From Thanksgiving to Black Friday to Shop Small Saturday to Cyber Monday, the last week in November typically ushers in busy times for family celebrations, holiday shopping and small business owners working long hours to serve their customers and provide for their families.
And while the coronavirus pandemic may have changed some of our traditions this year, as we celebrate the start of the final month of 2020, I want to encourage everyone to kick it off with a generous and giving heart.
The first day of December is typically reserved for a special holiday — Giving Tuesday — and today, I want to highlight some of my favorite agricultural non-profit organizations that I love to support!
You’ve likely heard me sing their praises before, but I’m going to include some old favorites as well as some new finds that BEEF Daily readers suggested to me on social media.
More now than ever before, Americans need to come together to support one another, and finding an organization, group or service project that is making communities brighter, safer and happier places is a great way to prepare for the holiday season.
So, with the help of readers, here is my list of organizations to consider supporting this year. Some of them have state affiliates that collaborate with the national organizations, as well, so if you want to keep your dollars local, keep that in mind. Please, add your own suggestions in the comment section below. Thanks for your help!
1. All-American Beef Battalion
Say “thank you” to our service men and women with a steak!
2. Cowboys Who Care Foundation
Purchase a custom cowboy hat for a child to wear as they go through chemotherapy treatments.
Ensure that food insecure children have protein-rich snacks to eat after school and on weekends.
Promote agricultural literacy with this hands-on learning center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
5. National Ag In The Classroom
Give teachers books, lesson plans and activities to teach their students where their food comes from.
Help fill food pantries across the United States.
7. Ground Works
Here’s another agricultural literacy group engaging the public in lessons about food production.
8. South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation
Buy beef for food pantries, provide scholarships for ranch kids, host agricultural education events and support community engagement opportunities that connect consumers with producers.
9. Magnolia Junior Swine Circuit
Encourage youth of Mississippi to participate in swine shows and educational opportunities, while enhancing show ring skills and knowledge of their 4-H and FFA projects.
Support at-risk teens at the McCrossan Boys Ranch, which offers a safe refuge and therapeutic, Christ-based programs centered around ranch life.
Check out this program that offers resources and educational tools about agriculture and food production!
Protect your right to own animals and eat meat with the Alliance!
Protect the Harvest works to protect the agriculture way of life including farming, ranching, land use, and animal ownership.
Protecting property rights, animal ownership and American liberties, the Calvary Group is an outstanding organization to support!
15. American Meat Science Association
Support students in the field of meat science!
This farm broadcasting group offers scholarships and internships to support students who are studying and working in the field of agricultural communications.
17. North Dakota Stockmen's Foundation
This organization works to fufill important beef-related promotion, research, scholarship, leadership and building objectives and to leave behind a legacy for future generations.
18. Beef Counts
This organization works to fight hunger in Idaho and Washington.
Created by rural nurses to help support and improve the health, wellness and safety of farmesr and ranchers.
Promote the conservation of ranch lands and the American ranching legacy with this non-profit.
21. American Agri-Women Foundation
Promote agricultural education and leadership with this organization.
22. American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
With a great collection of children’s books, resources, lesson plans and activities, this group offers a wealth of information for teachers, parents and students.
23. Annie's Project
This organizations helps support farm and ranch women in their roles as business owners, managers, family members, transition planners, etc.
Deliver fresh milk to food banks and help food insecure kids get the nutrients they need to thrive!
25. American National CattleWomen
These women in agriculture work tirelessly to promote beef and boost demand!
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Farm Progress.