Ann Arbor area nonprofits to consider on Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is an annual fundraising day every Tuesday after Thanksgiving

ANN ARBOR – As #GivingTuesday approaches, Ann Arbor-based nonprofits are ramping up their campaigns for one of the biggest fundraising days of the year.

The idea of Giving Tuesday is to exercise your philanthropy muscles and give back to the community following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Local nonprofits


826michigan inspires school-age students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities. 

Donate here.

Ann Arbor Art Center

Through innovative programming, provocative exhibitions, wide-ranging learning courses and a gallery shop offering handmade artworks, the Art Center engages over 49,500 people annually in exploring the arts.

Donate here.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The children's museum is holding a special #GivingTuesday event called Pay What You Can from 6 - 8 p.m. at 220 E. Ann St.

Donate here.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of children, youth and adults with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in the community.

Donate here.

Ann Arbor Civic Theater

Ann Arbor Civic Theater is a community theater group. It exists to provide opportunities for the members of the community to participate in theater.

Donate here.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

An independent, nonprofit dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of arts and entertainment that enriches the cultural, economic and social vitality of the region.

Donate here.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is passionately committed to enriching the culture of the region. It fosters a growing appreciation for orchestral music and regional musicians through imaginative programming and community involvement, inspiring and educating a diverse audience.

Donate here.

Ann Arbor YMCA

For #GivingTuesday, the Y is holding a special campaign to support its relief efforts in Haiti. 

"The Y’s cause is to strengthen communities. Since 2009, Ann Arbor Y staff and volunteers have worked with our colleagues at the Haiti YMCA to develop sustainable programs in one of the world’s poorest countries by providing operational, programmatic and philanthropic support. The Ann Arbor Y helps develop and implement strategic plans, provides technical training to program staff, and mobilizes philanthropic initiatives which build capacity for the Haiti Y. With ten community centers located throughout Haiti, the YMCA serves over 5,000 children and young adults. Please help support these efforts on #GivingTuesday!"

Donate here.

To make a general donation to the Ann Arbor YMCA, click here.

Arbor Hospice

Arbor Hospice has been providing expert end-of-life care since 1984 -- longer than anyone else in the community. 

Donate here.

Avalon Housing Inc.

Avalon helps the community's most vulnerable citizens find affordable housing without preconditions and provides them with essential support to stay in their homes.

Donate here.

The Creature Conservancy

The Creature Conservancy hopes that by creating personal connections with animals, they can have a positive effect on how people view them in the natural world. With a greater understanding of and empathy for wildlife, the nonprofit hopes people will make more informed decisions on issues that impact the world in which they live.

Donate here.

Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw

“The mission of Catholic Charities is the work of the Catholic Church, to share the love of Christ by performing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

"As a member of our community, we believe our work attains the greatest benefit when we join with our neighbors and colleagues to create a responsive, compassionate society where all are valued, honored and have the opportunity to thrive."

Donate here.

Community Action Network

Community Action Network partners with children, youth and families from
under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves and improve the communities in which they live.

Donate here.

Dawn Farm

The goal of Dawn Farm is to assist addicts and alcoholics in achieving long-term recovery.

Donate here.

FestiFools - WonderFool Productions

One of Ann Arbor's cultural treasures, FestiFools is a massive public art spectacular, created by members of the community and U of M students. 

Donate here.

Food Gatherers

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in the community by reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and nonperishable food, coordinating with other hunger relief providers, educating the public about hunger, and developing new food resources.

Donate here.

Foundations Preschool

Foundations Preschool prepares children from low-income families for future academic and social success while providing their parents opportunities for professional, personal and parental growth.

Donate here.

Girls Group

Girls Group empowers young women in middle school and high school to achieve emotional and economic self-sufficiency by graduating from high school and becoming first-generation college graduates. 

Donate here.

Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley is a volunteer-driven organization that provides the programs that it does with the countless individuals who give their time.

For #GivingTuesday, Zingerman's will match up to $5,000 in donations.

Donate here.

Humane Society of Huron Valley

HSHV is independently run and relies on the generosity of volunteers to continue its mission to support the loving, responsible care of every animal in the community.

Donate here.

IHN at Alpha House

IHN at Alpha House provides temporary shelter, food and support services in a caring atmosphere of dignity and safety. More than providing just a bed and a roof for families, its goal is to support the families in securing and maintaining their own home.

Donate here.

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

Originally established by the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County to assist the growing number of refugee families in Ann Arbor from the former Soviet Republics, JFS has since grown into an organization providing programs and services ranging from older adult care-giving to immigrant resettlement and career services.

Donate here.

Kerrytown Concert House

Kerrytown Concert House is a nonprofit organization focused on community engagement and bringing fine artists and audiences together. Kerrytown Concert House is an affordable venue for use by the community, educators, students and emerging local, national and international artists. 

Donate here.

Lamaze Family Center

The Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor is a nonprofit organization staffed by rigorously trained professionals who promote the well-being of the family and the concept of family-centered care from pregnancy to preschool. 

Donate here.

Leslie Science and Nature Center

Leslie Science & Nature Center educates and inspires children and adults to discover, understand and respect their natural environment.

Donate here.

Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, restore and operate the Michigan Theater venues for the benefit of the community and the arts.

Donate here.

Neutral Zone

The Neutral Zone is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership and the exchange of ideas.

Donate here.

Ozone House

Ozone House is a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services.

Donate here.

Packard Health Inc.

Patient care at Packard Health is personal, unique, effective and compassionate. 

Donate here.

Peace Neighborhood Center

Peace Neighborhood Center’s mission is to provide programs for children, families and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems. 

Donate here.

SafeHouse Center

SafeHouse Center provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault.

Donate here.

The Ark

The Ark is Michigan’s nonprofit home for folk and roots music. Considered one of the top music clubs in the world, The Ark is renowned for the quality and breadth of its programming.

Donate here.

The Dispute Resolution Center

The Dispute Resolution Center offers affordable, constructive, restorative and healing approaches to conflict resolution. 

Donate here.

The Guild

The Guild of Artists & Artisans is a nonprofit, membership association of independent artists founded in 1970 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its mission is to develop and present art fairs to provide marketing opportunities for its members that also serve as educational, cultural and entertaining events for the community. 

Become a Friend of the Guild here.

University Musical Society

Its mission is to inspire individuals and enrich communities by connecting audiences and artists in uncommon and engaging experiences.

Donate here.

Washtenaw Literacy

Believing that literacy is the foundation for a sustainable community, Washtenaw Literacy provides literacy support, free of charge, to adults through a network of trained tutors. It is its vision to eliminate illiteracy in Washtenaw County. 

Donate here.

Wild Swan Theater

Wild Swan Theater is dedicated to producing professional theater of the highest artistic quality for children and families and to making that theater accessible to everyone, including low-income, minority and disabled children, through low ticket prices and innovative outreach programs.

Donate here.

Young People's Theater

YPT nurtures the intellectual, artistic and personal development of young people, helping them find their inner light of self-confidence, sensitivity, creativity and leadership.

Donate here.

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About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.