So here it is, 3 days before Christmas Eve and you still haven’t found the perfect gift. Well…gift giving doesn’t have to be such a stressful process! Giving a gift should come from the heart and not necessarily from a place of obligation. This holiday season giving a gift that changes others lives may be the greatest gift of all. There are many socially responsible companies who have made the conscious choice to dedicate all, or a portion of their business to charitable initiatives.
Below are some of my favorite companies who base their businesses on the belief that making their mark on the world is one of raising awareness for those who don’t have a global voice…until now!
Cole and Paker – a sock company that sells colorful, bright and creative socks.
About Cole and Parker: Cole and Parker was founded with the big idea of supporting entrepreneurs in poverty throughout the world. They have partnered with Kiva, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. By purchasing these cute socks you are helping Cole and Parker loan money to start businesses in the developing world.
Headbands of Hope – a headband company that sells many different styles of headbands for charity.
About Headbands of Hope: Headbands of Hope was started by Jessica Ekstrom as a passion project for girls who have lost their hair due to the effects of cancer treatments. For every headband purchased, one is also given to a girl with cancer…AND an additional $1 is donated to the cancer organization of YOUR choice. VERY COOL!
One World Play Project – Given, I’ve always had a passion for soccer, I especially love this organization! One World Play Project has created a durable soccer ball made specifically for children around the world who don’t have access to something as simple as a ball.
About One World Play Project: Giving is at the core of the One World Play Project mission to bring play to youth around the world. Through sponsorships and their “Buy One, Give One” program, OWPP is able to give tens of thousands of One World Futbols and One World Cricket Balls every month to organizations working with disadvantaged communities.
Badala – an amazing company that sells jewelry, accessories and home goods to eradicate extreme poverty around the world.
About Badala: Badala was started by Joelle McNamara after the startling realization that people are dying by the millions just because they don’t have enough to eat. Half the world’s children are sick because they don’t have access to clean water. There’s a whole continent of people crying out for mercy. Badala is similar to Cole and Parker in that they too offer micro financing those in need.
Denik – Denik believes art can change the world. They sell notebooks, journals and sketch books designed by global artists.
About Denik: Denik believes that an artist’s work can impact the world. A portion of each book purchased goes to help build schools.