I seek out out companies that are doing good and encourage my readers to support their efforts. Here is a recent article from the Wall St. Journal By JEANETTE PAVINI with 5 terrific ideas for using our purchasing power for good and donating our unwanted items to those who can benefit.
If you hear of a company doing good, please send the information to me!
Making Every Penny Count—Twice
” Ever wish you could make every penny count twice—especially around the holidays? Here are ways consumers can do what they already do, but also make those actions count for more in charitable and community contributions.
Use GoodSearch.com, powered by Yahoo, for regular online searches, and the site will donate 50% of the revenue generated from the search advertiser to the charity, school or nonprofit organization of your choice.
Couponsforchange.org makes it possible to save money and give back. Visit their site and you’ll find hundreds of coupons for everyday grocery, personal-care and office items.
Every three coupons used translates to one meal. That means you are saving money and, at the same time, helping more than 16 million hungry American children.
Three billion pounds of food and other grocery products are distributed each year through Feeding America’s network of food banks. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of volunteer hands to get all that food to the children and adults who need it.
Through eBay’s Giving Works program, you can donate 10% to 100% of an item’s final sale price to a nonprofit of your choice. To make it more appealing, eBay will credit portions of the insertion and final-value fees for the percentage you give back.
For example, if you decide to give 30% of the final sale price to the American Cancer Society and your fees amount to $10, eBay will credit you $3. If you donate 100%, they will credit you back the whole $10. See ebaygivingworks.com.
Another way to unload your junk is to donate new and gently used building materials, furniture, appliances and home-improvement goods to one of Habitat for Humanity’s 825 ReStores. Proceeds go toward building homes for those in need. See habitat.org/restores.
If you do your homework, you can donate just about anything. Help others dress to impress when you donate your professional attire to a low-income job seeker through the Women’s Alliance, online at thewomensalliance.org.
Contribute to the more than 19 million pairs of shoes that have been distributed to those in need when you donate gently used shoes to Soles4Souls, at soles4souls.org.
There’s even a better place than the recycling bin for old greeting cards. Donate them to St. Jude’s Ranch, a Nevada residential facility for abused, abandoned and neglected children. They will turn them into new cards and sell them to support their program.
From salad dressings to cookies, profits from all Newman’s Own products go to charity through the Newman’s Own Foundation. The group has given more than $330 million to thousands of charities since 1982.
Yoplait’s annual Save Lids to Save Lives program is back. For every redeemed lid, 10 cents will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The program has expanded this year to include more than 20 General Mills brands, including Nature Valley, Pillsbury and Betty Crocker.