Nearly every year, we here at Parker Sanpei have made a point of listing our favorite charitable companies whose products give back a portion of their proceeds to worthy causes. This is especially appropriate for Giving Tuesday - this Tuesday, December 3 - the first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, wherein charitable giving is the focus! Just in time, here are our 2013 picks:
For the Gourmand: must! charities
must! charities’ mission is to bring the community together to create sustainable health and hope in the Northern region of San Luis Obispo County. Using the existing infrastructure of the wine industry in and around Paso Robles, must! charities is currently collaborating with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County to take a small and proven meals program to virtually every eligible child in the north county.
“With the partnership of other local non-profits that serve these children, we are providing healthy meals and snacks in their own neighborhoods. As a mobile project, we reach the most remote places in our county.”
To fund projects like these, must! Charities partners with local wineries and a handful of restaurants to receive a portion of the proceeds from each sale. Partners include L’Aventure, Eberle Winery, La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant and Il Cortile Ristorante. For a complete list of partners, please visit www.MustCharities.org.
For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Orvis Company
The Orvis Company, based out of Vermont, specializes in high-end fishing, hunting and sporting goods, as well as sporting adventures from fly-fishing excursions to international safaris. As the oldest mail-order retailer in the United States, the Orvis Company is renowned for donating 5% of its pre-tax profits to conservation programs – over $10 million in the past decade alone. Recent projects include re-establishment of a migratory whooping crane flock and protection of songbird migratory corridor in Jamaica. For more information on Orvis conservation projects, please visit www.Orvis.com.
For the Music Lover: Vers Audio
From iPhone cases and earbuds to complete sound systems, Vers Audio makes each of its gorgeous products out of sustainably grown and harvested wood like beech,bamboo and walnut. And for every tree used, the company plants 100 trees with the help of the U.S Department of Forestry and the Arbor Day Foundation.
Since our very first day, we have been committed to 3 simple values: thoughtful design, best-in-class sound quality and a continuous pursuit of environmental sustainability – ‘sound sound’ for short. These values drive everything that we do, from selecting low-power components to little things, like eliminating twist ties. We’re passionate about making a difference where ever possible, large or small.
For more information on Vers Audio, visit www.VersAudio.com.
For the Beauty Queen: Sephora Values Inside Out Program
Sephora’s Values Inside Out program matches individual Sephora stoes with local non-profits. Each store has the opportunity to choose a charity they feel passionate about and help by providing funds, raising awareness, and volunteering to help that organization fulfill its individual goals over the course of 2013.
While supplies last, when you buy this exclusive Sephora Collection set for $20, Sephora will donate $13 to charity. Bags sold on Sephora.com will benefit The American Heart Association, while purchases made in store will benefit that participating store’s charity of choice. (For instance, our local Sephora in San Luis Obispo supports the Woods Humane Society of the Central Coast.)
- Lip gloss mini in a dusty pink shimmer shade
- Nail polish mini in a warm champagne shade
- Gold glitter liquid eyeliner mini
- Collectable cosmetics bag
For more information about the Sephora Values Inside Out program, please visit http://www.Sephora.com.
For the Kid In All of Us: B. Toys
B. Toys are so beautifully packaged and thoughtfully created, it’s icing on the cake that the company is also philanthropic. For every B. toy bought, the company gives 10¢ to Free the Children, a non-profit begun by 12-year-old Craig Kielburger in 1995 when he and a handful of friends sought to fight international child labor.
Over one million youth from over 45 countries have become a part of their mission: to free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to effect positive change.
So far Free The Children has built over 650 schools in communities around the world, providing education (the only way out of poverty) to 50,000 children every day. And it’s inspired young people throughout North America to develop as socially conscious global citizens and become agents of change for their peers across the globe.
- http://www.FreeThe Children.com
For more information on Free The Children or B. Toys, please visit www.FreeTheChildren.com or www.JustB-BYou.com.