“For it is in giving that we receive”. – Francis of Assisi

Everybody loves giving and receiving gifts. Whether it be for a birthday, Mother or Father’s Day, the holidays, or a special occasion, selecting the perfect gift can be challenging especially in a world where we already have so much. So what about giving a gift that gives back? By selecting to purchase a gift from one of the organizations below, your gift will not only give delight and joy to the recipient, it will also give back to someone in need. I can’t think of a better way to give than that!

Here is a list of some of my favorite gifts that give! Feel free to contact me if there are other organizations that should be included in this ever growing list.

P.s. My 2020 Gifts that Give Back for the Holidays has just been published! Click here to view. 


Products that help communities prosper (by country/region)

Haiti Projects

Beautiful products hand-made by a cooperative of women in a rural village, this brand provides access to jobs at fair trade wages, education, health care, and avenues for building sustainable community. The second largest employer in a region of Haiti where over 100,000 people live with no electricity or public Haiti Projects makes a tangible impact on raising the quality of life for those who need it most. www.haitiprojects.org


Kahiniwalla means the teller of stories in Bangla, the national language of Bangladesh, where these beautiful handmade toys, clothing and rattles are lovingly crafted.Each special piece makes a thoughtful, heartfelt gift for the children and grandchildren in your life. But perhaps one of the most powerful stories Kahiniwalla products tell is of one of hope. Every purchase helps women in rural Bangladesh provide better lives for their own children by earning a fair wage. www.kahiniwalla.com 



The LifeStraw team is committed to redefining the safe drinking water space through technology, innovation and product quality and design. In doing so, LifeStraw’s work is driving sustainable access to safe drinking water by engaging individual consumers to understand the problem and become an active part of the solution. LifeStraw’s Give Back program ensures sustainability through comprehensive planning,training, education and quarterly follow-up visits for a period of 5 years. For every product you purchase, a school child receives safe water for an entire school year. LifeStraw has a global infrastructure of staff and volunteers that are able to help reach people all over the world.

Lucuma Designs


Lucuma Designs brand represents the work of over 300 artisans throughout Peru and is sold in over 500 specialty stores in North America and few in other places around the world. Through artistic collaboration, superb craftsmanship, sustainable design, and amazing teamwork, Lucuma Designs’ collections spread beauty and cheer to consumers and artists alike! By building win-win partnerships for the long run, we create opportunities that empower Peruvian artists to help themselves and their communities. Lucuma Designs has been a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation since 1999 and One Percent for the Planet since 2018.




Launched in 1999, NOVICA was created to reinvent the import/export process for artisans and find a better way to sell their products to the world. NOVICA is a fair trade marketplace that gives artisans from all over the world a free platform to sell their products and reach customers on a global scale. Many artisans especially ones living in rural communities don’t have the means to sell their work on the international market. NOVICA gives them a free platform to do this, and reach customers on a global scale providing unique, handmade products from global artisans. Products include jewelry, fashion, home accessories and decor and even paintings.



Sunshine Nut Co.


Sunshine Nut Co. is a cashew company harnessing the food industry to create lasting economic transformation in Mozambique. We grow, roast and package cashews in-country, where we are able to go from tree to package in just three weeks. We directly employ over 30 people at our factory, and then we take 90% of our profits and reinvest them into philanthropic efforts: 30% to orphan care, 30% to farming communities, and 30% to replicate the business model elsewhere. Now in over 2,000 stores across the US, we hope that when you purchase our cashews, you taste the difference in the freshness and quality, and find hope in knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of the poor and orphaned in Mozambique.

Taste of Immokalee 


Taste of Immokalee (TOI) is a benefit corporation created and operated by high school students in Immokalee, Florida with the mission to provide students with real world business and leadership skills and ultimately break the cycle of poverty in their community. Under the guidance of mentors and business professionals, students create and sell products using local fresh produce from Immokalee, Florida – one of the poorest communities in America – and use the profits to address social and economic issues in their community. Most recently, the students raised $10,000 for a local distribution center to buy a new delivery truck for those who lost everything to Hurricane Irma. TOI currently sells six products that can be purchased locally in 18 Publix stores and select Neighborhood Organics stores, or purchased online through the Taste of Immokalee website.

The 828 Movement


The 828 Movement is a powerful new brand with a strong mission statement and goal focused on assisting struggling urban area schools and organizations through beautifully designed bracelets and apparel. Sold to benefit education equality, 15% of the proceeds are donated to public schools and will benefit millions of students in the United States. Made in the USA, each ring and color choice has a meaning to the movement and history of education equality 13 chrome rings signify the past and honor the 13th amendment as well as the lives lost in the struggle to abolish slavery.

Unite to Light

Founded in 2010, Unite to Light believes that access to clean and affordable energy is critical to improving health, education and prosperity globally. It is our mission to distribute solar-powered lamps throughout regions that lack access to electricity. At this point in time, we have distributed over 125,000 lamps to people in more than 78 countries.

Our products are the tools people need to live and thrive. We focus on projects that help students study at night, equip midwives with the tools they need to provide safe births, offer relief to those suffering from disasters and provide light and power to our neighbors experiencing homelessness so they are able to connect to vital services and information.

Unite to Light sells our products to consumers on a “Buy One, Give One” basis. This creates a pool of lights that Unite to Light distributes according to our focus areas and community need. They are perfect for on-the-go use; whether you’re backpacking, sailing, or in an emergency, the Unite to Light Solar Charger & Battery Bank will ensure that your mobile power needs are met at all times.

Products that help alleviate poverty by donating to different non-profits:

Conscious Step


Conscious Step is working to end poverty, one step at a time. Each pair of socks is matched with a leading non-profit and provides quantifiable impact through one of their ten partners. For example, in partnership with Matt Damon’s Water.org, each pair of Water Socks provides 18 months of safe drinking water for someone in need. Conscious Step socks are non-toxic, made with organic cotton and are vegan and Fairtrade certified, so they’re as soft on your skin as they are on the environment.


Gifts for Good

Gifts for Good curates premium corporate gifts that give back. Each product supports one of 40 nonprofit and social enterprise partners tackling the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. Gifts for Good generates impact in over 19 states and 65 countries around the globe. www.giftsforgood.com



ImPaper (Impact Paper)  is a social enterprise that ventures to bring creative and originally designed greeting cards and other paper goods that make a social impact. For every product purchased, ImPaper contributes to a specific cause to help improve the lives of others. These causes range from giving meals to the poor, planting trees, and providing vaccines for diseases. To date, ImPaper has given over 5000 meals, 1500 tetanus vaccines, 2500 anti-malarial pills and more.



Together Goods


Together Good[s] creates hats for a cause. Every product partners with a different charity and $10 of each sale is donated directly to their mission. The key is to raise awareness not just of the problems of the world, but of the missions hard at work doing something about them! Each hat features a design unique to the charity’s cause, their name on the back, is 100% cotton, and embroidered in Massachusetts. Together, let’s do good.

Products that help women and girls:

All Across Africa  (handmade jewelry, bags, baskets, home decor)


All Across Africa currently works with over 3,000 artisans in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, paying artisans up front for the goods at many times what they could sell them for in a local market. This sustainable income allows them to send their children to school, feed their families and even create savings accounts (something that is unheard of in this part of the world). In addition, money goes back into the communities in the form of education and training programs. All Across Africa believes that job creation is the solution for the rural poor in these countries. Check out their beautiful handmade and fair-trade goods here. You are bound to love the products and the amazing work All Across Africa is doing.

Alex and Ani (jewelry)


As the heart and soul of ALEX AND ANI, CEO, Founder and Creative Director, Carolyn Rafaelian, created Charity by Design, which serves as a unique division focused solely on giving and making the dreams of charitable organizations come true. Charity by Design empowers non-profit organizations both on a national and local scale to reach their goals by sharing their mission through the power of positive energy and creative design.

Anchal (scarves, pillows and quilts)


Designing Change Stitch by Stitch” Anchal creates absolutely stunning scarves, pillows and quilts each handmade out of recycled saris by Indian women rescued from prostitution.

Check out Anchal Project’s new collection of 100% certified organic Square Scarves and Bandanas.

b.a.r.e soaps

b.a.r.e. soaps is an all natural, socially conscious soap & candle company. b.a.r.e stands for “bringing antiseptic resources to everyone”. 20% of proceeds are reinvested in economic development in India and Uganda.

Bloom & Give


Bloom & Give sells beautifully handcrafted scarves and bags made in India using techniques passed on from generation to generation. Each product is designed in the US by one of Bloom & Give’s designers, and made in India with love.Bloom & Give donates 50% of their profits to support girls education programs in India through their partner Educate Girls to improve the lives of girls in Rajasthan.

To read my interview with Bloom & Give founders, click here. 

Bird + Stone

Bird + Stone is a made-in-New York jewelry brand that raises awareness and funds for gender equality. From women’s health to girls’ education and funding female entrepreneurs, their mission is use gift-giving as a way to invest in women and build a more equal world.

With every purchase of “Who Run the World” series, you help Girl Up connect the 131 million girls out of school with education and opportunity.


To read my interview with the founder of Bird + Stone, click here

fashionABLE (scarves and leather goods)


“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”. 

To read my post regarding my visit to fashionABLE click here. 

Five | Six Textiles


Five | Six Textiles is a home decor brand that honors the heritage of traditional woven textiles from Côte d’Ivoire. They produce home goods and bags in collaboration with the artisan collective of Waraniéné. Founded in Brooklyn in 2015, Five | Six Textiles embraces time-honored weaving techniques, blending them with a modern aesthetic, and translating them into products that reflect your well-traveled home. It’s art with a function and all sales goes to support the artisans and their families.

Humanity Unified


Humanity Unified is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to lifting vulnerable populations out of poverty. Together with local NGO, Aspire Rwanda, they are developing a food security project that will benefit 100 women living in poverty. The project will provide a women’s farming cooperative with the education, tools and training necessary to generate livable incomes, so that they can be self-sustaining and provide for their families after one year.  Their online store offers a wonderful collection of fair-trade, ethically and sustainably made cotton t-shirts made by Threads for Thought and designed by Humanity Unified. They also offer beautiful mala bracelets and Humanity Unified bookmarks. You can also donate monthly to help a woman receive training. To view the online store, click here.

To read my exclusive interview with Humanity Unified’s co-founder Maria Russo, click here.

Her Future Coalition (formerly MadeBySurvivors) (jewelry and handicrafts)


Her Future Coalition (formerly MadeBySurvivors) is an international nonprofit organization which employs and educates survivors of slavery and other human rights abuses, including many women and children living in extreme poverty. Products include jewelry, bags, gifts and cards and prices range. 100% of profits go back to the survivors who made them.

Global Wonders Jewelry


Global Wonders is a part of SA Foundation (SAF) Canada, whose goal is to stop the sexual exploitation & trafficking of young women through implementing their unique recovery model. All Global Wonders Products are handmade in Nepal by women who’ve been rescued from Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. Each purchase helps to support another woman’s journey to freedom from a life of slavery! Make your gifts count this season with some socially conscious shopping! Ships products worldwide.

Kate Spade “On Purpose” (handbags, purses and bracelets)


Kate Spade has launched a program in Rwanda teaching women to make their handicraft bags and jewelry for the On Purpose line which helps lift women out of poverty by providing sustainable income and economic opportunities.

Krochet Kids (handmade sweaters, scarves, hats and other apparel items for men, women and kids). 

Krochet Kids intl. a non-profit social capitalism brand that empowers people in Uganda and Peru by creating, selling apparel knit & crochet hats for babies men and women. Through a unique model we are empowering the women of Northern Uganda and Peru with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
The result is long lasting and sustainable change. To view al their offerings click here.





PURPOSE provides freedom from slavery for young women around the world. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted by artisans escaping human trafficking. Every purchase changes a life! PURPOSE is the brand under International Sanctuary, which is a nonprofit whose mission is to empower people escaping trafficking to embrace their true identity and worth.

Noonday Collection (jewelry and accessories)


Noonday offers you the opportunity to use your purchasing power to create change in the world {while looking really good along the way}. Your fashion sense can now restore dignity to abandoned women in Ethiopia, empower communities in Ecuador, and create business opportunities for Ugandans. Check out our story here.



The Obakki Foundation is a small Vancouver-based foundation, created and run by local fashion designer (Obakki), mother and wife, Treana Peake, contributes 100 per cent of all public donations to their humanitarian projects. The foundation has drilled or rehabilitated more than 850 wells in the war-torn country of South Sudan, bringing clean water to an estimated more than one million people. And they have just promised six remote villages in the country that the foundation will help them to build a better future by providing each village with a much needed fresh water well. All that Obakki Foundation needs to do this is to sell 500 of each of the new, stylish colours of scarves – as a part of their Scarves for Water program.

Preemptive Love Coalition


Preemptive Love Coalition brings emergency relief and medical care to families on the front lines of the world’s most polarizing conflicts—in places like Syria and Iraq. But we don’t leave once the fighting is done. We stay and empower refugees to reclaim their future from the ashes of war.

Sevenly: Designs to Inspire Positivity and Changewww.sevenly.org

Sevenly was founded in 2011 by four people who shared the mission of leading a generation toward generosity. Based on a core belief that “People Matter,” they began a journey to do their part in helping to change the world for the better. Activating the “cause art” movement worldwide, Sevenly began by creating 7-day cause campaigns, inviting customers to purchase products that gave $7 to a weekly charity. Now widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading “social good” companies, mashable.com just named Sevenly “America’s most social small business” and “one of the Top 10 Stories in the First 10 Years of Facebook.”



A beautifully curated marketplace for good that offers socially good products for men, women and children while also donating 10% of sales to a different charity and cause each week.

To read my interview with one of Society B’s founders, click here. 

Saving Pearls


Saving Pearls is a social enterprise dedicated to fighting human trafficking. Each piece of pearl jewelry is handmade and designed by Breanna Pirch, founder of Saving Pearls and 50% of the profits are donated to one of 12 organizations working to fight trafficking and support survivors.

Songa Designs International (jewelry and accessories)


Songa Designs International celebrates the empowerment of women around the world. It is typical for many women in developing countries to depend solely on their husbands for financial needs, but Songa is changing this dynamic. With Songa, under-resourced  women have the opportunity to achieve economic independence by using skills acquired through everyday life to make a living. Defined as “the path forward” in Swahili, Songa is synonymous with the journey towards economic empowerment for women in developing countries.

The Adventure Project


The Adventure Project is a non-profit that “adds venture” to offer education, tools and resources for people to become entrepreneurs and change their lives. The Adventure Project partners with some of the leading non-profit organizations on the ground, focusing on the world’s greatest issues affecting people in poverty such as the environment, health, hunger and water.

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 11.28.17 AMYou can either donate to help fund one of their programs or for $35, you can buy a “lump of coal” soap which provides one woman in Kenya with a clean cookstove. To visit their online store, click here.  To read my exclusive interview with The Adventure Project’s co-founder Becky Straw, click here. 

Thistle Farms


Thistle Farms is a social enterprise of women survivors of prostitution and drug addiction that would provide an opportunity for a sustainable income and life for the women. Based in Tennessee, Thistle Farms houses a natural bath and body care company, Thistle Stop Café, a paper and seeing studio and a global marketplace called Shared Trade. Today, Thistle Farms employees more than 50 survivors and benefits over 700 women a year.  Proceeds support Thistle Farms and the residential program, Magdalene. The community provides housing, food, healthcare, therapy and education for two years, without charging residents or receiving taxpayer money.

Totonga Bomoi


Totonga Bomoi is  a Denver-based social enterprise that creates artisan cooperatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Totonga Bomboi educates and invests in Congolese artisans so that they can manage successful businesses of their own in local villages as well as export handmade products to global consumers so that families and communities can thrive. Some of the products they sell include headscarves for women and bowties, neckties and pocket squares for me.

31 BITS (fashion and jewelry) 


31 Bits uses fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty.  We connect artisans in Uganda to the international market so they can earn an income and provide for their families. Every purchase you make can either have a positive or negative impact on the world. 31 Bits is part of a movement revolutionizing the way people do business. We value both the creator and the consumer. The artisans in our program are receiving a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty. Our accessories are marked by fresh colors and crisp design. To view all the products, click here. 


www.tothemarket.com (apparel, bags, jewelry, home goods, and shoes)

TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods (TTM) combines the powers of commerce and storytelling to empower the world’s most courageous survivor populations, in the belief that resilience is more powerful than suffering. TTM showcases handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. By assisting local partners around the world in bringing these goods “to the market,” we take an active role in equipping the survivor’s they employ with economic independence, while raising awareness of the challenges that they face.

To read my exclusive interview with CEO and Founder Jane Mosbacher Morris of To the Market, click here. 

1000 Shillings

1000 Shillings is an international development organization that provides microgrants to impoverished women enabling them to start their own businesses and provide for their families.  1000 Shillings gives each woman a microgrant in exchange for a product they make that is sold on our website. Each woman then takes that grant and starts their own business that is sustainable in their home country (becoming a seamstress, selling casava root, etc) with the help of dedicated business mentors. The goal of 1000 Shillings is to give these ambitious women the opportunity they need to become self sufficient and independent and support themselves and their families.
For more  in depth view of our products available, please visit 1000 Shillings’ shop page.




As a mission-driven brand, each and every detail has been thoughtfully planned to marry purpose and responsibility with practicality and, of course, beauty both inside and out. The company furthers this idea through its partnership with She’s The First, an organization that helps to provide education, mentorship, supplies and training to girls in developing countries. Every step taken in VEERAH is one stylish step closer to ensuring women everywhere can make their mark. 

WO Design


WO Products makes high-quality dog toys and t-shirts all in hopes of helping widows and orphans in Ethiopia. For each product you purchase, WO Products will deliver 2 meals to widows and orphans in Ethiopia through their partnership with “Bring Love In (BLI)”  to help feed orphans and widows in their organization, thereby creating a tangible change – daily, globally. These meals in Ethiopia often represent the highest amount of nutrition that these folks get in any given day.

Products that help empower survivors

AWE: Alive We’re Empowered  www.aweinspired.com

AWE: Alive We’re Empowered was founded by Jill Johnson, 3-time cancer survivor, successful entrepreneur and jewelry designer. AWE is working to change the conversation around survivorship with their line of fine jewelry developed to unite, celebrate and empower survivors. 20% of all sales go to their incredible charity partners, selected because they directly impact the lives of survivors   – The Trevor Project (at risk LGBTQ youth), RAINN (sexual abuse survivors), CancerCare (cancer survivors), and Fisher House (veterans).

Products that donate a percentage of sale to provide grants to alleviate global poverty:

Cotopaxi (adventure outdoor apparel and gear)


Cotopaxi is an outdoor company that funds sustainable poverty alleviation, moves people to do good, and inspires adventure through innovative outdoor products and experiences. Their unique business model enables their grantmaking in developing countries and represents a commitment to sustainable product design and charitable giving. The Luzon Del Dia backpack is created with salvageable materials that would otherwise have been headed to the landfill, and no two backpacks is alike.

To read my interview about Cotopaxi, click here. 

Products that help the environment 



Bureo makes skateboards and sunglasses from recycled fishing nets. Operating a recycling program in Chile, ‘Net Positiva’, Bureo’s programs provides fishing net collection points to keep plastic fishing nets out of our ocean. Preventing harmful materials from entering the ocean, these recycling programs protect wildlife and supporting local fishing communities through financial incentives. Bureo is on a mission to find innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastics, and inspire others to join them in the movement to protect our oceans.  

Products that help kids go to school:

READ Global


READ Global works in rural communities in India, Nepal and Bhutan to provide reading centers , educational and skills-training to help empower women and girls through education. Through their “empower” page, you can donate books, training and/or even a reading center (like I did in 2009) to a woman, a family or an entire community in Nepal, Bhutan or India, a place where illiteracy is disproportionately high for women.

I have donated to and written about READ Global. To see my posts, click here

World Bicycle Relief


World Bicycle Relief is an innovative organization that brings rugged, specially designed, high quality bicycles to girl students in rural Africa. You can choose to donate a wheel set, a mechanic’s toolset, one bike or many! You can also donate to help the environment, provide skills training and more. To view the list, click here

Here is a guest post about World Bicycle Relief’s work in Zambia.

Products that help hunger:

Siestas for Fiestas


Siestas for Fiestas is a boutique blanket shop that sources textiles directly from Mexico and handcrafts all products in Los Angeles, CA. For each blanket sold a Christmas meal is provided to a family living in poverty in Cancun, Mexico.

To read my exclusive interview with the founders of Siestas for Fiestas click here.



Why not give a family in need a goat, a cow or some chicks? Giving the gift of livestock creates everlasting livelihoods for people living in extreme poverty around the world. Click here for “The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World“.

Feeding America


Give the gift of healthy food to families in communities across the nation. Your gift will help Feeding America in our efforts to supply nutritious, fresh foods to the millions of Americans who struggle with hunger through our network of 202 food banks across the country. You can donate monthly, once, and for a virtual food drive, a memorial or to help a family in need.   Click here to donate.

FEED Projects (bags, accessories and apparel)


Every product sold has a measurable donation attached to it and, to date, the social business has been able to provide over 85 million meals globally through the WFP and Feeding America. FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world, providing over 3.6 million children with Vitamin A supplements through the WFP and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Oxfam America


Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 17 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change.

Has unique gifts that give such as a donation for safe water, to help with global health and natural disaster emergencies, livestock, and sustainable farming training. To view all gift ideas, click here. 

The Global Foodbanking Network (fights global hunger and food waste)


The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating world hunger through food banking. GFN creates, supports, and strengthens food banks and food bank networks around the world, in countries other than the US. GFN currently supports existing and developing food banks and national food bank networks in more than 25 countries, home to more than one-third of the world’s nearly one billion undernourished people. There are many ways to give including tribute gifts, planned giving, matching gifts and more. To see entire list, click here.

Feed My Starving Children (a variety of different gifts for the holidays that fights hunger)

A Christian non-profit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to more than 70 countries, where they’re used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and other building blocks of healthy communities. Last year, FMSC produced more than 191.6 million meals at seven sites and through a nationwide MobilePack program. The Minnesota-based charity has earned the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years placing FMSC in the top 1% of ranked charities.

Each year, non-profit Feed My Starving Children sells a variety of hand-crafted gifts to help fund meals that are sent to hungry people all over the world and this year is no exception with a stunning group of items to choose from. The gifts range from home décor to children’s toys,  beautiful scarves to jewelry and delicious coffee. Items are well priced from $12 to $100.

Shop online at www.fmscMarketPlace.orgor at Feed My Starving Children meal-packing sites in Arizona, Illinois and Minnesota.

Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger saves the lives of severely malnourished children while helping communities become self-sufficient. Recognized as a world leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger has pursued its vision of a world without hunger for over three decades, combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity. With more than 6,500 staff in over 45 countries, our innovative programs in nutrition, food security and livelihoods, and water, sanitation, and hygiene reach more than thirteen million people each year, restoring self-sufficiency to vulnerable populations throughout the world. Shop to help us end hunger around the world by purchasing one of these creative gifts from Action Against Hunger’s terrific partners who support them through sales of their products and services.

Products that provide micro financing:

Mission Belt

Mission Belt Company makes no-hole leather belts, nylon belts and an assortment of licensed NBA, NHL and NCAA belts that give back. Givingback has been part of Mission Belt since day one and is the reason behind the company name.  A dollar from every belt sold goes to fight global hunger and poverty. To date, over 28K Kiva (peer-to-peer micro lending) micro-loans have been funded from the sales of Mission Belts.

Whole Foods Foundation 


Whole Foods Markets, an international specialty food chain based in Austin, Texas, has an amazing NGO called Whole Foods Foundation that provides micro financing to Whole Foods suppliers in the developing world. Since its founding, Whole Foods Planet Foundation has provided micro loans to over 764,937 women enterprises in 61 countries. 100% of your contribution to one of Whole Foods Foundation’s initiatives  goes to micro lending projects. US Stores also offer products and fundraisers throughout the year that contribute to micro financing opportunities.

Opportunity International


Provides micro finance work in 22 countries. By providing access to financial solutions, Opportunity International empowers people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities. You can fund a loan, start a monthly donation or give a gift card to help lift a family out of poverty. To view all opportunities to give, click here. 

Pro Mujer (micro loans to women)


Pro Mujer is a leading women’s development organization.
Since 1990 they have been providing women in Latin America with the vital services necessary to become financially independent, healthy and leaders in their communities. To donate, click here.
Kiva is 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. I have been giving out loans to kiva for years! It is great! You can even pick who you want to fund. To see the list, click here.

Products that help children:

Headbands of Hope


Headbands of Hope – This entire brand was founded on the mission to give back.  Chock full of great hair accessories from glitzy bridal headbands and glittering hair jewels to everyday hair ties and vibrant bandanas, HOH donates a headband to a child with cancer for every single piece sold.  The founder hand delivers hundreds of headbands every month to hospitals and programs around the country.

Save the Children


Save the Children continues to impress us with their “Holiday Gifts of Joy” catalog containing 63 unique, life-changing gifts such as Bees that’ll keep busy feeding families, cows that create income opportunities, Early Childhood Education to enhance a child’s potential, Newborn Care Packages that help babies start strong and much more.

To view their complete catalog, click here.



Shop UNICEF contains over 8,000 gifts including cards, handicrafts, business gifts and “inspired” gifts like a polio vaccine or a blanket to keep a child alive and warm. All the proceeds helps save children’s lives. Check out the collection here. It is quite impressive!

SOS Children


SOS Children’s Villagesis the world’s largest organization providing loving, stable homes for orphaned and abandoned children. Our mission is to build families for children in need, while helping them to shape their own futures. Our vision for the world’s children is that every child should belong to a family and grow with love, respect and security. We are raising over 84,000 children in 571 Villages worldwide, with a presence in 135 countries and territories, including the U.S. They added Iraq in 2017.

Help us provide a loving home for every child. You can do so by sponsoring a child or making a donation. You can also help spread the word about SOS Children’s Villages bysharing our free eCardswith friends and family.  Here are the links to give: Child sponsorship, Donation, or Ecards. 

Products that help fight disease:

Health 2 Humanity


Health 2 Humanity goes beyond soap. Every H2H purchase helps fund international vocational programs that create jobs, grant scholarships, develop skills, and improve the lives of people around the world by offering hygiene solutions in developing countries. Through the development of these programs, the company plans to put an end to global health inequality.

(RED) products:

A wide variety of gifts that all go to support The Global Fund and ending AIDS.To check out all the (RED) products click here on my most recent post.



Every minute, every day, people suffer and lives are lost needlessly because of a lack of safe water and sanitation. Help us end this global crisis and transform lives.
WaterAid is the leading provider of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene worldwide. You can donate to provide a drinking well, training on sanitation and training for a village pump mechanic. To see the complete list, click here. 

I have written extensively about WaterAid and have even seen their work in country in India. To read more of my posts on WaterAid, click here.

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Designers Against Aids 


The Designers against AIDS Online Charity Store sells brand new and selected pre-loved designer items, contemporary labels and DAA T-shirts, books and underwear.
All sale proceeds benefit  our international education center. in Antwerp, Belgium and our new project ‘Asia against AIDS-Back To Zero’.

The Home T


The feeling of missing home is part of what prompted the creation of The Home T.  The Home T is a small lifestyle apparel line that makes products in the US and donate 10% of profits to multiple sclerosis research.Since the end of 2015, they have donated over $200,000 for the cause so far, and their goal is to reach 1 million.  Each shirt features the outline of a state with the word “home.” and they are incredibly soft.

Goodbye Malaria


Goodbye Malaria, an initiative by African entrepreneurs who aim to eradicate malaria in our lifetime. Malaria is a disease that is completely preventable and treatable, although it kills more people in Africa than HIV/AIDS and is the biggest killer of children on the African continent. Goodbye Malaria enables Africans to raise funds and advocate against malaria, whilst creating employment across the continent. Their beautiful online shop which sells products that “save a life in your sleep” offers African-made pajamas, bracelets, slippers, pencil boxes and teddy bears, all which employ local women and protect families in Mozambique against malaria. 

Products that help wildlife conservation:

Joy & Mario (shoes)


Chic espadrille line Joy & Mario has collaborated with World Wildlife Fund to create a capsule collection of fun shoes that look great and make you feel great.  The uber-comfortable espadrilles (which leave a paw print in the sand so that you can literally walk in the footsteps of the animals you’re helping), infuse a classic style with abstract design inspired by beloved endangered species, a cause which the brand’s contribution to WWF continuously supports.  $80 retail, goes toward Joy & Mario’s $75,000 donation to the fund.

One Tribe Appareil


One Tribe Apparel features a wide range of bohemian clothing & yoga accessories from Thailand. Formed in 2014 after the founders moved to Thailand and fell in love with the culture, One Tribe Apparel has since grown and has hired local & independent designers from small studios to help produce high quality fringe purses, yoga bags, kimonos & more. For every sale made, One Tribe Apparel makes a donation to the Elephant Nature Park located outside of Chiang Mai. The park rescues & rehabilitates abused elephants who are often treated poorly in the service of tour companies and gives them a place to roam free while receiving expert care. $1.00 of every product sold will be given to the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand to support elephant conservation.

Shelly Cove

Did you know 6 of the 7 species of sea turtles are endangered?  Shelly Cove is a charitable preppy clothing brand, that donates 10% of its profits to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue in Topsail Island, NC.  The hospital, staffed by volunteers, takes in sick and injured sea turtles, and rehabilitates them until they are healthy enough to be released into the ocean!  Started in 2015, the team has been able to donate over 6 figures to the hospital, and other non-profits.  You can find out more about the mission, and how you can help at shellycove.com

Products that give a free product back with each purchase:



Sight is one of our most important senses as it enables us to read, learn, work and enjoy life. So when this sense is hindered, it can mean major life challenges, making it more difficult to navigate through life. That is why we are proud to announce the launch of our Buy One, Give One program. Our aim at Coastal has always been to improve your life by improving your sight, and through our partnership with the Essilor Vision Foundation we’re able to fulfill this on a global scale.


Moeloco is a social enterprise dedicated to changing the lives of children living in extreme poverty. For every pair of Moeloco Flip Flops sold, Moeloco donates one pair of school shoes and through their collaboration with the Hope Foundation ensure these are getting to the feet of the world’s most underprivileged children. This not only keeps their feet safe, but it helps them change their future by ensuring they can attend school. Check out my blog post here for more details. 

TOMS (shoes and eyeglasses and coffee)www.toms.com

With every purchase you make of either a pair of shoes or eyeglasses, TOMS will help a person in need. One for one. It feels great to know that when I buy a pair of TOMS shoes, someone else far away who who really needs shoes is getting a pair as well! TOMS also supplies fair trade coffee. If you buy one bag of coffee, TOMS supplies one week’s worth of clean water to a family in need.

Fair Trade Products:

The Little Market


The Little Market is an independent nonprofit [501(c)(3)] online fair trade shop, founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, where customers can purchase beautiful products that are handmade by artisans around the world. The Little Market provides design insights, helping their partners to showcase their traditional skills and cultural techniques to a broader audience. They practice fair trade principles, and every purchase from The Little Market generates meaningful income for the artisans and their families. (Members of the Fair Trade Federation and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise).

Uncommon Goods (jewelry, household items and gifts)


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.

Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs


A pair of Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs

Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs are reusable earplugs designed for live music.
Unlike traditional foam earplugs that block and muffle sounds, Vibes lower the volume of your environment to a safer and more comfortable while still allowing you to hear everything around you clearly.

Vibes is partnered with Hear the World Foundation which provides hearing healthcare and hearing aids to children in need around the world, and 10% of our profits is donated to the Foundation to fund hearing health projects.  www.discovervibes.com




Wines that Give Back

Last but not at all least, check out this amazing post on 10 Wines that Give back to different causes. Click here and you will be ready to order some wine that gives back to good. 


Pinterest Boards:

A fellow blogger has also put together a rather extensive list on Pinterest called “Companies with a conscience”. To view the board, click here.

Do you know a great organization that has gifts that give back? If so please let me know so I can add them to my list. I’m constantly trying to update this list! Thanks in advance!

Past Holiday Guides of Featured Gifts that Give Back

While the products may have changed, these amazing social enterprises listed in the guides below are worth a peak to see what their latest gifts that give back are! I haven’t featured all of these organizations above yet so it is worth taking a look.

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      1. this is exactly why I don’t like sites like this and heifer. You give- but they give you nothing in return. So what this means if you give it in the name of your kid- your kid never knows anything about the recipient- and how it helped- and how things are going- etc In this day of great communication that should be highly availabler to engage the giver and the recipient.

      2. I guess I disagree. I give to a lot of different nonprofits and don’t always know who the recipient is. However, I also do giving to some nonprofits where I do know for example, donations to nonprofits at a school I’ve worked with, donating to a food bank and serving the food, etc. There are many different ways to give back and with everything we purchase these days, whether it be a hat, a gift for a friend, a scarf or even clothing, wouldn’t it be better to purchase something that also gives back to the person who made it rather than a corporation? That is just my two cents. As for Heifer, I have followed their work on the ground for years and they do some pretty amazing stuff. I have seen how a farm animal can change a families life in rural Nepal during my own travels so for me I find these gifts to give back in a very special way especially for someone who doesn’t need to buy a physical gift but wants to make a donation. 🙂

  1. Nicole I applaud your efforts .Servants Anonymous Foundation is an organization that volunteer with http://safoundation.myshopify.com/collections/all

    Global Wonders is a related business development of the SA Foundation (SAF) Canada, whose goal is to stop the sexual exploitation & trafficking of young women through implementing their unique recovery model. The foundation offers recovery programs that include short & long term housing, life skills development and job training to women who have escaped sexual exploitation and trafficking. Global Wonders products are all one-of-a-kind handmade pieces made by the women in the Nepali program and have become a main vehicle for educating concerned individuals & groups about the realities of sex trafficking.

    In 2003, The Servant’s Anonymous (SA) Foundation started Global Wonders with a few hand woven bags that were sold to friends and family out of the back of a mini van. Today Global Wonders trains and employs young women in both our Nepal & Vancouver projects and imports up to 4,000 pieces of jewelry per year.
    We do ship around the world. For shipping costs and information, please contact Global Wonders directly at: globalwonders@safoundation.com to discuss your purchases.

    1. Thanks so much for this Sue! Nepal is near and dear to my heart as is trafficking. I checked out the website and will add them to my list! Thanks so much for this!!!!

  2. Two organizations I heartily recommend are Opportunity International (microcredit worldwide) and The Global Foodbanking Network (fights global hunger and food waste).

  3. This is a wonderful idea Nicole – I applaud your efforts. My friends and I have a small charity locally which helps only the women and children of some neighboring communities that are very much in need. We wouldn’t be appropriate for your list but even small organizations like ours can be so helpful to our neighbors in need. Last year we raised just under $10,000 which goes a long way toward helping the local community members. I will definitely be back to check out your list!

    1. Wow that is great Tina! Every bit matters and counts on every scale and level. We do a lot of local things here too and I make sure to involve my kids! Great work!

  4. Thanks Nicole, for this thoughtful compilation. Most of our charity goes direct to the needy around us, but we donate occasionally to Udavum Karangal which is a Chennai based organisation that I trust.
    Shopping at AmazonSmile will give back 0.5% of the purchase price to their US chapter.

      1. I don’t want to miss it. I want to forward it to my friends and announce it via my blog too. I like the idea of giving bikes, it gives people the mobility to do what they want to do. Thank you again, Nicole.

    1. Thanks so much for the comment and sorry for the delay in responding. I was in Bolivia. Would love to feature you on my blog for Gifts that Give Back. Can you please email me three images of products to use? thirdeyemom@yahoo.com and a brief description of what you do and why (3 -4 sentences) and I’d be happy to add you! Thanks! Nicole

      1. Thanks so much Nicole! I love that you have put all of these amazing places to shop and give back out there! I have definitely bookmarked this page for future shopping!

  5. consider adding Mercy Jewelry! This business is a rehabilitation center for victims of sex trafficking in the Domincan Republic and proceeds go to supporting their families in a way they can be proud of and free from abuse!

  6. MDF Instruments commits to donating a medical instrument to a health care provider in need! We have worked with over 200 teams serving in resource poor regions, equipping and empowering local healthcare providers.

    Whether it’s a fledgling clinic at an orphanage in Guatemala or an emergency relief department with doctors in Uganda, your purchase will both empower a clinician in need and provide them with a tool that saves lives. Learn more here: http://www.mdfinstruments.com/get-one-gift-one

    We just released rose gold and titanium stethoscopes! There’s a gift for any healthcare professional in your life at http://www.mdfinstruments.com

    1. Thank you so much Lynn for the information! I would love to add MDF to my guide. Are you able to send me over three images to include? If so, I will add you to the guide. Just to clarify, it is a medical office that orders supplies and one is donated in return? Sounds like a fabulous program. You can email me directly at thirdeyemom@yahoo.com.
      Thanks! Nicole

  7. This article is so wonderful and informative! It’s really great to find so many options in one place. I’m going to share many of these in a fb post with my friends to encourage them to purchase gifts that give back. Not just for this Christmas, but also well into the future 🙂

  8. Thanks for composing this thorough list! We think that WO Design (www.wodesign.com) should be included – they make USA-made pet toys with a unique “give back” … each sold provided funds for 2 meals for orphaned children in Ethiopia.

  9. Tandem has a Mother’s Day gift that lasts a lifetime! Check out the Mother’s Day Campaign – honor a mother you love and admire with a gift to Tandem. They will send an e-card or handwritten card to the honored mother, notifying them of the gift made in her name. Each donation provides books to build home libraries, allowing other mothers in need to share joyful moments of book-sharing with their young children. Sharing books is a great way to encourage a lifelong love of books and learning that can help close the opportunity gap for children and families in high-need communities! https://commitchange.com/ca/san-francisco/tandem-partners-in-early-learning/campaigns/2016-mothers-day-campaign

  10. I love this list! Two others to consider: Sarah’s Bags (www.sarahsbag.com), whose high-end handbags support female prisoners and women-at-risk in Lebanon, and SERRV fairtrade craftswww.serrv.org. I’ll be bookmarking this page!

  11. Love this list! You should add Health 2 Humanity (www.h2hsoap.com) to your list, they help establish soap businesses in third world countries, providing jobs for people living in poverty. They also donate soap to local communities and orphanages, helping to reduce preventable diseases. Thanks!

    1. I would love to add this to my list! Can you please email me at: thirdeyemom!yahoo.com. I would like to have three pictures of the products and/or from the field along with a brief statement 3-4 lines what you do and how you help. Around the holidays I could write a feature post on your work too! Thanks so much! Love this project! Nicole

  12. Fantastic post! I am trying to live more ethically and with sustainability in mind. When choosing items for other people or myself I try to only buy things that offer an experience or are useful. With the products you have listed it is great to know that by purchasing them you are supporting other people.

  13. Hi Nicole! Thanks for sharing this list! Have you heard of Parker Clay leather bags? They’re a great company with super beautiful products that works in Ethiopia helping women out of Sex trafficking. Some of my friends started the company a few years ago, but you should check them out!

    1. I have not heard of them but just peaked at their website and it is fantastic. Can you send me the contact name and email? I’d love to get some images and add them to my gifts that give back list. My email is: thirdeyemom@yahoo.com. Thanks so much Abby!

  14. Hi there! I would love for you to check out allkiind.com. We just launched in August and we’re in it for good 🙂 We donate 10% of every purchase to good deeds, charitable causes, non-profits, and activities that make our world brighter. You can see examples of this on our website: http://www.allkiind.com/pages/impact – Thank you for your consideration 🙂

    1. Hi Doris: Yes I’d love to include you in my guide. Can you please email me at thirdeyemom@yahoo.com. I would love to have three images of products and a 2-4 sentence saying who you are, what you do, etc and will include you in the guide. Thanks for reaching out! Nicole

  15. I know this is an old post but I’m going to share it so thought I’d tell you about another few organizations.

    Proof Eyewear
    The Shine Project
    Native Edge
    If Not For Love
    Help Refugees
    Humble Hilo
    Operation Underground Railroad (Our Rescue)

    I know there are more but I’m just not thinking of them right now.

  16. Do you know about ONEHOPE Wines? ONEHOPE gives back 50% of their profits of every bottle sold back to a partner cause – meals for kids in need, life saving clinical trials for women with breast cancer, getting animals out of shelters into forever homes… Plus, individuals can host private wine tastings with a Cause Entrepreneuer with ONEHOPE and have an additional 15% going to benefit a non-profit of their choice!

    1. Thank you Abby! Can you please email me directly at: thirdeyemom@yahoo.com? I would love to learn more and perhaps set up a time to chat via phone. I went to Haiti to learn about the arts two years ago and am still in contact with the organization. Never know too if a partnership could happen!


  17. Hi Nicole!

    Absolutely love loveee reading about these amazing companies and all the good they are doing! Thank you so much for sharing them & their goodness! If you are still taking other organizations that should be added to this list, would love to have Jonas Paul Eyewear featured. We are a children’s eyewear company, focusing on providing stylish eyewear for children! With each purchase we provide a pair to a child in need 🙂

  18. Wow, what an inspiring website! I am committing to having this website be the source for my gift giving this year! Love it! I work for a skin care company called Brevena, whose roots are in burn care. Every year we donate a portion of our proceeds and products to the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, which helps young adults deal with the traumatic effects of burn scars. Would you consider adding us to this site?

    1. Thank you so much Julia for the message! Yes, I would love to feature Brevena on my gifts that give back guide. Can you please email me at thirdeyemom@yahoo.com? I will tell you what kind of information I need to add you to my guide. And yes I order all my gifts from this ever growing list. It is a way to give twice. 🙂

  19. I would love to help some Fair Trade Organization help sell their products. I am just opening an online store through Shopify but need a great product(s) to sell. My current store site is http://www.zootastic.shop (no marketing done yet) but I want to find a distributor to offer a product through. Do you know how I can go about finding one? Once I have the product, I can market and change my whole theme based on this product.

    1. Sounds fabulous! I’m not really sure. Perhaps you can contact some of these organizations on my guide and seek their advice? Or else check out some fair trade websites. I am sure there are tons of people looking for help.

    1. Thanks for sharing! If you would like me to add you to my list of Gifts that Give Back please email me at thirdeyemom@yahoo.com and send me a 2-5 sentence paragraph of what you do, who you help and how. Also please include 3-5 product images. Thanks! Nicole

  20. Have you ever heard of Trades of Hope? It is a Fair Trade business that helps artisans in 16+ countries share their handmade products through Compassionate Entrepreneurs. They are able to have a sustainable income and escape the sex Trade, slums, sweats shops and poverty.

    1. Thanks for sharing! If you would like to be added in my Gifts that Give Back guide, please email me at thirdeyemom@yahoo.com and include a 3-5 sentence paragraph of what you do, your mission and how you give back as well as website address and 3-5 images of products. Thank you,

  21. Could you please add Peace Of Thread to this list? It is a wonderful company supporting refugee women and children by helping the women learn how to work in America and assist the children with school as well, its a beautiful concept and I hope more people come to learn of them. Thanks

    1. Thank you so much for the recommendation. I will reach out to them and add them to the list. 🙂

      1. Hi,

        We love this list and your catalog and would like to be a part of it!

        We just launched our online store- http://www.GiveBackGoods.com. Everything we will carry at Give Back Goods, gives back to the earth, the environment and the people, animals, and wildlife that inhabit it in some way. We also give back 10% each year to the causes we represent.

        Some of our products like our backpacks are recycled and repurposed, helping to save our earth’s resources, and some products like our jewelry give back to a cause such as human trafficking, or a candle that gives solar power to people without electricity, a mug that gives clean water to people that don’t have any, and home goods that are made by artisans getting paid Fair Trade wages.

        We market to Conscious Consumers and we make it easy for them to give back while purchasing eco-friendly and cause-driven gifts and items for themselves, their family, friends and their home. Every Purchase at Give Back Goods creates a positive impact on our World!

        Thank you!

      2. Thank you so much Tracey. I just sent you an email to get you on my list and in my guide.

  22. Women’s Bean Project (womensbeanproject.com) is a terrific organization and the soup mixes are delicious. Highly recommend it for consideration on your list.

    1. Thank you so much for telling me about this organization! I will contact them and add them to the list! 🙂

  23. Sak Saum, ByTavi, Elegantees are companies who help and employ survivors of trafficking. We have a small fair trade business and love these organizations! Just received an order from Atelier Calla, beautiful creations. Also 2nd Story Goods in Haiti if you haven’t been there 🙂 Love your blog!

    1. Thank you so much! I am going to research these organizations and see if I can add them to my ever-growing list. Appreciate the awesome tips!

  24. What a great read, thank you. I have recently started an online gift shop that donates some of our sales value to 2 very special charities to us. I think with awareness such as this we can not only help people find a wonderful and unique gift, but secondly we can support non profits that do so much work. Well done

    1. Wonderful Lisa! I bought my mom a Katha blanket from Dignify (it is made using recycled saris) and it is so beautiful. I love all these products so much. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of wonderfully made goods that do good throughout your travels. Happy New Year! 🙂

    1. I’m so sorry for the late response! I haven’t been on my blog so much during the pandemic as I haven’t been traveling. I would love to featured your product on my Gifts that Give Back Guide. If you would like to email me at thirdeyemom@yahoo.com that would be great and I can add you to my Holiday Guide this November.

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