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Do Toms Shoes Really Help People?


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Cal
- 893 days ago - motherjones.com
The "buy one, give one" model sounds like a great idea, but does it really alleviate poverty? It depends.



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Past Member (0)
Monday May 14, 2012, 4:52 am
Thank you Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 14, 2012, 5:01 am
thank you
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday May 14, 2012, 5:05 am
Thanks.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday May 14, 2012, 6:54 am
good to know
 

Kristen Giffin (17)
Monday May 14, 2012, 8:32 am
Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.
 

Cecily P. (4)
Monday May 14, 2012, 9:04 am
Thanks!
 

Dana W. (9)
Monday May 14, 2012, 9:33 am
When I first hard about the Toms BOGO program I was excited and went to the website but unfortunately didn't like any of the shoes and felt they were really expensive. I've gotten just as cynical about many companies that sell pink products or those with a pink ribbon emblem with the promise that a portion of the purchase will go to charity.

First of all, if a company is going to make a donation, they should just make it. Second, for all of those rushing to buy charity-affiliated products, I applaud the desire to give, but please read the fine print to find out how much of your purchase will actually be donated, or if the company states that it will donate UP TO a specific amount; this sounds like they will keep the full purchase price of anything once their donation amount has been reached.

We've all gotten calls soliciting money for causes that sound worthy, but when I ask them to send me literature or ask how much of my donation will actually be going to the organization I get a lot of hemming and hawing or hangups. I found out that many organizations rely on companies to solicit for them because they don't have the time or resources. That's fine, but sometimes only 5 or 10 cents of each dollar ever reaches the charity.

If you feel the need to open your heart and your wallet, donate directly to the organization, not someone who purports to represent them.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Monday May 14, 2012, 1:02 pm
It's a nice thing for Tom's Shoes to do but, as mentioned in the article and in the comments, they should provide very specific information to their customers about the program. Otherwise, their BOGO promotion could be perceived as a way to sell more shoes --little more than a sales gimmick-- and that would be very unfortunate.
 

NicoleAWAY W. (634)
Monday May 14, 2012, 5:58 pm
direct giving is better
 

Cal Mendelsohn (994)
Monday May 14, 2012, 10:52 pm
spam
 

Patricia N. (8)
Monday May 14, 2012, 11:05 pm
Yes I'm really doubtful about all these companies getting on the charity bandwagon. Best to give directly to your favorite charity that you have picked after investigating them.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 3:06 am
Thanks.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 8:29 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Kari Knabe (14)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 11:03 am
Good info - thanks!!!!!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 4:15 pm
Thanks again Cal.
 

Catherine Turley (194)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 10:14 pm
good stuff. will check out aidwatch and tiny spark.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 8:53 am
Shoes for Industry! Shoes for Defence! Papoon for President - 'Not Insane!' Firesign Theatre for Congress to replace Reps and Dems - the USA's finest radio comedy team would be more competent at legislating than the current lot of idiots!
 

Kristen H. (25)
Wednesday May 16, 2012, 12:38 pm
Interesting. Thanks. Tom's are too expensive for me. So..... yeah.
 
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