Thanks to all who participated in
Our 5th annual Holiday Giving and Forgiving Initiative
It is inspiring to see our community collaborate to be a force for good in our world

This year we focused
locally for impact globally, encouraging 1) donations to a local nonprofit, my suggestion being The Center for Teaching Peace, 2) taking the 10 Day Local Food Challenge, and 3) taking the One Nature challenge by spending 30 minutes in nature for 30 days.
The blog page has more details about this 3-part initiative.

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 runs from Veteran’s Day to 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, the peace work of Dr. Martin Luther King, and the spirit of renewal expressed by the Chinese New Year, in honor of the cultural home of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.
The giving part is, registered students may take two classes for free during this time, and they agree to pass this giving along by in turn giving the equivalent value of the 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.

Organizations who have receives donations this season are listed below (watch this list grow over the season!):
The Center for Teaching Peace
American Indian College Fund, Asherah Foundation, Avalon Theater Project, Beacon House, Children International, Equal Justice Initiative, Food and Friends, Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, House of Ruth, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Partners for Development, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Remote Area Medical, So Others Might Eat (SOME), WAMU, WPFW, Wishes for Elliot: Advancing SCN8A Research, World Central Kitchen, 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. I'll lands on a choice (or choices) for this year soon!

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, American Indian College Fund Amnesty International, Anacostia Watershed Society, Asherah Foundation, Avalon Theater Project

Beacon House, Bread for the City

The Center for Teaching Peace, 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, Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, 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), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Montgomery County, 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 United Nation's World Food Programme, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USO

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Washington Animal Rescue League, Washington Performing Arts, Wikipedia’s Wikimedia Foundation, Wishes for Elliot: Advancing SCN8A Research, WAMU, WPFW, World Central Kitchen, World Food Program, World Wildlife Fund, 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).
Add the charity or charities you've chosen for your donation to the Charity List card we have in the class card box, so we can add to our website list. Please write clearly. In the past, a few charities have been left out due to illegibility.
3) Please take the classes and make the donation between November 11, 2018 and February 5, 2019.