Participating in Giving Tuesday makes more impact than you think. Besides the warm fuzzy feeling of helping out–and a tidy tax write-off–it helps grassroots, community-based  organizations meet their year-end goals of programming and assistance for your next-door neighbors. But sometimes it can be hard to know who to give to. C&P has listed a few that are making real change in their communities. (Getty Images) Giving Back Helps Pay It Forward
Participating in Giving Tuesday makes more impact than you think. Besides the warm fuzzy feeling of helping out–and a tidy tax write-off–it helps grassroots, community-based organizations meet their year-end goals of programming and assistance for your next-door neighbors. But sometimes it can be hard to know who to give to. C&P has listed a few that are making real change in their communities. (Getty Images)

These nonprofit organizations are dedicated to serving communities of color and first responders in the Tar Heel State.

Giving Tuesday is a simple concept: a day that encourages people to do good. This global movement is a reminder to all of us to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Here in North Carolina, there are many ways to have a hand in making the state a better place to live for everyone.

The ways that you can give are bountiful. You can find places to virtually volunteer, donate clothing or non-perishable food to those in need, or donate to HBCUs or scholarship programs at your alma mater. These are just a few ideas. If you’re not sure what cause, foundation, or fundraiser to get involved with, Cardinal & Pine has your guide of worthwhile NC-based causes to consider for Giving Tuesday. 

NC Healthcare Foundation (NCHF) COVID-19 Hero Response Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. As healthcare workers continue to operate in challenging conditions, the NCHF’s COVID-19 Hero Response Fund aims to make sure these folks stay well fed. 

This program currently partners with 18 locally owned restaurants across the state to provide meals to healthcare workers and boost the local economy. Since the program began in the spring of 2020, almost 17,000 meals have been delivered to healthcare workers across the state. 

You can make a donation to the NC Healthcare Foundation here.

El Pueblo

El Pueblo’s mission is to empower Latin Americans to take civic action in their communities. Based in the Triangle, El Pueblo is a bilingual organization that operates several key programs such as: 

  • PARE (Program of Assistance, Resources, and Education): A project focused on helping survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault advocate for more effective policies and processes. PARE also partners with NC domestic violence and sexual assault assistance agencies to provide referrals in Spanish.
  • Pueblo Power: A leadership and organizing seminar for high school students focused on social justice issues and how to organize for change.
  • Leadership in Reproductive Justice: Designed to develop community engagement skills in members and provide education on aspects of reproductive health and justice, including access to birth control, HIV/STI prevention, gender identity and sexual orientation, and policies that impact reproductive freedom. 

You can make a donation to El Pueblo here.

Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC) Village

SEAC Village is a grassroots organization that works to amplify Asian American voices in the Carolinas. SEAC Village encourages and participates in community engagement, social justice, and youth organizing. 

The organization is a partner of the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Civic Engagement Fund, designed to ignite civic participation and support those affected by acts of racism and xenophobia. 

You can donate to the SEAC Village here

Triangle Native American Society (TNAS)

Founded in 1984, TNAS provides assistance and support for Native Americans in the Triangle and surrounding areas. This organization seeks to increase the public’s awareness of the needs of Native Americans as well as acknowledging cultural and economic contributions made by Indigenous people. 

TNAS operates several key programs, including the TNAS Scholarship, Title IV Indian Education Program, a community garden, and annual social events. 

You can donate to the Triangle Native American Society here.

Equity Before Birth (EBB)

Recent studies show that Black mothers are significantly more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than their white counterparts. This is due to systemic bias from healthcare providers, long-standing issues of access and other factors. In efforts to combat this problem, EBB’s mission is to give Black parents support and exceptional care throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Through sponsorships, the Durham-based organization provides access to care options and paid parental leave opportunities for Black parents-to-be. 

You can donate to Equity Before Birth here OR start a Giving Tuesday Facebook Fundraiser here.