May 25, 2012

The 100 Club


Your vote could help 100 lucky charities win a new set of wheels during Toyota’s “100 Cars for Good” promotion. Through August 21, the company is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofit organizations in 100 days. Comfortingly uniform, no?

Just go to 100carsforgood.com and cast your vote for one of five charities listed on the site each and every day. With 500 nonprofits in the running – groups focused on education, the environment, animal welfare, veterans, childrens' issues and arts and culture – there’s bound to be a cause for everyone.

Click here to help Toyota give away a ton of cars for good.
 

  

May 24, 2012

Week by Week

In an effort to tackle our childhood obesity problem one manageable lifestyle change at a time, Jamba Juice, Venus Williams, the National PTA, the WNBA, the National Gardening Association, USA Water Polo athletes and the National Childhood Obesity Foundation are asking kids and their families to make one small healthy pledge each week at www.myhealthpledge.com.

This week’s pledge is a no-brainer: promise to play ball for a few minutes each day. How easy is that?

Perhaps the best reason to make a pledge on the site is that Jamba Juice will make a $1 donation towards the purchase of athletic equipment for schools across America through DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy to help students in need.  Click here to see how a small change can make a big difference.

May 23, 2012

Ride the Wave


I’m not sure how I came to know about a fresh (albeit not new) organization called Wholesome Wave, but I’m glad that I did and I’m happy to shine my humble spotlight on their good work.

Dedicated to improving access to, and the affordability of, fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies in underserved communities, WW partners with farmers' markets, community leaders, health care providers, nonprofits and government agencies to implement programs that benefit both consumers and the farmers who provide for them. Their three core programs - the Double Value Coupon Program, the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program and Healthy Food Commerce Initiative – currently extend into 26 states with more than 50 partners using the programs at more than 250 farmers markets across the country.

Click here to learn more about WW’s initiatives, upcoming events, make a donation, and/or become an official Wholesome Waver on Facebook and Twitter.

May 18, 2012

Stretching Around the World


I’m way out in front (by almost four months!) of this enlightening piece of nonprofit news. On September 9, 2012, Yoga Aid Foundation will host its first ever one-day, around-the-world yoga relay in support of 15 international charities.

The global nonprofit hopes to unite yogis near and far to raise $1 million, with 100 percent of the proceeds slated for organizations including The Africa Yoga ProjectYoga across America, Yoga Gangsters, and Off the Mat, and Into the World (and that's just the list of US-based groups). Beginning in Sydney, the 24-hour yoga stretch-a-thon will connect teachers and students in more than 20 countries including Singapore, Japan, South Africa, India, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Guatemala, and end at sundown in Los Angeles.

Yoga enthusiasts are invited to organize an event at their local studio, gym, park or community center.  Click here to get your karma on.

May 17, 2012

Little Miss Coppertone


For those of you who don’t remember the iconic Coppertone ads from way back when, let me just say they were pretty darned cute! So it’s with great fondness I bring you news of the company’s new search for a modern-day Little Miss Coppertone (ages 2-7).

Alison Sweeney, celebrity mom and host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, has been tasked with the job of whittling down the Facebook photo entries  - which I’m guessing will be in the thousands - to the top 10 finalists. Then, it’s up to America to choose one lucky gal to be the future face of Coppertone (and win a seven-day, six-night family vacation.)

You’ve got until July 30 to nominate your own little darling and help support Feeding America with a $1 donation from Coppertone for each entry received during the month of May (up to $25,000).

May 15, 2012

Bra-vo!


Miss Do-Gooder is giving a shout out to all of the empowered NYC gals who are taking part in this year's Sports Bra Challenge, an event that will be turning heads in Manhattan's Union Square on May 17. 
Brought to you by the S.E.A.K. Foundation, which has teamed up with City of Hope’s Positive Image Center, the SBC is an attention-grabbing and fun celebration of women's fitness and self-confidence.  It's also a unique opportunity to do a spin class in a sports bra in the middle of New York (you're just going to have to go to seakfoundation.com and work it out for yourself). 
If you live in the NYC area, please join them this Thursday in Union Square from 2:00-8:00 p.m.
*Photo Credit: Grace Courvoisier 


May 9, 2012

Let 'Em Read Books


Call me traditional, but I still think that children’s books are best read the old-fashioned way: i.e. not on a Kindle, iPad or Nook.  If you feel the same, you might want to head over to the World Wide Web (yep, I know) and check out Better World Books’ children’s book sale

In honor of Children’s Book Week – May 7-13 - they’re offering three children’s books (gently used) for just $9.  And as always, for each book they sell from their site, they donate a book to someone who needs it.  Click here to bring the gift of reading to a kid near you.

May 7, 2012

A Helping Farm Hand


While you won’t find any prizes, contests or specific charity angle in this post, you will find out how you can support small local farms and - with the click of a button - get fresh, seasonal fruits, veggies, organic meats, seafood, dairy and bread delivered right to your doorstep (or very close to it!).  It’s easy to go green with Farmigo.com: just enter your zip code and, voila, you get a list of local farms that offer pick-ups and/or deliveries with a weekly or monthly subscription.

Click here to help a local farmer get his goods off the farm and into your tummy by the shortest possible route.

May 4, 2012

A Message From Uggie


I can’t think of a better spokesdog than Uggie from the film “The Artist” to mug for PETA’s new “Adopt, Don’t Buy” campaign. The famous scene stealing Jack Russell urges would-be dog owners to consider saving a pet from an animal shelter or rescue, rather than buying one from a breeder or pet shop.

His message is simple: "I'm Uggie, and I Was Adopted. Millions of Dogs Are Waiting in Animal Shelters for a Loving Home. Adopt, Don't Buy."  I couldn’t have said it better myself!

May 2, 2012

Charity Chocolatier

If you’re into a classier kind of chocolate, chances are you’re familiar with GODIVA, the Belgian gourmet chocolate maker that just launched its very first global corporate philanthropy effort: The Lady GODIVA Program.

Lauren Bush Lauren, Chief FEEDer and Co-Founder of FEED Project, has been picked as the first national Lady GODIVA honoree, but local awards are still available for gals who embody the attributes of selflessness, generosity, leadership and the spirit of giving back to the community.

Three regional honorees - chosen on a seasonal basis by the public through online voting - will receive $1,000 to continue their good works.  One "grand prize" winner will be chosen at the end of the year, and will receive $10,000 for her chosen charity.

In the meantime, you can help support Lauren's charity FEED by purchasing a limited edition GODIVA "FEED 10" tote bag from a local GODIVA store or at the company's Web site.  Available in five different styles - each handcrafted by women in Liberia - the bags ($25) will provide 10 school meals to children in African cocoa-sourcing countries.