So, as I continue to ponder the question of what to do with a growing understanding of world poverty and my own priveleged life, one of things that I can do is shop for gifts at stores that give back. Here is a list I've been compiling. Please let me know about other sites, too. :)
- http://www.joinred.com/ --proceeds benefit the Global Fund--money that goes directly to Africa to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria
- http://www.thehungersite.com/ --give free food while shopping for cool gifts made by artisians all over the world
- http://www.globalgirlfriend.com/ --fair-trade and beautiful clothing and accessories "handmade by women and communities in need."
- http://www.greatergood.com/ --links to stores that benefit various causes such as children's health and breast cancer
- www.stjude.org/shop --profits fund research and treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- http://www.worldofgood.com/ --part of ebay, "ethically sourced, Fair Trade, and eco-friendly gifts and goods"
- http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ --beautiful gifts, the store "provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America"
- http://www.lindsayolives.com/ --wreaths benefit meals on wheels
- http://www.greenraising.com/ --provide "products that help (people) consume less, preserve natural resources, and help others."
- http://www.sambazon.com/ --acai products and jewelry that preserve the rainforest while benefiting indigenous people.
- http://www.goodshop.com/ --up to 30% of every purchase from your favorite stores (like Kohl's, Gap, Target) goes to a charity of your choice
- http://www.uptownliz.com/ -- a website that promotes "products from companies whose proceeds directly give back to charitable organizations."
- http://147millionorphans.com--sells/ --cute necklaces, clothing and accessories. Proceeds help to feed children in Uganda and Haiti, help families adopt HIV+/AIDS, help local African refugees earn an income and encourage adoptive families on their journey.
- http://www.one.org/us/ --cool t-shirts and accessories. "ONE is a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African policy makers and activists."
- http://store.showhope.org/ --awesome clothing that supports families in the process of adoption.
- http://store.invisiblechildren.com/ --purses, bracelets and other gear. "All of our programming is a partnership between those of us at Invisible Children and those in the Ugandan community. We focus on long-term goals that enable children to take responsibility for their future and the future of their country. Our programs are carefully researched and developed initiatives that address the need for quality education, mentorships, the redevelopment of schools, resettlement from the camps, and financial stability."
Have fun shopping!