Our 4th annual Holiday Giving and Forgiving Initiative
Veteran's Day, November 11th, 2017 through Chinese New Year, February 16, 2018.

So many do for us in ways that we may never know, things that we can never pay back. But we can honor their gifts through giving.
The Holiday Giving and Forgiving Initiative originally ran from Veteran’s Day through MLK Day, but this year has been extended to include Chinese New Year.
We organized this initiative so that we might honor: our veterans and their service, the best parts of the heritages 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, New Year’s Day, and the peace work of Dr. King. We've now extended it to include Chinese New Year in honor of the cultural home of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.
The giving part is, I give registered students two classes for free, and students pass this giving along by in turn giving the equivalent value of these classes to the nonprofit of their choice.
The forgiving part? Forgiving is also a gift, perhaps mostly to ourselves, and one it never hurts to have a reminder to extend.


Details:
Between Veteran’s Day, 2017 and Chinese New Year, 2018,
students can take 2 classes for free and pass their savings along to a nonprofit organization of their choice.
You can give to any nonprofit(s) you like, but you must
take the classes and make the donation between November 11, 2017 and Friday, February 16th, 2018 (more specific instructions below).

Organizations who have received donations this year include (so far):
Alzheimer's Association, Amnesty International, Anacostia Watershed Society, Avalon Theater Project, Creative Commons, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Disabled American Vets, Environmental Defense Fund, Equal Justice Initiative, Food & Friends, The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, Hampshire College, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, House of Ruth, Indian Law Resource Center, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Meals on Wheels, Montgomery Hospice, N Street Village, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Montgomery County, New York Public Library, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Remote Area Medical, SOME (So Others Might Eat), Taichi Thoughts Internet Journal, TechnoServe, USO, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington Performing Arts, The Wikimedia Foundation, World Central Kitchen, World Wildlife Fund, World Food Program, Wounded Warrior Project

Looking for a nonprofit to donate to? See our lists of recipients from previous years below, which I will continue to add to during this season's initiative. Each year I highlight one or two nonprofits which deserve special attention, and this year I've chosen
World Central Kitchen
founded by DC chef José Andrés with a focus on health, education, jobs and social enterprise. In the aftermath of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico,
WCK served over 2.2 million healthy, fresh and delicious meals to more people than any other organization or government entity (you can read the excellent NYT article here).
Also, Thanks to Kathy, who brought into class to share, the
CityPaper Give It Up, DC 2017 Giving Guide, which features several fabulous local charities!

There are a lot of great causes and dedicated people doing positive and amazing work in the world.
In the years since we began, our group has given many thousands of dollars to over 66 organizations (see list below), and we've highlighted several other initiatives as well.
Our collective effort demonstrates the power of small groups, and is a way of celebrating the gratitude and goodwill of our community, and of promoting awareness about the many wonderful nonprofit organizations ready to receive and distribute our gifts, and the good works they extend. We maintain the list below as a cumulative list of all the organizations we've given to over the years, so we can continue, through these links, to bring attention to all the great organizations we have highlighted and donated to over the years. I'm very proud to say that the list was getting so long, I decided to group it alphabetically!

Alzheimer's Association, Amnesty International, Anacostia Watershed Society, Avalon Theater Project
Bread for the City,
Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Children International, City Wildlife, Covenant House, Creative Commons
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Democracy Now, Disabled American Veterans,
Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Working Group, Equal Justice Initiative,
The Feynmen School, Food and Friends, FoodTank, For Love of Children, Friends of the Urban Forest, Friendship Place,
Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation,
Hampshire College, House of Ruth,
International Rescue Committee (IRC), Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Iona House Senior Services, Isabella's Home, Indian Law Resource Center
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)
, Martha’s Table, The McClendon Center, Meals on Wheels, Medecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), The Mindful Memorial Day Foundation , Montgomery Hospice, Mouth and Foot Painters Association, Murch Elementary School,
N Street Village, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), New York Public Library
Oneness Family School,
Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Planned Parenthood, ProPublica, Project Bona Fide, Project Mano Amiga, Public Citizen,
Remote Area Medical
Saint Joseph's Indian School, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, Sea of Solidarity (SOS), Skidmore College , So Others Might Eat (SOME), The Southern Poverty Law Center, Street Sense,
Taichi Thoughts Internet Journal, TechnoServe, Tenleytown T’ai Chi Scholarship Program,
The UN's World Food Programme, USO,
Veterans of Foreign Wars,
The Washington Animal Rescue League, Wikipedia’s Wikimedia Foundation, WAMU, World Central Kitchen, Wounded Warrior Project



Details for students wishing to participate:
During our Holiday Giving and Forgiving Initiative, students
take two classes at no charge, and agree to donate the corresponding amount to the charity of their choice.

To indicate participation:
1) Put "HGI" and the date(s) of your free class(es) somewhere on your class card (but not on your numbered list of purchased classes).
2)
Let Susan know which charity or charities you've chosen for your donation, so we can add to our list.
3) Please take the classes and make the donation between November 11, 2017 and February 16, 2018.