Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Philanthropy, Fashion, and Technology



Today we had the opportunity to guest post on a friend's blog! Be sure to check out the fabulous Cupcakes & Couture.


In day-to-day life, it can be hard to make the time to volunteer or save enough money to make a large donation. There are only so many hours in a day. Last week’s paycheck is already spent. When schedules fill up or an unexpected expense rears its ugly head, it can feel impossible to make a difference. BUT giving back is possible even for the busiest person on a tight budget, without any major changes to your every day life.

MONEY.

IT CAN BE AS SIMPLE AS SHOPPING. Leverage your next purchase and make a difference in someone’s life. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift or if you are just rewarding yourself with something nice, check out the below companies who are making giving back easy for consumers!

Buy one, give one
(Courtesy of Oak lifestyle)





         Baby clothes and gear: Baby Teresa


         Bags (give meals): FEED Projects


         Backpacks: OAK Lifestyle (check out their pinterest board!)


         Blankets, comforters and sheets: Blanket America


         Comforters: The Company Store


         Dog/Pet items: Baxter & Birdie


         Dog collars/leashes (buy one, feed one) and AlphaPooch beds


         Glasses (optical and sunglasses): Warby Parker 


(check out my ABOUT ME page to see my Warby Parker purchase)


         Granola bars: Two Degrees (give a meal) and Kutoa (give a nutrition pack)


         Knit caps, scarves: Twice as Warm


         Rain boots: ROMA Boots


         Shoes and Sunglasses: TOMS


         Soap: Hand in Hand and Soap Box Soaps


         Soccer Ball: One World Futbol


         Socks: Mitscoots and Skyline Socks


         Stuffed animals, blankets and other child items: Everything Happy


         Ties (give back a school uniform): FIGS


         Toothbrushes: Smile Squared and Bogobrush


         T-shirts: Out of Print (book cover t-shirts give back a book) and You and Who


         Watches (plant a tree with each purchased): WeWOOD





Businesses who donate a percentage of their proceeds



         
Jewelry: Rachel's Cure by Design


          Headbands: Headbands of Hope


         Wine: Charity Wine


         Makeup: Laura MercierHuffington Post make-up picks


         Knittings: Knits for Life


Retail Charity goods


          Ten Thousand Villages


          Do good, buy us


          Gifts that Give



Smartphone Apps


         INSTEAD: Make small changes to your daily routines and donate your savings.


         BUDGE: Challenge your friends to some friendly competition for charity.


         ONETODAY: Learn about a new charity daily and donate $1 to causes that inspire you.

TIME.

Download now and make a difference!

  • Charity Miles: We all walk, run, or bike. Earn money and raise awareness for charities by working out!
  • Earndit: Earn points exercising and redeems them for charities.
  • Donate a Photo: Donate a photo and help a cause.
  • Check-in for Good: Pick a cause, start your own campaign and check-in at participating businesses for donations.
  • Give 2 Charity: Make an impact by simply carrying your cell phone.



Do any readers know of other socially responsible companies? To learn more about operation philanthropy, email Renée at operationphilanthropy@gmail.com


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