2020 Nonprofit Holiday Gift Guide

Team NLC News

While 2020 has been an extraordinarily challenging year for families, nonprofits and communities, it has also sparked the very best in generosity, gratitude and humanity. Our Nonprofit Leadership Center 2020 Holiday Gift Guide highlights gifts for everyone on your list that give back to local nonprofit organizations. Thank you to our nonprofit community for sharing your top picks to compile this year’s guide, and to every nonprofit that continues to step up and step in to keep our communities safe and strong.

2020 NLC Nonprofit Gift Guide

One-of-a-Kind Bags to End Hunger

From wristlets and zipper bags to leather totes, ECHO Handmade bags transform salvaged materials into socially conscious accessories.

ECHO (Emergency Care Help Organization) is a nonprofit organization that assists Hillsborough County residents in crisis with emergency food and clothing, life stabilizing programs and resources. By leveraging excess clothing donations, ECHO upcycles leather jackets, vintage clothing, fur coats and worn out jeans to create one of a kind bags.

Handmade bags from ECHO

Products range from $14.95 to $44.95, and 100% of the proceeds support ECHO’s mission to end hunger.

Find them here.


Shirts That Show You Care

Social isolation and mental health issues are on the rise as a result of COVID-19. This year, give someone you care about an inspirational message they can wear to remind them that they and others are not alone. NAMI Pasco is selling inspirational shirts with positive mental health messages.

Shirts from NAMI Pasco

NAMI Pasco is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nonprofit that promotes recovery for children, adults and military personnel with mental illness. They work to eradicate the stigma around mental health by increasing public awareness and understanding while assisting families and caregivers with resources and services to improve the availability of programs, medical treatment, better living conditions and the overall quality of life for people with mental disorders.

Prices vary from $19.99 to $34.99, and shirts range from tank tops to sweatshirts.

Shop all the shirts here.


Candles to Express Your Emotions

Empowerment. Breaking free. Forgiveness. You can give these gifts and more when you purchase Transitions Candles to benefit Girls Empowered Mentally for Success. Their varying candle scents align with the characteristics they work to rebuild in the girls they serve, and they even have several special holiday scents, including Peppermint Joy and Christmas Eve.

Candles from Girls Empowered Mentally for Success

Girls Empowered Mentally for Success empowers high school girls to discover their passion and purpose through creativity and wisdom. The candles provide another means to create healthy transitions for at-risk girls.

 Each candle comes in three different sizes, and prices vary from $9 to $27 for travel tins to glass jars.

Find them here.


Coffee That Fuels Change

We can probably all admit that 2020 has left us feeling a little (or a lot) exhausted. Luckily, a jolt of caffeine isn’t all that coffee from the Portico Café will do. The Portico believes that coffee fuels change. That’s because this gathering space and café provides a second chance and employment ladders to people who were formerly homeless, addicted or incarcerated.

When you purchase bags of coffee or join their coffee subscription, you’ll help transform lives and change our community. 

12 oz. bags are $14.99 + shipping. They are available for pick-up at the café or by delivery. You can also purchase a monthly subscription by delivery.

Start caffeinating here.


A Fresh Way to Tote Your Food (and anything else)

Tie-dye cotton tote bags handmade by volunteers at Tampa Urban Benefit Farms make a unique and meaningful gift this holiday.

Tampa Urban Benefit Farms (TUB Farms) is a nonprofit focused on providing fresh produce to those in the community who rely on food assistance or who have limited access to fresh vegetables. They install large hydroponic gardens at schools and then work with students to plant, grow and harvest the vegetables for donation. It is a win, win, win.

1 bag for $7 or 3 bags for $20; 100% of proceeds benefit TUB Farms

Find them here.


Scarves that Promote Positive Self-Image

Find the perfect accessory for everyone on your list with these beautiful Alpaca Scarves made in Peru. They come in various colors and are gender neutral.

Proceeds benefit Miss Latina Tampa, an organization dedicated to developing young female Latinas in the community by promoting personal skills, positive self-image and internal beauty, while teaching the important values of respect, commitment, life and teamwork.

$30 donation for one scarf

Find them here.


A Home Makeover for More Time at Home

With everyone spending more time at home this year and for the foreseeable future, a gift card from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore will please everyone on your list. Find new and gently used home furnishings, with new items arriving daily. Your purchase helps build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter for people living in our communities.

Prices vary based on the amount of your gift card.

Find your nearest ReStore location here.


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