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 #GivingTuesdayNow 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. 

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Let’s come together to drive a spike of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. 

Together we can heal. Be a part of the solution: show your support and rally to do some good!

#GivingTuesdayKids Project

Spread Goodness Day is hosting a virtual #GivingTuesdayKids opportunity for #GivingTuesdayNow. Spread Goodness Day will have a team on the FunFunding Tournament running May 4-8. This platform hosts online games. The more the team members play, the more points are earned. The teams with the most points at the end of the week receive a donation. Play here.

Spread Goodness Day is a global day of simple goodness, encouraging individuals, schools & organizations to spread some goodness, to show the explosive power that one act of goodness multiplied by hundreds, thousands, and maybe millions, has to change the world every single day. 

#Give906 #GivingTuesdayNow Directory

Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum which includes a host of touchable reptiles that live in the Museum’s habitat. Giving will help pay our occupancy expenses which includes their care. We’ll post a few live videos of our animals and the museum on social media and on the website.

Donate to the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum

The Women’s Center

The Women’s Center operates and provides an emergency shelter and advocacy services for domestic and sexual violence victims as well as housing services. Services are free and confidential. Tune in on Facebook at 2 p.m. for a live discussion about the services the Women’s Center provides. 

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Lake Superior Community Partnership 

Lake Superior Community Partnership will be using their social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram) to talk about the giving opportunities available. As an economic development organization, they are the “boots on the ground” working with our area businesses and helping them navigate these uncertain times. The LSCP’s efforts will ramp up even further with the restart of Michigan’s economy. Supporting your local economic development organization is critical to make sure these resources, expertise and networks are available for all sector, all size and all stage of business.

Donate to Lake Superior Community Partnership

YMCA of Marquette County 

Create Art to share with our Senior and Isolated members! The YMCA is about community. Our senior and isolated members could use some love and support from the community right now. Create your art to share and send to those members. Share your art on our facebook page (#YMCAofMQT) on May 5th and then send it to 1420 Pine. St. Marquette, MI, 49855 and we’ll send it to those who could use some happy art right now! #StayWithUs means Staying with Each Other.

The YMCA anticipates our need to be available to members and the community when the time comes to reopen. For those who are able your donation now means more individuals and families have access to the YMCA. A place where community is cultivated. Visit the YMCA of Marquette County website at to donate today for the community at the YMCA tomorrow.

Marquette Regional History Center

Help keep history alive! Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the governor of Michigan ordered museums across the state closed. As a private nonprofit, we depend on admission fees. Closing our doors means losing the ability to earn income to fund History Center operations.

If you are able, please consider donating to the History Center. Help the local economy and help local history. Marquette County depends on people like you!

Bay College

Bay College is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow to support students with a goal to Educate All. It is a time to support current students with financial challenges including food and housing insecurities. It is a time to equip new students with tools to enter the workplace. We each have something to give, the power to make an impact with acts of generosity. Please share what you can and help educate all to a brighter future. It’s not about size, it is about building community, giving from the heart. Make a student smile. Change a life forever. Education is the gift that keeps on giving. Visit to help Educate All. If you prefer, mail your donation payable to the Bay College Foundation, phone 906.217.1700 or email Thank you for uniting together, sharing the gift of education in this time of need

Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes

Evidence from past disease outbreaks indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a specifically disproportionate impact on women and girls. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Scouts primary concern is the safety and well-being of our members and the community. Girl Scouts will be joining the #GivingTuesdayNow efforts, so we can continue to provide opportunities to help girls cope and learn to be resilient through honest discussion, providing space and support for difficult feelings, connection with others and support for people and causes in their community.

Please make a gift today so you can provide support to our volunteers, help pilot deliveries to families that do not have access to our virtual resources, and provide financial assistance as families re-prioritize their finances in a recovering economy. A generous donor will match your donation by donating a case of Girl Scout cookies to a local organization helping feed kids, veterans, health care providers, or food pantries.

Learn more from A Community Conversation with  Girl Scout CEO Karmen Lemke, Sisterhood. Resilience. Community.

We are also inviting the community to be a #GivingTuesdayNow Girl Scout Ambassador! Download the Ambassador Toolkit

Great Lakes Recovery Center

The need for mental health and substance abuse services in the Upper Peninsula remains significant. Great Lakes Recovery Centers (GLRC) continues to provide counseling services, both in person and through telehealth. Our outpatient offices and residential programs remain open. We are committed to ensuring that no one is disconnected from care during these difficult times.

Monetary support is very much appreciated during this time as various unexpected needs surface. These donations will be used where they are most needed. Examples include daily needs for residential clients who may need to be isolated, and supporting those in recovery housing, who may be unemployed due to state closures of businesses. We will be using our social media pages to highlight various giving opportunities.

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Teaching Family Homes

Youth in residential treatment programs will make art projects for seniors in facilities that are unable to have visitors due to Covid-19 concerns. You can donate to help cover art supplies here.

CASA of Menominee County

CASA counts on its fundraising events – like its annual golf outing and dart tournaments – to fund its operating costs, such as insurance, utilities, and training supplies. For the 2020 annual budget, CASA was expecting at least $12,000 from its upcoming fundraising events. Now, that number will likely be zero due to a lack of fundraising. Further, the board anticipates a lack of local giving because of business’ profit losses, and donors’ drop in wages and financial investments. CASA is looking to the generosity of the community during this difficult season to bridge that financial gap.

This funding will have a life-saving impact for children in Menominee County. Experts agree that the Coronavirus pandemic carries a ripple effect. At-risk children are at an even higher risk of child abuse and neglect while they are isolated at home. Financial stress and housing instability coupled with acute mental illness, alcoholism and substance abuse will peak for adults during long-term isolation, which puts children at greater risk. These kids are cut off from the teachers, principals, pediatricians, and social workers who would identify signs of abuse and immediately move to protect them. As a result, abused and neglected children will remain in a life-threatening, violent environment. With fewer eyes on these kids, CASA advocates are keeping a close watch on how they’re doing. In addition to weekly phone and video chats with each child, advocates are reaching out to the children’s caregivers and connecting them with resources for food, unemployment, mental health counseling and other support. In such unsteady and confusing times, CASA advocates remain steadfast. It’s also important to plan for what comes next. Experts anticipate a large influx of new child abuse/neglect cases once families emerge from isolation. In addition to its current number of cases and advocates, CASA of Menominee County’s board understands that maintaining its office and employees will allow the organization to be at-the-ready to serve more local children.

We will be participating in #GivingTuesday primarily through social media. Join at at for more!

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31 Backpacks

Due to C-19 31 Backpacks numbers have jumped from providing food and personal contact products to 225 to over 1700 kids! Their goal is to raise $2000. Check out their Facebook page to learn more and donate. 

Superior Health Foundation 

SHF will support Feeding America West Michigan in its attempts to offer additional mobile food trucks in the Upper Peninsula. With the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an incredible need to feed more and more families that have been hard hit by this pandemic. SHF has agreed to provide $2,500 in funding, with the goal of securing $2,500 in matching donations from people all across the Upper Peninsula. We will use the $5,000 as a match to the Davenport Foundation to pave the way to make at least two, possibly three, food trucks happen within the next several weeks.

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Marquette Symphony Orchestra 

Music is more important than ever, especially music that brings our community closer together. We set a fundraising goal of $1,000 to support more virtual performances on our website and social media because we are committed to engaging our community through orchestral music experiences.

On April 18th, 2020, the day of our canceled season finale, we released a virtual concert of the hymn from Finlandia by composer Jean Sibelius, with 35 MSO musicians performing from their homes. This video was, by far, our broadest reaching online content, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

The MSO is creating a more welcoming e-concert experience that allows people to share and comment, which helps us better understand and respond to their desires. We are adapting the way we make musical connections for a deeper and more active engagement with art in the Upper Penninsula.

The health of our musicians and patrons is a top priority. Because of COVID-19, we have to increase our use of available technology and digital resources. Social distancing guidelines threaten our summer performances. We hope changes to the way we present classical music will stimulate demand for the arts in our community. These informal, social experiences in non-traditional venues can broaden our audience and promote a supply for the arts in innovative ways.

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Marquette Maritime Museum 
Please consider supporting the Marquette Maritime Museum during the closures due to COVID-19. The delayed opening, loss of revenue from ticket sales, cancellation of fundraisers and special events, and the implementation of new safety standards will make a huge impact on our finances. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support.
The Marquette Maritime Museum’s mission is to preserve and protect the maritime history of Marquette, Lake Superior and the Great Lakes and remember the exploits of our submarine veterans. 
The New Free Store

The New Free Store is a non-profit group supporting community members who experience financial hardships by offering free of charge gently used clothing, bedding, household cleaning products and personal hygiene products. At this time we anticipate a significant increase in the number of families challenged to purchase the basic necessities of living. On Tuesday, May 5th, and every Tuesday, The New Free Store will be accepting donations of hand soap, laundry soap, dish soap, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, denture cleaner, sheets and blankets and gently used in-season clothing in all sizes. In response to the pandemic, we are also seeking donations of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and fabric face masks. The New Free Store relies on financial donations to cover our monthly expenses including rent and utilities. Checks can be mailed to The New Free Store, 1420 M28 East, Marquette, MI 49855.

Ironwood Theater

The Ironwood Theatre will launch “Ten Minute Tuesday” – a weekly series of FaceBook live streams featuring local musicians and other presenters. The Giving Tuesday virtual concerts will premiere with Mr. Tim Mesun playing the theatre’s Barton Organ. Future programs will include other local musicians, as well as informational chats about the history of the theatre, the mural restoration, and an introduction to audio and lighting technology. The series will be fun, entertaining and informational! And it will give us a reason to turn on the theatre marquee sign. something we’ve done for 92 years to tell the community there is a celebration going on inside. A celebration of talent. A celebration of community, of care and resilience. Though the auditorium may be temporarily empty, the celebration continues. Please, join us.

NMU Foundation 

An excellent education is important any time, but what has become starkly clear during the COVID-19 pandemic is that teaching, training and problem solving are some of the most important tools to help our society adapt to short-term crises and long-term change. Northern Michigan University is proud to have our students, faculty, staff and alumni on the front lines, in the communities and behind the scenes nurturing the human heart and spirit while delivering critical resources, health care, innovations in design and engineering, education, training, communications and more.

On #GivingTuesdayNow, we want to make sure education continues for those students most impacted by COVID-19 and celebrate the generosity, compassion and commitment of our Wildcat community. Extraordinary things are happening during these unique circumstances and Wildcats all over are making a difference. You are invited to help solve the problems facing students now and those ahead.

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Copper Country Great Start

We will be asking families to color Census coloring pages and mail or email them to us. We then will be distributing them to the elderly through Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. This project gives families something fun to do and will give elders a fun surprise. It will also hopefully remind people to complete their 2020 Census if they haven’t already!

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter 

UPAWS will be holding a Giving Tuesday Wish List Drive!

UPAWS has supplies that we are in urgent need of. If you are able to, please consider helping. Please purchase locally. Or we’ve provided Amazon link for your convenience, but please feel free to purchase from any other stores.

We’re all in this together! ❤

Amazon Wish List Link:

Please note that monetary gifts allow UPAWS to allocate resources to where we need them most as well as provides critical operating dollars for our shelter. (unless you note a preferred allocation).

You can make an online donation here:

You can mail to: UPAWS P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855

Superior Arts Youth Theater

SAYT needs your help, now more than ever.

We are dealing with large financial setbacks due to COVID-19. We have had to halt in-person programming and the future of our summer programs is uncertain, including our fundraising opportunities.

We want to continue to provide online programming while keeping up with payments for our storage and rehearsal facilities.

We are asking you to help us cover the cost of our spaces, and keep our online platforms available. Your support will help us continue to keep a portion of our programming free for youth who need a place to connect and grow together.

Currently, our rental fees are:
– Rehearsal Space $250.00/month
– Storage Space $380.00/month

The cost of supplies & subscriptions for online programming is a total of $698.00

If you can help us raise enough to cover 6 months of our rent, and a portion of our online programming fees you will be helping to secure our future in this community.

Our total goal is $4,478.00 by July 1.

Our program is helping youth stay connected through activities that they look forward to each week. We get to impact them through art, and they get to tell us their stories.

“In a time when every child is feeling out of sorts and lost, what you and SAYT have done is nothing short of amazing. Georgia has something to look forward to with these cold readings, learns about something she loves, and engages with others. I wish I had a million dollars to give you guys for this — you’re worth it.”
— Alisa Hummell, parent

“This program has really taught me a lot and I am very interested in other Superior Youth shows.”
– Adeline, participant

“Grateful for your patience and the way you have rallied and are giving these kids hope and the ability to find art during this crazy and uncertain season.”
– Grace Brindle, parent

With the help of artists around our community, we’re providing opportunities to get up and moving through dance, work on reading aloud, and bringing young people into a world of literature while encouraging them to find their own voices in each story.

Join us is keeping the light on for the future of our community, together we can make a better tomorrow. 

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Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital 

Schoolcraft Memorial will kick off National Hospital Week with Giving Tuesday Now participation on Tuesday, May 5th, and end on Tuesday, May 12th. There are three easy ways you can participate with Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital during Giving Tuesday, May 5th.

  1. Send messages of gratitude and support to
    The community is invited to mail notes and cards with messages of support for SMH staff members. Reach out to share your support not only for SMH healthcare workers but to other essential workers in our community. Notes like this build resilience and can alleviate stress for frontline health care staff. It does mean a lot! Cards and letters for the SMH health care team can also be mailed to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, c/o Development Office, 7870W US Highway 2, Manistique, MI 49854.
  2.  Donate food, supplies and other items
    If you would like to donate money for a meal card for our healthcare workers, click on the donate now on the SMH GivingTuesday Page. Please contact Irma at 906.341.3250 to make arrangements to drop off donations of food and supplies.
  3. Make a financial donation

If you are in the space to be able to help financially, then take advantage of this exciting chance to have your generosity double its impact. Between Giving Tuesday, May 5th, and Hospital Week Tuesday, May 12th, the Steve Haarman Family will match what you give, dollar for dollar up to $10,000. Your gift can go even further in keeping our patients, staff, and Upper Peninsula region safe.

Main Street Calumet

Main Street Calumet promotes collaboration between businesses and organizations, individuals and governments to create a vibrant historic community. Calumet holds a key place in Upper Peninsula history and serves as a center for history, tourism, and the arts, being home to the historic Calumet Theater, the Keweenaw National Historical Park, and many wonderful small businesses. Main Street Calumet has supported and sponsored many community investment efforts, including: Pastyfest, the Great Deer Chase Race, the Great Bear Chase Race, and a summer Farmer’s Market to name just a few. Our community’s small businesses have been hit hard by the current public health crisis but have demonstrated incredible sisu, and Main Street Calumet would like to give back and help them recover.

Main Street Calumet is requesting donations to support current economic development and place making efforts, and especially donations to launch a Giving Tuesday initiative to support local businesses.

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Keweenaw Land Trust 

Take a journey with our staff and board members to get the inside scoop on the Keweenaw Land Trust and why this little Land Trust that could is so quaint, effective and deserving of support! We will have several staff and board members broadcast live from several of our natural areas sharing their favorite spots and assets of the Keweenaw Land Trust and why they are so willing to dedicate time and resources to support this “Little Land Trust That Could”.

Liberty Children’s Art Project

Liberty Children’s Art Project mission is to provide an environment of discovery, creativity and experimentation in the visual arts for underserved youth in the greater Marquette/Alger County of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Traditionally, LCAP classes are offered on special school days, after school and summer art enrichment programs. This year, we’re exploring virtual opportunities. Visit them on Facebook to donate and learn more! 

Bay Cliff Health Camp

We’ve created an all new virtual experience – Bay Cliff Virtual Camp (BCVC) – which will be run this summer as a supplement for the Children’s Summer Therapy Camp that we recently canceled for the first time in 86 years. We’re hard at work creating age appropriate content, partnering with volunteers, community organizations, and our own staff including our Children’s Services Director, Therapy Director, and Activities Coordinator to provide a full summer of activities, content, and genuine community. We’ve already sent out a press release, a video, and information to families, and on Tuesday, we’re adding a post to our website with some of this information so that anyone who visits Bay Cliff virtually will be aware of the opportunities still present.

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Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River

Save the Menominee River from metallic sulfide mining, pollution and contamination.

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Spread Goodness Day 

Spread Goodness Day has teamed up with UPAWS and the Women’s Center to raise funds in a styling way! “Good Girl” and “Good Boy” dog bandanas and “Spread Goodness and Hope” shirts will be available for order. Proceeds from the bandanas will benefit Spread Goodness Day and UPAWS, while the t-shirt proceeds with benefit the Women’s Center and Spread Goodness Day. 

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Community Foundation of Marquette County 

Community Foundation of Marquette County has partnered with the United Way of Marquette County to help non-profits and charitable causes in Marquette County respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We will be sharing information on social media about the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, including information on the organizations and causes the fund has supported over the last several weeks.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Western U.P. – U.P.Kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters is asking for your help as we continue to #KeepKidsConnected. As an organization driven by one-to-one connections the Coronavirus Pandemic has created challenges. However, we are committed to helping kids in our community and we are finding ways to keep relationships strong! Our matches continue to find wonderfully creative ways to stay connected virtually through phone calls, texts, letters and video chats. Even through these uncertain times, our Bigs are more committed to their Littles than ever. Your support can help a Little stay connected to their Big. Our Littles have incredible potential. Now more than ever, we must defend it. Join us at defend potential and keep kids connected.

We’ll be highlighting our mission on social media to share what we do and how you can support us.

Bay Lakes Council – Boy Scouts of America 

Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal, and Bay-Lakes Council Scouts here in the U.P.’s Hiawathaland District are leading the way. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.

Scouting has continued with online merit badge classes, virtual unit meetings and Camp-Ins. The foundations of Scouting- developing academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership and citizenship, trying new things and providing service to others are now more valuable than ever. As BLC navigates the impact of the pandemic on our organization, one thing remains unchanged, our youth need and deserve Scouting programs to stay available and to stay strong.

But we can’t do this without you!

Not only do we need your support, we need your help to spread the word. Please tell your friends and family why you believe in our work and encourage them to support us too! Make sure to use hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow and #ScoutingatHome when you post your photo or video of your support. Please give here and keep your gift in the U.P. by designating it to the Hiawathaland District and the Leadership unit.

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly 

We are using social media, email and web site to promote our #GivingTuesdayNow Campaign to support our Food Pantry. Our goal is to raise $5000 so we can supplement our monthly non-perishable bags with perishable items during this time. Bread, milk, eggs, cheese, meat etc. are examples of some of the items our elderly friends are going without. 

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Marquette Lions 

Founded in 1917, Lions Club International (LCI) is the world’s largest service organization; it’s primary initiatives include: Vision; Hunger; Environment; Diabetes; Childhood Cancer; and Disaster Relief, including assistance during this nCOVID-19 epidemic. Marquette Lions Club (MLC) was founded on October 14th 1919; it is a first and oldest registered Lions Club in Michigan and we are currently celebrating our Centennial Year of service! In addition to supporting LCI’s initiatives, we also support additional causes and organization within our community and throughout the entire U.P., including: collecting used eyeglasses, financial assistance for vision issues, Leader Dogs, Room at the Inn, Marquette Beautification Committee, UP200, UPDON, Dining with Diabetes, BayCliff Health Camp, Maggies Wigs for Kids, Northwoods Air Lifeline, Partridge Creek Farms, Dictionary Project, and Teaching Family Homes … just to name a few. Our motto is, “We Serve!” and we accomplish this through various avenues, including charitable financial gifts, student scholarships, fundraising efforts, and service projects. In celebration of our centennial year, we were looking forward to hosting a variety of fundraisers and activities in which our friends and neighbors could engage and interact with the Lions. Sadly, due to nCOVID-19 related restrictions, our fundraising efforts for this year have been distrupted and severly hampered. Our generous community has been overwhelmingly gracious in support of our endeavors over the years; we invite you to remain “YooperStrong” and continue supporting us so that we, in turn, may help your neighbors in need. If you would like to make a donation to our social services fund, are interested in helping at an event, or even perhaps joining a Lions Club, please go to the SignUpGenius link below and we will contact you shortly. Thank you!🤗🦁💜💛💙

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