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Over the last few years, “year-end giving” has dominated the fundraising space. Nonprofits and advocacy organizations around the globe try to make their case to donors on why they should offer up their support in a crowded market. But as more and more organizations pop into your inbox, it can become overwhelming to see where you might make the most impact.

You want to be able to make your dollar go far, but how do you really make that happen? The answer might surprise you.

For a good portion of the last decade, I’ve worked to disrupt the traditional methods of philanthropic giving by leading an organization that supports the abundance of local BIPOC leaders doing on-the-ground work across Chicago’s communities. The best way to stretch your support goes far beyond dollars and cents. It’s about reframing how we think about “giving” overall.

There’s obviously an abundance of organizations worthy of your support. So as you consider where to direct support this holiday giving season, here are some things to keep in mind: