TOMS limited edition Movember shoes are here! All proceeds from sales go to the Movember foundation. Styles are available for men and women and prices range from $58 for classics and $95 for Highlands. Available at Toms.com.
Do Good: Donate Clothing - via Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Did you know 23.8 billion pounds of used clothing is put into U.S. landfills each year?
Reduce waste and support the less fortunate in your community by donated your used clothing to a thrift store or a local homeless shelter. And remember the age-old saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”
Simple articles of clothing can make a person feel clean and taken care of. Donating clothing to a shelter will make a difference in someone’s life.
Many thrift stores, like Goodwill, use the funds earned through the sale of used clothing to support the community.
By donating your old clothes, rather than throwing them away, you are helping keep our planet clean!
Non-Profits And Do-Gooders Make The Cut for Forbes 40 Under 40
We’re so excited to see some of our friends and faves on this year’s 40 Under 40 including Raj Shah of USAID (#21); Slam Khan of Khan Academy (#30); Blake Mycoskie of TOMS (#35) and Scott Harrison of charity: water (#37). Congrats guys!
40 Under 40
They’re the hottest young stars in business across the globe. They’re innovators, disrupters, and job creators; in fact, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re going to be working for them someday — if you aren’t already! They’re in technology, yes, but also in movies, music, athletic wear, and even curry-flavored chocolate. And the scary thing is they’re just getting started.
Starbucks customers who give $5 or more to the Create Jobs for USA campaign will receive an Indivisible wristband.
While the Opportunity Finance Network welcomes a big donation by Starbucks to its member organizations, the network hopes the new partnership will also raise the profile of its members—nonprofit groups that provide banking services in low-income communities—and help them do a better job of explaining their missions.
The coffee giant is kicking off the Create Jobs for USA campaign with a $5-million gift—and starting November 1, the company will be asking customers at its 6,800 stores to contribute as well.
The money will go to the more than 180 community-development finance institutions that make up the network. These organizations make loans to small business, affordable-housing groups, commercial real-estate developers, and other nonprofits—entities that often aren’t able to qualify for commercial bank loans.
A loan from Zafen helped the community organization (MOTION), who runs this fish shop in Mole St. Nicolas rebuild, purchase new refrigerators, solar panels for the roof, batteries, plus other materials they needed to run the shop.
One is worth $39 billion, while the other has a comparatively meager $450 million but significantly more street cred with young people. So Warren Buffet and Jay-Z are teaming up to teach kids about financial literacy. Buffet’s animated series Secret Millionaires Club is set to move from the web to television this month, and an animated Jay-Z is the guest star for the first episode on October 23.
The New York Times came out with a very interesting piece on charity auctions—touching upon the major presence that celebrities and brands now have in the philanthropic realm, and the growing demand for unique experiences and access to them. Check out the first page of the story, below:
Today is World Food Day and this year, more than ever, the world is fighting to stop the urgent famine in the horn of Africa.
What is World Food Day?
World Food Day (October 16th) marks the anniversary of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. This year, the date is being used to bring needed attention to the 70 million people facing extreme poverty just in the past year alone due to the riding cost of food, according to the World Bank.
Sustainable Music: Suck UK Cardboard Radio - via SHFTdotcom
Suck UK Cardboard Radio
Recycled paper audio device by designer Christopher McNicholl, $39
Via our friends at @SHFTdotcom
Recycled cardboard is becoming a favorite material for innovative sustainable design. The minimal, retro-looking Cardboard Radio from Suck UK and designer Christopher McNicholl is a case in point. It features an MP3 jack so you can listen to your iPod on the go. And when you’re finally ready to get rid of the radio, just remove the simple card structure that houses the electronic parts, and throw it in the recycling bin. We can’t vouch for its sound quality, but judging from this video, it seems to work pretty well. Just don’t get it wet!
World Food Day: Bonobos Men's Offers a Line Benefiting FEED Projects
World Food Day is this Sunday, and in recognition, men’s retailer Bonobos released a line of special edition pants and bags benefiting FEED Projects. For every FEED 2 pant or FEED bag sold will feed two school children for a year through the UN’s World Food Programme.
The most severe drought in decades combined with government complications is threatening the lives of more than 11 million people in north eastern Africa (also known as The Horn). The children are especially victims of this catastrophe. Famine has been declared in Somalia, where approximately 750,000 people are at risk of dying of starvation and tens of thousands have already died (half being children).
PhonesForFamine.com hopes to raise awareness, mobilize hope and help end the famine in Somalia. We are asking people to simply donate their old cell phones. The phones will be sent to Get Green To Get Green who pays for every phone. 100% of the money earned from the phones will be donated to Iris Relief, who has people in Kenya and Somalia literally risking their lives to save a few. It’s worth it!
Please help by donating your old cell phones. Simply put them in a padded envelope and mail them to…
Please pack your phone(s) in a padded envelope and mail them to the following address:
Phones For Famine
P.O. Box 268 Mount Pleasant, TN 38474
“Africa Needs You” Asks Celebrity Tweeters To Donate Their Sponsorship Money To Charity - via MediaBistro
By Lauren Dugan via @MediaBistro
A new charity project is asking celebrities on Twitter to donate the money they earn for sponsored tweets to help fight hunger in Africa.
“Africa Needs You” is singling out the big names on Twitter and asking them to do some good.
So, why celebrities? As the project explains:
“Twitter is the quickest and easiest way to get a message out into the world. It’s popularity and openness make it the perfect platform to spread the word of the current famine in East Africa. However, a tweet is only as powerful as the person who tweets it – the larger your following, the more impact your message will have.”
Last year, with the help of our friends, we raised more than $5,000 to build a dedicated clean water well with charity: water. The organization provides all donors a full report of where their donations were spent including locations and photos upon completion in 12-18 months. Here’s the latest update on our project from charity: water.
The well is currently being constructed in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia by local partners Relief Society of Tigray (REST). It is expected to be completed early next year! The story of REST is actually pretty amazing, you can check it out on Scott Harrison’s waterlog here.
Here’s some amazing facts about charity: water’s impact in Tigray so far:
Starting your own campaign for charity: water is easy, visit the mycharitywater.org site here.
The Cure for the Not-for-Profit Crisis (via HBR.org)
The most important investment one can make in these times, is in their own karma. Below, an interesting read on Harvard Business Review this morning regarding solutions to the steeply declining support for not-for-profits. While many Americans struggle to cut back luxuries, more than one billion people are struggling to find their next meal but thousands organizations aren’t giving up hope.
The Cure for the Not-for-Profit Crisis
by Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainard
There is a crisis in the not-for-profit sector. Since the great recession began, donations to the largest charities in the U.S. have dropped by billions — down 11% in 2010 alone, according to a recent report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. This was the worst decline since the Chronicle began ranking its “Philanthropy 400” list of America’s largest fund-raising charities in 1990. Leaders of philanthropic and other non-profit organizations naturally blame the economy for this problem; and many expect things to get worse as the economic malaise drags on.
But the financial meltdown has not affected all charities and not-for-profits equally. It is the more versatile, general-purpose charities — including such well-known, diverse institutions as The United Way Worldwide and the Salvation Army — that are faring the worst. For more tightly focused not-for-profits, such as the Cleveland Clinic and the network of Food Banks around the country, the decline is not nearly as sharp.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON HARVARD BIZ REVIEW HERE.