Micro-Philanthropy: Discover and Support Nonprofits with a Dollar a Day

Many of us are willing to regularly give from our own pockets to a worthy nonprofit or cause, but sometimes we may refrain from doing so, in part because we just don’t know which organizations are doing great work, and in part because we may feel as if we can’t afford to give enough to really make a difference. But now, thanks to a side project from one of the creators of Kickstarter, Perry Chen, and a team of volunteers,…

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Yoobi: The School Supplies with a Charitable Mission

A lot of shopping that we do is all about me. Or about you, if you prefer. We shop for the products that we want, solely for the purpose of meeting our own needs, with little thought given to the companies behind the products, the resources necessary to produce those products, or to those other people who regularly do without the things we take for granted. Such as basic school supplies for our kids. Having the basic supplies for school,…

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Make Micro-Donations to Charity Automatically, Based on Your Spending

In a move that should make the process of donating to charity simpler, faster, and virtually effortless, a new service enables automatic micro-donations, based on when and where you spend your money. Changefolio allows users to sync their bank accounts and set up customizable donation rules, in order to give a little bit to charity (a micro-donation) every time they spend money within certain donation categories. By simplifying the charitable giving process, and linking donations to what users spend their…

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This Website Donates to Charity Everytime You Go Online

In principle, I think that just about everyone supports giving to charity, but in reality, most of us don’t make the effort to pull out the checkbook and donate some of our income to a charitable endeavor. But a new website aims to make it simple to donate to charity, and it doesn’t cost you a penny. The internet has made so many things so much easier, from communication to networking to viewing media to gaming and entertainment, and most…

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Self Improvement Accountability Tied to Philanthropy: Promise or Pay

A key component to sticking with your self improvement goals is accountability, and a new social enterprise startup aims to help users put their money where their mouth is, by tying commitment to philanthropy and holding them financially accountable for their failure. Making commitments to self improvement programs, whether it’s a goal of eating better or exercising more or meditating everyday, is easy. It’s the sticking with it part that hangs many of us up, especially if we’re going it…

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Feed the Hungry While Eating Out

Making a difference in someone’s life isn’t nearly as hard as you might think, and sometimes it’s the simplest of things that people really need – such as getting enough food to eat. And you don’t necessarily need to give up something in order to help feed the hungry, as this program from Mogl demonstrates. In America, where it seems like every other person has a smartphone in their pocket and a new car in the driveway, the subject of…

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A Loyalty App for Social Good (and Cash Back)

Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a customer loyalty app that not only earned you cash back, but also helped to act as a crowdfunding mechanism for supporting community projects doing good work? Well, you’re in luck, because now there is, thanks to The Spring. Brought to you by the team behind Carrot Mob, The Spring aims to make it simple and easy to fund meaningful projects for social good in their community, while also earning a cash back…

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Corporate Responsibility for Healthful Food

Danone is a company who definitely puts their money where their mouths are. They are a French food-products multinational corporation which claims world leadership and stewardship in fresh dairy products. Here, in America, you may know them better as Dannon – as in Dannon yogurt. In addition to its quality dairy products, the Groupe Danone also provides several internationally known brands of bottled water: Evian, Volvic, and Badoit. Previously, about 56% of its net sales was derived from dairy and…

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1% For the Planet Program: Network with Like-Minded Businesses

In 2002, Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia) and Craig Mathews started the 1% for the Planet Program as a way of bringing together companies that want to help the environment and help other companies do the same. Its mission is to “build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.” Member companies range from large corporate entities to small non-profits all over the world.

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