GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK

“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. Also, please note that I have written extensively on many of these organizations in my blog. To read a related post, just go to the bottom lefthand side of my webpage and search under “Advocacy and Social Good”, then click “NGOs” and you will find all my posts on each non-profit organization. Also, some of these organizations are “Benefit Corporations” meaning they combine for profit with giving back a percentage of their sales.  

NEW!!! Click here to link to my recently updated 2016 GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK GUIDE for the holidays. 

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

Conscious Step

www.consciousstep.com

Conscious Step makes socks that fight for causes that matter. Each pair supports some of the world’s leading non-profits and provides quantifiable impact. 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 Steps are sustainably made in a Fairtrade working environment, using organic cotton and non-toxic dyes.

Products that help women and girls:

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

www.allacrossafrica.org

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)

www.alexandani.com/charity-by-design/

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.

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.

Anchal (scarves, pillows and quilts)

www.anchalproject.org

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.

b.a.r.e soaps

www.bare-soaps.com
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” and none of us take salary from the venture but instead reinvest all proceeds into social causes. We currently support a soap rebatching initiative in India (taking used soap at hotels to rebatch and distribute in slums) as well as providing children with essentials in Uganda.

Bloom & Give

www.bloomandgive.com

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

www.birdandstone.com

Bird + Stone is a socially conscious jewelry company with mission aligned products designed to inspire, educate, and most importantly help shape the dreams of deserving women who aspire to be independent and financially stable. As a social enterprise, Bird + Stone uses jewelry as a funding vehicle for micro-loans and financial training, and invests in single mothers in Kenya to start farming businesses to help lift themselves out of poverty.

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

Connected in Hope (bags, leather goods, scarves, art, jewelry, and home goods)

www.connectedinhope.org

Connected in Hope is a nonprofit social enterprise & lifestyle brand that empowers vulnerable women and families in Ethiopia to rise above poverty.  Connected in Hope currently employ 80+ artisans, providing them with sustainable, predictable incomes. One hundred percent of the profit generated from product sales is reinvested in programs that benefit the artisans and their families. Profits fund Connected in Hope’s innovative preschool and kindergarten, adult literacy classes, community education events and health care programs. Member of the Fair Trade Federation.

fashionABLE (scarves and leather goods)

www.livefashionable.com

“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

www.fiveandsixtextiles.com

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.

Global Wonders Jewelry

www.safoundation.myshopify.com/collections/all

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.

Humanity Unified

www.humanityunified.org

Humanity Unified is a for-profit enterprise that donates 100% of net profits to Humanity Unified International, 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.

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

www.katespade.com/on-purpose 

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.

Kurandza

www.kurandza.com

Kurandza is a purpose-driven fashion company that creates handcrafted jewelry and accessories with women in Mozambique. Their mission is to empower women, the majority of whom are HIV positive, through education and employment opportunities. In addition to receiving fair wages for their work, profits from sales go back to this community to fund development projects.

The name “Kurandza” is the word “to love” in Changana, the local language of our women in Mozambique.

To read my interview with the founder of Kurandza, click here. 

Macy’s Heart of Haiti and Path to Rwanda Gifts (handcrafted gifts)

Heart of Haiti gifts

Rwanda Path to Peace

Designed to improve and enrich lives, Macy’s offers an extraordinary collection of art and gifts to promote change in hope in Haiti and Rwanda. I have personally visited the program in Haiti (to read posts, click here) and it is phenomenal.

I also wrote this post on the Rwanda Path to Peace program.

Macy’s Path to Peace products:

Heart of Haiti products:

MADE BY SURVIVORS (jewelry and handicrafts)

www.madebysurviors.com

Made By Survivors 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.

Noonday Collection (jewelry and accessories)

www.noondaycollection.com

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.

Obakki

www.obakki.com

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

www.preemptivelove.org

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 Change

www.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.”

SOCIETY B

www.societyb.com

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. 

Songa Designs International (jewelry and accessories)

www.songadesigns.com

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

www.theadventureproject.org

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

www.thistlefarms.org

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.

31 BITS (fashion and jewelry) 

www.31bits.com

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. 

TO THE MARKET

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.

WE’VE (jewelry, purses, accessories, home decor)

www.wevebuilt.com

WE’VE features consciously crafted artisan goods from around the globe. All items are collaboratively designed, consciously crafted and honestly produced. WE’VE provides independent makers and artisan communities with a sustainable and fair way of doing commerce, while sharing the compelling stories behind their craft. This way of working promotes job stability, strengthens communities and ultimately changes lives. Find WE’VE online at wevebuilt.com 

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Veerah

www.veerah.com

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

www.wodesign.com

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)

www.cotopaxi.com

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

www.bureo.co

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

www.readglobal.org

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

www.worldbicyclerelief.org

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

www.siestasforfiestas.com

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.

Heifer

www.heifer.org

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

www.feedingamerica.org

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)

www.feedprojects.com

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

www.oxfamamerica.org

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)

www.gfn.convio.net

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.org or at Feed My Starving Children meal-packing sites in Arizona, Illinois and Minnesota.

Action Against Hunger

www.actionagainsthunger.org
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

www.missionbelt.com
Mission Belt Company makes no-hole leather belts, nylon belts and an assortment of licensed NBA, NHL and NCAA belts that give back. Giving back 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 

www.wholefoodsfoundation.org/donate

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

www.opportunity.org

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)

www.promujer.org

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
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

www.headbandsofhope.com

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

http://www.savethechildren.org

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.

UNICEF

http://www.unicef.org

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

www.sos-usa.org

SOS Children’s Villages is 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 82,000 children in 540 Villages worldwide, with a presence in 134 countries and territories, including the U.S.

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 by sharing our free eCards with friends and family.  Here are the links to give: Child sponsorship, Donation, or Ecards. 

Products that help fight disease:

Health 2 Humanity

www.h2hsoap.com

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.

WaterAid

www.wateraid.org

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 

www.designersagainstaids.com

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

www.thehomet.com

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

www.goodbyemalaria.com

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)

www.joyandmario.com

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.

Products that give a free product back with each purchase:

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:

Uncommon Goods (jewelry, household items and gifts)

www.uncommongoods.com

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.

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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!

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  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

    • 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

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  9. 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!

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  12. 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

    • 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

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  14. Nicole

    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🙂

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  17. 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.

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  19. 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

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  21. cupcakeamy

    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!

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  24. 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!

    • 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

  25. 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.

  26. Abby

    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!

  27. 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🙂

  28. 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
    Arvo
    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.

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  31. 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!

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