July 31, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons

Is there anyone better to help with the making of a lemonade stand than the pros at Sunkist Growers? (Wait, aren’t they the “orange people”?)

Anyway, Sunkist is offering up free DIY instructions, recipes (orange lemonade, lemon-limeade and blueberry lemon spritzer), posters and even pricing trackers here online.  Or, if you prefer a more jazzed up version, it's giving away 10 one-piece, easy-to-assemble stands – which can be customized with stickers and such - to budding philanthropists (aged 7-12) who share on Facebook which charity they’d like to support with their lemonade sales.

You’ve got until August 28 to take a stand for your favorite charity.

July 27, 2012

Exit Here

During this summer’s Exit the Highway campaign, The National Audubon Society is teaming up with Toyota to urge drivers to ditch our country’s overcrowded highways and take a more scenic, less-travelled route. Its new Web site – ExitTheHighway.com - highlights nearly 100 nature destinations in more than 60 cities including Nashville’s Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Seattle’s Marymoor Park, Chicago’s Goose Lake Prairie State Park and New York’s Love Motel Exhibit by Brandon Ballengee.

After perusing its list of inspiring itineraries, be sure to submit your favorite nature stop shot (try saying that three times fast) and sign the ETH pledge for a chance to win a brand new Toyota Prius v.

Click here to help the National Audubon Society conserve our great country.

July 26, 2012

Super Shopper

Get your remotes and plastic ready for QVC’s Super Saturday LIVE event this Saturday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The two-hour televised charity event will feature high-end fashion, beauty, jewelry and home items for half off the MSRP, with net proceeds benefitting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).

Shop for great bargains on designer brands including Laura Geller, Peter Thomas Roth, Amrita Singh, Honora, and B. Makowsky. Click here for the scoop on Super Saturday.

July 25, 2012

The Pink Puma

With the recent launch of its 2012 Project Pink initiative Puma wants to know, “Who do you wear pink for?” Is it your mom, daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor, grandmother, great-grandmother, etc.?

After you’ve given that some thought, Puma is hoping you’ll nominate, vote, shop, tweet and share.

First step: Go to puma.com/projectpink and nominate your favorite breast cancer charity. Next up is voting, but that doesn’t actually happen until September 24 ... which leaves you plenty of time for shopping. Click here to peruse the 2012 Project Pink Puma collection, which includes graphic tees and tank tops, a pink hoodie, shorts and capris.

In between shopping and voting, you’ll want to tweet all about PP to your friends and family because each #projectpink tweet raises $1 for breast cancer research and patient care.

Finally, at a date not yet known, the winning charity will skip happily away with 100 percent of the profits from the sale of Project Pink gear plus the money raised from the PP tweets. All in all, the donation could be worth as much as $120,000.  Not too shabby!

July 24, 2012

Triple Threat

With a fresh new logo, a few choice designer collaborations (Nicole Miller and mng by Mango) and most importantly a brand new charity initiative, jcpenney is setting its sights on becoming America’s favorite store. Customers can literally give their two cents' worth to "jcp cares" by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donating the difference to a new cause every month.

The program’s first official partner is the USO (United Service Organizations), a nonprofit, non-partisan private organization dedicated to lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Along with round-up donations during the month of July, jcpenney will also donate $1 (up to $50,000) to the USO for each customer that checks in to a jcpenney store via foursquare from July 23-31.

If you can’t make it to a store this month, here’s a quick rundown of where your spare change can help a few great causes this year.

August: 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs
September: Teach for America
October: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
November: Share our Strength
December: The Salvation Army

Learn more about jcp cares here.

July 20, 2012

I Believe in Miracles

On Thursday, July 26 – aka Miracle Treat Day - Dairy Queen is betting that its best-selling Blizzards will raise a lot of cash for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year, the chain whipped up nearly $5 million for the charity in just one day, thanks to a little teamwork with our Canadian cousins.

DQ is hoping to create even more miracles this year by donating $1 or more for every Blizzard sold on July 26 at participating locations across the U.S. and Canada. Click here to be queen for a day.

July 18, 2012

Gentleman Caller

Warning: This post is intended for charity-minded, vodka-loving, fashion-forward adults, so if that’s not you, come back and read this post when you're of drinking age. (And even then, for some reason, you'll have to wait four more years because the minimum age for entrants is an unexplained 25.)

Thanks to my daily updates from the folks at GOOD, I've just learned that time is running out to submit your best idea for Ketel One and GQ’s collaborative contest Gentleman’s Call: In Pursuit of an Idea that Matters. Until July 29, these harbingers of hip are inviting you to submit a concept that is not only implementable, but also exhibits the ideals of entrepreneurship, craftsmanship and philanthropy.

From what I can gather, the campaign isn’t directly associated with any specific charity, but rather seeks to raise society’s behavior bar (as The Newsroom's Will McAvoy might put it, they're on a "mission to civilize"), make a positive impact in the world and give one lucky son of a gun $100,000.

Click here if you’re man, or better yet woman, enough to answer the call. 

July 16, 2012

Step Up to the Plate

What do baseball and insurance have in common?  If you were reading this blog ‘round about the same time last year, you’d know the answer is the highly addictive Go to Bat game. For the third straight year, State Farm Insurance and MLB are betting you’ll go to bat for a good cause when tickets to the World Series and $18,000 for charity are up for grabs.

Get the game going here by selecting one of four great charities to play for: the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Habitat for Humanity or Teach For America. Next, type in some personal details, agree to a few rules and regulations, create your own personalized player and then - play ball!

Once a week for 10 weeks (from now through September 17) one lucky player will be randomly selected, their chosen charity will receive an $18,000 donation, and he or she will take home two VIP tickets to the 2012 World Series.  Click here and kiss productive working hours goodbye.

July 13, 2012

Funding Farmers

Born and raised in the great state of Iowa, Miss Do-Gooder has long been a fan of Farm Aid. This year the annual benefit concert - which is in its twenty-seventh year - moves a bit further East, to Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark stadium, on Saturday, September 22.

You may be familiar with a few of the musicians performing on the day: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson will all take the stage to raise funds for local, independent family farmers. Click here to support musicians who’d love to kick Wall Street-controlled farms to the curb.

July 10, 2012

Snack Happy

You don’t have to be the smartest cookie in the cookie jar to know that an apple is healthier than say a candy bar or a doughnut. But with so many snack options available these days, who has time to figure out what evils might be lurking beneath the plastic wrapper?

If you’re a snacker-on-the go, you might appreciate a new box delivery service called NatureBox. For a monthly fee of $19.95 (which includes shipping), subscribers receive four to six full-size delicious wholesome treats – sans anything that could be described as artificial, high fructose or trans fat - every 30 days or so.  

Your commitment to eating regularly scheduled nutritionist-approved snacks also helps feed the hungry via NatureBox’s dedication to donating one meal for every box they sell.  Click here to start snacking happier.

July 9, 2012

Move Over Rover

Rover.com -- the dog-sitting equivalent of accommodation-exchange sites like Airbnb -- is making it a snap for canine watchers to raise money for charity with the "Sit a Dog, Save a Life" program.

Professional Rovers can now choose to donate all or some of their pet-sitting proceeds to nearly 30 different animal organizations including The Animal Rescue Site, Dogs Deserve Better, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, Pets Unlimited, and Paws 4 U Rescue.

Click here to retrieve more information and become a local animal hero.

July 6, 2012

Share a Moment

L.L. Bean is asking its fans to submit a moment - or two - on its Facebook page (preferably one outdoors, wearing and promoting its brand.)

Through its ambitious "Million Moment Mission" campaign, the company will donate a dollar to the National Park Foundation’s program for kids in return for every photo, tweet or “like” they receive. The promotion tops out at a million entries (or $1 million) and it's already measuring in the mid-hundreds of thousands, so hurry up and submit your moment here

July 4, 2012

Snuggle Up

Some things are just too good to be true, but fortunately for you, Snuggle’s new “Snugs Across America” campaign isn’t one of them (work that sentence out)! Led by the iconic Snuggle Bear, the brand hopes to encourage people to surround themselves with softness and snare a "snug" -- a combination, it says here, of a snuggle and a hug. Really.

In exchange for each snug shared on its Facebook Page, Snuggle will donate up to 10,000 stuffed Snuggle Bears to Hugs Across America, Toys for Tots and My Stuff Bags. Plus, for every 10 snug photos uploaded and shared on FB through November 1, 2012, it will donate one cute and cuddly bear to a child in need.

Click here to help Snuggle Bear spread his soft and snuggly ... OK, enough, already.

July 3, 2012

Coldplay and Oxfam Hit the Road

Oxfam America is hitting the road with Coldplay this summer to help spread the world about its GROW Campaign. Fans can score free concert tickets (in great seats, too) in cities including Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, St. Paul and Chicago. 
The trade off?  You spend a couple of hours before the concert chatting with folks about the organization's mission to find lasting solutions to end hunger, poverty and injustice.

Click here to help Oxfam fight for a future where everyone has enough to eat.