First-generation college students
First-generation college students. Courtesy Reality Changers

Your inbox is probably already filling with pitches from worthwhile charities, nonprofits and causes throughout the United States and the world for this year’s Giving Tuesday.

This international day of charitable giving was started eight years ago as an antidote to the orgy of holiday consumerism on Black Friday. Search engines and online stores have since sapped Black Friday, but also boosted Giving Tuesday — now better known as #GivingTuesday.

Here are ten nonprofits in the San Diego area that are helping their communities in unique ways and are deserving on 2019’s day of giving.

City Ballet of San Diego — Every year City Ballet’s educational programs reach over 10,000 school children with in-theater performances and all-school assemblies, helping them develop an appreciation for classic dance. Your donation helps keep world-class ballet in San Diego. And don’t miss “The Nutcracker,” which opens Friday at Spreckels Theatre and runs through Dec. 22.

Coastal Roots Farm — This nonprofit Jewish community farm and education center on 17 acres in Encinitas practices sustainable agriculture to provide food for San Diego’s needy. All donations will be matched up to a total of $25,000.

Flying Leatherneck Museum — San Diego boasts the only museum dedicated to Marine Corps aviation. This free museum on the base at Miramar is staffed by veterans who volunteer their time. Your donation will help the nonprofit Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation preserve historic aircraft and other military artifacts.

Kitchens for Good — This San Diego nonprofit seeks to break the cycle of food waste, hunger and poverty by providing culinary training to unemployed people and donating the food they prepare. Your donation can both feed a hungry family and offer someone a second chance.

Prevent Drowning Foundation — Drowning remains a killer, especially in under-served communities where children do not learn to swim. The mission of this foundation is to teach every child in San Diego how to survive in the water — and enjoy it. Your donation can help support this crucial life skill.

Reality Changers — This San Diego nonprofit alters reality by helping inner city youth become first-generation college graduates. Your donation will provide supplies, meals, leadership camps, transportation and scholarships to help students realize their college dreams.

Future pilots at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Courtesy of the museum

San Diego Air & Space Museum — San Diego was an aerospace town long before biotech and wireless, so you can’t overdo support for aviation history. You can honor the legacy of local aviation and space flight — and inspire future generations — with a donation to this landmark museum in Balboa Park.

San Diego Diplomacy Council —  As the famous motto goes, “think globally, act locally.” The council creates connections between San Diego and the world to address common challenges. Your donation will help fund a sports diplomacy program that last year took 12 high school girl volleyball players from San Diego to Vietnam and Laos.

San Diego Art Institute — This institution in Balboa Park displays groundbreaking art by emerging artists from Southern California to Northern Baja. Your donation helps support the contemporary art scene in San Diego.

Women’s Museum of California — This museum in Liberty Station, one of only three in the United States devoted to women’s history, seeks to educate and inspire current and future generations. Your donation — which will be matched up to $10,000 — will help the museum tell the story of ordinary women and their remarkable contributions.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.