L’oreal Paris ~ Color of Hope Collection ~ Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

A sobering statistic:  More than 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year – and only about half will live to see the five-year mark.  To suport research, L’Oreal Paris is donating a dollar of every purchase from its Color of Hope Collection – a line of glosses, shadows, lipsticks and laquers – to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  Check the products out at your local drugstore. 

Tom’s of Maine Giving Back: 50 States for Good

Join Tom’s of Maine in supporting nonprofit organizations.

Celebrating grassroots goodness efforts nationwide is the ongoing mission of the Tom’s of Maine annual “50 States for Good” program. 50 States for Good is a national initiative to support the goodness behind grassroots community projects. Six organizations will share in a $150,000 sponsorship fund, including one organization that will be given $50,000!

The six winners will be determined by a public online vote starting in early August 2011. The organization with the most votes will receive $50,000 in sponsorship funding; five additional organizations will each receive $20,000. Each finalist, along with its project, will be showcased at the Tom’s of Maine Web site during the voting phase. Projects must be completed within six months of receiving funding.

The panel of judges will select 20 organizations doing great things in their communities to be voted on by you. In the meantime, here’s what you can do:

Lauren Bush and FEED Team Up With Clarins on New Makeup Bag

Lauren Bush’s FEED Projects has joined with French cosmetics company Clarins for its most ambitious partnership yet: They are aiming to feed 1 million children in two years. FEED, which supplies meals through the United Nations World Food Programme, has raised over $6 million and delivered over 60 million meals since it was founded in 2007.

Lauren Bush continues to up the ante with her FEED bags. The resulting organic cotton, recycled nylon-lined makeup bags are packed with travel-sized versions of Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector.

As with all of her bags, the new addition to Bush’s collection of totes and clutches includes a number—15—denoting how many meals it will provide for children in need through a donation to the United Nations World Food Programme.

Clarins and FEED Makeup bag, $30, available July 15 at www.nordstrom.com.

Bra Recycling – Providing bras to women in need

If you’re like me, when you hear the word “recycling,” you immediately think of a paper recycling or collecting containers of aluminum cans. Here’s a twist, however, on the traditional model of recycling.  One organization wants women across the country to think about recycling their bras, in addition to all the traditional recycling items.

The Bra Recyclers is part of the Bosom Buddy organization, an Arizona-based 501(c)3 organization.
Bosom Buddy Recycling will take your old bras and give them to deserving women around the country including women’s shelters, transitional housing, and breast cancer-survivor support groups.

We all have a few bras we’ll never wear again or that we never have worn due to fit, either way, don’t toss out that bra.  There are plenty of people in need of what you have, right now. Click here to learn more.

Recycling Your Bras in 4 easy steps:
Wash It. All bras should be washed.

Tag It. Fill out Bra Recycling Form.

Box It. Place your bras in a box or large envelope.

Drop It Off or Mail It to:

3317 S. Higley Rd, Ste 114-441

Gilbert, AZ 85297

Tickets For Charity

Great things come in a small packages! That’s what I learned today after hearing about TicketsforCharity.com.  The next time you’re looking to score seats for a fabulous event, take a look at this website www.ticketsforcharity.com to access hard-to-find seats and support important causes!

As Laura Bresnahan of Charity Partners, Inc explains,

Tickets-for-Charity believes small incremental donations/actions can really add up to large positive change for charities and foundations. Here is a bit more about our organization:

Working directly with top performing artists from Brad Paisley and John Mayer to U2 and James Taylor & Carole King, Tickets-for-Charity (TFC) makes premium concert and theater seats available (at the same or better price you’ll find elsewhere) to support leading charitable causes. Here’s how it works:

· 100% of the ticket face value goes to the artist and tour

· 100% of the benefit of the donation amount goes directly to partner charities selected by artists and   customers

· We proudly host both artists and partner charities on the TFC  platform for free

· We keep our lights on by charging an industry-standard service fee

TFC offers artists a great way to engage fans with important causes while offering them access to some of the best seats on the house. We also give fans the opportunity to see some of the biggest names in entertainment while benefiting the causes they care about most. We work with a wide variety of charitable organizations that stretches across many different cause areas.

For a snapshot of our work and mission, please feel free to check out this quick video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUqBJ9hfAMM or visit our website at http://www.ticketsforcharity.com/ for a complete list of Charitable Sale™ events and partner charities.

Charity Partners is a national fundraising platform dedicated to supporting the world’s most admired charities.
We are proud to partner with the following organizations: The Actors Fund · Artists Against Hunger & Poverty: A Program of WHY · Autism Speaks · Big Brothers Big Sisters of America · Boys & Girls Clubs of America · CARE · Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation · City Year · Communities In Schools · CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation · Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation · Farm Aid · Feeding America · The GRAMMY® Foundation · Habitat for Humanity International · Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation · Jumpstart for Young Children · Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International · The Leary Firefighters Foundation · The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society · Malaria No More · MusiCares® Foundation · National Center for Missing & Exploited Children · The National Children’s Cancer Society · National Federation of the Blind · Natural Resources Defense Council · Outward Bound · Partnership for a Drug-Free America · Peace Games · Red Sox Foundation · United Way of America · Wildlife Conservation Society · YouthBuild

Campbell’s Labels for Education

I’m a busy mom, I have three young children – when dinner rolls around I like making something quick and easy for the kids.
Right about now you’re probably wondering what this has to do with Giving Back. Well I want to show you how easy this style of giving really is.
Whenever I make soup for the kids, I cut the labels from the Cambell’s can and I collect them in my ever so fancy shoebox in the pantry and what I do with these is I donate these labels to the Campbell’s Labels for Education program – which provides free educational equipment to schools in need. It’s a fun, easy program where kids, families and members of the community work together for a common goal.

And if you’re wondering, really how much of a differene can soup can labels make? Today, over 80,000 schools and organizations are registered with Labels for Education, benefiting more than 42 million students. Over the years, people like you and me who collect soup can labels have helped Campbell’s to provide more than $100 million in merchandise to America’s schools!

The old adage, every little bit helps, really comes into play here.

5 Minute Philanthropy

Who among us doesn’t want to give something back to the world?  And in today’s super-speed world, most of us don’t have the extra time to volunteer or dedicate to the causes we care about.  We would like to help, but finding a way to give back usually becomes overwhelming and we push it off until another day.

But today can be different…

In just 5 minutes you could:
  • Donate your old cell phone to 911CellPhoneBank.org, they distribute to provide emergency communications to people.

  • Schedule a pickup of your used clothes or household items with Goodwill

Even five to ten minutes is enough time to start shaping your ideas of what it means to do good.  Every little bit counts!

STRUT FOR A CURE ~ Supermodels, partygoers and you!

Strut for a Cure
Presented by FASHION Magazine and benefiting the Coast-to-Coast Against Cancer Foundation, STRUT FOR A CURE starring supermodel Coco Rocha, promises an unforgettable party. On Thursday May 27, The Berkeley Church will host this illustrious one-of-a-kind event which will bring fashion and music to life.  Jeanne Becker is playing emcee for the night and international supermodel, Coca Rocha will strut the runway with her friends from Elite Models, outfitted in London-based Canadian designer Todd Lynn’s Fall 2010 collection,

Tickets are $95 and can be purchased at strutforacure.com. 100 % of the dollars raised will go towards improving the survival rate and quality of life of children & their families impacted by cancer.
STRUT FOR A CURE was launched spontaneously in 2009 in Barrie, Ontario when 11-year old Erika sought help from cousin, supermodel Coco Rocha to raise funds in support of children diagnosed with cancer. With the success of the inaugural year, Strut for a Cure is making a move to Toronto for this years bigger and better event.
Coast-to-Coast Against Cancer is a volunteer-based organization that provides financial and other support to childhood cancer charities focused on helping children and their families live with and beyond cancer.

Saturday May 8th STAMP OUT HUNGER

On Saturday, May 8th, 2010, Post offices across the United States will be collecting food items and deliver them to local food banks to help millions of Americans, including an estimated 49.1 million Americans who are at risk of hunger.  Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest one-day food drive!

It’s Easy to Help!

All you need to do is just put out a couple non-perishable food items by your mailbox on May 8th and either your carrier or a volunteer will pick it up and deliver it to food banks. To Learn more go to helpstampouthunger.com
Don’t Forget to Help Stamp out Hunger on Facebook too…

Become a fan of Stamp out Hunger and Campbell’s will make 1* can of soup donation to Feeding America! (*Up to 1 million cans of soup)

The program which began in 1993 has helped donate over one billion pounds of food to hungry families. For more information on the “Stamp Out Hunger” effort in your community, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit http://www.helpstampouthunger.com/. You can also follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger or text STAMP3 to 30305* to sign up for mobile reminders.

About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup, baked snacks, and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s,” and “V8.” For more information on the company, visit Campbell’s website at http://www.campbellsoup.com/.

About Feeding America 
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. Feeding America is based in Chicago. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Feeding America  or follow our news on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Feedingamerica.

About the National Association of Letter Carriers
The National Association of Letter Carrier union is the collective bargaining representative for all city delivery letter carriers of the U.S. Postal Service throughout the United States, with 295,000 active and retired members. It is an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

About the United States Postal Service
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no direct support from taxpayers. With 36,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, the Postal Service relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses. Named the Most Trusted Government Agency five consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $68 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 28th in the 2009 Fortune 500.

Drink to Help Haitian Mango Farmers

Drink Haiti Hope and Give Haiti Hope.

Purchase a bottle of Odwalla Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid and 100% of profits go directly to the Haiti Hope Project.
The Haiti Hope Project

In the wake of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake, TechnoServe is partnering with The Coca-Cola Company on the Haiti Hope Project, whose objective is to create a sustainable Haitian mango industry and play a role in the island nation’s long-term recovery efforts. TechnoServe will help Haitian mango farmers grow their crops more efficiently, produce additional crops to boost their incomes and create businesses allowing them to access markets sustainably. One hundred percent of the profit from the Odwalla Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid will go to the project. The Coca-Cola Company has committed $3.5 million to the Haiti Hope Project. The Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund has made the Haiti Hope Project eligible for $3 million in funding, and expects to soon obtain its board’s approval of the grant. The efforts of TechnoServe, The Coca-Cola Company and other donors and partners will help Haitian communities rebuild and create a better future.
To Learn more about raising a bottle to a more fruitful future for Haiti, visit Facebook.com/Odwalla.

eBay Fundraising Tournament For The Environment

News: HumanityCalls combines social media and philanthropy in the form of online fundraising tournaments at www.HumanityCalls.org.

More than 100 nonprofits working to solve world issues have just begun competing for funding in the eBay Fundraising Tournament for the Environment. The public votes on winners and individual contributions drive up the tournament cash pool amount seeded by eBay. Together our efforts can make a significant difference.
Press Release:

$50,000 from eBay for Fundraising Tournament. Top-voted Nonprofits Win.

New York, NY, April 28, 2010 – HumanityCalls.org today launched its initial fundraising tournament with $50,000 from eBay. For 8 weeks, a global community will vote on the top environmental nonprofits around the world to determine how this money, and much more, will be split up.

The tournament is at the heart of a movement in which organizations use online voting to inspire philanthropy. Unique to Humanity Calls, however, is a primary focus on social media and game play elements, which are expected to drive greater participation and charitable giving.

While Humanity Calls aims to conduct multiple tournaments over time, its first revolves around environmental issues, such as climate change, conservation, renewable energy and pollution. Over 100 nonprofits have signed up for the tournament, with more expected to join.

“Humanity Calls will invigorate the fundraising process and make it fun,” says Humanity Calls Director, Ron Bouganim. “Through game mechanics and social networking, many small acts of kindness can add up to real change on a planetary level.”

Ready To Make An Impact? Here’s What To Do Now:

Nonprofit organizations focused on the environment register at no cost, create a profile at HumanityCalls.org and reach out to their supporters asking for their vote.

· Simply logging in to HumanityCalls.org provides anyone with an initial vote to cast in favor of the organization they believe to be most worthy to share in the tournament cash pool.

· Additional votes can be earned by donating directly to participating nonprofits, donating to the larger tournament cash pool and referring others to HumanityCalls.org.

· At the tournament close, the top-voted nonprofits share in the cash pool, consisting of the original $50,000 sponsor donation from eBay plus all donations made by individuals to the tournament cash pool during the tournament.

· 100% of all donations collected by Humanity Calls during the tournament (less third party payment processing fees) are passed along to nonprofits.

“eBay is proud to be the first company to support a Humanity Calls fundraising tournament,” said Robert Chatwani, head of Global Citizenship for eBay. “Their emphasis on crowd sourcing and social networking to drive online fundraising is a model that we intuitively understand at eBay, and the immediate focus on the environment gives us the opportunity to support an issue that is high priority for us.”

The eBay Fundraising Tournament for the Environment will run through June 22, 2010. Humanity Calls plans to host future fundraising tournaments for global causes such as health, education, poverty and human rights. For more information about Humanity Calls, the eBay Fundraising Tournament for the Environment, a complete list of currently participating nonprofits or information on becoming a corporate sponsor, visit www.humanitycalls.org.

About Humanity Calls
HumanityCalls.org is a fundraising tournament website designed to bring together nonprofits, companies, and individuals focused on addressing global challenges such as the environment, health, education, poverty and human rights. Humanity Calls is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization powered by volunteers that supports itself through direct individual donations and corporate sponsorship fees.

Day 28 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: BACKYARD PHILANTHROPY

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community . . .

and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”

—George Bernard Shaw


Serving your community—the place where you live and work and where you’ve planted roots—is everyday philanthropy at its most relevant. Because when you serve your community, you serve yourself.
Today’s Give Back Action: Backyard Philanthropopy
Serving the Community Where You Live
United We Serve (serve.gov) is the U.S. government’s nationwide service initiative to encourage Americans to get involved in community service and develop “do it yourself” service projects. The website is a fantastic volunteer resource that enables citizens to search for service opportunities in their area or post their own. Here you’ll find handy toolkits for organizing a book drive, supporting a community garden, preparing your community for disasters, or tips on creating and managing your own project.