November 24, 2017

Giving Tuesday

The holidays are right around the corner, and with the smell of roasted turkey still wafting through the air, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. It’s always a tough issue to ponder: what does your mother want this year? What can you get for your brother-in-law? How about the second cousin twice removed that you only see once every other year?

Before you fall down the rabbit hole of Google searching “great gift ideas,” let’s talk about another great form of giving: charitable donations. Giving Tuesday is celebrated on November 28th this year, right after the chaos of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. This is the 6th year this day has been celebrated, and it kicks off a season of fundraising for nonprofits around the world, uniting organizations both large and small in encouraging philanthropic giving.

This year, donations to the Natasha Watley Foundation were used for everything from equipment to uniforms to hiring umpires. Funds also went to the improvement of girls’ skills through clinics as well as the development of our amazing coaches. Because of generous donors, these same fantastic coaches appeared at Dodgers Foundation events, where they spread word of our mission to teach softball and life skills. This enabled us to reach a larger pool of potential participants and positively affect the lives of more young women. With every swing of the bat, we’re helping girls build confidence, practice teamwork, and learn to persevere.

So how can you help? It’s easy (and tax-deductible!) to donate through our website here:

In addition, this year, we started the Watley Legacy Club for donors who give on a monthly basis. Members of the club stay connected to our organization all year round through updates, messages from Natasha, and private videos; you can see the impact your donation has on the lives of those we touch.
– $9 per month sponsors one participant with everything she needs to play
– $29 per month sponsors three girls – and fun fact, 29 is also Natasha’s jersey number!
– $100 per month sponsors an entire team of 15 girls
You can join by texting “wlc” to 41444 – just click “monthly donation” to enroll in the club.

If you’re in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, know that the Dream Big! Foundation will match donations made that day up to $1000. Text “wlc” to 41444 and click “one time donation.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also matching donations made on the Facebook platform up to $2 million on Giving Tuesday. If you’re a social media junkie, head over to the Natasha Watley Foundation Facebook page, and click the blue “Donate” button to show us some love!

We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season – and that you eventually find the perfect present for your brother-in-law. In the meantime, get yourself some good karma on Giving Tuesday!