In honor of Giving Tuesday, we’re sharing some of our favorite local Baltimore charities. Consider forgoing that cup of coffee and danish and donating to (cool) progeny’s own Little Lion Challenge (a $35 donation provides a care package to a family with child in critical care) — or one of these worthy causes instead!

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BridgeEdU is a unique first year college program that combines core academic courses, real-world internships and service experiences, with the coaching to help students succeed in academics and life. Because the transition from high school to college is a challenge for many students (approximately 30% of first year college students either drop out or do not return to the same school for their second year), the end result is that only 60% of college freshmen graduate within 6 years, and the average student in a public university graduates with $36,000 in debt. BridgeEdU Scholars will have the opportunity to earn 20+ transferrable college credits. The curriculum focuses on courses necessary for their degree such as writing, communications, and math. Professional internships are matched to student interests, and they are integral to the BridgeEdU experience. DONATE

Wide Angle Media
Wide Angle Youth Media is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides Baltimore youth with media education to tell their own stories and become engaged with their communities. Through quality after-school programming, in-school opportunities, summer workshops, community events, and their Traveling Photography Exhibit, Wide Angle supports young people making a difference through media. Since 2000, Wide Angle Youth Media has worked with over 3,600 youth from across Baltimore City who have produced more than 160 films about their lives and communities. DONATE

Empower410’s mission is to inspire hope and promote health in at risk homeless children under eighteen (18) years of age in the Baltimore-metropolitan area through wellness education,
health and fitness lessons, and provision of adequate resources. They provide Wellness education, career, health and fitness lessons to help these young people learn self reliance and maintain self esteem. Empower410 partners and collaborates with other charitable and public service organizations, educational institutions, businesses, governmental agencies, community associations and any others that will help promote the mission. DONATE

The Red Devils
The Red Devils mission is to fund support services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families. Patients and their families turn to the organization for assistance with treatment transportation (gas, tolls and car services), family support (meals, cleaning, child care rent and utilities) and Medical Services and treatment-related therapies (bills, treatments exams and equipment). The Red Devils have partnerships with 41 hospitals or other facilities throughout Maryland, and five hospitals in Washington, DC. Their medical staff and social workers refer patients to business partners who provide a variety of treatment support services at no charge to the patients living or being treated in Maryland. DONATE

Sharp Dressed Man
Sharp Dressed Man was founded by a partnership between the Baltimore Fashion Alliance and the Living Classrooms Foundation in 2012 to support men re-entering the workforce. They have recently established a clothing boutique in downtown Baltimore at 235 Park Ave that is furnished with donations of recycled men’s clothing. Often a nice suit and appropriate business attire is the last hurdle for men getting back on their feet. Sharp Dressed Man collects gently worn suits & business attire and distributes them to men in need- empowering them to improve their lives. Clothing donations can be dropped off at Christopher Schafer Clothier located at 1400 Aliceanna Street Baltimore, MD 21231, please call first 410.404.5131. DONATE

Foundation for Baltimore County Libraries + Storyville
Storyville is an award-winning, interactive early literacy and learning center for children ages birth to 5 and their caregivers. Storyville is a child-sized village that includes developmentally appropriate books and activities. BCPL has two Storyville locations including [email protected] and [email protected] The two projects were funded by the Foundation for BCPL to support the library’s mission to “mobilize resources that support the library’s commitment to a superior public library system where opportunities for literacy, reading enrichment and lifelong learning are available to all.” Anyone who donates to Foundation for BCPL on Tuesday, December 1 between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will be entered to win a private party in one of either of the library’s two Storyville locations (a prize exclusive to #GivingTuesday donors and unavailable for purchase). DONATE


This list was compiled by Jennifer Hausner and Heather Walsh