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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)!

Clip Coupons for Charity?

This is so great! There is a new coupon site called Common Kindness, that allows you to clip coupons to save money on everything from groceries to magazine subscriptions, all while giving something back to non-profits in need. Common Kindness shares up to 60% of its profits with charities and social causes you select.
You save big money by clipping free coupons, and various advertisers pay an ad fee to Common Kindness that results in a share of profits with charity.
Common Kindness is completely free of charge to join to both non-profits and the public.
Do yourself (and your favorite charity a favor) and check out this site. And be sure to tell your friends, family and colleagues about Common Kindness.

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/