Ah, yes, it’s finally “S” day. Naturally this was a tough letter because there are so many choices! Simplicity, Sacrifice, Selflessness, and Serenity were all words that came to mind when I was planning today’s post. But, after yesterday’s lengthy post about Cal Ripken, Jr. and the people from Energizer who came to help rebuild a home here in Joplin, I decided to keep things short and sweet around here.
So, I’d like to share with you the names of a few companies who give back a portion of their proceeds to various charities. Most of these you will know about, but maybe a few (or at least one) will be new to you. Hope you find something to love about these retailers and the organizations they support!
TOMS: This company is so amazing it deserves its own post. Oh, wait, I’ve already done that! Here’s the scoop on TOMS: for every pair of shoes they sell, they donate a pair to a child in need. Period. No gimmicks or tricks - that’s simply how they operate. The shoes are cute and comfortable, and the canvas makes them easy to customize, should you be so inclined. The latest addition to their product line is eyewear: for every pair of sunglasses you purchase, they provide the gift of sight to someone in need. And, of course, the sunglasses are cool. And of course I own a pair. J
Starbucks: It’s no secret that I love Starbucks. My drink of choice? Skinny vanilla latte, thank you very much. So those days that I walk inside my local café and see a new service project the company is promoting are just the icing on the cake for me. While they are not currently running this promotion, one of their most successful charitable endeavors was their Product (Red) partnership. During this promotion Starbucks donated $.05 for every handmade espresso beverage they sold. That’s a lot of nickels to help fund the global fund to fight AIDS!
Stella & Dot and Pampered Chef: These two home party companies have graciously agreed to donate a portion of their sales to the Joint Council on International Children’s Services from now until May 12, 2012. It's time for me to get a new garlic press, so I think I'll use this excuse to head over here and order one!
Kroger: In 2011Forbes Magazine listed Kroger as America’s top retailer for donating to charities. The corporation donated more than 10% of its pre-tax sales to various charitable organizations – the majority of them local groups designated by shoppers through their cash rewards program.
These are just a few of the many retailers who have made the commitment to participate in local and global awareness campaigns. I believe that when companies give back to the communities that support them, everyone wins.
What local or national places do you shop at that give back? If you had a store, would you sponsor a favorite non-profit?
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