#GivingTuesday: Family of Ethan Chapin sets up scholarship, Motley Zoo seeks help

It’s Giving Tuesday, the global movement to bring attention to charities around the world.

Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday is typically the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Last year, $2.7 billion was donated to charities in the United States alone, with help from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations and more.

If you’re considering donating for Giving Tuesday this year, here are a few options:

  • The family of University of Idaho victim Ethan Chapin have created a scholarship in his name with the Sigma Chi Foundation. With an initial goal of $50,000, this scholarship will be presented annually to a deserving undergraduate member of Gamma Eta Chapter. Ethan’s mother will also be matching all donations up to a total of $10,000. Find more information and donate here.

  • Motley Zoo Animal Rescue has placed over 4,400 animals with loving families since 2009, and this year has been the hardest for them yet. Due to structural issues, they must relocate from their building in Redmond and currently have nowhere to go. Motley Zoo is a volunteer and foster-based no-kill nonprofit who could use your help.

  • The Edmonds Center for the Arts is asking for help to raise $50,000 to support their programs by making the arts more present in the lives of youth, assisting adults experiencing dementia and their caregivers and more.

  • Jet City Improv, who has been serving the Seattle area community through education, outreach, community service and entertainment for the last 30 years, is looking to raise $3,000 to help with a performance space called The Drama Room and need your help.

  • Meerkerk Gardens on Whidbey Island has been delighting visitors for nearly 50 years. A couple that were recently married at the gardens will match up to $35,000 in donations to protect and preserve this iconic green space.