As the Upper Peninsula’s capacity building organization, Grow & Lead is reaching out to nonprofits from across the region to coordinate an Upper Peninsula wide #GivingTuesday campaign. The #give906 campaign was developed in 2018 by a committee of local nonprofits that participate in #GivingTuesday, with the goal of encouraging residents of the U.P. and those who hold the U.P. close to their heart to consider giving to an organization in the 906 area code. 

In 2018, 58 Upper Peninsula organizations participated, with $405,440 in local Giving Tuesday donations reported. Our goal for Giving Tuesday is to get $906,000 raised across the U.P. in one day. We’re hoping to get closer to that goal in 2019!

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Almost Home Animal Shelter

City: Quinnesec

The staff here at Almost Home Animal Shelter work with our amazing community by providing the following services:

  • Our spay/neuter program fixes all kittens, cats, puppies, dogs and rabbits before adoption
  • Assist owners and finders of lost animals
  • Community educator for the benefit of its pet population
  • Shelter and nurture lost or abandoned pets while seeking loving caregivers who will provide them with a permanent home
  • Provide support to the pet caregivers of the community when in need

The shelter is always in need of funds for medical care, cleaning supplies, food, enrichment items, and cat litter to keep our tenants happy and healthy. Are you looking for a new family member? A lifetime of love? When you are out and about this holiday season take a couple minutes to stop by and visit all of the wonderful pets that are here waiting to meet you!!! For the remainder of the year the shelter is running an adopt a cat special, $50 for one $75 for two. They are spayed or neutered, 3 in 1 vaccination, dewormed plus a free health check from one of our local veterinarians! Visit us on Facebook or on our website.



Bay Cliff Health Camp

City: Big Bay

There’s a saying that, “everything at Bay Cliff is a gift,” and it’s true. Everything that we have to support our child, youth, family and adult programming has been given to us. Everthing from clothing and therapy equipment for our summer campers, to time donations where groups complete construction and maintenance projects, to generous financial donations that keep us open and building accessible housing! We are so grateful! For more than 85 years, our community has helped us provide the best care and programming for those we serve.

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We are also available Monday through Friday 8-5 for any questions (906) 345-9314 or if you are interested in giving of your time!

Bishop Baraga Association

City: Marquette 

The Bishop Baraga Association’s goal for #GivingTuesday is to allow people an opportunity to support the Cause for Canonization (Sainthood) of Venerable Bishop Baraga and the sustainability of the Baraga Educational Center. The newly opened Baraga Educational Center and Prayer Gardens are located at 615 S. Fourth St. in Marquette, Michigan. At the Baraga Educational Center people will find the Baraga room where Bishop Baraga spent most of his time. They will also find a museum, gift shop and two Prayer Gardens. The Center is open to the public and everyone is welcome.


Camp New Day UP

City: Marquette

Camp New Day UP 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.

If needed, special accommodations can be made. Campers who need it are supplied with necessities such as sleeping bags, toiletries, and even transportation to and from camp.

If you know of a child who would benefit from attending camp, please contact us 

Caregiver Incentive Project

City: Marquette

Caregiver Incentive Project has developed a fundraising campaign in honor of National Family Caregivers Month which will end on Giving Tuesday. Our goal is to raise $1000 over the month, which will go towards developing pilot training programs to support those working in caregiver positions.

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Dickinson Area Community Foundation

City: Iron Mountain

We are holding a fundraiser, Christmas in the Wizarding World to introduce youth and families to the joy of philanthropy.  This interactive dining and character experience allows us to introduce ourselves to a different demographic of our community and spread the good word about charity, giving, granting and more.  Tickets make a great gift and offer a tangible,  memorable experience.

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Diocese of Marquette

City: U.P. Wide

For the second year, the Diocese of Marquette is participating in the national #iGiveCatholic  campaign. This online giving initiative unites Yoopers with other Catholics across the U.S. and beyond to support their favorite Catholic causes.

In 2018, the fourth year of the campaign, there were more than 2500 participating parishes, schools and nonprofit ministries representing 29 dioceses across the country. Online contributions totaled more than 28,000 gifts from 48 states and six countries!

The Diocese of Marquette, as a gift to its Catholic parishes, schools, radio stations, and other organizations and ministries, has created web pages for 112 organizations represented on the 2019 Diocese of Marquette #iGiveCatholic campaign. Watch the leaderboard to see how fundraising is going on December 3! 

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Encore Financial & Lake Superior Smokehouse

City: Marquette

This year, for Giving Tuesday Encore Financial and Lake Superior Smokehouse will be collecting children’s socks and underwear, for children in need this holiday season.  They can be any size, color, or gender as long as they are new.  Everyone who drops off an item, will be entered to receive a chicken dinner at Lake Superior Smokehouse Brewpub!

Donations can be dropped off at Encore Financial (702 Chippewa Square in Marquette) or Lake Superior Smokehouse (200 W. Main St. in Harvey).

Forsyth Township Snowmobile and ATV Club

City: Gwinn

Our Club was originally established in 1965. Club numbers dwindled to 6 members. In the past year with new life we’ve are now at approximately 70 members. We welcome all ATV and Snowmobile enthusiasts. We also became a Nonprofit this year and have donated Food to our local Pantry, Sponsored Girls. Ride . Period with Mucked Up and 60 women and donations went to Shelters and local Schools, participated in Gwinn Wellness Fair and attended Fun Days and the July 4th Parade. We are Hometown Proud and truly excited about the upcoming years and Community activities. We’ll also be training Youngsters in Snowmobile Safety.

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Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp

City: Crystal Falls

Fortune Lake will host a one-day giving push to raise funds to continue renovations of Fir Cabin.  Our fundraising goal is $4,000.  Following the recent gorgeous hardwood floor installation, we plan to add a 10′ x  20′ outdoor deck and re-roof the building.   Over the years, this historic cabin has had various uses, including housing Civilian Conservation Corps workers who built Bewabic State Park across the lake.   Now, our youngest campers use it as a home base during summer programs; during retreat season, it is used as a meeting area for breakout sessions or smaller committees.   The new deck and roof  will bring Fir Cabin up-to-date and provide an outdoor extension to this multipurpose space.

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Friends of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

City: Ontonagon

Help us help kids three ways! Help us raise $8000 for three projects that will build healthier kids. Generous donors will match the first $4000 that we raise for the following projects:

  1. An inclusive playground at the Park
  2. Field trips led by the Park interpreter teaching its history to kids and their teachers
  3. Adventure trips with experienced volunteers that engage kids in healthy outdoor activities.

Getting kids moving, especially in the outdoors, promotes physical and mental health, and these three projects do just that! 

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Gogebic County Great Start Collaborative 

City: Ewen, Ramsay

A collaboration between Gogebic County Great Start Collaborative Family Coalition & Gogebic County 4H, we collect food & donations of funds to purchase food for our Knapsack program.

The program provides reusable knapsacks, filled with nutritious foods for students on holiday breaks, the meals they would miss morning and afternoon at school, the Knapsack program provides the nutritional knapsacks to designated families in Gogebic County District Schools.

The program is 4 years old, has evolved and grown to serve as many as 97 students to this date, multiple children families to single children families. with each sack we also provide a page with instructions to use the provided products to make a healthy meal, the students receiving the bags are provided easy and simple food ideas.

We plan to grow each year, to support and provide for those children in need of Gogebic County, We would love for many more community members to help us sustain & grow.

Great Lakes Recovery Centers

City: U.P. Wide

All donations made to GLRC on  #GivingTuesday will go to the GLRC Compassionate Care Fund. The Compassionate Care Fund was created in 2014 to assist individuals struggling with the costs of behavioral health services. This fund reaches individuals who are seeking behavioral services, that are uninsured, under insured, not eligible for governmental or community funding or do not have the funds to pay for services themselves. The Compassionate Care Fund also helps extend care for individuals when funding has been depleted. It is GLRC’s hope that regardless of an individuals’ financial difficulties we can provide community members with the services they need for their recovery. Our goal for the day is two-fold; to create awareness about mental health and substance abuse services and to raise money for our Compassionate Care Fund. We will be going live on Facebook to talk about the fund as well as how it has helped empower recovery through hope and change.

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Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H Program

City: Hancock

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.  We are participating in the Make the Match campaign with the benefit of an endowment match pool contributed by gifts from leadership donors.

We set a goal of raising a minimum of $10,000 locally to establish county 4-H endowment funds, which if successful, qualifies the county 4-H program to receive a 1:1 match from the Michigan 4-H Foundation of every dollar raised up to $50,000 per fund, on a first-come, first-served basis while match funds are available. To donate, please make sure that you specify Houghton-Keweenaw County on the donation form.


Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice

City: Marquette

Each day, we care for patients and their families, providing comfort & dignity in what can be the most difficult journey of their lives, and provide grief support to families who have lost a loved one.

 This #GivingTuesday, join us as we honor the journey of those we serve. It’s generous financial support from our community that allows us to provide our Adult Day Services programming and Hospice care regardless of ability to pay.  LSLC&H offers expert emotional, spiritual, and physical support to take away some of the burdens from the families during a difficult time to allow them to spend quality time together. We create  personal and specialized services to ensure each patient and their families are getting the care they deserve.

 Your support helps us to #GiveHope and provide:

  • Charitable Care for those without insurance and who are unable to pay
  • Individual Grief Counseling and workshops for anyone in our community who has lost a loved one.
  • Complementary Therapies for our participants and patients, nurturing the body, mind, and spirit.

Be inspired by the spirit of the season and consider making a donation to support Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice.


Lake Superior Theatre

City: Marquette

We are giving you the opportunity to support the exceptional live theatre at Lake Superior Theatre.  Giving provides personal satisfaction. There’s proof that giving makes you happier—studies have found that those who gave gifts to others or donated to charity were happier than those who spent their money on items like bills or even gifts for themselves.    Every donation is appreciated with heartfelt thanks by our cast, crew, & board.♥

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Liberty Children’s Art Project

City: Marquette

Liberty Children’s Art Project (LCAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art enrichment organization for rural children founded in 1995. The organization’s mission is to provide an environment of discovery, creativity and inspiration in the visual arts for underserved youth in the greater Marquette and Alger County of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Classes are offered through LCAP in special All Day Art school days, artist in residency in school programs, after school and summer art enrichment programs to children of all ages. Our programs reach children in isolated areas which often have no other access to the arts.


Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan

City: Marquette

LLF Michigan is headquartered in Marquette.  Our mission is the improvement of a literate Michigan citizenry of ages through the distribution of charitable funds.  We are a 501c3 charitable fund committed to supporting non-profit organizations and agencies, and educational institutions to enhance literacy-related efforts.

Funds are distributed through evidence-based grants and special projects and events. The Marquette Regional History Center, Peter White Library, the UP Children’s Museum, and the Hiawatha Interpretative Association are among recent grant recipients in Marquette and Alger counties.  Special projects include a summer linguistic lecture series on Yooper English, a story hike adventure with Michigan author Lori Taylor at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and support to initiate the UPAWS Read to Your Shelter Pet Program.

LLF Michigan continues to support NMU students’ use of the Marquette Regional History Center Longyear Research Library and each $2 gift on Giving Tuesday will be matched!

LSCP Foundation 

City: Marquette

Established in 2000, the Lake Superior Community Partnership Foundation (LSCPF) is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose primary mission is to promote and advance economic workforce development in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This GivingTuesday, we’re highlight the different programs currently active under the LSCP Foundation.


Mackinac Associates

City: Mackinaw Island

Mackinac Associates is the non-profit friends group for Mackinac State Historic Parks. Giving Tuesday will support our fall appeal to raise funds to renovate the Kids’ Quarters at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island. 

The Kids’ Quarters is housed in the Officers’ Stone Quarters within Fort Mackinac and features hands-on displays and interactive games.  As you can imagine, a space this well loved and used, especially by our school groups and other young visitors, receives a lot of wear.  Over the next 18 months the space will receive new paint and carpeting and several new interactive exhibits while some of the favorites currently in place will be repaired or updated.  You will see a glimpse of the work in 2020 and the completely refreshed space will debut in time for the 2021 season.  Interactive exhibits will allow visitors to explore what life was like at the Fort, from the type of clothing residents and soldiers wore and the games that were played to getting up close with the artifacts that represented daily life.  Your donation to this project will allow Mackinac State Historic Parks to continue to provide an interactive hands-on space for kids of all ages.   Your efforts make history come alive for all of us and continue to help protect, preserve and present Mackinac’s rich historic and natural resources.

Our goal is $30,000. 


Marquette Alger Resolution Service

City: Marquette

Our goal is to offer our local schools conflict resolution classes and workshops.  These programs are available to all local schools to help students learn skills and gain experience in resolving their conflicts, better communication, listening , and understanding.  Our programs help students  build empathy and empower them with the tools to address difficult interpersonal relationships such as bullying and social media harassment.  Students who learn these skills help create  a safe and strong community where they can thrive and learn.

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Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation

City: Marquette

More information coming soon! 

Marquette Maritime Museum

City: Marquette

Marquette Maritime Museum has been working the last couple of years to update our building with much-needed maintenance and upgrades. We are housed in the 1891 City of Marquette Waterworks building, a beautiful structure, but also an old structure. If you have any questions on what type of maintenance and upgrades are needed, come by the Museum and take a look at our roof! We hope to apply for a grant for a new roof but will need matching funds. Please donate to the Marquette Maritime Museum on Giving Tuesday!


Marquette Regional History Center

City: Marquette

Give the Gift of Field Trips!

Passing along a love of local history to the next generation is an important part of what we do at the Marquette Regional History Center.  We host approximately 2,500 students per year. Our resident educator and dedicated team of volunteers bring local history alive for students on field trips. Through storytelling, costumed reenactment, heritage crafts, and engaging activities such as our popular Fur Trade, our education department provides enriching, place-based educational experiences aligned to Michigan curriculum standards.

We believe that every child deserves to learn about Marquette County’s colorful past. However, cost can be a barrier for some students in our area. You remember visiting museums as a kid. Help make sure every child has those priceless memories of encountering the past.

This Giving Tuesday, please consider contributing to our education department. Each $2 you are able to donate will give a child a fun and meaningful experience at the Marquette Regional History Center. A $50 donation will allow a class of 25 students to enjoy a field trip at the History Center.


Marquette Symphony Orchestra

City: Marquette

We will be spreading awareness on social media about the Marquette Symphony Orchestra’s mission to enrich our community with musical performances and education. 


Marquette Young Life

This GivingTuesday help us continue to do the work we always do: our volunteer leaders going out into the community to build authentic friendships with adolescents in the hopes of being able to communicate to them how Jesus truly sees them – that they’re worthy of love and belong.


Messiah Lutheran Church

City: Marquette

We will hold a Giving Tuesday event at Messiah Lutheran Church to raise money for our Community Assistance Fund. This fund helps those in need in our community throughout the year. We have assisted people with rent, utilities, utility shut-off notices, bus passes, gas cards, winter boots, gloves, etc.

New Life Community Center

City: Escanaba

We will have a social media blast to raise funds and awareness of the Community Center.  NL Community Center is an environment that is family-friendly and community-minded. The children’s zone consists of 3 play areas, snack and coffee bar with seating, and restrooms. The children’s zone will be open to the community, free of charge from 9-5, Monday – Friday. The high school size gym is ideal for community basketball games, volleyball games, children’s gatherings and with a 448 sq./ft. kitchen attached, the gym will work great for social gatherings. The community is invited to join this vision. With God’s continued blessing and additional support from the community through prayer, sponsorship and tax-deductible donations, the proposed Community Center will soon become a reality!


North Country Trail 

We are a donor membership based organization that works to build, protect, maintain, and promote the North Country Trail, a designated National Scenic Trail.  Our Association Chapters are lead by volunteers who work with our staff, Regional Trail Coordinators to get things done. There are five chapters in the Upper Peninsula: Hiawatha Shore to Shore, North Country Trail Hikers, NI-Miikanaake, Peter Wolf and Superior Shoreline. The Trail runs through eight states, from Vermont to North Dakota, with the most significant coverage of our 4,600 miles being located throughout Michigan. On Giving Tuesday, gifts to the North Country Trail Association will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000. 


Ontonagon County Great Start Collaborative and Ontonagon County 4-H

City: Ontonagon

Ontonagon County 4-H and the Gogebic Ontonagon Great Start Collaborative share the responsibility of collecting  food products and financial donations for the youth in our local community.  The Ontonagon Aspirus hospital has donated sacks for our program for the last two years which allows us to spend our entire monies on food.  Approximately 25- 30 students at the Ontonagon Area School  have been provided sacks filled with nutritious food.  The sacks include several convenient meal items along with healthy snacks.  The program is in it’s third year in Ontonagon County and has been a huge success.  The organizations are looking to expand and supply more food to more youth as our contributions increase because the need is apparent in our county.   As the saying goes, “Many hands make the work load light.” The hope is that with  increased knowledge, more people are aware of the hunger problem in our community therefore they will be inspired to share what they have.  The goal  of both the 4-H program and the Great Start Collaborative is to ensure children have a healthy life.  The two organizations are happy and proud to support that goal through the food back pack program.

Pickford PTA

City: Pickford

Pickford PTA will be hosting a facebook fundraiser. we have a goal of $1000.  Every little bit helps! We encourage our supporters to donate $5-$100.


Portage Health Foundation

City: Hancock

Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is heading into its third year of participating in Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. We’re calling it Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is. This fundraising effort is to help raise awareness, advocate for and help non-profits throughout our four-county community, which includes Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

PHF feels strongly that we can play a role in helping the non-profit sector outside of our own granting. Since 2017, we have used this charitable day of giving as a platform to advocate and fundraise for other organizations. Portage Health Foundation will be matching gifts up to $100,000 to the following organizations. Gifts must be made through the PHF Giving Portal linked below. 

  • Swedetown Trails Club

  • Superior Search & Rescue

  • Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY)

  • Phoenix House

  • Ontonagon County Cancer Society

  • Omega House

  • Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly

  • Keweenaw Family Resource Center

  • Dial Help

  • Dan Schmitt Gift of Music

  • Copper Country Senior Meals

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter

  • Baraga County Shelter Home

  • 31 Backpacks


Room at the Inn

City: Marquette

We’re hosting a Facebook fundraiser. Room at the Inn is a Temporary Shelter for the Marquette County Homeless population. Room at the Inn offers night time shelter, opening at 9 pm each evening and closing at 6 am. Dinner is provided every evening at The Warming Center between the hours of 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. More information about a coffee social at the Warming Center will be announced soon


Sirvienes de Criso

City: Escanaba

We are raising money for a mission trip to establish a Community Center in the La Granja barrio of La Paz, Honduras, providing life skill development, religious instruction, regular medical care and employment. Our organization will be selling cinnamon rolls during the week of GivingTuesday. 

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Spread Goodness Day

City: Marquette

Spread Goodness Day is running a campaign to raise $20,000 for our Shades for Schools program.  The future is bright and schools need shades!  From classes of 5 to schools of 1200, we received requests for our custom shades from over 5,000 students coast to coast! Supporters are encouraged to donate through our website or Facebook fundraiser.  We will be be celebrating with surprise goodness around Marquette and live feeds sharing more about how you can help us change the world with Goodness!


STAR Children’s Bereavement Services

City: Marquette

Camp STAR is a weekend grief camp designed for children ages 8-16 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend or loved one. The weekend is filled with traditional, fun camp activities combined with grief awareness and emotional support. It costs the organization $105 per child that attends camp, but we do not charge the children that participate. Please help us in  reaching our goal of raising $2,625 to cover the camper fees for 25 children.


Start The Cycle

City: Marquette

Start the Cycle is a cycling team program that introduces at risk youth to a life full of success through winter fat tire and summer mountain biking. The volunteers and mentors provide the structure for participants to achieve goals and have a sense of belonging. The goal of the program is to complete the 906 Polar Roll Fat Tire Bike Race in February and the Ore 2 Shore Epic Mountain Bike Race in August.

At risk teens can benefit from mentoring and challenge based goals that enable them to experience success. The participants are supported by volunteers, donors, mentors and role models from the community as they progress through the program.

By providing positive experiences for participants, other objectives of the program include improving the youth’s grades in school, establishing goals, expanding social skills and building trust. Monitoring on both an individual and group basis is recorded weekly, reviewed and evaluated by the 25th Circuit Court, Family Division, and volunteer coordinators responsible for the individual and group activities.

The youth meet weekly for biking experiences, team building activities and outdoor mountain biking. Group discussions will emphasize the value of teamwork, achievement through effort, the need for boundaries, establishing goals, and planning to achieve those goals. Strict rules of conduct will be followed for the privilege to participate.


Superior Health Foundation

City: Marquette

SHF will run a Facebook giving campaign to raise money for the Run For Life Organ Donation Fund.  On the page, we will have a short testimonial or two from either organ donors or organ donor recipients who have benefited from philanthropic funding.


Superior Watershed Partnership

City: Marquette

The Superior Watershed Partnership is fundraising to support environmental conservation, restoration, and education efforts throughout the Upper Great Lakes region. Donated funds will support the implementation of programs including the Great Lakes Conservation Corps, which provides employment opportunities for young adults. Funding will also provide support for K-12 Great Lakes education efforts and will address climate change through low-income energy conservation assistance and community climate adaptation projects. Fundraising efforts will be promoted on SWP’s social media accounts on GivingTuesday as well as in the weeks and months to come.


Superior Youth Arts Theater

City: Marquette 

Over the last 18 years, SAYT has been challenging young minds, creating new friendships, and helping young and old develop new skills while expanding our programming to suit the needs of our community. We have grown from putting on a few performances each year to putting on three large musicals, a play festival, a summer camp series, and community event performances.

Hundreds of kids, volunteers, and donors have given their talent, time, and support over the years to bring our program to life. Now, we invite your voice to join with theirs. It’s time to test the limits and see what we can do. Because with a little bit of you—a little bit of all of us—we can keep accessible arts education alive in the Marquette community for many years to come. Our goal this season is to raise $19,500! That’s $100 for every kid that was part of SAYT last year. If we are able to raise $3,000 on giving Tuesday we’ll have a great start toward our season goal! Even a little can do a lot to change a child’s life!


The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum

City: Marquette

The Children’s Museum’s Giving Tuesday  #give906 Goal is to raise $2000 toward our Play it Forward campaign offering Free year-long memberships to families of need.


Tri County Safe Harbor, Inc.

City: Escanaba

Tri County Safe Harbor has recently launched a capital campaign to raise money to build a new shelter.  We have outgrown our current location and need a bigger space to better serve our clients.


United Way of Delta County

City: Escanaba

We are hosting a Facebook Fundraiser for our Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, with a goal of $500.


United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula

City: Sault Ste Marie

United Way of the EUP fights for the Health, Education and Financial Stability of our EUP residents. On GivingTuesday, we’ll be sharing information on our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat) about the work we do and why it’s so important to give where you live!


United Way of Marquette County

United Way of Marquette County helps support 25 partner agencies impacting over 16,000 Marquette County residents because our community matters. If your community matters to you, please consider United Way this year.


UP Land Conservancy

City: Marquette

The Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy (UPLC) is announcing a contest like no other for #GivingTuesday this year and invites the public to “vote” for their favorite fellow UP-dwelling wildlife by joining “teams” with friends, family, and co-workers to give online or in person at five sponsoring Marquette storefronts(we will update you with specific businesses) from November 18th until midnight on #GivingTuesday, December 3rd, a global day of giving back to the nonprofits that support our communities. Our goal is to raise  $6000 this year to protect wildlife and their habitat in the Upper Peninsula. Participants in the Friends of the Forest Fundraiser can join team “Leafy Greens” to cast a vote for trees and other plant life, while donating to team “Bird Lovers” shows support for our feathered friends; giving with the “Charismatic Megafauna” team is a vote for moose, mountain lions, deer, wolves and other personality-filled familiars. Individuals or groups can also vote for the “Marsh Fellows” to represent the turtles, salamanders, and other shoreline-dwelling creatures; and for the Yooper Fisherman (or person), fundraising with the “Finned Friends” team is a clear vote for the fish and other underwater creatures. Individuals are encouraged to form their groups and join teams now to start the competition and to share the contest to share the fun!


Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

City: Gwinn

At UPAWS, shelter pets are loved and cared for by our dedicated staff and volunteers. Still, even the coziest shelter kennel is no substitute for the comfort of a real home and loving family.

You can make their wishes of a family come true! Give today to have your gift count toward our Giving Tuesday goal…and make a lifesaving difference for UPAWS dogs and cats and small critters.

Donate on our Giving Tuesday Grid (you can even post a photo)! Plus we will include a gift for your donation of $100 or more (if donated through our Giving Grid).

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Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival

City: Marquette

For #GivingTuesday this year, we are asking the world to help support Wolf’s Head Theater/Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 season!

While our 2019 season (Pookie Goes Grenading by JC Lee, The Seagull by Anton Chekhov and Quills by Doug Wright) contemplated the creation, relevancy and ineffable effect of art- including the why’s of execution, the subjective definitions and the unstoppable pull- our 2020 season focuses on the perspective lenses from which we define ourselves- our illusory and interpretive internal and external identities. Who do you see yourself as, and how accurate are you? Are you always right? Are you a king? Are you a monster?

For our 2020 season we ask: When you look in the mirror, is your vision 20/20?

Wolf’s Head Theater Company presents Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, May 2020 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

Introducing Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival inaugural UP wide tour of William Shakespeare’s Richard II, August 2020.

Wolf’s Head Theater Company presents Dr. Seward’s Dracula by Joseph Zettelmaier, October 2020 at the Ore Dock Brewing Company.

2020 will be our most challenging season yet. Your contribution to WolfShakes supports and strengthens our drive to sustain and grow; to provide meaningful access to professional theatre for Marquette and beyond.

The work we do through the stories we tell revolves so strongly around what it means to be human- but there’s nothing more human than selflessly contributing to our organization and therefore the fabric of your community, and every person in it.

*raises glass* To humanity!


Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers and Marquette Alternative High School 

We’re kicking off our Marquette Alternative High School Rock the Socks Box on GivingTuesday 2019! For every pair of socks donated at our store on Tuesday, December 3, we will buy one pair of socks, up until we buy 200 pairs.

Socks must be dropped off at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers, located at 118 W Washington Street in Downtown Marquette, between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3 to be considered part of the match. We’ll continue collecting socks through Friday, December 13.

Donated socks are distributed by Marquette Alternative High School to community organizations and schools throughout Marquette County.

Wells Township School

City: Arnold 

Wells Township School District is only $80.00 from reaching their goal of $1,600 for a bottle filler station for the school. We would like to fulfill this campaign so we can get this into the school building so everyone has access to healthy water throughout the day.


YMCA of Marquette County

City: Marquette

The YMCA of Marquette County is excited to work together with our Marquette County community to raise enough funds on Giving Tuesday to be able to offer swim lessons through our scholarship program to 100 kids! With the generous matching donation from an anonymous donor we are excited to link arms with this community in making sure every child has an opportunity to learn to swim in Marquette County. Join us on Giving Tuesday as we share live throughout the day on our Facebook page celebrating as funds are raised!  In addition, for those who would like to donate in a very practical way we will have an Amazon wish list available to purchase items used regularly at the YMCA. Small items like baby wipes, pool noodles, band-aids, soap, and towels are just a few things we use in our Preschool rooms, our Kids Gym, and in our Wellness Center that keep the YMCA running efficiently and effectively. By purchasing an item on our wish list you are supporting the belief that a “Better Us” is possible through even the  simple task of small purchases.

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