March 29, 2013

Pretty Juicy

Did you know there’s a full pound of fruit in every bottle of Naked Juice? Sounds like a heck of a lot of calories to me, but I suppose they’re the good kind (especially the fruit/veggie mixes). Even better news is that the juice giant is partnering with Wholesome Wave, offering coupons that’ll get you a buck off your next 15.2 ounce juice.

And, for every coupon downloaded, one pound of fresh local produce will be donated to underserved communities across the country. A pound for a pound, get it? Go to www.nakedjuice.com to get naked for a very wholesome cause.

March 27, 2013

Right on Target


Here's a short but sweet heads-up regarding Target and FEED Project's stylish new collection – more than 50 products including home goods, apparel, stationery and accessories – to benefit Feeding America.

Keep your eyes peeled for the effortlessly cool, Americana inspired collection in stores and online beginning June 30.

March 25, 2013

A BANG Up Job


The first thing that popped into my head when I read about a new company called BANGS is “What took you so long?” Borrowing a bit from the hugely successful TOMS business model, BANGS donates 20 percent of net profits from each pair of shoes sold to a nonprofit partner. What sets it apart from TOMS, however, is that each color of BANGS represents a different cause and nonprofit partner. You go BANG!

Sales from the red shoes raise funds and awareness for disaster aid through Global D.I.R.T. (D.I.R.T.); blue shoes aid Drop in the Bucket’s (DITB) efforts for cleaner water; sales of green BANGS assist with the S.O.U.L Foundation’s development efforts in Uganda and khaki footwear raises cash for hunger relief via CHOICE Humanitarian.

Go to www.bangshoes.com to stand up –- in comfort and style, of course -- for some very important issues. 

March 22, 2013

What Will You Do?


Earth Hour 2013 has thousands (627 pages' worth!) of “I Will If You Will” challenges on its website for green-loving people around the globe. Miranda Kerr promises to conduct a free yoga class IF 500 people upload an IWIYW challenge. Jessica Alba will let her kids dress the Honest Company team IF 10,000 people switch to non-toxic eco-friendly products at home. 

The mayor of Kuala Lumpur pledges to ride his bike to work on March 27 IF 50 buildings in Kuala Lumpur switch off their power for Earth Hour 2013. Pocoyo and his Friends will help clear the ocean of two tons of trash (with a little help from Ocean Defenders Alliance) IF 100,000 children go online and play the new Ocean Cleanup Game. And so on. It's a terrific concept and the list of challenges is fascinating. 

Take or make your own pledge to improve the planet –- beyond this year’s Earth Hour (Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m.) -- at www.earthhour.org.

March 20, 2013

Cleaning for a Cause


MDG loves it when her favorite people (or companies) come together to raise money for a good cause. And that’s just what’s happening THIS week only with Method and Soap.com. Fifteen percent of sales from any of Method's awesome cleaning products - including Daily Wood for Good Spray, Smarty Dish Detergent and Squirt & Mop All Floor Cleaner – will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals.

Spring cleaning has never felt so good!

March 19, 2013

Chime In


Fabulous fashion house Gucci is teaming up with Beyonce Knowles-Carter and actress Salma Hayek-Pinault for its new global Chime for Change initiative to support women’s and girls' rights. The campaign kicked off with the first of 10 CFC short films, “The Supreme Price,” a powerful story about Nigerian democracy activist Hafsat Abiola.

You can get behind Frida Giannini (Gucci’s Creative Director), Ms. Knowles or Ms. Hayek by joining their “team” and supporting their projects.

Team Frida hopes to eliminate global maternal and neonatal tetanus and provide scholarships for girls in Malawi. Team Beyonce wants to cultivate leadership among girls in Haiti and sex-trafficked youths. Team Salma is trying to help Syrian refugees gain access to health care and train 200 Pro Mujer peer leaders in Mexico. 

Go to www.chimeforchange.org to support education, health and justice for every girl, every woman, everywhere.

March 15, 2013

Free a Beagle


MDG is a huge supporter of any and all dog rescues including MuttvilleGrateful Dogs, Rocket Dog Rescue and the Bill Foundation (rescuer of Mini, MDG's faithful sidekick). Now, thanks to my constant stream of James Perse e-mails, I’ve become acquainted with a new breed-specific organization called Beagle Freedom Project. According to the news release, Mr. Perse recently joined a group of BVP volunteers on its eleventh rescue (since 2010), rescuing 10 very grateful dogs.

As the name suggests the Beagle Freedom Project rescues beagles from lives lived in laboratory cages and places them in caring foster and permanent homes. Go to BeagleFreedomProject.org to donate, foster or adopt one of these adorable dogs.

March 13, 2013

On Your Mark...


There are lots of reasons to sign up for one of Compete America’s “Run to Win America” 5K races this spring (March 23-June 1). First, you prove you can actually run 3.1 miles. Second, the ridiculous number of health benefits you’ll receive from all that running. Third, you'll raise money for Project Hope Worldwide. But perhaps the most important reason is that you can help your state bring home the title of speediest state in the nation. (Go Iowa!)

Billed as the only the only 5K race where states compete against one another for national titles, you can bet it’s not just about being the fastest state. Other competitive categories include Fastest Age Groups (seven total), Most Runners Per Age Group, Fastest Male, Fastest Female, plus several more “fun categories” that haven’t yet been posted on the site.

Winners don’t take home any cash prizes, but they’ll definitely be rewarded with lots of medals, trophies and T-shirts. Visit www.runtowinamerica.com to run to win, run for health and run for hope.

March 11, 2013

Not So Secret Code


Back in the day, we used typewriters and actually had to learn how to spell. Nowadays, it’s all about computers and code.

Which brings me to the non-profit organization Code.org. With support from the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Code.org is urging schools to offer more computer programming classes for kids. According to founder Hadi Partovi, it’s so easy that any fifth-grader can learn it, but only 10 percent of schools actually teach it. My guess is that typewriters are gone for good.

Go to www.code.org and sign their petition to bring kids up to code.

March 8, 2013

Take Your Place


A Place at the Table is at the top of my “go-see” list. Brought to you by the creative souls behind Food Inc, the new documentary follows the lives of three people who struggle with food insecurity. Barbie, a young Philadelphia mother of two, fights to make ends meet and break the cycle of poverty. Rosie, an imaginative fifth-grader, tries to distract herself from hunger pangs as she grows up in rural Colorado. Tremonica, a bright Mississippi second-grader, struggles with health issues caused by the poor nutritional value of the food her mother provides.

With insights from a variety of experts including author Raj Patel, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and actor/activist Jeff Bridges, the film shines a spotlight on the harsh reality that nearly 50 million people in the United States don’t know where their next meal is coming from. 

Go to www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable table to learn what progress has been made against hunger in the past, and what we all can do now to end it in the future.

March 6, 2013

Shout With Glee


In celebration of its 500th musical performance since its 2009 debut, Glee is giving a special shout out to “Shout” - the iconic tune featured in National Lampoon’s "Animal House" - in a new episode this Thursday, March 7. What’s even better is that the show is donating 100 percent of the net proceeds from all U.S. downloads of the single (through the end of the season) to the Give A Note Foundation.

This cool collaboration strives to educate the public about the urgent need to expand and improve music education for children. Go to giveanote.org to get schooled on this very important issue.

March 4, 2013

This Post Contains Graphic Material


END7’s new campaign video is incredibly hard to watch. I couldn't make it past the roundworms.

The video raises awareness of the seven most prevalent neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) including whipworm, hookworm, snail fever, elephantiasis, river blindness and trachoma. All horrible, but highly treatable for around 50 cents per person.

With support from loads of celebrities including Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Katy Perry, Eddie Redmayne and Stella McCartney, END7 hopes to build support for the global effort to control and eliminate the seven NTDs that plague more than 1 billion people around the world. Go to END7.org to sign a pledge to inspire policy leaders and philanthropists to take action and help end these horrific diseases by 2020. 

March 1, 2013

Morocco is Calling

This year Whole Planet Foundation is spicing up its annual Prosperity Campaign by offering up a trip to Morocco – courtesy of Intrepid Travel -- to shoppers who have a flair for fundraising. To be in the race, entrants must start an online campaign in which they raise money for a microloan before March 15. Dollars raised, campaign outreach and the creativity of the submission will all be factored in when this year’s winning fundraiser is picked.

WPF’s goal is to raise $5.7 million for global poverty relief, enough funds to create nearly 36,000 microloans and give more than 200,000 budding female entrepreneurs the chance for a better life. Go to wholeplanetfoundation.org for a chance to bring hope and prosperity to hundreds of thousands of women around the world.