Who you should donate to on #GivingTuesday
At Fervor, generosity is in our DNA. We believe we’re called to give of our time, our talent and our treasure. That’s why #GivingTuesday is a pretty big deal around here. It’s a global day of giving, celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. In a season that’s steeped in consumerism, #GivingTuesday is a chance to shift our focus from what we’re getting to what we’re giving.
In the spirit of giving back, we’re excited to introduce you to some organizations near and dear to our hearts. Some are Fervor clients who we’ve partnered with, others are orgs we support and admire. What they all have in common is a commitment to impact. As you plan your #GivingTuesday, we invite you to consider some of these nonprofits. Happy giving!
The Global Orphan Project will always be special to us — it’s where Fervor began. Mike was on a mission trip to Haiti with Global Orphan when he met an orphan named Daniel. Daniel and his buddies had nothing, and yet they worshipped and played with fervor. The experienced so deeply changed his perspective that he decided to name this ad agency Fervor — so we’ll never forget what is truly important: impacting lives. Global Orphan (then called C3 Missions) became Fervor’s first client. GO Project makes the connection to orphans, serving through orphan care, trips and orphan prevention, with the local church as a focal point. We love giving back to the organization where it all started.
Today, 1 in 5 children in the Northland of Kansas city go home hungry every day — and Feed Northland Kids is out to change this story. Feed Northland Kids focuses on addressing weekend nutrition and hunger, partnering with Harvesters to provide these kids with backpacks full of healthy, delicious food to keep them growing.
On November 1, 2007, Charlie Horn, a 2-year-old Kansas City boy, was killed when he attempted to climb a 30″ dresser in his home. It was through this tragedy that Charlie’s House was born. What started as a memorial has grown into a nonprofit with safety at its core – dedicated to keeping the community informed and engaged in preventing injuries to children in and around the home.
Shelterwood Academy offers real hope, real heart change and real restoration for struggling teens. Shelterwood combines boarding school excellence with the best in therapeutic care for real transformation. At Shelterwood, teens learn they are loved, valued and have purpose, and can find meaning and hope in Jesus. Teens leave Shelterwood with a transformed heart and a life restored.
On a 22-acre campus in San Antonio, TX, Haven for Hope provides, coordinates and delivers an efficient system of care for people experiencing homelessness in their community. As they continue to work on solving the root causes of homelessness, they provide case management, job training, residential facilities, education and coordination of 90+ partners’ services.
Maranatha Christian Academy is committed to fostering Christian character in every student. Students are educated, nurtured and trained for Godliness and excellence, so they’re equipped to transform our world for Jesus Christ. With a scripture-first posture, armed with Biblical values, the thread of faith is woven throughout our academics, athletics and in every facet of this school.
Men of Iron believes men are distinctly called to be Godly leaders in their families, their churches and their communities. So they partner with churches to implement and execute a culture-changing men’s ministry, powered by mentorship and authentic leadership. What emerges from Men of Iron is a courageous man of Christ. Men of Iron seeks to strengthen men, with hopes of strengthening the church.
Max Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller’s gift — a pastor’s heart and a poet’s pen. Max’s message is simple: God loves you; let him. Max serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been on staff since 1988. His 92+ million books have occupied spots on every major national bestseller list. UpWords, the teaching ministry of Max Lucado, is designed to help people take one step closer to Jesus.
Hillcrest Hope transforms and restores families, giving them a redemptive opportunity to write a second story in their lives. We believe families can create their best life when they have the tools to do it. In a transformational housing environment, Hillcrest Hope families gain the life skills they need to become independent. Hillcrest Hope graduates leave with the skills they need to thrive as neighbors.
In Kansas City, an estimated 23,000 babies aren’t receiving the diapers they need to stay happy, healthy and dry. Happy Bottoms, Kansas City’s diaper bank, works with social service agency partners to provide diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of diaper need in our community. The organization has distributed more than five million diapers to date.
The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri believes effectively trained volunteers make our community a better place. This organization of women is committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. In its first 100 years, the JLKCMO has contributed more than $14 million and 2.2 million volunteer hours to greater KC.
Boys Grow uses farming to teach entrepreneurship to at-risk boys ages 12-15, teaching them respect, commitment and pride along the way. The Kansas City teens learn how to grow food and how to develop a product lines featuring what they’ve grown, as well as how to demonstrate it and market it to store and retail customers, building confidence every step of the process. (And we’re big fans of their Avocado Hot Sauce!)
Water is a fundamental human need — yet 663 million people around the world don’t have access to safe water. Water.org believes water is the way to break the cycle of poverty, to protect and save lives and to make a bright future possible for all. The organization (headquartered right here in Kansas City) has already helped millions of people as they’ve broken down the barriers between people and access to safe, sanitary water.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) challenges coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus. Since 1954, FCA has served local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. Through their coaches, campus, camp and community ministries, FCA presents the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord.