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Giving Tuesday local options

Greetings friends and neighbors,

Hope you all had a delightful Thanksgiving weekend!

As the end of the year draws near, I know some folks are making charitable contributions to both help the good work of charities and to help get a tax deduction to the extent allowed by the law. I want to make some recommendations for local 501(c)(3) non-profit charities that help our community in some way (and I know this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means – just my personal recommendations).

South Park Improvement Projecthttp://spiasf.org/
Toby Levy, Alice Rogers, David Fletcher, and others have been very busy and dedicated to updating South Park so that it is ready for its next 100+ years of use in our community. It is the oldest park in San Francisco (I don’t care what they say about Buena Vista Park… ), and a true gem in SoMa because it has nice calm streets and plenty of trees surrounding the park oval. Last I heard, they’re trying to raise about $300,000 to maximize the awesome-ness and fabulous possibilities of the improvements the community has collaborated to put together. The fiscal sponsor is the 501(c)(3) non-profit San Francisco Parks Alliance, and the donation link is here: https://sfpt.ejoinme.org/?tabid=444638

Nomad Gardenshttps://sfpt.ejoinme.org/MyPages/NOMADGardens/tabid/486902/Default.aspx
NOMADgarden’s mission is to develop a community garden in the Mission Bay neighborhood – and will be launching in JANUARY 2014!  BUT, Stephanie and her fellow Nomad Gardens stewards are still raising funds to complete the vision. You will notice that San Francisco Parks Alliance is the fiscal sponsor who is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and accepting donations for the benefit of Nomad Gardens. More info on Nomad Gardens can be found at http://www.nomadgardens.org  Also, there is a speaker panel event this Thursday called Capitalizing on Community that benefits Nomad Gardens. Buy your ticket at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/capitalizing-on-community-tickets-9290633535

Embarcadero YMCAhttps://ops1.operations.daxko.com/features/onlinegiving/donationdetails.aspx?cid=3096&campaign=6967

**Be sure to select “Embarcadero YMCA Annual GIving Campaign 2013-2014” from the “affiliated with a Specific Campaign” drop-down.
The Embarcadero YMCA is so much more than a great place to exercise and be well!  The Embarcadero Y also offers Youth Chance High School which helps kids who have had difficulty in other schools to get their high school diploma, Youth & Government program to help train tomorrow’s community leaders, three free SOMA after-school programs during the school year, and day camps throughout the year.
According to their Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/embarcaderoymca ), “The Embarcadero YMCA’s goal for Giving Tuesday is $5,000, which will be matched by a very generous member. Help us meet this goal by giving online or in the lobby on December 3rd. Contact Kathy Minkel, Director of Development and Communications at kminkel@ymcasf.org or (415) 615-1318 if you would like to get more involved. We thank you for your gift!” So, hold on to your mouse until Tuesday to give what you can to the Embarcadero YMCA because the first $5,000 in donations they receive that day (December 3rd) will be matched dollar-for-dollar by one of their generous members! http://www.ymcasf.org/embarcadero/give

Rincon Hill Dog Parkhttp://www.rinconhilldogpark.org/support/donate/
Full disclosure: I’m the Treasurer for the Rincon Hill Dog Park (in addition to SBRMBNA). If you love the Rincon Hill Dog Park, please consider a charitable contribution. We’ve been blessed with very low overhead costs so far as Caltrans has not only built the dog park but made improvements to landscaping and other this and that’s along the way. That won’t likely last forever, so we’re hoping to build our reserve up to at least $15,000 … that’s about $1,500 more than what we have in the bank right now.  You can mail a check if you’d prefer by printing and filling out this form: http://www.rinconhilldogpark.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/RinconHillDogPark_DonorForm2012_ver2.pdf  Please note that the check should be written to our 501(c)(3) non-profit sponsor SFDOG (San Francisco Dog Owners Group) for benefit of Rincon Hill Dog Park. By the way, come join other dog owners (or folks who just like the company of dogs and their owners) on Thursdays for “Yappy Hour!” from 4:30pm to about 6:00pm.

San Francisco Public Presshttp://sfpublicpress.org/
Please support this non-profit, independent source for in-depth journalism in San Francisco. The mainstream media really just regurgitates press releases and whatever they get fed by flacks. The San Francisco Public Press does its best to dig deeper and work with other grassroots media types in San Francisco to really get to the truth so that you know what is being done well and where there is room for improvement in our community.

San Francisco Food Bankhttp://www.sffoodbank.org/
No explanation needed here. For every $1 donate, they say they can distribute $6 worth of food. Instead of giving money to panhandlers on the streets, I have been giving money to the San Francisco Food Bank to try to help many. Of course, there are other fine choices like Glide Church, Project Open Hand, and St. Anthony’s who also help feed the needy in our community.

Thanks for considering these options for end of year 2013 charitable donations!

jamie whitaker

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