I’d always known there were organizations that gave away portions or all of their profit when an item was purchased, but I’d never put into practice purchasing from them regularly.

After learning more about fashionABLE and Threads of Hope, I knew I wanted to make a deliberate change.

This holiday season, I want to put more thought into my gift giving.
Not just for the person they are being given to, but also where they are purchased from.

I’ve pulled together a small list of some of the places that have caught my eye as I checked out so many of these places you all told me about!  This list is not exhaustive, and I’d love to hear about more ways to continue giving: leave a comment and let me know!

[Each image will take you directly to their website!]

Threads of Hope is all about life-changing economic development –allowing impoverished artists to create better lives for their families by facilitating the sale of their exquisitely handcrafted textiles. {from here}

I can speak first hand for the quality of these products — as you might know, I’m quite smitten with my Threads of Hope belt.

[to purchase a belt, email me, so I can connect you with Threads of Hope]

 

Wiphan Care Ministries is a Zambian-based Christian ministry that provides biblical teaching, skills training and education to widows and orphans in Zambia, Africa who have been devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In a population of just under 11 million, nearly one million children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Countless homes have been left without fathers, who are the traditional breadwinners.  Widows are helpless and hopeless with no means to sustain their children. {from here.}

Pure Charity is difficult to describe in even a few paragraphs.  Think shopping at your favorite stores while earning up money to donate, learning about campaigns you might be interested in, back projects, track your impact and give tax deductible gifts.

All in one website.

I had heard of Pure Charity before, but never taken the time to look into it thoroughly.  It’ll now be the gateway from which I try to do a lot of my online shopping.


Seer Outfitters Clothing by Kyle Korver is a for profit clothing brand in which 100% of the profits go to support organizations and causes throughout the country.  Causes that the Korver’s stand behind include building wheelchair ramps in the Salt Lake area for people who cannot afford them, building basketball hoops and supporting schools in the inner city areas of Chicago, renovating houses for people in need in Omaha.  We are all about taking funds, talents, and otherwise and giving them to help someone in need.

 What does life look like when one has eyes that see and ears that hear…how can you help a neighbor?

We advocate for the orphan by:

  • Providing jobs that create a pathway out of poverty for families. A stable income means a family is less likely to abandon their child.
  • Help families raise money for their own adoptions. We give 10% of trunk show sales directly to the adoptive family when they host a trunk show.
  • Aside from donating 10% towards qualified adoptive families, Noonday Collection also gives towards orphan care and prevention. Watch the video to see one of our beneficiaries.
  • The dream: Take YOU on a trip to visit artisans and visit orphans in their distress.

From Trade as One: Our mission is to use fair trade to promote sustainable business and break cycles of poverty and dependency in the developing world. We all have a conscience. We want to make sure people get the chance to use it when they shop.  {from here}

Shop To Stop Slavery was created in 2010 as a tool to help raise social consciousness particularly in regards to the subject of human trafficking. After learning about the issue, Robin Rossmanith (Shop to Stop Slavery founder) searched for a way to make a difference, a way to educate others and a way to empower them with things they could do on a daily basis to help bring about an end to human slavery. {from here}

We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

{from here}

At the very heart of JOYN is to see lives changed.  Changed lives – it’s why we do what we do. Our artisans live in some of the most difficult environments in the world and it is our desire to connect them with opportunities for change. Our passion is to bring JOY to them, to their families, to their communities. We bring this JOY by providing them with sustainable markets and good design for their products. We use fashion to create better lives.

{from here}

UPDATE: JOYN giveaway happening over here!

 Give back to those in need.  We started by loaning 10% of every purchase to low income entrepreneurs in developing countries through Kiva  and were able to loan over $2,000 to the people you see here.  Incredible.  NOW, we hire first generation immigrant women in our community who otherwise could not work outside the home.  We rent them a sewing machine and tools while teaching them a skill set that allows them to become a primary or secondary provider in their families.  Each bag is lovingly made with their hands and each purchase gives respect and dignity to their lives.

{from here}

 

Your purchase of a fashionABLE scarf creates sustainable business for women in Africa.  Our commitment as a non-profit is to the development of people — fashionABLE works with women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty.  So, when you purchase a scarf you are providing jobs, and then we send the net profits back to holistically rehabilitate more women. This is the beauty of non-profit….
Scarves provide jobs, profits provide restoration.

{from here}

In case you’ve missed it in the past, Harlow loves to steal my scarf from me — but it’s hard to mind when she’s so cute, cute, cute!

These are just a handful of places that I wanted to share with you all today! But I’d love to continue learning about companies like these!

Below are a few additional links and people and places selling products to raise money for thing such as mission trips and adoption.

Go show them some love, eh?

Home for Hire
She Does Justice
Charlie Hammond
Global Giving
Busy-Mommy
And so many more!  I will continue to update this list as I hear of others through comments and email!

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