Charitable Giving … dear to our hearts!
In recent years, goats and chickens have been donated in lieu of spending hundreds on holiday cards that end up in the trash – and your kids may be thankful that the obligatory Christmas card photo has gone by the wayside! The world has become so accessible, we can shop the globe and make a difference for so many lives – simply sitting at our keyboards, thanks to the internet. We would like to showcase some of our favorites, feel free to forward your best online shopping experiences to be included in this list. Shopping is a year-round past time, make your pennies matter in a life elsewhere.
Glad we get to start with the letter A, because we love ALEX AND ANI, a firm fav since introduced by the lovely Jenn of World Moms Blog
CHARITY BY DESIGN was born from the ALEX AND ANI ideal of spreading positive energy worldwide. Its unique abundance model empowers non-profit organizations by sharing time, resources, and talent to elevate their missions. CHARITY BY DESIGN strengthens charitable organizations through innovative partnerships and collaborative experiences. As CHARITY BY DESIGN re-defines corporate giving, its influence grows through employees, customers, and community members who have a passion to take action and get involved.
Aloetree Kids make joyful and modern products that raise funds to combat child trafficking.
For every item purchased, Aloetree will donate funds to a non-profit combatting child trafficking. For our first initiative, we partnered with Cambodia in Chab Dai. They operate an anti-trafficking education, awareness and community building program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to help at-risk ethnic minority communities. All kids deserve a joyful childhood and by supporting child protection – we can work together to build a safer world for kids!
Fighting sex trafficking, bringing hope to those in the slums and supporting the poor – Asha Imports is a fair trade company making a difference.
The mission of Asha Imports is to be a voice for people who have no voice. Our focus in business is to bring hope to the poor and oppressed people of our world. In fact, the Hindi word “Asha” means hope. All of our items are fair-trade and environmentally sustainable. We distribute products made by people who have been given a chance to rise above their circumstances and take back their humanity. Please join with us in bringing hope to the poor!
CARDS FROM AFRICA:
Beautiful cards for every occasion, you can customize, you can hold a fundraiser, or even host an home party.
Our Cards from Africa products are made by hand in Rwanda and help families affected by AIDS and genocide to rebuild their lives.
I had the pleasure of meeting Barrett Ward in DC while attending the AYA Summit, his commitment, drive and passion is unwavering. He is also the dad of three girls .. bless his heart. (but he is most ABLE)
Barrett Ward founded Mocha Club in 2005 – a new generation of activists giving up the cost of a few mochas, or $9 a month, to fund relief and development projects in Africa [themochaclub.org]. A few years later, Barrett moved to Ethiopia for a year. While there, he ran across Women at Risk, a group that works with women exploited in the sex industry. After seeing their effectiveness and the dignity restored in these women, he learned that one of the biggest challenges to keeping these women off the streets is gainful employment. For this purpose, fashionABLE was conceived.
I would suggest that you simply read their story … because oh my heart. They carry everything from gorgeous bags to table runners, clutches and wallets and beautiful home accessories – there is even a huge section for under $20.
At the heart of JOYN lies a desire to see lives changed. To see those crippled by poverty and hardship dance for joy. To do this, JOYN has partnered with a nonprofit called JoyCorps to provide employees with not only steady jobs and a good work environment, but a daily meal plan, education for their children, English and vocational training, and medical care. Lives are changing as a result.
Today, JOYN employs a diverse and growing team of Americans, Australians, Brits, Indians, Tibetans, and Nepalese working together in Rajpur. Theirs is a community of people who strive to take care of one another.
JOYN continues to sell beautiful products handmade by artisans who do 100 percent of the work, from weaving to block printing to stitching. This brings JOY to those who make the products, and JOY to those who buy them.
KATE SPADE – ON PURPOSE:
Bags, purses and beautiful jewelry.
Kate Spade has a program in Rwanda where they are teaching women to make their handicraft bags and jewelry for the On Purpose line. This helps lift women out of poverty by providing them with a sustainable income and economic opportunities.
Tops, tees and the best evah jammies bottoms you will ever find, and as a homeschool mom – I know all about living in your pjs!
What started with just six women sewing in a single room has grown to over 150 women employed by one of International Princess™ Project’s three sewing centers in India. With every PUNJAMMIES™ purchase, the dignity and freedom of a woman is reinforced and the future in India gets a little bit brighter. The vision is for thousands more! Together, we can bring light to some of the darkest corners of India.
First up, you should sign up and join ONE – because ONE is (RED)‘s sister organisation and they need your voice.
We all have tremendous power. What we choose to do or even buy, can affect someone’s life on the other side of the world. In 2002, more than 1,500 babies were born every day with HIV. Today that number is just over 650. We must act now to get that close to zero.
We’re at a tipping point in the fight against AIDS – with urgency and action, it’s possible for the world to end the transmission of HIV from moms to their babies. We can deliver the first AIDS FREE GENERATION in over thirty years.
(RED) can’t accomplish this alone. It will take all of us to get there –governments, health organizations, companies, and you. When you DO THE (RED) THING, a (RED) partner will give up some of its profits to fight AIDS.
It’s as simple as that.
BE (RED). Start the end of AIDS now.
TO THE MARKET:
Custom bags, custom t-shirts and custom jewelry, but I also implore you to read their stories.
To The Market showcases handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. By assisting local partners around the world in bringing these goods “to the market,” we take an active role in equipping the survivors they employ with economic independence, while raising awareness of the challenges that they face.
Take a whirl around the Unicef Store where you can shop by theme, recipient, region, personality – their list is endless, affordable and makes a difference.
UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. Undaunted by war or geography, UNICEF delivers.
I am a huge fan of this company, in fact, they may be one of the very first fair trade companies I remember coming across and they have an incredible collection of jewelry, home goods and gifts … something for everyone you know!
UncommonGoods (www.uncommongoods.com) is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. At UncommonGoods, we believe that creativity and the expression of individuality represent two great human treasures. We have set out to create a business that makes uncommon goods accessible to everyone.
A wonderful collection of jewelry, home goods, accessories and even a cute range of kids toys.
WE’VE is a global online collective of hand-selected, skilled artisans and their expertly
designed accessories and home goods. WE’VE products are sustainably produced, and
result in limited edition, handcrafted products. Founded by social entrepreneur Eve
Blossom, WE’VE reimagines the relationship between buyers, artisans and designers to
transform the way we shop.
So many more … be sure to email me with YOUR favorites.
Hugs and kisses always.