November 23, 2010

Talkin' 'Bout My...

GenerationOn – the new youth division of Points of Light Institute - is calling on kids K-12 to make their mark in the world through volunteerism and service. With a $5 million investment by Hasbro Children’s Fund in their pocket, they’re able to offer some pretty cool resources including a rather dashing new website, a national youth leadership program, recognition programs, their very own Kids Care Week, youth service grants, and more 1,400 lesson plans on topics including the environment, hunger, literacy, health, nutrition and animal welfare.

It also includes 1,800 Kids Care Clubs and thousands of schools that reach more than two million young people in all 50 states. By connecting teachers, parents, schools, and local organizations, GenerationOn hopes to teach kids about important issues in their communities and help them find hands-on ways to become mini problem solvers on a local level.

Click here to help this great organization create a whole new generation of civic-minded citizens.

November 22, 2010

Six Degrees of Doing Good (or Everybody Loves Bacon)

Kevin Bacon wants to inject a little goodness into our world, and he’s teaming up with Change.org to do it. His organization, Sixdegrees.org, is giving out $10 gift cards, known as “Good Cards,” to everyone who signs a pledge on Change.org to do good.

You don’t have to “like” anything on Facebook, invite your friends to join in, or give away any personal information. All you have to do is promise to do good. No strings attached.

Quite a refreshing approach at a time when so many philanthropic endeavors come with a built-in marketing component.

You can redeem your $10 Good Card to help one of more than a million charities on Bacon’s website – ranging from organizations that promote animal welfare to women’s rights advocates, homeless charities and environmental groups. There’s literally a cause for anyone and everyone. Click here to sign the pledge and get your very own Kevin Bacon-approved Good Card.

November 18, 2010

Help the Big Guy Help the Little Guy

With the click of your mouse you can help Wal-Mart decide where to spend $1.5 million, a small (ish) portion of the $2 billion commitment they made last May to help fight hunger over the next five years.

You’ve got until January 5 to cast your vote on
Facebook (under the End Hunger tab) for one of 100 communities where hunger rates are the highest. The city with the most votes will receive $1 million in grants and five runners-up will receive $100,000 each. So far Ft. Meyers, FL is in the lead with 132 supporters with York, PA in last place with just 1 vote.

If you’d like to get with the vote, go to
www.facebook.com/walmart.

November 16, 2010

Fair Play

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is rallying support for its new campaign “Rally for Girls’ Sports: She’ll Win More than a Game." By signing the NWLC petition, you’ll be helping girls get a fair (well, fairer) shot at playing sports. That is, after all, what Title IX - the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs – has been about for the past 40 years.

According to data from the NWLC website, schools nationwide provide girls with 1.3 million fewer opportunities to play sports than boys. The numbers make the disparity clear: girls make up half of all high school students nationwide, but only 41 percent of school athletes. Miss Do-Gooder thinks that’s a losing game. Here’s why.

Recent statistics (that MDG found on the Internets, and which are therefore indisputably true), show that playing sports not only makes you healthier, more confident, stronger, more competitive (in a good way), and probably less-prone to watch endless hours of TV; it also keeps you off drugs, stops you from being knocked up and makes you way smarter than the average non-playing sports bear. And nobody's rooting for us to develop more unhealthily pregnant drug-abusing couch potatoes with low IQs.

All you’ve gotta do is click
here to give girls a chance to, um, level the playing field a little.

November 15, 2010

Online Angel

This year you’ll have a new way to support the Salvation Army in their efforts to help families this holiday season. In addition to the iconic red buckets, the historic organization is launching an online version of its popular "Angel Giving Tree" program.

Joining forces with JCPenney's, the Salvation Army is allowing customers to adopt an angel (a child or senior in need) online and provide him or her with a holiday gift this season. Simply visit www.jcp.com/angel, select your angel, and you´ll receive a "wish list" and details about where to ship your care package.

Shipping is FREE from anywhere in the world, courtesy of UPS (as long as the items are purchased from JCP.com). You´ve got until December 10 to adopt and shop for your angel. Click
here for more information or call 1-800-544-1305.

November 12, 2010

Hero Worship

There’s less than two weeks to go before most of America will celebrate Thanksgiving by filling their faces with food, watching endless hours of sports, and being thankful for all the things one should be thankful for (e.g. having a job where you get four days off in each year - or having a job, period).

Anyway,
Anderson Cooper likes to celebrate this most American of holidays with a TV special called “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” that honors everyday individuals who are changing the world. And Anderson needs your help.

A Blue Ribbon Panel – consisting of humanitarians, activists and philanthropists including Muhammad Ali, Sir Richard Branson and Yo-Yo Ma - has already narrowed the selection down to just ten candidates from a pool of more than 10,000 nominations in 100 countries.

Now it’s your turn. Click
here to vote for your favorite “hero” - including A Scotsman providing free daily meals to 400,000 children, a Mexican woman who founded a nonprofit health care center in Juarez, a former child soldier clearing land mines in Cambodia and a Texas builder giving injured vets mortgage-free homes. The hero with the most votes (the most heroic?) will win a $100,000 prize.

Voting ends November 18 at 6:00 a.m. EST. Watch the celebrity-studded tribute show (with Halle Berry, Demi Moore, Eva Longoria Parker, LL Cool J, Bon Jovi, and Renee Zellweger) at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PT on Thanksgiving evening on CNN.

November 11, 2010

Annie, Get Your Yam

Annie´s Homegrown, makers of tasty, organic comfort foods for more than 20 years, has partnered with the National Farm to School Network on a cool new campaign to teach kids to "dig" or learn about new veggies this fall and plant them next spring. With a bit of help from teachers and parents, the "Root 4 Kids" promotion hopes to get one million kids on the veggie bandwagon by harvest time 2011.

You can join the "Root 4 Kids" movement by pledging to do just that (I Root 4 Kids) on their new kid-friendly, parent-approved website. You can also plant a virtual veggie in their community garden, find local farmers' markets, seed growers and garden resources, or test your veggie knowledge with one of their games or quizzes.

They´ve also got a contest (of course!) to stir up a bit of friendly competition amongst the kids. The school with the most Root 4 Kids pledges by December 31, 2010, will win their choice of a garden, a new Farm to School program or gardening supplies for one year. In addition, for every 1,000 Root 4 Kids pledges Annie's receives, it will contribute funds toward a garden or Farm to School program in an underprivileged school (TBA).

Click here to help root 4 a kid and help bring more farms to schools and vice versa.

November 10, 2010

Toy Time

The ballots have been counted and the results are in. Pier 1 is this year’s official drop-off location for Toys for Tots, the Marine Corps Reserve’s annual charitable drive that distributes toys to children in need at Christmas.

There are three ways to help a less fortunate child in your neighborhood: 1) drop off a new, unwrapped toy to any Pier 1 store in the U.S. before December 5, 2) make a cash donation in store before December 24, or 3) “Like” Pier 1 on Facebook during the month of November and they’ll donate $1 per fan, up to $100,000.

Click here to bring loads of joy this holiday season and give those tots some toys.

November 9, 2010

Canine Clean

Ditch the dog groomer this month and do it yourself to help support the National Canine Cancer Foundation (NCCF). During November the NCCF is hosting is National Dog Wash: Wash Away Canine Cancer fundraiser.

Simply donate $5 (minimum) to the cause and you´ll receive two dog shampoos from John Paul Pet (the pet care line from human hair care guru Paul Mitchell), a can of Halo, Purely for Pets Spot´s Stew, 30 days of free pet health insurance through Trupanian, and a pink paw magnet from the NCCF. You´ll also provide a free meal for a shelter dog in need, courtesy of Freekibble.com. Pretty good for a fiver, right?

Click here to pamper your pooch and help support the one out of every three dogs that will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.

November 5, 2010

Crème de Koons

Kiehl’s is getting into the holiday spirit with a new charitable collaboration with celebrated contemporary artist Jeff Koons.

100% of Kiehl’s worldwide profits from the sale of the 2010 Jeff Koons Limited Edition
Crème de Corps Holiday Collection will benefit the Koons Family Institute, an initiative for the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.

The four-product collection – each decked out with a cool, colorful Koon’s label – ranges in price from $27-$70. Choose from 3 sizes of body lotion (1 liter, 16.9 oz and 8.4 oz) as well as their new Crème de Corps Whipped Body Butter.

Click here to help
Kiehl’s and Koons create safer, more sustainable environments for children around the world.

November 4, 2010

Hot off the Presses

With backing from The Clinton Foundation and celebrity support from numerous stars including Pactricia Arquette, Donna Karan and Rachel Bilson, CHOOSE HAITI will hopefully have no problem reaching its goal of selling one million "Choose Haiti" bracelets.

Made in Haiti by local artisans, the new bracelets are made from bottles bought in bulk from tent camp residents (after they've been sanitized, cut and then covered with recycled newspaper). The eco-friendly, one-of-a-kind bracelets - priced at just $5.00 each - will hopefully create jobs for thousands of unemployed Haitian workers today, and help create a more sustainable future (not to mention cleaning up loads of litter) for this determined and courageous nation.

Bracelets are currently available at Forever 21, Footlocker, Anna´s Linens, QVC and Beyond the Rack, or click here to order online.

November 2, 2010

'Tash for Cash

Following in the footsteps of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), comes "Movember," the annual mustache-growing charity event that raises money during Prostate Awareness Month (which is in November, in case you hadn´t figured that out).

The mustache movement - now going strong in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland - has raised mucho millions since its launch in 2003. Just last year it raised over $42 million globally. That's a heck of a lot of (some might say too much) facial hair.

All funds raised here in the U.S. benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG. Click here to learn more about Movember and to sign up to grown one of your own for this awesome annual hair-raising event.

**Stashes courtesy of flashyoursstash.wordpress.com

November 1, 2010

Ron Ron's Raffle

The talented (and hilariously befuddled) LA Laker Ron Artest is raffling off his brand new 2010 NBA championship ring to help raise money for mental health counseling in schools, a cause near and dear to his heart. The ring really is quite something, featuring 16 diamonds, a scrap of basketball leather from last season's Lakers-Celtics finals, even a 3D rendering of Ron Ron himself. Classy? No. Awesome? Uh, yeah (unless you're a Celtics fan).

Tickets for the “Ron Artest’s Win My Bling” raffle cost just $2.00 each (minimum purchase of five tickets) and will put you in the running to win not only the sensational sparkler, but also an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Los Angeles, where Mr. Artest will personally present you with the ring. You’ll also get to stay and watch the Lakers crush whatever team they happen to be playing that day from your premium seats, and receive $1,000 pocket money to pay for bevies and hot dogs.

Artest hopes to raise $1 million before the raffle wraps up on December 25. Click here for more information and to help Ron Ron raise tons of money for mental health charities.