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Earning Money For Your School With Shoparoo

April 28, 2014 |

The cost of education is rising and it puts our schools in a tough financial position – do they cut “extras” like art and music? Or do they ask the parents for contributions to keep these activities available? Neither is a great option. That is why many schools resort to fundraising, whether it is through selling chocolate bars and tins of popcorn or collecting Box Tops for Education. Read More

Ending Slavery by Being a Smarter Shopper

February 27, 2014 |

Many people think “slavery” ended after the Civil War, but, tragically, it’s more prevalent now than at any other point in human history. According to Relevant magazine there are nearly 30 million slaves worldwide, a number that's growing because our buying habits are increasing the demand for cheap labor. There are more than 13 million child slaves, who are often sold by their impoverished parents, working in fields, brothels, private homes, mines, and restaurants overseas and even right here in America. February 27 is Shine a Light on Slavery Day, something you can do with every dollar you spend. Freedom fighters around the world will be drawing a red "x" on their hands to signify their quest to end modern-day slavery. But even after that red "x" washes away, consider these ways to be an abolitionist with your purse strings.

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Breathing New Life Into Old Glasses

March 15, 2013 |


Earth Day is just around the corner, and it’s got us thinking about some outside-the-box ways to reuse and recycle. Take those old eyeglasses, for example. If your prescription has changed so that they’re no longer useful as a ... Read More

5 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts that Support a Cause

December 22, 2011 |

Instead of giving your friend a sweater she won't wear or your dad another book to add to his library, why not consider giving them gifts that can truly impact the world? Whether it's a gift that gives homeless pets shelter or helps human trafficking victims escape slavery, there are many wonderful options. The latest Social Good Survey from Fenton and GlobeScan found that giving to charities isn't bouncing back as much as other areas of the economy. The poll found that 65% of Americans will donate the same amount to charity in the coming year. However, more than half believe that nonprofits are making a big difference in the world for good. Support that positive change by giving a gift that matters.

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10 Retailers Who Give Back During the Holidays

December 15, 2011 |

During the holidays I like to donate bags of canned goods at my local grocery store, and when I'm buying gifts for my family, I buy a few extras and donate them to a shelter for women and children. I ... Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Think Before You Buy Pink

October 10, 2011 |

This time of year store shelves seem to turn all shades of pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and everything from cookies to socks take on a girlie shade of blush. While many of the products support a great cause, they don't all give a portion of sales to breast cancer research. And some provide pennies of your purchase to this important cause.  Wondering how to determine the difference between a marketing ploy designed to sell more stuff to unsuspecting shoppers and a passionate company truly wanting to do some good? We've got tips to help you avoid spending money on pink impostors and instead support the products that are truly helping fight breast cancer. Read More

Five Tips to Score Company Donations

May 17, 2011 |

begging dogDogs are great at begging, but it's not so easy for humans. There's a lot of competition for charitable dollars. With so many worthy causes and nonprofits needing assistance, it's important to approach companies the right way when you're asking for support. We found out what works and what doesn't straight from those who have gone through fundraising experiences. Don't worry, no puppy dog eyes required.

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Keep Thinking Pink

October 14, 2008 | 1

It's still October (about halfway through in fact) and I'm still discovering more and more great merchants offering various pink products in support of various Breast Cancer Awareness charities. It's seriously great to see so many more stores jumping on ... Read More

Think (and Shop) Pink!

October 7, 2008 | 8

Besides prepping for Halloween, October has the distinction of being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last year I blogged about Shopping For a Cure, talking a bit about my own family's experience with the disease. I also pointed out some of ... Read More

The Blogging Gift

March 17, 2008 | 3

I've been blogging over a year now (eep!) and one of the biggest things I've noticed is that as a whole, bloggers are actually pretty nice people. With a few obvious exceptions, most bloggers will help you with any problems ... Read More

Get a Gift Card and Think Pink

October 18, 2007 | 2

Just a reminder that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And in the vein of continuing to Think Pink, I've added a few more items to my Shop for a Cure post.

And for you fashion-minded folks out there ... Read More