Shop for a cause
Online shopping is sure to bring a certain rush of excitement and giddy anticipation for your package to arrive, but what if you could help others with your purchases, too? Here is a list of companies and websites that give back to others through purchases, both locally and globally. If you’ve never actually tried shopping for a cause, now’s your chance to get started.
Charitable shopping online
This company, started by Blake Mycoskie, matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a needy child. As of 2010, Toms Shoes has given away over a million pairs of new shoes to needy kids.
A children's clothing company offering stylish clothes for kids and committed to helping create a better world in which they can live and grow. Baby Eggi donates 20 percent of its net proceeds to partnering children's charities.
For either searching or shopping, when you register with igive.com, a penny a search and a portion of your purchase will be donated to your chosen cause. Igive.com has 884 stores in their network, and if your cause isn't in their system you can add it yourself.
Laughing Sun Clothing
Based in Lake Tahoe, California, Laughing Sun makes hand-printed casual-wear art pieces for those with active lifestyles. A percentage of every sale is donated to a nonprofit organization.
With onecause.com, you can shop and donate to your favorite cause or school. They also have a section featuring coupons and deals to make your shopping even more fun. You can even type in your zip code and find local merchants who honor onecause.com participants.
Designed to help eliminate AIDS, (RED) launched in 2006 and partners with major brands that create unique RED product items. Up to 50 percent of the profits from these items go to the Global Fund, where it is invested in HIV and AIDS programs in Africa.
Main Street Books
Books, movies and music are available from Main Street Books, a charitable shopping site that donates 10 percent of every purchase to charities focused on health, human dignity and the environment.
When you shop knowing you are giving back to others, it gives your purchases added meaning. Charitable online shopping is a wonderful way to get what you want or need and improve our communities -- a win/win prospect for everyone.