Giving Tuesday is a special opportunity to make a gift to the local nonprofits that carry out important missions in our communities. These organizations range from health and human services, housing and food security, education, arts and culture, and more. The Creative Collective is proud to have so many great non-profit organizations as members of our Business Membership program.
Nonprofits organize around a mission and their programs and services are offered in support of their mission. Nobody on their board or staff “owns” the organization, but nonprofits definitely need funds, and profits, to maintain the health of their organization. We encourage you to make a gift of any amount to your favorite nonprofits on the North Shore this season.
Beverly Main Streets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in 2002 by a group of Beverly residents and entrepreneurs. Now, more than 20 years later, downtown Beverly has become a thriving center for the arts and local economy, with renowned restaurants, unique retail businesses and innovative design and creative industries. Beverly Main Streets continues to promote and enhance downtown Beverly’s economic vitality, culture, and historic resources.
The mission of Beverly Main Streets is to promote and enhance Beverly’s downtown economic vitality, cultural and historic resources, and quality of life.
Welcome to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, where we are dedicated to fostering the growth and development of our community’s youth. Our mission is clear: to provide a safe, supportive, and inspiring environment for children and teenagers throughout Salem and the surrounding North Shore area.
We focus on holistic youth development, encompassing academic success, character building, civic engagement, and promoting healthy lifestyles. We understand that each child is unique, so our targeted programs are carefully designed to cater to diverse needs and interests.
Without a safe, secure home and food on the table, it’s nearly impossible to live a healthy, productive life in today’s America. At Citizens Inn, we work on an individual basis to help families and individuals who are experiencing a housing crisis or food insecurity. Our full spectrum of services provides comprehensive assistance to each person based on their specific needs. Citizens Inn, now merged with Haven from Hunger, has served families and individuals across the North Shore for over 40 years. Our programs – Citizens Inn Between, Citizens Inn Transition, Citizens Inn Homes, and Citizens Inn Haven from Hunger – are designed to help families and individuals prepare for and transition to a sustainable life. Through our work, we not only provide a safe place to stay and a meal on the table, but offer tools to empower families and individuals to find permanent solutions to break the patterns of instability in their lives.
Essex County Community Foundation inspires philanthropy that strengthens the communities of Essex County by managing charitable assets, strengthening and supporting nonprofits, and engaging in strategic community leadership initiatives.
Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life in the 34 towns and cities of Essex County.
The Olde Essex Stage Company assembles local dramatic creators to activate found spaces across the North Shore with high quality theatrical performance. The OESC is a 501 (c) (3) registered non-profit dedicated to the intrinsically human art of storytelling.
On January 2, 2023, there was a fire on the fifth floor of the building that housed our venue. We suffered significant water damage. We are open at our new location, at 468 Essex Street, two blocks away from the old venue space. We need help to renovate the new space within the Lawrence Community Access TV building.
Our GoFundMe Page can be found at https://gofund.me/7dcc9a68
Our permanent home is with the great people at LCAT, a non-profit, public access media organization that has been the public access cable provider for Lawrence, MA for the past 20 years. I am proud to call them friends and am affiliating with them so we can provide them content and they can distribute all of our fantastic shows! Please visit their web site at lcat.tv.
NAGLY is a place where youth can discuss issues of importance to them, explore their identities, build self-awareness, and learn skills for being safe and healthy. Through group building and community service opportunities, the youth and staff at NAGLY have created a strong community that promotes respect for self and for others. Youth of all sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, classes, and abilities are welcome and celebrated. Young people who are unsure or questioning are supported as they remain in transition or examine possibilities carefully and in a developmentally appropriate manner.
The spark of inspiration that was to become Marblehead Little Theatre (MLT) started in 1955 by members of the drama committee of the Marblehead Woman’s Club. The group led by visionary Terry Hale ignited the imagination of actors and directors in and around Marblehead to tackle bigger and better things. Six decades later, it has proven to be one of the oldest community theatre groups in New England as well as one of the few to have continually produced shows each year.
Mass Poetry harnesses the power of words to engage and empower diverse communities across our commonwealth. Our innovative programs spark dialogue, connection, and self expression. We envision a vibrant, inclusive community that lifts all voices.
The organization’s mission is to provide resources to Lynn artists in music and the arts, helping them to reach their fullest potential by creating an environment for collaboration, and providing professional development opportunities for Lynn artists. Through programming and services offered, the foundation will work to foster a sense of camaraderie and collaboration between members of the music community, with the ultimate goal of creating a more vibrant and diverse music scene. The foundation will work to provide access to instruments, lessons, and workshops to local youth and adults. Additionally, The Lynn Music Foundation will host a variety of events, such as concerts, workshops, and master classes, that provide members of the community with the opportunity to network and learn more about the music industry.
With expanded regionalization, more than 300 different individuals will receive services from Lifebridge North Shore across its three locations every day. It is with such growth and partnerships that we remain optimistic and ready to explore even more ways in which Lifebridge can further improve our services while increasing the number of people we help to end their homelessness.
Express Yourself is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving young people with mental and behavioral health issues by immersing them in the arts, where they build confidence, community and creativity.
Founded in 1987 by filmmaker Michal Goldman, Filmmakers Collaborative is a tax-exempt organization that provides low cost fiscal sponsorship to independent media makers. It is now the grantee of record for thousands of media projects across the country. Our mission is to sponsor and support the independent media community through fiscal sponsorship as well as offering programming opportunities that bring people together for learning and networking.
Through examining our past, we strive to create a better future.
By engaging people in the history of our county, we help them forge deeper relationships with the communities, institutions, and environments of Essex County, Massachusetts. Through examining our past, we strive to create a better future. We do this through promoting heritage experiences, telling important stories, offering educational enrichment, and providing grant opportunities for partners who share our mission.
Essex Art Center inspires and sustains lifelong growth and learning for a diverse community of artists in Greater Lawrence. Our classes, events, and exhibitions harness the power of art to transform lives.
Essex Art Center was founded in 1993 when three Bradford College classmates—Helen Tory, Linda Maddox, and Leslie Costello—opened a nonprofit art studio that offered classes on Essex Street in downtown Lawrence.
In 1995, we moved to our current home on Island Street. Today, we’ve grown into a thriving arts community working to positively impact the lives of artists and residents in our region.
North Shore CDC invests in neighborhoods to create thriving communities. We envision a North Shore where every neighborhood is one of choice and opportunity.
We use our community-focused development model to invest resources into low-income or distressed neighborhoods on the North Shore to improve the quality of life for residents. We are committed to the community through affordable housing, economic and youth development, community engagement, small business assistance, and public art + placemaking.
We serve over 1,000 individuals in more than 450 affordable apartments and over 3,000 individuals in our other programming.
We have installed over 80 Large Scale Murals in Salem and Gloucester, and have a rotating annual themed exhibition on Peabody Street in Salem highlighting local artists.
North Shore Juneteenth Association Inc. is a group of community leaders seeking to create awareness about the Juneteenth holiday, educate the broader community about positive aspects of Black American culture, and dismantle racism by using events and programming as a tool for change.
North Shore Juneteenth Association Inc. is a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization. Your contribution is tax deductible. 100% of your donation goes directly toward program and operating costs.
Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually. With a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors’ Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT produced the World Premiere of Memphis in 2003, the show went on to win four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Under the new ownership of Bill Hanney in 2010, NSMT continues to annually produce a musical subscription series and an annual production of A Christmas Carol along with celebrity concerts and children’s programming along with year-round education programs.
The Northeast Arc helps people with disabilities become full participants in the community; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play.
We are Peabody TV, (legally known as Peabody Access Telecommunications, Inc) a community media center serving residents of Peabody and beyond. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit funded through revenues derived from cable television franchise fees.
Our mission is to provide the space and tools for our local community to transform thoughts and ideas into publicly available media. We aspire to be the go-to resource for digital media creation where everyone in our community has access to the right tools, education and delivery platform to tell their story.
Learning is everywhere and incorporated into every facet of a Phoenix education.
Phoenix educators are not just math or science teachers, but experts in student academic motivation, creating effective habits, and student empowerment. We hire top-performing educators who think outside the box and know that there is a learning opportunity everywhere. We know children are instinctual learners, and we value their leadership and partnership in their educational path. Here, students are full partners in their own education, parents are their integral partners, and every child is known and understood by their educators.
Our flexible, mixed-age environment breaks the traditional walls between school, home, and the community. A Phoenix education nurtures creative growth, tenacity, and citizenship.
To ignite the desire to create and confidence to succeed in our youth.
RAW is a youth arts organization, rooted in art therapy. At its core, RAW believes that all kids should be seen and heard and that everyone has a story to tell. Located in Lynn, Massachusetts, RAW offers a variety of free programming from painting to filmmaking, for kids in grades 4-12. RAW uses art to ask kids “What’s really going on?” in their lives, giving them the tools to create in unexpected ways, and envision new possibilities for their future.
Root’s mission is to help young adults create a pathway to independence through foodservice training and employment. By developing essential life and work readiness skills, youth leave Root prepared for success in the workplace.
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is a philanthropic organization based in Massachusetts, passionately dedicated to enriching the North Shore’s cultural landscape. They orchestrate a spectacular array of free concerts that showcase a vibrant mix of jazz and soul music. Moreover, the organization actively fundraises to provide vital financial support to music education initiatives throughout the North Shore region, fostering the next generation of musical talent.
Long Hill was owned and cared for by the Sedgwick family from 1916 to 1979, their beloved summer home that, in the 1950s, became their year-round haven. Mabel Cabot Sedgwick, an accomplished gardener and author of The Garden Month by Month, and her husband, Ellery Sedgwick, noted author and editor of The Atlantic Monthly, summered here until Mabel passed in 1937. After Mabel’s death, Ellery married Marjorie Russell Sedgwick, a rare plants specialist. The combined creative vision of these two women led to the design of Long Hill’s enchanting gardens, surrounded by more than 100 acres of woodland.
The Salem Pantry’s mission is to work collaboratively to empower our diverse local and regional communities by ensuring the essential right to convenient and reliable access to healthy food.
Originally a Universalist Church built on the waterfront, Salem has grown and changed around this historic building. Now repurposed as a space for the arts, The Bridge at 211 continues to serve the Salem community.
Salem Main Streets’ mission is the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round retail, dining, and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and promotion of the downtown district. SMS produces and supports numerous community events and initiatives throughout the year, including the Salem Farmers’ Market, Salem Arts Festival, Salem’s So Sweet, and the October Information Booth. In addition to your support, SMS operates thanks to the generosity and partnership of the City of Salem and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, Creative Salem, and many other local business sponsors and community volunteers.
The Salem Literary Festival aims to inspire and promote literacy and a love of books and reading by creating connections through sharing stories. Held over one weekend each fall, the Salem Literary Festival hosts readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, and artistic expression in music, theater, dance, etc.
Beyond Walls is a non-profit placemaking agency that uses a creative lens to address community needs.
We are a diverse group that believes cities best thrive when they are full of art and have engaged stakeholders and active spaces. Our work revolves around our mission to activate spaces to strengthen communities.