Three holiday gifts for good—for as little as $10

The perfect way to make the season bright

Three holiday gifts for good—for as little as $10


San Francisco—This holiday, JustGive.org offers three perfect gifts that make a lasting difference. In the true spirit of the season, these gifts of charity will touch hearts and change lives.

Gifts of purpose


For friends, loved ones, colleagues, customers or hard-to-buy relatives, it’s easy to give small packages with a big impact. Helping those in need. Sharing goodwill to all. Through thoughtful eco-friendly gifts that make the world a better place.


With a few clicks of a mouse and for as little as $10, you can personalize three meaningful charity gifts:

1.  Donate to a favorite charity in their name. Several convenient JustGive online tools provide instant help if you’re not sure which charity supports a cause close to your recipient’s heart.


· Enter a zip code to find a charity and Give Locally (across the United States).


· Access the JustGive Guide of 1,000 charities grouped into 19 cause categories.


· Search the database of more than 1.8 million charities by name or by cause.


2.  Select a gift collection—Skip the fruit, wine or cheese basket and give a “basket” of four charities supporting a cause that’s special to them.


3.  Choose from 12 gift collections focused on feeding the hungry, creating homes and jobs, protecting animals and preventing cruelty, inspiring children, planting trees, saving the earth, promoting human rights, creating peace on earth . . . and more. Gift Collections start at $40 and are available for any desired amount.


Purchase a GiveNow charity e-card—The best kind of green


· Select the card and gift amount, and add your personal message. With more than a dozen holiday e-cards, you’re sure to find just the right one expressing your sentiment: Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Peace on Earth, Have a great green holiday, Season’s Greetings, Warmest Wishes, Thank you . . . and more.


· Email the card, print it on your computer or JustGive will mail it for you.


· Your recipient uses the card to support their charity of choice.


GiveNow charity gift cards never expire. Minimum value $10. A small transaction fee applies –$5 for the first card, discounted to $2 for each additional card.


These charity gifts help you wrap up holiday shopping in short order, with gifts that matter more. Available right up to the last minute, they’re great for hostess and teachers’ gifts too! Making less work for you, less waste for them. Creating a more powerful impact with your generosity of spirit.


Every gift matters


Any size gift can make a difference:


$20 fills a van with sandwiches the Covenant House delivers to homeless children on the streets


$25 supplies food for a month for a Canine Companions for Independence dog in training


$35 helps Meals on Wheels Association of America feed and check on the welfare of 5 seniors


$50 lets Foster Care Support Foundation buy winter coats, hats and gloves for 2 foster children


JustGive Founder and Executive Director Kendall Webb comments, “The economy is sputtering, people are struggling, and the need is great. We’re hoping people open their hearts and make charity their gift of choice this year. Discovering that giving less ‘stuff’ really does mean more for those in need. And by example, inspiring others to do the same!”


To spread the message of charitable giving as widely as possible this holiday, JustGive has partnered with the national Redefine Christmas movement, encouraging people to reconsider their gift giving habits. JustGive has also joined three charitable competitors to issue the $51 Bucks Challenge, asking consumers to redirect 10 percent of their holiday spending ($51) and give charity gift cards to raise money for nonprofits in need.


San Francisco-based JustGive, founded 10 years ago by Webb, a Harvard graduate and former Silicon Valley dot.com executive, has sent more than $130 million to over 65,000 charities in the past decade. For every purpose and occasion, JustGive is the only Web address donors need for online giving. They can give when, how and as often as they want through many giving options—direct and memorial donations, charity gift cards, wedding gifts, gift collections, and fund-raising registries.


The destination for online charitable giving® and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, JustGive has been recognized by Forbes as one of the Best of the Web.





Plant a tree – The Arbor Day Foundation

Our forests are in dire need of replanting due to fire, insects, and disease. Your contribution is vital to preserving fresh, clean drinking water for millions of people, providing much-needed wildlife habitat, and purifying the very air we breathe.

Action: Send Someone a Card – Plant a Tree
The Arbor Day Foundation offers special Give-A-Tree greeting cards – in both email and snail mail versions – to send to friends and family!  For a donation of $5.95, Arbor Day will send the card AND let your recipient know that a tree was planted in one of our National Forests in desperate need of replanting – in honor of them.

Visit ArborDay.org for more info.

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!

”Help Whip Cancer” This May with The Pampered Chef.

We all know someone affected by breast cancer. Now you can make a difference alongside the Pampered Chef! Help save lives May 1-31 with the 2010 Help Whip Cancer® (HWC) campaign!



Join The Pampered Chef in celebrating women everywhere this May. In honor of Mother’s Day, more than 40,000 Pampered Chef Consultants are harnessing the power of pink, and spreading the message of breast cancer awareness through the Help Whip Cancer campaign.


Since 2000, The Pampered Chef has raised more than $7.9 million for the American Cancer Society and has spread their “think pink” message to thousands, and we’d like to share this philanthropic opportunity with you.

Get involved by:


Buying Special Pink-themed Products
Select pink limited-edition kitchen tools from The Pampered Chef through the month of May and for each pink product purchased, The Pampered Chef makes a $1 donation to the American Cancer Society®.  The following special Help Whip Cancer products apply: Pink & White Dots Martini Glasses, Pink Color-Coated Tomato Knife, Pink & White Twixit! Clip Combo Pack, Sweet Honey Vanilla Sprinkle, Help Whip Cancer Reusable Shopping Bags. Guests who spend $60 or more in May get Help Whip Cancer® Reusable Shopping Bags (a set of two) for free. See all the Whip Cancer products at Pampered Chef

Raising Funds with a Cooking Show Fundraiser

Celebrate mothers, sisters and friends by hosting a Help Whip Cancer Fundraiser Cooking Show. Guests will taste delicious, affordable “pink” recipes, like the Heavenly Angel Cake, and receive valuable cooking tips while raising money for breast cancer awareness and early detection programs. Up to 25 percent of total Help Whip Cancer Fundraiser Show sales will be contributed to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and early detection programs.
For more information on how to Help Whip Cancer by purchasing Special Pink-themed products and/or hosting a Help Whip Cancer Kitchen Show Fund-raiser, please call 1-800-266-5562 or visit http://www.pamperedchef.com/. Contact the American Cancer Society anytime at 1-800-ACS-2345 or http://www.cancer.org/ for information about cancer and services in your area.

Day 5 of 30 Days/30 Ways ~ TURN YOUR PET INTO A VOLUNTEER

People aren’t the only creatures that get sick or injured. Pets do too. Every day dogs just like yours need blood transfusions.

You can sign up your family pet as a blood donor with the nearest canine blood collection agency. The donation procedure is simple, and your pet is not sedated. Instead of juice and a cookie, your pet will get a treat and belly rub.

Although dogs are currently the leaders in veterinary blood donation, some collection locations are now taking blood donations from cats and other animals. Get in touch with The Pet Blood Bank or Canadian Animal Blood Services to see how your pet can help another animal in need.

 

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!


~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

30 Days/30 Ways – National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Month is rapidly approaching (April 1-30).

What are you going to do to give back?

If you’re like most people you may be wondering how you’ll find the extra money or spare time to make a difference, right? In today’s economy and busy-ness, most of us don’t have a lot of time or money to donate.  We would like to help out the causes we care about, but finding a way to give back usually becomes overwhelming and we push it off until another day.

Well, in honor of National Volunteer Month, Everyday Philanthropist is going to give you one action each day during the month of April that is simple, cash-free and time-flexible for ordianry people who want to help!

With everyone’s busy lives in mind, I give you actions that anyone can start and finish within the course of one day, often within an hour or less.

Starting in April, people can visit this Everyday Philanthropist blog, Everyday Philanthropist on Twitter and Everyday Philanthropist’s Facebook page to get daily inspiration on ways to give back. 

Some of the simple volunteer tips and philanthropy ideas included in the “30 Days/30 Ways” campaign include:



— Play for a cause.  Freerice.org donates rice to the hungry for each answer you get right on this (rather addictive) vocabularly game.


— Mentor a child.  Don’t have a lot of time to volunteer?  No problem.  Find flexible mentoring options online at places like Hangproud.com.

— Reuse a Shoe.  Donate old sneakers to Nike-Reuse-a-Shoe, where they’ll be recylced into safe playground spaces for children.


— Smart Spending.  Shop your favorite stores at online charity malls and a portion of your purchase price is donated to your charity of choice.


GIVEAWAY!!! ~ In addition, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers throughout this month.  Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.  A prize pack, including copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country. 

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter.  Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page.  5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.   Contest starts today!

Good luck and see you all in 2 days to start our 30Days/30Ways Program!

Friday Follow on Everyday Philanthropist Blog!

Welcome all Friday Followers! This is such a great blog hopping event.  Thank you to all my Everyday Philanthropist Blog followers and WELCOME to my new followers!

Friday Follow

Smart Spending – Hitting the charity malls

Forget the standard mall and head online to help give your favorite charity a much-needed financial boost…just by shopping.

Consumers can help their favorite causes by shopping at GoodShop.com where they can choose from more than 1,000 well known retailers including Target, Apple, Macy’s, Best Buy, Amazon, and others. Each time you shop on Goodshop.com retailers donate a percentage of your purchase to your favorite charity.  

The shopping experience and the prices are exactly the same as going to the retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop.com, up to 30% of the purchase price is donated. In addition, GoodShop.com provides you with coupons and deals for the stores. So, not only are you helping charity,  but you’re saving money while doing so!

More charity malls:

IGive.com

BringPetsHome.org

UptownLiz.com

GivingPal.com

If you’re going to shop online, shop through these sites and make your money count!

Support St. Jude on eBay when you buy and sell

You have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Bid on St. Jude items on eBay Giving Works.
Whenever you buy an item on the St. Jude eBay Giving Works page, the seller will donate 10% to 100% of the final sale price to the cause. All money raised through St. Jude auctions will go toward helping doctors and researchers at St. Jude find cures for children all over the world. Items that benefit nonprofits such as St. Jude are marked with a blue and yellow ribbon. Members of eBay with a PayPal account can make an online cash donation or you can donate to St. Jude at the eBay checkout.

As an eBay seller you can also contribute to this great cause by designating between 10 and 100 percent of your listing’s final sale price to benefit St. Jude. Sellers that create a listing with eBay Giving Works will receive the eBay Giving Works Fee Credit which will credit the Insertion and final Value Fees back to the seller, equal to the percentage of the final sale price!  Learn how to create an eBay Giving Works listing for St. Jude.

Remember St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as you shop or sell on eBay and help ensure the dream of hospital founder Danny Thomas that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” 

Make an impact whenever you shop!

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic illnesses through research and treatment. Children are treated without regard to a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude. Families without insurance do not pay. St. Jude freely shares research findings with doctors and scientists around the world.



Baking to change a life

Gretchen Holt and her husband were shattered to learn that their two-year-old son, Liam, had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an often-deadly form of pediatric cancer with a 30% survival rate. Gretchen wanted to know why the prognosis was so grim and learned that, compared to other cancers, very little money had been spent on neuroblastoma research. With pediatric cancer the number one cause of death by disease for children, Gretchen knew something had to change. She came up with an idea for a massive community bake sale to raise funds and awareness for under-funded pediatric cancer research—with the help of 250 community volunteers, she baked and sold 96,000 cookies. And raised nearly half a million dollars in the process.

Eventually the media got wind of this incredible feat fundraising and people began requesting information on how they could stage similar sales in their own towns. Gretchen realized this event was bigger than a single community event and she started Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to help communities set up similar fundraisers at local schools, churches, and other venues.

Make holiday fun time a lot more meaningful this year. Bake cookies for a local fundraiser to support a chosen cause or host a charitable bake sale of your own to benefit Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (cookiesforkidscancer.org). During the months of November and December, the Glad Company will match all money raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (up to $100,000)!

Top 10 Holiday Shopping Switches that Help Charity

10 Great Gifts that Give Back!

As the holidays approach, Nicole Bouchard Boles, author of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, offers gift ideas that give back. What’s really unique about all these stylish philanthropic finds is that 100% of the purchase price (less taxes and all related expenses) goes directly to benefit various causes. It’s the perfect way to give something special and something back this Christmas!

1. Greeting cards –
Holiday Reindeer Greeting Cards $15 for a box of 25. 100% of proceeds will benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

2. Holiday Treats –
For Giving Souls Hot Chocolate Trio $14.95. The Hunger Site will donate 25 cups of food to the hungry for each trio purchased.

3. Kids toys –
UNICEF Jungle Soft Toys $9 – 100% of sale proceeds benefit the work of UNICEF

4. Gifts for Kids –
J.K. Rowling’s newest book, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, (on sale December 4) $12.95. Net proceeds will go to the Children’s High Level Group, which helps children in Eastern Europe.

5. Gifts for Her-
JUICY Couture Canvas Tote. $55.00 100% of profits after all related expenses benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital Research.

6. Gifts for Him –
Tommy Hilfiger Limited Edition Necktie $24.50. 100 % of the proceeds are donated to Dress for Success Worldwide.

7. Secret Santa Gifts –
Noodle and Boo Believe Honey Soap Bar $12. All Proceeds go to the Raise Your Hand Campaign which is building a water purification system in Heeraraa, Ethiopia.

8. Gifts for the Family Pet –
Dog T-Shirt $26.00. 100% of proceeds go to Love Without Boundaries – A charity that helps the orphaned children in China.

9. Employee Gifts –
Gift of Hope: Night Before Christmas Mug Set. $12.99. Every penny of profit from your Gift of Hope purchase goes directly to diabetes research.
10. Wrapping and packaging –
Reusable Holiday Felt Bags Starting at $3. 100% goes to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Bonus gift – Onehopewine ONEHOPE Wine donates proceeds of profits to partner charities, supporting the fight against breast cancer (Chardonnay), HIV/AIDs (Merlot) and autism.

For more great ways to “shop on purpose” throughout the year, check out Nicole’s new book How to be an Everyday Philanthropist (Workman, 2009), with more than 300 ideas for low-cost, everyday ways to make a difference. http://www.nicolebouchardboles.com/