Our 3rd annual Holiday Giving and Forgiving Initiative
ENDS January 16th!
Take your free classes this week!

So many do for us that we can never pay back; but we can honor their gifts through giving.
We run the Holiday Giving Initiative from Veteran’s Day through MLK Day so that we might honor our veterans and their service, Dr. King, the heritage and traditions of gratitude, celebration, goodwill and generosity that are expressed during the festivities surrounding Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Epiphany, Twelfth Night, the Winter Solstice, and New Year’s Day. The forgiving part? Forgiving is also a gift, perhaps mostly to ourselves.

Between Veteran’s Day, 2016 and Martin Luther King Day, 2017,
students can take 2 classes for free if they pass the savings along to a nonprofit organization.
You can give to any nonprofit(s) you like, but you must
take the classes and make the donation between November 11, 2016 and January 16, 2017

Looking for a nonprofit to donate to? See our lists of recipients from this year and previous years below. There are a lot of great causes and dedicated people doing positive and amazing work.
Or, if you're looking for something a little different this year, here's an option:
Isabella's Home is not an official nonprofit, but I'm bending the rules a bit because I like this project so much. It's a GoFundMe campaign sponsored by Michael Judd, of Ecologia in Frederick, MD. Judd is a permaculture genius and social entrepreneur whose creative initiatives include Project Mano Amiga and the international agro-ecology research nonprofit Project Bona Fide. Now he wants to give back more personally and directly, and build a community leader a home. You can read more about Isabella's Home here.

In the three seasons since we began this initiative, our group has given thousands of dollars to over 60 organizations (see lists below).
This year's growing list includes:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Covenant House, Democracy Now, Disabled American Veterans, Equal Justice Initiative, Food and Friends, Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, Hampshire College, House of Ruth, International Rescue Committee (IRC) Isabella's Home, Janney Elementary School, John Eaton Elementary School, Key Elementary School, Lafayette Elementary School, The Levin Biotensegrity Archive, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Murch Elementary School, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Oneness Family School, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Planned Parenthood, Saint Joseph's Indian School, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, So Others Might Eat (SOME), The Southern Poverty Law Center, The UN's World Food Programme, Wikipedia’s Wikimedia Foundation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, WAMU, Wounded Warrior Project

Here’s how it works:
During our Holiday Giving and Forgiving Initiative, students may
take two classes at no charge, and donate the corresponding amount to the charity of their choice.
Indicate participation by putting "HGI" next to the date(s) of your free class(es) somewhere on your class card, and by letting Susan know which charity or charities you've chosen for your donation, so we can add to the list.
Please take the classes and make the donation between November 11, 2016 and January 16, 2017.
We’ll post the organizations that receive donations here as a way of celebrating the gratitude and goodwill of our community, and to promote awareness about the many wonderful nonprofit organizations available for our gifts, and the good works they extend.

For our 2nd initiative we highlighted:
The Levin Biotensegrity Archive
and the The Mindful Memorial Day Foundation
Donate directly to the Mindful Memorial Day Foundation through Armor Down

More Holiday Giving Initiative info…
Organizations that received donations during the 2015-2016 season:

Children International, City Wildlife, Environmental Working Group, The Feynmen School, Food and Friends, FoodTank, For Love of Children, Friends of the Urban Forest, Friendship Place, Hampshire College House of Ruth, Iona House Senior Services, Janney Elementary School, John Eaton Elementary School, Key Elementary School, The Levin Biotensegrity Archive, The Mindful Memorial Day Foundation, Medecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), Mouth and Foot Painters Association, Parkinson's Disease Foundation Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Planned Parenthood, ProPublica, Public Citizen, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, Sea of Solidarity (SOS), Skidmore College SOME (So Others Might Eat), Street Sense, U.S.  Committee for the World Food Program, USO, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wikipedia’s Wikimedia Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project

…and thanks to one of our students, the newly established Tenleytown T’ai Chi Scholarship Program

During our 2014-2015 Holiday Giving Initiative,
the following organizations received donations from the students of Tenleytown T’ai Chi:

The McClendon Center, Bread for the City, Friendship Place’s Winter Warm Day sock drive,
The Environmental Working Group, Food and Friends, Martha’s Table, SOME (So Others Might Eat), the USO,
United Nations’ World Food Programme, The Washington Animal Rescue League, The Wounded Warrior Project and
Wikipedia’s Wikimedia Foundation