Thursday May 7 is Give STL Day, a day-of-giving dedicated to raising funds in support of St. Louis area nonprofit organizations which, as noted on the Give STL Day home page, need our support now more than ever before to make St. Louis a better place. Powered by the St. Louis Community Foundation, Give STL Day helps nonprofits do their important work in over a dozen counties on both sides of the Mississippi (in other words, in both Missouri and Illinois). There are over 1000 nonprofit organizations participating this year, and they are looking for donors who share their passion for making our corner of the world a better place.
The Find a Nonprofit page allows you to search by name, geography, operating budget, and whether the organization has secured matching funds, as well as by nonprofit sector. Passionate about puppies? You can sort to see just the 82 organizations working to help our four-legged friends. Is social justice your jam? Take a look at the 22 nonprofits that are committed to ensuring that the arc of the moral universe continues, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (quoting abolitionist minister Theodore Parker), to bend toward justice. Concerned about the effect the coronavirus pandemic will have on students and the schools that are struggling to serve them remotely? Find 73 school district foundations and individual schools that would be happy to put your money to work serving their students. Perhaps these weird times have you worried about the state of health and human services in our community? There are 119 health and 280 human service organizations participating in Give STL Day that could use your help. Perhaps isolation and anxiety have made you realize the importance of art and music in your life? Give STL will allow you to be a patron of the arts. And if walking (at an appropriate distance from others) in a local park and enjoying the beautiful St. Louis springtime has helped you keep your sanity, you'll find several at Give STL to give back to.
While Give STL Day is (mostly) confined to a 24 hour period, charitable giving of course occurs year-round, as do the problems that give rise to the nonprofit organizations that work so hard to, in the short-term, alleviate suffering and hardship and, in the long-term, solve those problems and put themselves out of business. They welcome donations of time (volunteer!), treasure (write a check!), and talent (join a nonprofit board or committee) 365 days a year, so the good news is that even if you miss Give STL Day, or if your favorite organization is not participating, you can still give. Remember, we are all in this together (even in these strange times when we need to stay apart). Peace and be well all.