9/26/13

Social Good: A Look at the UncommonGoods Better to Give Program


By on 9/26/2013 10:21:00 AM

We are very fortunate here in this mama’s corner of the world to have our family’s daily needs met. We are fortunate enough to worry about creating healthier meals--and not simply providing whatever food possible. Our daughters are fortunate enough to have access to education, healthcare, and freedom (although they may question that last one at times!) We try to support those less fortunate whenever possible--and love to highlight groups and organizations that do the same. This week, we would like to introduce you to UncommonGoods and their Better to Give program.
What is UncommonGoods?   UncommonGoods is an online retailer, founded in 1999, that seeks to feature unique designs and handcrafted products from near and far to an online market. UncommonGoods is a B Corp that offers an eclectic range of products.  In just a few minutes, I found myself drawn to a Calla Lilly Pendant, a Kid’s Responsibility Board, a handblown Glass Hummingbird Ornament and this Sari Bag.  From individual artists and handcrafters to small manufacturers, the items and gifts featured represent the unique diversity of our world--all while striving to do so with human and environmental impact and service to social good in mind. 

What is The Better to Give Program?  Since Uncommon Goods is an independently owned business, the company has the ability to pay it forward by supporting charities and causes that they believe in.   In addition to the company’s efforts in supporting small artists and businesses, and encouraging eco-friendly, worker friendly suppliers--UncommonGoods offers the Better to Give Program where they donate $1 to the customer’s charity of choice with every purchase. Basically--you shop the UncommonGoods catalog, select from an array of unique items, choose a charity during checkout--and UncommonGoods makes a donation to that charity.

UncommonGoods currently supports the following four non-profit organizations:
 
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors and ensure that rapists are brought to justice

American Forests protects and restores forests worldwide, helping to preserve the health of our planet for the benefit of its inhabitants. 

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.

City Harvest strives to end hunger in communities throughout New York City through food rescue, distribution, and education. 

As a thank-you for sharing their work with our readers, UncommonGoods has agreed to make a $50 donation to one of these four charities on our behalf.  We selected Women for Women International .  With so much unrest in our world today, our hearts go out daily to the many women (and their children) impacted by war and violence.  

Which charity would you choose?  Go check out UncommonGoods--get a head start on your holiday shopping--and support one of these wonderful charitable organizations.

About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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