Rescue:Freedom

KIRKLAND

Rooster Haus Rescue

FALL CITY

Seattle Children’s Foundation

SEATTLE

Seattle Humane

BELLEVUE

Seattle Persian and Himalayan Rescue

SEATTLE

Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation

MAPLE VALLEY

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Special Olympics

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Step By Step

PUYALLUP

Summit Assistance Dogs

ANACORTES

Sunny Sky’s Animal Rescue

PUYALLUP

Tahoma Audubon Society

UNIVERSITY PLACE

The Borgen Project

TACOMA

The Boys Next Door Adult Family Home

PUYALLUP

The Coffee Oasis

BREMERTON

The Hope Heart Institute

BELLEVUE

The Sophia Way

BELLEVUE

Thunder Mountain Farms Equine Rescue

ENUMCLAW

Toy Rescue Mission

TACOMA

United Way

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Washington Women in Need

KIRKLAND

Way Back Inn

RENTON

Wolf Haven International

TENINO

World Relief Seattle

SEATTLE

Youth Eastside Services

BELLEVUE

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