Do Good: An App That Gives Back

March 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm , by

screen-checkin-v15We’re psyched about CauseWorld, a cool new iPhone app that lets you donate to your favorite causes—without actually spending your own cash. Here’s how it works: Big-name sponsors donate money to the CauseWorld pool. You “check in” at local stores to earn “karmas,” unlock those dollars and decide where you want your contributions to go to. You can pick from a range of causes: ofsetting carbon, preventing child abuse, fighting cancer, helping students in need, providing clean drinking water, getting aid to Haiti, plantitng a tree, feeding the hungry, saving abused animals, and more. (That’s a heck of a list—there’s definitely a charity here for everyone.)

Download the free app and start sending your good karma out into the world!

Donate Your Lunch Money and Make a Difference!

December 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm , by

Salvation Army-smIf you’re out running errands or finishing your Christmas shopping this week, don’t hurry past the Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells. It’s been a tough year for so many people, and demand for help from the homeless, hungry and unemployed is way up (as much as 200 percent in the New York area, say the folks at the Greater New York Division). Meanwhile, donations aren’t even close to keeping up and in many places are way down. The good news: 89 cents of every dollar you donate goes directly to helping people in need.

That’s why I decided to take what I would have spent on lunch today and drop it into the red kettle instead. Some of my colleagues at Ladies’ Home Journal decided to do the same. So we took our little bag of cash to the nearest donation site. Here are several of our staff (above) with the Salvation Army volunteers at Grand Central on 42nd Street in Manhattan. Ring those bells!

We hope we inspired you to drop your lunch money into the kettle, too. Happy holidays!

Do Good: Brands That Give Back

November 23, 2009 at 10:23 am , by

DoGood-logoToday we’re excited to share the very first winners of our LHJ Do Good Stamp, which is awarded to companies who are truly making a difference! We know that in these tough economic times, many people can’t afford to donate directly to all the charities they’d like to give to, but we can all make sure our everyday purchases give back to worthy causes. That’s why the Do Good Stamp is so great–it’s an easy way to recognize products that will truly make an impact.

To select our eight honorees, our panel of expert advisors weighed factors like charitable donations and partnerships, employee volunteer programs, and efforts to raise awareness with shoppers. Without further ado, the winners (which are featured in our December/January issue): Tide, Burt’s Bees, L’Oreal Paris, Hard Rock Cafe, Lee Jeans, Mary Kay, Sonic, and Trident. Click here to read our full story and learn about why these companies were chosen (and their great do-good efforts!).

Do Good: Coupons for Charity

September 21, 2009 at 11:10 am , by

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We all want to contribute to the causes we care about, but if money is tight these days (and who isn’t feeling the pinch?) it’s a little harder to get out the checkbook. That’s why CommonKindness is so brilliant. On the site you can clip free coupons for products and services that you actually use, and every time you clip a coupon, 60% of CommonKindness’ profits (or 20% of their revenue, whichever is greater) goes to charity. Even better: If you sign up (also free) you can direct your donations to be made to your favorite charity. What could be better than doing good and saving cash at the same time? Check it out—and tell your friends!

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