Friday, May 1, 2009

Mother's Day Gifts That Do Good for the World

This Mother's Day you can give your mother a gift that will also support worthy causes. Everything from organic, sustainably grown food, to handcrafted jewelry and clothing can be found in stores and online retailers. You can also shop for a huge variety of gifts through online programs that give a percentage of the proceeds to charity. Here is a list of resources that I recommend, where you can shop for gifts for Mother's Day and you can make your mom and moms around the world happy.

Cooking Things Up! A Webstore on Great items for cooking. Donates 100% to childood hunger through GlobalGiving.

Pura Vida Coffee
Their slogan is “Do Good”. Their mission is to "sell coffee to create good". Their coffee can also be purchased online. They sell organic, fair trade, shade grown coffee to 325 college campuses, and thousands of churches and scout troops sell the coffee as fundraisers. Pura Vida uses its funds to provide education to the farmers, clean water and latrines to the communities, helps bus children to school and supports a variety of other projects. They have Mother's Day gift baskets with coffee and chocolate!

Greystone Bakery
Do-Goodie’s sinfully rich, chocolate brownies, support community develpment programs.You can also buy a Greystone Bakery Cookbook where you can find their recipe for yummy brownies.

Whole Foods supports the administrative costs of their foundation, Whole Planet Foundation. Check out their website for information and stories about their goals, their partnerships, their suppliers, their employees, and they spotlight the micro entrepreneurs that they have been helping.

Every cent of their profit goes Newman’s Own Foundation which supports worthy causes. Paul Newman started the trend of food companies as social enterprises.

E-bay’s, a site where your shopping shapes the world. offers a new and easy way to show the positive impact your purchase has on people and the planet. It allows you to shop by your values for products ranging from food & clothing to art & house wares.

Global Girlfriend specializes in fairly traded apparel and accessories hand made by women in communities in need. Help women globally by purchasing products that not only fit your unique style, but really make a difference.

From Kenneth Cole: "After 25 years of addressing meaningful (and some not so important) social issues, we wanted to commemorate the occasion by focusing the charitable endeavors of our company under one empowering initiative. It seemed only fitting to call it, AWEARNESS –KENNETH COLE."
You can buy t-shirts, bags and don't miss the AWEARNESS book - 86 essays and conversations by individuals who have been inspired to do their part to effect meaningful social change.

NORTHFACE SPECIAL, HURRY! Proceeds to GlobalGiving! Choose the clothes you want, choose the cause you want those clothes support.

Bead for Life eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful bead jewelry. All net profits from BeadforLife are invested in community development projects that help people work their way out of poverty.

TOMS Shoes, is a shoe company that manufactures lightweight, slip on, colorful and fun looking shoes that can be bought online and some retail outlets. TOMS uses the “one-for-one” business philanthropy method, where for every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will deliver a pair of shoes to a child in need. is the world’s leading online pearl company that donates strands of pearls to charitable and non profit organizations for their auctions.


"In the Buy1GIVE1 world, every single transaction gives back automatically to make a difference. Someone buys a book, a tree gets planted. People dine out, hungry children get fed. A TV gets sold, a cataract-blind child gets the gift of sight. When someone buys a cup of coffee, people in Africa get access to pure, clean water as a direct result. And much, much more; all automatically.
Now you can order your books from Amazon AND make a difference to the environment through the new Amazon-B1G1 partnership. And around 100 more name brands are joining Buy1GIVE1 as we get ready to launch the B1G1 Shopping Village really soon.
So go ahead and order your books now! And be sure to keep coming back for more great stuff from B1G1."


"Shopping Responsibly means giving back to the community while shopping and booking travel. A percentage of what you spend goes to your cause. Why shop any other way?

"Up to 30% of every purchase will go to your favorite cause! Find coupons and deals for more than 1,000 stores."

"It's so easy! You can earn money for your cause or school by doing what you already do -- shopping with your favorite merchants."

"Shop with us and up to 25% of your purchases are donated to your favorite cause - for free!"

AND-For new moms and moms-to-be
Lucky Baby Slings: "baby slings that are durable, reversible and easy-to-use. Made of designer and organic fabrics. What they do for the world: 'We are dedicated to helping others and giving back to our community and world. We hire moms and dads who work from home while doing what they love. We give back to the community. We also give part of the proceeds from all sales to a charity to help a child or family in need. Our current charity is ROCKY MOUNTAIN CANDLELIGHTERS FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER. We are also actively involved in the local community volunteering time and effort to help others.'”

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