UncommonGoods is an online specialty marketplace that endeavors to feature unique designs and handcrafted products created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1999, UncommonGoods strives to provide gifts that are unique and made by local and international artisans. Imagine strolling through a local market in Guatemala or France and that is what it feels like to browse online at UncommonGoods. What is even better is the fact that the products are offered at affordable prices and also give back.
I heard about UncommonGoods from a good friend of mine, fellow blogger Elizabeth Ataley of Documama who told me that I must check out their website as it is fantastic. Ironically, UncommonGoods contacted me while I was with Elizabeth in New York City, and asked if I would help spread the word about their social good program called “Better to Give“. Of course I agreed!
Here are the nuts and bolts of the program:
BETTER TO GIVE: YOU SHOP, WE GIVE.
As an independently owned business, we have the freedom to support causes we believe in and to impact the world in a positive way. Giving back is important to us and we want to share that passion with you, our customers. Through our Better to Give program, we’ve been able to build a better business by connecting our customers with charities around the globe. With every purchase you make, we’re proud to donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice.
Since we started the Better to Give program 12 years ago, we’ve donated over $700,000. Thanks for helping us pay it forward and do our part to improve the planet and support the people who live on it. Let’s keep up the good work!
I love to give gifts and finding a retailer that gives back when you make a purchase is a genius idea. Not only are you giving a gift to someone, you are also giving back to someone in need. It is a brilliant concept and it makes giving really easy for the consumer.
Here are a few of their most popular products:
Here are the links to the above products in case you want to view them. The “Frog Garden Sculpture“, the “Grow Old with you Terrarium” and the “Ballpark Blueprints“. These are just a few of hundreds of beautiful products you can find on Uncommon Goods. I personally love the handcrafted jewelry.
Here are the charities that benefit from Uncommon Goods Better to Give Program:
City Harvest strives to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue, distribution, and education.
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
This past month, UncommonGoods completed a special push for their Better to Give Campaign and successfully reached their goal of increasing average monthly donations by 10% and raised an additional $1,000 for their partner charities.
Check out their website here to learn more about their beautiful offerings and wonderful programs to give back to the community in which they serve.