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Apr 1, 2011
This is a guest post from Sara Roberts. Sara is a content contributor for Just Eyewear, an eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses retailer.
One man’s trash is more than another man’s treasure; it could be another man’s livelihood. While your prescription may not work for your eyes anymore, it may still be the perfect one for someone else’s eyes. Whether you are changing glasses because you’re just ready for new frames, or because the prescription has changed, help out your fellow man by donating your old glasses...

You can read the rest of this post and find out more about donating your old eyeglasses at Do Good ....

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Posted: Apr 1, 2011 3:59am
Mar 31, 2011


Sara Roberts is a content contributor for Just Eyewear, an eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses retailer.
One man’s trash is more than another man’s treasure; it could be another man’s livelihood. While your prescription may not work for your eyes anymore, it may still be the perfect one for someone else’s eyes. Whether you are changing glasses because you’re just ready for new frames, or because the prescription has changed, help out your fellow man by donating your old glasses.

You can find out more about donating your old eyeglasses at Do Good ....

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 4:11pm
Mar 28, 2011
And the Winner is ...
This is a guest post by Jennifer Williams.  She blogs at Techsplosive.com. And you can follow her on Twitter @JtotheWilliams.
Contests have the preternatural ability to arouse competitiveness in even the most timid of individuals. Combined with a possibility of winning something and plain good old fashioned fun, contests, be they watermelon seed-spitting or a game show, appeal to just about everyone.

While the law of the contest dictates there be one winner and many losers, the contest for charity is different. With charity, the participant’s acts are on behalf of another, and while one may win, very few will feel like losers.

Charities are dedicated to making positive impacts on the world and the people who inhabit it. Some charities host dinner parties, some marathons, while others, like Kars for Kids, utilize sales from car donations to support the needy. Sometimes charities need a little help, and what better way to rouse the forces than a contest?

Whether philanthropic participant or planner, these four types of charity contest should inspire you:
The Kindness Challenge uses Twitter to raise charity awareness. Facebook is hosting an Of Charity, For Charity photo contest, with proceeds going to UNICEF. Do a little networking and you’ll find great contests, or you could start your own.
Charity Contest #3: The Sporting EventEver heard of the London Marathon? Besides being one of the biggest marathons in the world, since its inception in 1981, it has raised over 450 million for charity. Sporting events are contests you know, and major to minor, leagues all over the world hold rugby, football, soccer, and cricket games to benefit charities. Lace up your sneakers and participate in a local race to benefit breast cancer, or organize a community football game to help a favorite cause.
Charity Contest #4: The Foodie FundraisersCeleb chefs cook up a storm for charity and restaurants routinely donate to food banks, but what about those good old fashioned pie-eating contests? Communities and restaurants host pie-eating contests, chili cook-offs, and best brownie competitions with proceeds benefiting local or national nonprofit organizations or causes. Many states routinely hold an annual food event for charity; try searching online for one closest to you. Or, help organize an event for your community. That strawberry jam might be a big winner for your favorite charity.

A little newspaper perusing or online browsing will help you unearth a plethora of contests aimed at giving charities a hand. The great thing about contests is that they get people excited, and when people are excited about helping worthy causes, the whole world wins, one charity contest at a time.

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Posted: Mar 28, 2011 7:40am
Feb 25, 2011

I've moved ...

Both in the real world ... and here online ....

You can now find me blogging about Digital Philanthropy, Sustainable Living, and more at Do Good.

This is also the new home of the Be the Change Bookclub.

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Posted: Feb 25, 2011 5:39am
Jan 15, 2011


Build a Well
Nearly 1 billion people don't have access to clean, safe drinking water.  Help change that!

Give a Compliment
Kind Over Matter have a beautiful new compliments poster for you to print out, hang around your neighbourhood and help spread a little goodwill.  Everyone loves a compliment - and love is what makes the world go around!

Have a Heart â™¥  Org
Great new blog to help bloggers and small business owners with heart find readers and shoppers who want to help them make a difference.  Be sure to visit today and help spread the word!

Preloved Reloved
Kim is giving up new clothes in favour of a year of secondhand frockery (or should I say vintage?) to raise money and awareness for the awesome charity MacMillan Cancer Support.  Head on over and see what fab fashion she has unearthed!

Drop some Love
With Love Drop, you can help a person or family in need for as little as $1 a month.  Its a great new microgiving project that lets you make a difference no matter what your budget!

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Posted: Jan 15, 2011 2:13pm
Jan 5, 2011


Love Drop is a micro-giving network of people who unite as a community to help one person or family a month. By subscribing to the team for as low as $1, they make it easy for their members to change lives in a fun and tangible way. Each month Love Drop delivers a unique combination of unexpected financial gifts, personal encouragement and the support of local and online communities.

Every month the Love Drop community comes together to raise as much support and awareness as we possibly can. It starts on the website - LoveDrop.us, gets spread across our entire network of blogs, continues through the forums where all our members are brainstorming, and finally lands on the front steps of our recipients. Literally.

At the end of the month, Nate and J$ willshow up in the town the people live in to deliver this pile of goodness. The money, the gifts, the services, everything! It's all on film, and it all ends with an amazing outpouring of love. And then it starts all over again the next month.



This month, Love Drop is doing its thing for Jill in Chicago.  Help them, and their flagship partner, Kona Grill, make this drop amazing!

How You Can Help

This project is all about coming up with creative and fun ways to make a difference for someone. Here’s what you can do to make our first Love Drop special for Jill and her family:
  • Join the team – Become a member by paying whatever you want. Even $1.00.
  • Join our blogger network – Blog about our Love Drops once a month! It’s easy, it’s rewarding, and it REALLY helps spread the word (which in turn helps the families!). We’ll give you all the content you need.
  • Give a gift – Gift cards, clothes, a homemade scarf, a bike, whatev.
  • Provide a service – Web design, tax help, legal services, etc.
(Email all ideas/questions to team (at) lovedrop.us, we’ll make it happen)

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Posted: Jan 5, 2011 8:35pm
Dec 28, 2010
HVO in Africa

Suz, from SuzRocks, is raising money for Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) this holiday season.

HVO is an awesome non-profit that trains and educates health professionals in developing countries so that they are better able to address the specific health needs of that country.

What does this mean in terms you may actually care about?
It means that pregnant mothers in Cambodia will have access to anesthesia for c-sections if they need one, that people injured in the earthquakes in Haiti will have access to physical therapy, and that trauma victims in Mongolia will have access to emergency orthopedic surgery.
And this is where YOU come in!

Take action and go to HVO’s website, read about them and if you decide that it sounds like something that interests you:
  • CLICK HERE and you can reach their secure site where you can give online, mail, fax, or phone. They will be happy with anything you can spare: five,ten, twenty, a hundred, two million dollars…
  • In the “In Honor of” box, put Suz Watts or SuzRocks, just so they can keep track of where donations are coming from.
If you are unable to donate, you can still do something!  Help Suz spread the word and link to her post or to HVO on your blog, or share her post on Facebook or Twitter.

Suz is also putting up $250 of her own money and will donate $1 for every 5 new subscribers to her blog or 5 new Twitter followers.  So follow her already!  And tell your friends to follow her too!!




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Posted: Dec 28, 2010 7:08am
Dec 17, 2010
If you are still looking for holiday gifts you don’t need to resort to generic gift cards. Check out CitizenEffect’sHolidayHarvestcardsbySnapfish and send your friends and loved ones a gift that will put food on the table for communities in need this season.


Click “giveacard” above and choose the region of the world you want to support. Then add your personal message and Snapfish will send the card to your friend or loved one so you can tell them you made a gift in their name to solve the hunger crisis.


You can choose to support projects that feed communities inCallao,Peru,Gujarat,India,Cloetesville,SouthAfrica, and theGulfCoast,UnitedStates. We will share updates on the impact your project is having on the community for years to come.


Truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Join Citizen Effect’s Holiday Harvest on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!


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Posted: Dec 17, 2010 2:28pm
Dec 16, 2010

There is a really interesting conversation taking place at BlogFrog at the moment ... Please join in and share your thoughts!

What good questions can we ask here to stir conversation around helping the world's poorest villages? I'd love your creative insights!
Visit the "What conversations do u suggest?" Discussion

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Posted: Dec 16, 2010 12:10am
Dec 5, 2010

Changents and P&G are currently working together to raise 100,000 days of clean water for people around the world.

I've joined in the Clean Water Blogivation on my blog Digital Philanthropy and would really love to be able to contribute 1000 days of clean water.

But I really need your help!!

All it takes is a couple of clicks, and a few moments of your time to help spread the word!

Please head on over to Digital Philanthropy and click to donate clean water!

Thanks so much
Meg


P.S.  If you have a cause you would like to spread the word about, please get in touch.  I am always on the look out for guest bloggers to feature at Digital Philanthropy!! 

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