Charity Product Pick of the Week: Sephora Project Change

When it comes to showing support for girls around the world, this company deserves a mention for their good works:

The Sephora Project, is supporting Girls For a Change ( a national organization that empowers girls to create social change) in stores with the Sephora Tote Bag and Change Purse. The Sephora Project is an initiative created to educate and empower women whose mission, like Sephora’s, is to make the world a more beauty-full place.  A portion from the sale of each change purse will be donated to GFC. The Sephora Project Tote Bag, made from recycled bottles, let’s you show off your support of Girls For a Change.

Change the world, one change tote at a time!

Purchase these items in Sephora stores nationwide, online here or by calling 1-877-SEPHORA

Charity Product Pick of the Week: Threads For Thought

Question:  What’s better than a soft, organic cotton tee for style and comfort?

Answer:  One that gives back!  A portion of proceeds from Threads For Thought tees benefits charities like The International Rescue Committee (a global network that provides access to relief, rehabilitation and protection to refugees) and The Natural Resources Defense Council (an environmental action group).



Using sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and polyester recycled from plastic water bottles to create clothing that is comfortable, beautiful, and socially conscious, Threads for Thought is not only top of environmental preservation, they also infuse important causes and issues into the design of their shirts. 

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!

USA Today: Kindness, Charity, Philanthropy and Social Responsiblity

Did you know that USATODAY.com has a feature dedicated to giving back? How great right?  Check it out here Kindness: New ways we give and volunteer.
As the website says,
Kindness is your daily source of inspiration and guide to making a difference in fresh and exciting ways, no matter where you are. Each day, this site will unearth unique stories of giving with exclusive interviews, fresh takes on news stories, plenty of tips, and links to interesting resources.”

Reporter Christie Garton reports on philanthropic happenings around the world – from heroes helping victims of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill to cross country bike tours for charity. Get a daily dose of goodness at USAToday.com!

Groupon + DonorsChoose.org: Goal to raise $1 Million ~ How you can Help!

Getting a great deal feels good, but helping students in need feels even better!
 Online education charity DonorsChoose.org and Groupon, a nationwide daily deal site, are partnering Monday, May 24 to offer Groupon’s first-ever charity deal, allowing subscribers to double their donation dollars for individual classroom project requests submitted by public school teachers. This partnership will dedicate a total of $1 million to provide critical resources and supplies to public and charter school classrooms around the country, highlighting a new and unique method of engaging individuals in philanthropy.

Groupon, a site valued at more than $1 billion, will be offering the DonorsChoose.org deal system-wide on Monday, and will then appear as a side deal for the rest of the week. The deal works like this: if you purchase $250 on Groupon, you’ll receive $500 credit to contribute to DonorsChoose.org, $100 for $200 and so on. Other levels listed will be:


· $100 credit sold for $50
· $50 credit sold for $25
· $20 credit sold for $10


As with any DonorsChoose.org project, individuals will contribute the deal’s dollar amount to classroom projects of their choosing. Once a project is fully funded, DonorsChoose.org will purchase the requested materials and send them directly to the classroom. All donors will receive photos of the project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. Donors who fund more than $100 will also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

Get started at Groupon and double your impact to DonorsChoose.org


About DonorsChoose.org
 

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters.


To date, 122,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $45 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through www.donorschoose.org individuals from all walks of life have helped 3 million students from low-income families.

About Groupon

Groupon offers daily deals at unbeatable prices through group buying. According to the Groupon website, each day Groupon offers something fun to do in several cities at unbeatable prices. The interesting thing is that you can only get the Groupon if enough people join that day.


Learn How Groupon Works! from The Point on Vimeo.

”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.