With more than 1,100 organizations participating in Alabama Gives Day, it’s awfully hard to decide how best to spend 10 bucks today.
Just today, I’ve gotten emails, tweets, text messages and phone calls about giving to the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Birmingham Pledge Foundation, the Birmingham Black Radio Museum, the Leading Edge Foundation, the United Way of Central Alabama, the Lakeshore Foundation, Magic City Smooth Jazz, Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama, the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham Inc., Jones Valley Urban Farm and the Legal Aid Society. All of these worthy organizations are participating in a 24-hour virtual fundraising blitz that works like this: On Thursday, Feb. 2, all of Alabama’s citizens are encouraged to give to the charities of their choice through a single online giving platform. The campaign is coordinated by theAlabama Association of Nonprofits, the Alabama Broadcasters Association, Razoo Foundation, Intermark Group, Alabama Giving, community and private foundations, the Alabama Press Association, and participating nonprofit organizations.
The point is to raise as much scratch as possible in 24 hours while simultaneously showcasing the breadth and depth of our state’s nonprofit sector, especially the lesser-known orgs that work to improve the the overall quality of life for all Alabamians. You can visit the Alabama Gives FAQ page for complete details on how the blitz works.
I decided more than a month ago that my donation dollars are going to the Alabama Waldorf School and Birmingham Landmarks, the awesome nonprofit that owns and manages the Alabama and Lyric Theatres. But just by trolling the Alabama Gives website today, I’ve learned about dozens of remarkable organizations doing great work statewide.
To whom are YOU giving today?