GivingTuesday 2023


Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s Local Campaign


Considering giving to a charitable organization in the Upper Peninsula this giving season? The #Give906 Giving Guide is here for you! This is a one-stop place to learn what charitable organizations are doing to meet critical needs across the U.P. and how you can help this GivingTuesday and throughout the year.

The guide includes the name of each participating organization, a description of its GivingTuesday initiative and a link where you may donate and/or learn more about getting involved. The guide is coordinated by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development as part of the GivingTuesday global generosity movement which inspires people to give back on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28, and throughout the year.

Grow & Lead encourages residents of the U.P. and those who hold the U.P. close to their hearts to consider giving to an organization in the 906 area code during this season of generosity.

“Nonprofit organizations have overcome and adpated these past years more than ever with great innovation and tenacity,” says Grow & Lead CEO Amy Quinn. “The #Give906 Giving Guide shows the ingenuity and passion of U.P. organizations to meet the needs of their communities and do meaningful work that transforms lives.”

#Give906 Giving Guide 2023

U.P. Children’s Therapy: UP Children’s Therapy provides speech-language pathology services over our 6-week summer program. Effective communication is a crucial stepping stone for making friends, learning information, and becoming a productive member of society. Our program provides the necessary services to improve language and communication skills and foster confidence in social interactions which builds lifelong relationships and vocational opportunities. You can help us raise critical funding now to accommodate the increasing number of children who need our program. Please consider sponsoring a child with a full $600 sponsorship or give what you can because every dollar counts. Together we can make the future brighter for children in our community!

Kaleidoscope Keweenaw Alternative Education Organization: We will be showcasing all of our after-school programs throughout the week of GivingTuesday to demonstrate the impact that donations have on our organization and the youth in our community. This will take place on our social media platforms and blog.

Munising Bay Trail Network: The Munising Bay Trail Network is committed to creating and maintaining accessible trails that connect our community with the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula. We appreciate your support!

Lake Superior Theatre: Our amazing performances utilize wireless mics so that you do not miss a word ????. Our fabulous schedule means a lot of use for our equipment at LST. Help us continue boathouse magic!

Alger County Communities That Care: Alger County Communities That Care (AC3) promotes a safe, healthy and prosperous environment for all youth and adults in Alger County. Please join us by making a gift of your time, talent or treasure this GivingTuesday! Your contributions today, and everyday, go toward evidence-based programs, resources and activities that help Alger County young people, families and elders thrive.

Iron County 4-H: The Iron County 4-H program provides positive youth development opportunities for young people.                                                                                 

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital: We are transforming with state-of-the-art imaging technology by replacing outdated x-ray, fluoroscopy and portable units for better patient care, safety and preparedness. Please contribute to elevate community healthcare.

Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H: The Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H Program Endowment ensures that 4-H in the Copper Country will provide positive youth development opportunities to youth for generations to come.

Wattson and Wattson Jewelers: Double your donation by donating new socks to Rock the Socks on GivingTuesday in partnership with Marquette Alternative High School.

S.T.I.L.L.: We are Sault Ste. Marie,  MI’s equality support group. Supporting our local youths is our main goal. We hope to raise funds to host an event for our local LGBTQ+ and ally youths. We are planning a gathering to share our individual dreams and goals on GivingTuesday as well as hoping to raise the funds to sponsor a few local families for the holidays. 

Partridge Creek Farm: Partridge Creek Farm Staff will be at Velodrome Coffee in downtown Ishpeming 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on GivingTuesday interacting with our community. Velodrome will kindly be making a soup for the day that will both benefit Partridge Creek Farm’s GivingTuesday efforts and be composed of Partridge Creek Farm vegetables to show support for the Healthy Cooking Program. This GivingTuesday, we have set a goal of $5,000 to help support the Ishpeming Middle School Healthy Cooking Program. Each January, fifth and sixth grade students participate in healthy cooking where they independently follow new recipes to learn to cook new healthy foods! This program has been a success. During the 2023 season, 95 students attended eight weeks of healthy cooking. Fifty-two percent of these students reported trying and liking new vegetables while in the program. Join us at Velodrome Nov. 28, or make sure you follow Partridge Creek Farm’s Instagram and Facebook where we will be posting updates throughout the day. Or sign-up for our newsletter and find our social pages on our website,

Great Lakes Recovery Centers – Recovery Housing in the EUP: Our GvingTuesday project is to raise funds that will go toward helping support GLRC’s two Recovery Houses in the eastern Upper Peninsula.

Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency: DICSA’s Denim Heart Thrift & Pantry focuses on helping get people food and low-cost clothing so our community can thrive! Our GivingTuesday project is geared toward keeping our food pantry stocked.

Baraga-Houghton-Keweenaw Child Development Board (BHK): As a parent or caregiver, there is nothing more precious than the safety and well-being of our children. Let’s come together as a community to prioritize child car seat safety. BHK’s GivingTuesday cause, Buckle UP Copper Country, is simple but profound: fundraising to purchase child car seats/booster seats to protect the little ones. With your help, our certified car seat technicians will educate families on the proper installation of car seats/booster seats and use on every ride. Join us in championing equitable, no cost access to child car seats. Donate today and be a part of this life-saving mission!

MAPS Education Foundation: We provides scholarships to High School graduates and grants to teachers.

Friends of the Porkies: We will be using peer-to-peer contact in the community and social media to raise funds to purchase canoes to replace worn out row boats at three interior lakes. Safety equipment, personal flotation devices and water safety rules are posted in the cabins. Canoes are lighter weight, easier to manipulate and provide water access for the 4,000 annual users of cabins at the three lakes.

Munising Bay Trail Network Inc.: Exciting news! The Munising Bay Trail Network is launching a dynamic GivingTuesday Facebook fundraiser aiming to raise $3,000. We’re thrilled to announce that Hillside Party Store has generously pledged to match $1,500 during this campaign. Join us in spreading the word using #Give906, and let’s make a positive impact through the Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development GivingTuesday campaign!

Omega house: GivingTuesday will help fund end-of-life care in the Copper Country and allow anyone to reside at Omega House regardless of financial reasons.

Greater Ishpeming Commission on Aging: The Greater Ishpeming Commission on Aging will be hosting an open house on GivingTuesda. Come and meet the staff, participate in activities and learn about services available to seniors in the city of Ishpeming and the townships of Ishpeming, Ely, Tilden, Humboldt, Champion, Republic and Michigamme! It costs $1,000 to provide homemaking services for one senior for one year. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to help five additional seniors receive homemaking and grocery shopping services for 2024!

Sault Area Arts Council: At the Sault Area Art Center, we are focusing on giving back to the youth of our community this GivingTuesday. Our goal is to raise $7,000 to fund an art camp that will be offered for free to youths between the ages of 8 and 13 next summer. To offer quality education, the maximum number of students able to attend will be 15. The art camp will provide an opportunity for children to explore a variety of visual art forms and express themselves freely, thus promoting the self-esteem and enjoyment that comes from creating art. This experience will facilitate cognitive and social growth for the children by encouraging them to complete personal and group projects while interacting with instructors and each other. On the final day of the camp, an art display will showcase the best work from each child. Parents/guardians, families and friends will be invited to celebrate the art and growth of the student artists. The art camp will enhance participants’ well-being by bringing families together to explore art and culture.

Trillium House: We are hosting a “Giving is Sweet” Blood Drive in partnership with UP Health System Blood Center to support our U.P. residents. Each person that donates will receive one of Mary’s famous chocolate chip cookies. You don’t want to miss out on this! We hope to break the record with 40 donations this day. All donors will be welcomed at Trillium House, given refreshments and invited to stay and visit if they wish. All donated blood stays here in the Upper Peninsula. Please call (906) 264-5026 to make your appointment today.

Camp New Day U.P.: Camp New Day U.P. is a FREE one-week camp for youth ages 9-14 who have, or have had, a parent or family member in prison/jail. With focus on the child (and not incarceration), Camp New Day provides an atmosphere that emphasizes positive reinforcement, growth and FUN. To assist in funding camp, we are reaching out to the community for donations or possible partnerships to continue to provide a caring and safe environment for children to nurture self worth.

Marquette Regional History Center: This year, the Marquette Regional History Center is hoping to raise enough money to gift FREE museum field trips to 25 classrooms. In 2023, it will cost the average sized classroom $90 to attend a field trip at our nonprofit museum.

Coalition to Save the Menominee River: Our goal is to raise funds necessary for impending legal fees. Aquila Resources recently sold its business interests to Gold Resource Corp. (GORO), which has told its investors that it plans to begin mining in 2024-2025. GORO also intends to fast-track the mining permit process by bundling all five permits needed to mine into one application. Educating as many people as possible about the many threats of this proposed mine is essential. Our long-term goals are to stop the mine before it starts, protect the ancestral homeland of the Menominee Tribe and continue our efforts to protect the Menominee River ecosystem. The river is home to one of the last remaining self-sustaining populations of sturgeon in the Lake Michigan watershed. A world-class smallmouth bass and walleye fishery thrives in the Menominee River.

Just Believe: Just Believe was formed in memory of Jodi Ball for the Awareness of melanoma and to give back to the communities and charities that touched her life. Funds will be used to purchase supplies needed for sun safety/skin cancer awareness, prevention presentations and sunscreen dispensers.

Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy: Help reach our goal of $5,000 on GivingTuesday for stewardship projects this year including trail building at Dead River Community Forest and access improvements at Vielmetti-Peters Reserve! Stay tuned on our social media channels to hear stories from community members and to stay notified about upcoming livestreams and events leading up to GivingTuesday. Your support is crucial to help us continue protecting land in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Join us Nov. 28 to drive direct and positive change for nature and community this GivingTuesday. Instagram: @uplandconservancy; Facebook: UP Land Conservancy

Center for Change, a Northern Michigan Advocacy Group: Center for Change (C4C) will be hosting a digital GivingTuesday campaign. We will be telling our story about how we started and why, with extra focus on our work around election education to Northern Michiganders. We will use our newsletter, emails, Facebook and Instagram for our campaign. Our goal is to raise $1,000 as this is our first GivingTuesday campaign that we have planned. We plan to do a series of lives on GivingTuesday itself, along with sharing “whys” from our staff and board members.

Women’s Center: The Women’s Center is the longest continuously operating domestic violence and sexual assault agency in the state of Michigan. This year, we are celebrating 50 years of operation! The Mission of the Women’s Center is to provide programs and services in Marquette and Alger Counties that protect, educate, advocate, counsel, and empower (P.E.A.C.E.) survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Munising Hockey Association: Munising Hockey Association is raising funds for its scholarship program and equipment. The organization believes all kids should have the opportunity to play hockey no matter what their family’s economic situation is. With its scholarship program, the organization’s impact goes far beyond hockey.

Project Jade: Project Jade makes core communication boards for non-verbal and special needs children in schools, parks, medical facilities and more. We will be asking anyone at a facility that has a Project Jade board to go LIVE in our group and share how it has helped their facility and what having another communication tool means to them! We hope to raise $1,000 during this campaign. People from the board will be going live in the Facebook group as well, talking about what Project Jade means to them and why they are a part of it.

Room at the Inn: Help Room at the Inn provide shelter, a warm meal and resources for our unhoused neighbors to get on the path toward self-sufficiency .

U.P. Region of  The Salvation Army: Sam’s Club will match 2:1 dollars donated from November 30-December 2 up to a million dollars!

4-H Marquette County: We would like to raise money for our scholarship program to send  youth and volunteers to attend 4-H programs  such as 4-H Camp, Exploration Days at Michigan State University, Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington, DC and more!

Soo Legacies Softball Club: Our goal is to raise matching funds for a $50,000 indoor hitting/pitching facility for youth softball and baseball players. Winter training facilities in the EUP are limited. Please head over to our Facebook page. We will post a short video and PowerPoint presentation explaining the overall project.

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative: LSSI brings together schools & community to prepare K-12 students to become knowledgeable citizens concerned about the Lake Superior watershed and actively engaged in local stewardship projects.

Michigan State University Extension: 4‑H empowers young people to be leaders. True leaders are young people who have confidence, know how to work well with others, can endure through challenges and will stick with a job until it is done. We will use emails and social media promotion to spark interest and incite action from the community; our donation page is up and running so supporters can donate. Register to Volunteer or Donate here.

Messiah Lutheran Church: We are community helping community. We will receive donations for our Community Assistance Fund where we are able to help those who have an overdue utility bill, an eviction notice or a utility shutoff notice. Helping them to not be forced to live on the streets or go without heat or water or electricity. We work in conjunction with other non-profits in our area to help pay the big bills that we couldn’t afford to do all on our own.We will be accepting donations on November 28th from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. We will provide light refreshments throughout the day and will have live string music.

ROBOT FAIR PLAY – Affiliate of Community Foundation for Delta County: We will be hosting a Facebook Campaign to help raise $2,500.00 for the cost of the rental tent needed for the week of the State Fair.

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Marquette Symphony Orchestra: Your Marquette Symphony Orchestra hopes to engage, inspire, and to spark a lifelong love and enjoyment of music in our community’s youth. On Giving Tuesday, the MSO aims to raise $2,000 in online donations. These gifts would support a free concert at Kaufman Auditorium for nearly 1,200 area fourth and fifth graders who will be bussed in from their respective schools during the school day of Monday, April 15, 2024. The costs for this concert exceed $10,000.

Chippewa County Families Against Narcotics: Money donated would go to FAN sponsored events to help educate and break the stigma involving issues with substance use disorder, promote recovery, and create peer and family connections such as —Educational speakers, programs, opportunities in the community —Training for peer and family coaches —Harm reduction education and supplies —Family oriented recreational opportunities.

STAR Children’s Bereavement Services: Camp STAR is children’s bereavement camp for children in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Campers enjoy a weekend learning healthy coping skills, the opportunity to connect with other children who have also experienced loss, and the freedom to just be a kid and enjoy fun camp activities. The camp and all accommodations are provided to the campers for free. You can help contribute by making a donation or by purchasing one of our t-shirts on our Campfire campaign website. Your purchase will help fund camp accommodations, supplies, meals, activities, and programming after camp. Each time you wear your new shirt you will be reminded of the positive impact you helped to create by supporting an organization that helps kids struggling with loss find healing and comfort.

Hiawatha Music Nonprofit Corporation: Our goal is to reach $4,000 in donations to support child and teen programming for our Festival and other events and activities during the year. The HMNC Board of Directors will match the first $1,000 in donations. 

Marquette County Habitat for Humanity: We’ve created a fundraiser page on Facebook and will be posting on Giving Tuesday. Our ultimate goal is to raise $5,000 in funds for our organization here in Marquette County. With your help, we can improve the lives of even more families with the homes we help capable families build, the many critical repairs we make for low-income homeowners, and the ramps we set up for families and individuals who are unable to enter and leave home due to aged stairs, aged bodies, or injuries.

Copper Shores Community Health Foundation: Put Your Money Where Your Heart is this year on #GivingTuesday and support one of 31 incredible organizations! Donations are being accepted beginning November 7 and running until 11:59 p.m. on #GivingTuesday itself, Tuesday, November 28, 2023. This year Copper Shores Community Health Foundation, with help from a donation by the Klungness Family Foundation, matching up to $250,000 in donations. 

Soo Locks Childrens Museum: For Giving Tuesday 2023, Soo Locks Children’s Museum is raising funds for our slapshot hockey exhibit, Superior Slapshot Systems (SSS). We are honored that a team of senior engineering students at Lake Superior State University has chosen to design and build a slapshot hockey exhibit for the Soo Locks Children’s Museum as their senior project during the 2023-24 school year. The exhibit will measure the speed and accuracy when a user shoots a puck at a hockey net. We are VERY excited to be working with this group of talented students — it’s a “win-win” in our book! With Sault Sainte Marie being the “original hockey town,” funding for our Slapshot Hockey exhibit is a fitting cause. Pictures of the planned exhibit are available at our Giving Page.