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Nevadans Urged to Support Nonprofits on #GivingTuesday

PHOTO: #GivingTuesday efforts are calling on people in Nevada and elsewhere to give back to their local communities, and is meant to balance out the overwhelming consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Photo credit: #GivingTuesday.org.
PHOTO: #GivingTuesday efforts are calling on people in Nevada and elsewhere to give back to their local communities, and is meant to balance out the overwhelming consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Photo credit: #GivingTuesday.org.
December 2, 2014

RENO, Nev. - Following the massive consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today's #GivingTuesday campaign is calling on Nevadans to support a variety of charities and nonprofits in their communities.

The Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation is among several nonprofits in the state partnering on #GivingTuesday efforts. Debbie Strickland, the foundation's executive director, says her organization also helps the families of children with cancer.

"We help all Northern Nevada families that have a child with cancer," she says. "This money would be used specifically for the Family Assistance Fund that helps pay for travel, rent assistance, and co-pays for medical bills."

Strickland says her organization helps about 100 families a year who have a child being treated for cancer. Costs can easily top $10,000 per year per family.

According to the #GivingTuesday website, the movement was founded in 2012 by New York's 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, and to date has engaged more than 10,000 organizations worldwide.

Gavin Feiger serves as acting executive director at the Sierra Nevada Alliance, another of the nonprofits linked with this year's #GivingTuesday campaign. He says donations to his organization, which addresses climate change and other issues impacting the Sierra Nevada, would help fund AmeriCorps jobs.

"We place at least two AmeriCorps members in each community," says Feiger. "They do a combination of on-the-ground restoration, where they actually clean up creek beds, do trail building, remove invasive species, plant native species, and then do a fair amount of community education."

#GivingTuesday donations can be made directly to the Sierra Nevada Coalition and the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation.

More information on donating to other nonprofits is at the #GivingTuesday website at www.GivingTuesday.org.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV