Purchasing that benefits those in need

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  1. Upsadaisy

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    1. Project 7
    project7.com
    Project 7 sells gum, snacks, bottled water and clothing. For each product purchased they make a corresponding donations for things like fruit trees, meals, digging wells, and providing education. Products are available in many retail stores, as well as on their website.

    2. Skyline Socks
    skylinesocks.com
    Skyline sells socks with the skylines of major American cities. For each pair purchased, a pair of socks will be donated to someone in that same city. See them all here.

    3. TOMS
    toms.com
    Probably the most well known of the one-for-one companies, TOMS has expanded beyond their classic canvas shoe model to sell boots, eyeglasses and more, all with their one-for-one donation match. Products are sold in many stores, as well as online.

    4. Better World Books
    betterworldbooks.com
    For every book purchased on their site, Better World Books donates one to Books for Africa or Feed the Children. See more here.

    5. Warby Parker
    warbyparker.com
    For every pair of glasses purchased from Warby Parker, the company donates the equivilent of a pair of glasses to non-profits throughout the world, as well as the training for locals to give eye exams. Learn more here.

    6. Yoobi
    yoobi.com
    Yoobi sells colorful school and office supplies, and donates the same number of supplies purchased to U.S. schools in need. See all their products here.

    7. Figs

    wearfigs.com
    As part of their Threads for Threads program, Figs will donate a pair of scrubs to a healthcare provider in a developing country for every pair purchased on their site.

    8. The Company Store
    thecompanystore.com
    For every comforter purchased from The Company Store, they will donate one comforter to a homeless child in the U.S. See more here.

    9. Out of Print
    outofprintclothing.com
    Out of Print clothing, which sells T-shirts and apparel printed with covers of classic literature, donates one book to Books for Africa for every product purchased. Products are available at many bookstores, as well as their website.

    10. Hand in Hand
    handinhandsoap.com
    For every bar or bottle of soap purchased, Hand in Hand donates a bar of soap and a month of clean water to a child in need. Read more here.

    11. Faucet Face
    faucetface.com
    For each of their glass water bottles purchased, Faucet Face donates the profit from the sale as well as a water filter to the clean drinking water charity Third Millennium Awakening (TMA). See the full story here.

    12. 2 Degrees
    twodegreesfood.com
    For every two snack bars purchased from 2 Degrees, they provide a meal to a child in need. Bars are available at many retail locations as well as online.

    13. Twice as Warm
    twiceaswarm.com
    For every winter clothing item purchased from Twice as Warm, one is donated to a local shelter. See more here.

    14. Baby Teresa
    baby-teresa.com
    For each baby outfit purchased on Baby Teresa, an outfit is donated to another child. The company also donates a portion of their accessories sales to provide baby formula in orphanages. See more here.

    15. Panda
    wearpanda.com
    Panda sells bamboo sunglasses and proceed from each purchase provide an eye exam and prescription glasses for school-aged children through the Optometry Giving Sight organization. See more here.

    16. Smile Squared
    smilesquared.com
    For each toothbrush purchased from Smile Squared, the company will donate one to a child in need. Smile Squared brushes can be purchased in many stores and online here.

    17. Roma
    romaboots.com
    For each pair of Roma boots you purchase, they will donate a pair filled with school supplies to a child in need. See more here.

    18. Good Spread
    helpgoodspread.com
    For every packet or jar of peanut butter purchased from Good Spread, the company donates an equivalent amount of "therapeutic food" to a malnourished child. See more about them here.

    19. BoGo Bowl
    bogobowl.com
    BoGo Bowl sells a wide variety of dog food, and donates a bag to shelter animals for each bag purchased. See more here.

    20. One World Play Project
    oneworldplayproject.com
    For each ball purchased from the One World Play Project, a ball will be given to disadvantaged youth in communities worldwide. See more here.

    21. People Water
    peoplewater.com
    For each reusable water bottle purchased, People Water donated the equivalent amount of water. See more here.

    22. WeWood
    we-wood.us
    WeWood plants a tree for every wood watch purchased. See more here.
     
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  3. vickilyn

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    We buy so much, use so much. How wonderful to make our money go farther - far enough to help those most in need receive exactly what they need most.
     
  4. a2z

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    I'm all for charity, but as we know, many charities are more scams than actual help. They pocket huge sums of the donations for their organization rather than passing it along to those in need.

    I'd like to see how much actually goes to those in need and how much we end up paying beyond the actual value of the product to make this happen.
     
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    Good point. On the other hand, some people are going to purchase many of these things anyway, so those with distinct benefits - one shirt sends one book, etc., would interest them. Pet Smart, I believe, is doing the same thing as BoGo Bowl. A totally painless way to do good for those who will buy those brands of dog food any way.
     
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    But nothing is ever free. Someone pays. Since this is a business doing charity which gives them a tax write-off it is probably a combination of the customer and the taxpayer who is paying for this charity.
     
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    I can't deny that someone pays, but the tax write-off is legal, not a dirty trick. In this case, someone is benefitting from what is being offered. Better than doing business off the books or under the table - then the only person gaining anything is the business, and even at that, most likely a few people at the top. Just a thought
     
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    Didn't say it was a dirty trick or that it was illegal. You say totally painless. I disagree.

    But I don't want to side-track anymore. I just wish there were easy ways to find out how much benefit there really is based on what it really costs the consumer (or donator) in this case.
     
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    I can certainly agree with that. Let's call it truth in donation so that people inclined to be socially conscious can make informed decisions.
     
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    This is true. Instead of ordering online, I've bought some at this store. It's the same price and I was in town so it didn't cost me anything extra.
     
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    Thanks for sharing, upsadaisy!
     
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    I ordered some Project 7 gum last weekend. I didn't know they made donations!
     
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    Request an annual report if it is a publicly held company.
     

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