Combine your passion for reading with your passion for giving

Glamour, Cosmo and Lucky… I love ’em all!  And I especially love buying my favorite mags from companies who give back. 

I’m talking about ReadGive

ReadGive offers a large selection of magazines at competitive prices and with every subscription and renewal you order through ReadGive, you contribute 40% directly to the charity or organization of your choice — at no additional cost to you! How great is that?

And it gets even better!

ReadGive is partnering with starting July 25, 2011 when GiveBack announces their $50,000 winner! ReadGive is offering Giveback customers 50% back to their foundations on until August 31st (normally 40%). Customers can renew their old magazines, buy new subscriptions for themselves or give magazines to friends and families as a gift!

With a large array of children, home, and entertainment magazines ReadGive is the perfect way give back to the foundations you hold dear while getting something for yourself.

I love their selection of magazines. I love the ease of navigating their site.  I love their “Give Back” philosophy. And I love buying things I normally use, with that added punch of charitable goodness.

Next time you order magazines or resubscribe, please go through ReadGive and make a difference with every purchase! And don’t forget to pass this simple way to help charities on to others!!!

Be sure to check out ReadGive on Twitter and Facebook – With several contests and Giveaways for all ages, ReadGive is an enjoyable  page worth following.
And if you’re looking to fundraise, ReadGive offers an innovative ReadGive $15 gift card to both schools and charities alike. Here’s a great opportunity to raise incredible amounts of much needed funds with an easy to use gift card.

To get in touch with ReadGive call 1-877-316-5787, email or visit them at

Miranda Cosgrove, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere – Neutrogena’s Wave For Change Bags

Emma Roberts has has got on board the Neutrogena’s Wave For Change campaign by promoting Neutrogena’s new range of pretty Tote bags. The profits go to charity Global Giving. So you can feel good AND get a stylish bag.

The bags have been designed by the Neutrogena Brand Ambassadors Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere and Miranda Cosgrove.

As Neutrogena ambassadors, Miranda, Vanessa, and Hayden were asked to help design a bag to support the cause of their choice. Miranda’s (center) is a heart constructed of pencils – made to benefit educational courses. Vanessa’s (right) benefits disaster relief projects in the United States, and Hayden’s (left) benefits environmental charities.

The bags are available from July 1st to August 31st at Target stores.

Also, during July and August, Neutrogena® will be donating $1 for every Neutrogena® Acne, Cleansing or Cosmetics product sold and registered on their website, with a minimum of $100,000 and up to $250,000 to GlobalGiving.

Wave For Change is a charitable program that makes it easy for teens everywhere to give back in the U.S and other parts of the world where can make a huge impact before they head back to school and this year doing good has a stylish reward

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

A global marketplace where every purchase makes a positive impact

More than 15,000 eco- and socially conscious goods are
available (some from as low as $2.50) on Shop by gift category,
or, if you’d like, “purchase impact,” be it eco- , animal-, or people-friendly.
Each product is vetted and comes with a short description so you can see exactly
where your money is going. Fair-trade lip balms, organic soaps and bath fizzers
are all under $15 and make excellent stocking stuffers.

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, 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 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.

Bullets 4 Peace

If you want to rock the latest necklace celebs like Beyonce, Hillary Duff and Justin Bieber are sporting, try on Bullets 4 Peace, a jewelry line made out of real recycled bullet casings – that does good while looking good. Created by designer Rafi Anteby, jewelry is crafted from recyclable materials found in war zones, streets and other troubled areas and made into neckalces with artwork turning them into something wonderful.

 Every Bullet Has a Target is a charity affiliation program. The program was designed to attach each bullet style to a different charity. A percentage of sales goes towards helping raise money and awareness for these charities.

Wear it on your wrist…Kate Spade makes bracelets for charity

Kate Spade has done it again!  This time she’s designed these gorgeous bangle bracelets to benefit Women For Women International, on their Bridge Campaign to help promote micro-enterprises for women still recovering throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bracelet is engraved with “hand in hand” on the outside. On the inside, it’s printed with the positive message, ”strength in numbers.” Each bracelet costs $48 at with 25 percent of all bracelet sales going to Women For Women International… making this bangle the perfect gift for any mother, sister, daughter or girlfriend.

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

Hot Website of the Week: V-Day

V-Day (
Founded by Eve Ensler, this global movement to stop violence against women and girls is focusing its efforts on the Congo.  In addition to raising awareness, this website also helps support the City of Joy, a community for women in the country recovering from sexual violence.  Site visitors can get educated on sexual violence and armed conflict in the DRC, Add your voice to the thousands of Americans who have taken a stand with women worldwide by telling Congress to Pass I-VAWA!, buy items online, such as skin care, omni-peace merchandise, handbags and Amanda Keidan Jewelry (pictured) at the V-Day store, (100% of net proceeds go directly to V-Day to end violence against women and girls), find resources on Organizing a V-Day Benefit Production in your school or community to raise funds for the STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE campaign, or host a Congo Spotlight Teach In or House Party and let your friends and family know what’s going on in the DRC!
About V-Day
V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls through benefit productions of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $70 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 10,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. V-Day was named one of Worth magazine’s “100 Best Charities” in 2001 and Marie Claire’s “Top Ten Charities” in 2006.

”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 Contact the American Cancer Society anytime at 1-800-ACS-2345 or for information about cancer and services in your area.

May is MS Awareness Month – Shop to Erase MS

During May, The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis gears up for awareness and fund raising in hopes of finding a cure for multiple sclerosis.  With the 17th annual star-studded, Race to Erase MS recently held in Los Angeles, you may be wondering how you can make a difference too!
Well, throughout the month of May, Kitson will sell a variety of orange products in their stores including Celebrity Designed T-Shirts and Jewelry, Simon G jewelry and more, with 100% of the sales going to benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation. In addition, Kitson will donate 1% of all Kitson store sales for the month of May to the foundation in their Race to Erase MS.
Can’t make it to a Kitson store?  No problem!  Head to the Shop to Erase MS online store.

There you’ll find beauty kits, T-shirts, polo shirts, bracelets, and bags – designed by celebrities and more.  This is a great place to score some serious bling while donating money to a worthy cause.

Pictured: Avril Lavigne

Zaza Collections Peace & Love to Erase MS Scoop Neck T-Shirt

Show your support for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis by wearing this year’s MS awareness tee. Made by Peace and Love Jewelry, 100% of the proceeds from this adorable t-shirt benefit the Foundation. The tee shirt features orange rhinestones and is made of very soft material.
Co-founded by Kim Kardashian, ShoeDazzle is the world’s premier online shoe society, bringing celebrity treatment and the hottest shoes of the season to all women. Every month, members receive personalized shoe recommendations from ShoeDazzle’s team of Hollywood stylists, a pair of gorgeous shoes of their choice and free shipping, all for just $39.95. Members can also skip any month and pay nothing. This May, ShoeDazzle is selling the Nancy, a knockout sandal, to all of its members. 10% of shoe sales will benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis to help erase MS! Visit to join today! Sales of the Nancy will begin May 1.
Simon G Ring
Simon G Ring.  14K Yellow Gold and Diamond ring featuring a 3.44ct citrine center and .83cttw natural white diamonds. Serious bling worn by celebrities Melissa Rycroft and Karina Smirnoff, with 35% of total sales given to the foundation.  This ring retails for $1,100.00. Pieces are available in the shopping section of the Simon G Jewelry website (

The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis was founded by Nancy Davis in 1993 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After her diagnosis, she was determined to devote her time and resources to finding a cure. Nancy’s hope, courage and strength continue to inspire her to maintain a vibrant quality of life despite this chronic disease, but most of all, she remains positive, continues to live her life to the fullest and is tireless in her efforts to finding the cure for MS. Learn more at

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, 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: 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. 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:, and
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

Donorschoose – Spring to Action charity sale.

With education budget cuts rampant, thousands of classrooms across the country simply do not have the funding to purchase even the most essential supplies that students need to be successful.

Here’s a great way for you to help this week…

In celebration of the start of spring, online education charity and the Pershing Square Foundation are trying something new: a charity “sale” to support public school students and teachers across the U.S. For three days this week, every request for classroom materials/supplies submitted by a teacher at that supports health, sports, music and the arts will be discounted to within $100 of completion. Everyday citizens will be challenged to complete the funding for discounted projects, which primarily serve high poverty classrooms, before the offer expires. The “Spring to Action” starts tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23, and runs through Thursday, March 25.

The “Spring to Action Sale” is an innovative philanthropic play on a traditional retail model that comes as part a new series of offers called “Almost Home,” made possible by a $1 million grant from the Pershing Square Foundation. Here’s an example of how funding is implemented: an eligible project request that initially costs $650 will receive $550 in matching funds from the Pershing Square Foundation as soon as donors – everyday citizens — contribute the first $100. In other words, it’s a sale on charity.

The first offer ran over Presidents’ Day weekend and applied to all project requests focused on American History and Civics. Donors across the country funded every eligible project — 675 projects in 24 hours.

As with any project request at, donors can contribute any dollar amount to classroom projects during each “Almost Home” offer. Once a project is completely funded, 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 the entire $100 cost will also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

Classroom project requests that support health, sports, music and the arts come from public and charter school teachers in all 50 states. A few examples:

New York City classroom
Los Angeles classroom