Friends of the Forest Fundraiser for Giving Tuesday

On #GivingTuesday, donate to support wildlife and their habitat across the U.P!

Giving Tuesday is December 3rd, 2019

Vote for Your Team Now!

The Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy (UPLC) is announcing a contest like no other for #GivingTuesday this year and invites the public to “vote” for their favorite fellow UP-dwelling wildlife by joining “teams” with friends, family, and co-workers to give online or in person at five sponsoring Marquette storefronts from November 18th until midnight on #GivingTuesday, December 3rd, a global day of giving back to the nonprofits that support our communities.

Participants in the Friends of the Forest Fundraiser can join team “Leafy Greens” to cast a vote for trees and other plant life, while donating to team “Bird Lovers” shows support for our feathered friends; giving with the “Charismatic Megafauna” team is a vote for moose, mountain lions, deer, wolves and other personality-filled familiars. Individuals or groups can also vote for the “Marsh Fellows” to represent the turtles, salamanders, and other shoreline-dwelling creatures; and for the Yooper Fisherman (or person), fundraising with the “Finned Friends” team is a clear vote for the fish and other underwater creatures. Form your groups and join teams now to start the competition and share the contest to share the fun!

UPLC’s Friends of the Forests Fundraiser is hosted online at where visitors can donate to the overall “UP Habitat”, or join a team. Donations will be accepted from November 18th through December 6th, though the contest portion will end on the 3rd. 

Vote for Your Team Now!

We are looking for five storefronts in downtown Marquette to join in the contest by hosting “voting stations” for store visitors. Your company could decide as a team to sponsor the Leafy Buds and Finned Friends, so your shoppers can vote for either team by donating at the storefront. Your business could also sponsor one team, say, Team Finned Friends, and pledge to match all in-store donations made to the team up to a certain amount. Contrast Coffee on Third Street will be a polling station for all five teams – so get creative and contact Adina at (906)225-8067 if you want to get involved.  

#GivingTuesday is the larger shared global movement behind local #Give906 day, which follows the holiday shopping season’s busiest days, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. The day is a global day celebrating generosity and community. Giving Tuesday was born out of a simple idea: it feels good to celebrate a day that’s not about discounts and sales, but about doing good. Social Media and “peer-to-peer” fundraising is at the heart of the movement – Let’s share the joy of doing good with one another! If you donate on Giving Tuesday, use the hashtags #GivingTuesday, #Give906, and of course, #UPLandConservancy has shareable team hashtags for each of the five teams. Learn more about the Friends of the Forest Fundraiser or join a team and donate here.