Wine Pairing Tips for a Cure

My sincere gratitude to Gwendolyn Osborn, Director of Education and Content and resident wine expert for Wine.com for today’s guest post on Wine Pairings (using fabulous wines that give back!). xo!:

Over twenty years ago the pink ribbon was introduced as the official symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness month (now known fondly as ‘Pinktober’ to many). Here at Philanthropistas.com and Wine.com we’d like to raise a glass to the anniversary of the powerful symbol and the importance of awareness, specifically with a few of our labels at Wine.com that give back directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

ONEHOPE California Chardonnay – ONEHOPE donates 50% of profits from the sale of every bottle of its Chardonnay to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This Chardonnay is handcrafted with a blend of grapes from select vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma and the      Central Coast of California. It is blended with Muscat and Chenin Blanc,  displaying a pale gold color with aromas of fresh apple blossom and      honeysuckle, and flavors of crisp pear and apple. The balance of oak and bright acidity makes it a great match with broiled or grilled seafood,      poultry dishes and a wide assortment of cheeses.

J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon –  J. Lohr donates $2 of the sale of every bottle of Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a classically dark color with a bright hue with aromas of currant, cherry and black plum, complemented by a bouquet of roasted hazelnuts and espresso. The entry is fruit-driven and supple, while the finish shows an integration of fruit and oak components from the  traditional French oak barrel aging.

Wines 4 Cures 4 Her, Chardonnay – 4 Her Chardonnay was created to raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This is a classic, cool-climate example of Chardonnay – clean and crisp, with flavors of lime and green apples, with a hint of vanilla. It’s a great match for scallops with mango salsa.

Cheers to a happy ‘Pinktober’!

Gwendolyn Osborn is the Director of Education and Content and resident wine expert for Wine.com. She’s a wine educator at heart, hoping her enthusiasm for wine will increase peoples’ enjoyment of the beverage. She received the Diploma in Wine & Spirits through the London-based WSET though this is by no means an end to her studies – wine knowledge is a never-ending pursuit – the more you know, the more you learn you don’t know and the more you want to taste!

 

Five Things: Fabulous Fall Finds that Give Back

Autumn is unarguably my favorite time of year. The gentle falling leaves. The rich, vibrant colors.  The crisp fog-filled mornings.  The cozy fireplace and afghan evenings. The tableau is ever-changing during this graceful transition from summer, and sends many of us on the task to surround ourselves with warm comfort.  So, in the spirit of this cozy fall vibe, here are a few original finds that bring a little bit of that opulent beauty indoors – and give something more.

 (Joyful Nuddle Blanket: By purchasing a Joyful Nuddle, you are helping to provide another Joyful Nuddle to a survivor of domestic violence)

(Give Scent: This scent is made with pure oils and contains notes of amber, bergamot, grapefruit, moss, musk, oak, sage, and vanilla. A portion of the proceeds goes to Women for Women International, an organization that supports female survivors of war and conflict.)

(This is still one of my favorite philanthropic finds!  This gorgeous scarf from Warriors in Pink (Powered by Ford) is an elegant and powerful statement of the power of pink.  100% of Warriors in Pink net proceeds  help fight breast cancer.)

(Make Love Not Trash “Safari Tall Fall Doctor’s Bag”: A natural, eco-aware, non-toxic bag, were proceeds are donated to various organizations.)

(Humanity Dark Amber & Spice Soy Candle from Altru: Proceeds from the special edition candle benefit the Alliance for a New Humanity organization which aims to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world.)

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK ~ Hope in a Bottle for Water.org

Image: Water.org

Thanks to Water.org co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org has launched a water campaign called “Hope in a Bottle”. In partnership with CamelBak, Water.org has developed a limited-edition, reusable and environmentally friendly water bottle.


The campaign is running through the holiday season and the bottle can only be purchased at gift.water.org with 100 percent of the profits going directly to Water.org projects around the globe. The bottles come in BPA-free plastic ($19) and stainless steel ($25) models.

All in the true spirit of giving, Hope in a Bottle gives you the chance to give a meaningful and original gift to a loved one for the holidays while giving clean water to someone in need. Give just one bottle and you help a child get clean, safe water. Give more and you change even more lives – forever. The need has never been greater and you can make a real difference simply by shopping now.

Turn your profile picture pink & pass it on.

Today, in support of breast cancer detection, I’m turning myself into a lovely hue of pale pink.  Well, my Facebook profile picture, actually. And you can do the same! If you turn your facebook profile picture pink, Telus will donate $1 to breast cancer technology. They’ve raised over $100,000!!!!

Go here to turn your Facebook profile picture pink and TELUS will donate $1 on your behalf towards innovative breast cancer detection equipment.
 
Go Pink. Pass it on.

Day 10 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: SHOP FOR A CAUSE

In Chapter 10, “Use Your Decisions,” of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, I discuss online shopping for charity in which proceeds from your purchases go toward a certain cause. You can also visit online charity “malls”—shopping portals, like iGive.com, with links to major retailers like Sephora or services like Marriott International hotels. When you shop at these online malls, a portion of all sales goes to charity. And you don’t have to remember where you parked your car.

Today’s National Volunteer Month Action: SHOP FOR A CAUSE

Wipe Away Shopper’s Remorse:
IGive.com is a charity mall with over fifteen thousand organizations to choose from from Action Against Hunger to your local YMCA (you can nominate your preferred charity if it’s not already on the list). When you make a puchase through iGive, the retailer puts a percentage in your account. You can then redirect those funds to a partner charity. OneCause.com is another charity mall (with merchants like Dell, Disney, and Sheraton) where you can earn money for causes like American Forests and the American Cancer Society.  Don’t stop there!  You can shop for good on these charity malls too: Goodshop.com, BringPetsHome.org and Uptownliz.com.
 
If you’re going to shop anyway, why not look for purchases that make a difference?   
 
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

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

Day 4 of 30 Days/30 Ways ~~~The One-Day Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities Unlimited!

Charities couldn’t accomplish all the great things they do without the amazing help of volunteers.  You don’t have to have a lot of time on your hands to make a valueable contribution to the causes you care about.  Many volunteers “specialize,” choosing one charitable event that they can  come out to year after year. 

Some sign on for spring shifts, manning the barbecue at community fairs or overseeing fun activities at festivals and golf tournatments that benefit nonprofits.  Others prefer summer or winter opportunities, like helping out charitable lemonade stands or gift wraps centers at Christmas where money is raised for worthy causes. 

Ongoing regular volunteer opportunities are definitely available, but even if you can only devote one or two days a year, it is an important endevour.

One day at a time. Offer your services as just one day a year for communal events like International Coastal Cleanup day (coastalcleanup.org) or Family Volunteer Day (disney.go.com/disneyhand/familyvolunteers/).

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!

Day 3 of 30 Days/30 Ways ~~~WE COULD ALL USE a LITTLE SOUL~~~

While our basements burst at the seams, millions of people around the world and in our own communities struggle for even the basic necessities. According to the 2007 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, over 37 million people in the United States live below the poverty line. That’s a shocking 12.5 percent of the population who don’t have enough money to cover food and shelter, much less “extras” like clothing, transportation, school supplies, and household essentials.

Today’s Action – Donate Shoes.

When Wayne Elsey, a shoe company executive, watched news reports following the horrendous 2004 Asian tsunami, one image in particular haunted him—that of a single shoe washed ashore in the disaster’s grim aftermath. Wayne, started Soles4Souls (soles4souls.org), which collects gently used shoes and distributes them to areas struck by natural disasters, to shelters, and to other facilities or groups that serve people and communities in need. There are over 1.5 billion pairs of unused shoes lying in the dark recesses of our closets.
Use them or lose them! Send your shoes to
Soles4souls.org.

Reuse a Shoe



Nike’s Reuse a Shoe (nikereuseashoe.com) program will turn your old, stinky running shoes (of any brand) into surface material for playgrounds, basketball courts, or running tracks. The program helps eliminate waste by finding a use for millions of pairs otherwise unusable athletic shoes—any brand, any condition. Mail in or take your worn-out sneakers to the nearest Reuse a Shoe drop-off point at participating Nike stores.

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!

Day 2 of 30Days/30 Ways of National Volunteer Month – GET CLICKING

I have a little secret: Because I work at home most days, I stay in my pajamas as long as I can. I watch my children play outside my office while I tap away on my computer, catch up on e-mails, and prepare my writing assignments for the day. Early morning is a wonderful, relaxing time in my home. I enjoy the leisurely pace (and the comfy work clothes) and look forward to the day before me. Oh, and one other thing: I contribute in various ways to at least twenty charitable causes online, without spending a dime, every single day, all before I finish my morning coffee.


This is something most of us don’t realize—you don’t need to leave your computer to make a difference. The Internet has reinvented the world of giving and activism making it’s easier than ever to support the causes we care about. That’s good for us, and it’s especially good for the groups that benefit from our support.
 
Today’s Action – Get Clicking!



Five minutes a day on click-to-donate websites will cover some serious philanthropic ground. Sites such as HungryChildren.com (where your click will help provide food, medication, and other necessities to a child), the Tarahumara Children’s Hospital Fund (giveaminute.org), where you can click to donate one minute of medical care to a child), and TheChildHealthSite.com (which helps children get the health care they need) all are set up to receive donations from advertisers and sponsors on a per-click basis. My daily click-to-donate sites are Care2.com, TheHungerSite.com, and TheNonProfits.com, which support causes ranging from feeding abandoned animals to educating children in developing countries. To find more check out Charity Click Donation (charityclickdonation.com).
 

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!
 
 

Day 1 – 30 Days/30 Ways National Volunteer Month – Volunteer Opps

Welcome to Day 1 of our 30 Days/30 Ways to Celebrate National Volunteer Month!

Today, we’re going to focus on “traditional” volunteerism and give you a few options to get started both in your community and around the world (even from the comfort of your computer).

It’s important to keep in mind that “volunteerism” is not a sprint, but rather a marathon of sorts. We don’t want to fall into the trap of overextending ourselves – we’re already busy enough! Therefore, we need to find an activity that we can work into our already hectic schedule – and commit to it. Drastically and abruptly changing a routine all at once may to lead to feeling overwhelmed.

A more realistic approach to volunteerism is to take it one step at a time – be flexible and work with charities who offer “flexible” opportunities (there are plenty of them!). For example, I recently spoke with a busy mother of three from Long Island New York, who volunteers a few spare hours each week as a career mentor for other women, via the Internet. If free time is a major obstacle to volunteering, consider using online tools to reach out to the charities in need. Volunteering online is a great way to help make a difference in someone’s life – whenever it’s convenient for you to get connected. Little by little, a few balanced hours of volunteering, will make an impact.

Local Opportunitiesserve.gov its the US Government’s nation-wide service initiative that encourages Americans to get involved in community service and to develop “do it yourself” service projects. President Obama is asking all Americans to participate in the economic recovery by getting involved in their community service efforts. The website is an online volunteer resource that enables citizens to search for volunteer and service project opportunities in their areas. On there, you’ll find handy toolkits for organizing a book drive, supporting a community garden, preparing your community for disasters or creating your own project and finding the help you need if you’re already involved in community service.

Online Volunteering – Log on your computer to Become a virtual volunteer for the United Nations at onlinevolunteering.org and experience the flexibility of internet volunteerism.

Think of giving is an opportunity, not an obligation.

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.

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!

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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!