Shop for Charity

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Raymund Flandez, staff reporter for the the Chronicle of Philanthropy, gives an update on year-end giving and explains the trend of cause marketing, a practice in which non-profit charities cooperate with for-profit businesses.

Are you planning on shopping for charity--or are you organizing a shop-for-a-cause event? Tell us what, where, when...


Raymund Flandez

Comments [15]

the address for the jewelry sample sale that supports Guiding Eyes for the Blind is 21 East 4th street. please check out our website:!

Dec. 09 2010 12:51 PM
BIlly Kolber donates the full Representative commission (25-45%) on orders from Avon and mark. to your choice of participating charities. Order online with free direct delivery and a sizable donation when you start your order from Going on now through December 12th.

Dec. 09 2010 06:37 AM

Photos for Change is a new organization promoting the beautiful images of non-profit partners. These images are available for sale as canvas prints made with environmentally friendly materials including organic cotton, non-toxic inks, and sustainably raised wooden frames. A portion of each sale goes to the non-profits to help with their mission, and the photos help serve as a beautiful symbol of organization's work likely to spur much conversation. The idea originated at NYU's Stern school of business by several classmates competing in the Social Entrepreneurship business plan competition. For more information please visit

Dec. 08 2010 10:47 PM
Catherine from NY

Here's an organization that gives twice! Global Goods Partners (GGP) is a nonprofit, fair trade organization that supports women-led community groups throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas. GGP also has a US school and nonprofit fundraising program where 20 to 30% of each handmade product purchased from the GGP website goes to your school or nonprofit. It's a way to support women and families in the developing world AND your school or nonprofit. Choose from over 500 products online @ and join us @ our NYC Holiday Pop-Up store @ the Gershwin Hotel, 7 E 27th Street on Wednesday, December 15th, from 11 am to 8 pm.

Dec. 08 2010 01:06 PM
Barbara in Greenpoint from Greenpoint

For all horse enthusiasts who know and love Kensington Stables near Prospect Park in Brooklyn.....A truly wonderful illustrated children's book about theses horses and this barn has just been published: "STABLE" by Ted Lewin. If you go to the barn, and maybe bring your kids to see horses for the first time, take home a copy of the book and the barn gets HALF the money! Only if you buy at the barn, not elsewhere. Somehow adults appreciate this historical and current snapshot of the lives of horses in NYC even more than the kids, so I'm getting copies for all who know of my work there. The horses always need more medicine, feed and bedding, the winter months when business is less are particulary hard financially. Kensington Stables is a for profit, but low profit, business, committed to keeping prices for all to ride horses affordable. Stop by and take home a souvenir that will really make a difference for the horses right here in our town.

Dec. 08 2010 11:09 AM
Petra from Mt. Kisco, NY

I just launched a cause marketing campaign this year between my website and The Partnership At Beehiveshop features products from emerging, independent designers and artisans and we have select products on the site that if purchased trigger a 15% donation to The Partnership At It's been a great partnership so far and my hope is that customers can feel great about supporting indie designers AND giving a little to a non-profit!

Dec. 08 2010 11:07 AM
Merez from New York, NY

See the 'Steps, Save the World.

Now through January 2, you can use a code that gives $5 from each ticket you buy for "The 39 Steps" Off Broadway to the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation.

Interested ticket buyers should visit and use the code TNCALLING9. Tickets must be purchased with this code for the $5 to be donated to the Avon Walk. This offer, which also includes access to discounts of up to 50% off, is valid for performances between 10/29/10 and 1/2/11. Tickets are also available by calling (212) 947-8844 or at the New World Stages box office (340 West 50th St.)

Dec. 08 2010 11:01 AM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

our nyc-based group isn't selling any tchochkes, but we do something that helps our neighbors and residents of all stripes in the tri-state are.

gatewave is the hub of a national radio network that reads unabridged print media to the blind, physically and cognitively-handicapped--anyone who cannot pick up or see the newspapers and magazines most of us enjoy daily. over 100 publications are read, 24-7. our listeners can listen via a closed radio channel, internet stream, and soon, podcast of their favorite shows.

it's a 24-7 service that enjoys the efforts of 150 volunteers from broadcast, theatre and other metiers. we don't charge listeners who have no ability to pay for the service. allowing people the opportunity to hear their favorite media helps alleviate the isolation people can feel from a handicap, as well as allow them the opportunity to participate socially and professionally more fully.

we welcome end-of-year contributions, or requests for the service on behalf of people you love. come see us at!

Dec. 08 2010 11:00 AM
EconomistMontreal from Quebec Nation

No tax deduction for any regular purchase. The money is paid for the goods. The fact that the vendor promises to make a contribution is not enough. Because you the buyer of the goods did NOT make the contribution. The vendor if it makes a charitable contribution which meets the IRC rules, the VENDOR gets the charitable deduction, NOT the purchaser.

Dec. 08 2010 10:58 AM
Debbie from NYC

I used to use a search engine that donated money to a charity of my choice. Does anyone remember the name of that search engine?

Dec. 08 2010 10:58 AM
Paul from Brooklyn

Check out the Choose Haiti bracelet, made from 100% recycled materials in tent camps. Incredibly beautiful. They also have a Christmas ornament.

Dec. 08 2010 10:58 AM

I don't part with money to companies who skim a little off the top as a token contribution in order to clean their collective corporate consciouses - in for a penny, in for a pound: five the money directly to the charity instead.

I proudly took part in the first Give 1 Get 1 program of One Laptop Per Child - no "up to 5% of the cost of your purchase": all of my money went to the cause (plus my time, since I've been developing software for it, but I digress).

If you need to clean your conscience because you had a tall latte, stop buying it and put the $2.50 towards Meals on Wheels or God's Love we Deliver or whatever floats your boat.

Dec. 08 2010 10:58 AM

The AFL-CIO is selling union-made films, music, and other arts products to give as gifts. It's not a direct charity, but it supports workers covered by union contracts that maintain their improved standard of living.

Dec. 08 2010 10:57 AM

Tonight is my Porsche Club Region's (NNJR) annual charity auction. Over the past few years, we have donated over $100,000 to local charities. We (the members) donate car related items (and other general interest goodies) and then people make silent bids on them. The highlight tonight for me is a donation from Porsche Cars North America - a $2700 Nomex driving suit used at their 2008 Le mans victory. Very cool indeed. I will be bidding in that bad boy!

Dec. 08 2010 10:52 AM
Rupert from Queens

I'm always wary about cause marketing that deals with education.

With Rupert Murdoch referring to education at a $50billion business sector and michelle rhee's new PAC, I don't know what I'm donating to anymore.

Dec. 08 2010 10:46 AM

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