Monday, February 22, 2010

Helping Charities through Events

With the tragic events of the Haiti earthquake occurring, more and more people are incorporating the theme of giving back to those in need within their party planning. Recently a wedding couple decided to donate the money saved for their wedding d├ęcor and reception dinner to Haiti instead. So you don’t have to go to that extreme, but if you want to find a way to give back, here are some easy and interesting ideas on being generous to others.

1. Buying gifts that give back. Giftsthatgive.com is a website that allows you purchase items where 20% of the purchase will go towards a school or non-profit of your choice. Each month you shop, you receive a receipt to track your donations. This website is a great idea for birthday, wedding, or baby shower gifts.
2. Chocolates for charity. If you’re going to give chocolate away as a party favor or dessert, you might as well help a good cause as well! There are 2 different types of companies that allow you to enjoy chocolate and also give back: Sarah’s Box is a chocolate gift box to which all the profits go toward Autism. Sold through Romanicos Chocolates, Sarah’s Box is sold for $15 with a variety of chocolates included. Endangered Species Chocolate produces chocolate bars to which 10% of the proceeds go towards wildlife conservation such as the African Wildlife Foundation and the Ocean Conservancy. These chocolate bars are sold in packages from $25 to $75.

3. The Color of Hope. We all want to look good for our special events, especially if you’re the host. L’Oreal Paris has a collection of make-up kits for $25.00, that donates 20% towards Ovarian Cancer Research. What a beautiful way to give and receive for brides, bridemaids gifts, or just to use every day.
4. John Hardy Jewelry. This company has a new line of eco-friendly jewelry created from bamboo. The collection includes cuff links, necklaces and earrings. Proceeds are then donated to replant bamboo or other grasses in the Indonesian ecosystem. This is an awesome idea for any event to become ec0-friendly!6. Start your Own Charity event! When having a party, consider having guests bring special items for discounted tickets or just for the fun of it! And it doesn't always have to be money. You can collect old clothes to donate to charities, canned goods for local Food drives, even toys for children. You can also incorporate helping others in activities for your guests, such as making blankets for foster homes and animal shelters.

1 comment:

  1. There's another important chocolates-for-charity company you should know about. Rescue Chocolate donates all net profits to animal rescue organizations. Each flavor also highlights a different issue within the animal rescue movement, such as fostering animals from shelters, spaying and neutering dogs and cats in order to combat pet overpopulation, and fighting against puppy mills. Prices range from $5 for a single bar to $20 gift boxes.

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