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Better to Give: Flint Child Health & Development Fund

February 1, 2016

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Here at UncommonGoods, it’s our policy to use business as a force for good. Through our Better to Give program, it’s important to us that we connect our customers with charities that impact the world in a positive way. In the wake of the water emergency in Flint, MI, we have partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to help raise donations for its Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

On January 16, 2016, President Obama declared a federal state of emergency in Flint, MI. The city has been afflicted with a public health crisis since 2014, when evidence first surfaced that its potable water supply was contaminated with lead. According to USA Today, Eden Wells, Michigan’s chief medical executive, has determined that “every Flint child under 6 years of age — 8,657 children, based on an analysis of Census data — should be considered exposed to lead.”

The Flint Child Heath & Development Fund is dedicated to providing children affected by the city’s water crisis with critical resources and interventions that support positive health outcomes. UncommonGoods has committed to donating at least $1,500 to the Fund. For every customer that selects this non-profit through our Better to Give page during checkout, we will donate $1 on your behalf.

If you would like to donate directly to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund, please visit this link.

For the most up-to-date information, you can follow the Community Foundation of Greater Flint on Facebook.

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It’s Better to Give Because…

December 9, 2015

We’re proud to support our Better to Give partners and the positive impacts they’re making on the world all year long, but on December 1, 2015, we were able to step-up our giving game and donate more to help them do good.

The first day in December this year was Giving Tuesday, a “global day dedicated to giving back.” To celebrate, we asked our community to tell us why it’s better to give than to receive, and we received some pretty on-point answers.

Better to Give | UncommonGoodsFor every answer we received on  Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, we donated $1 to our Better to Give partners. We also chose one answer from each platform and donated $500 to a non-profit organization of the person who shared that answer’s choice.

  • Twitter winner @EtheRealGrrl said “It’s #BettertoGive than receive because nothing is more fulfilling than contributing to another person’s happiness.” She chose our Better to Give partner RAINN to receive our donation in her name.
  • Our Instagram winner @zlauzia picked  The Next Door–an organization that isn’t currently one of our partners, but is definitely a worthy cause. She said, “It is always #bettertogive. There is no better joy than that of giving – regardless of what it is – a smile, your time, a shoulder, your love, a hug, money; let’s make every day #givingtuesday.”
  • On Facebook, Clara Waldhari told us, “Giving — of yourself and/or through a material item — is the best way to know you are alive and in tune with this wondrous universe. Giving from the heart is healing for the giver and the receiver. #BettertoGive and #GivingTuesday” She selected the international children’s rights organization Save the Children to receive $500.

In addition to the extra donations made through our social media campaign, we also doubled the donation for every shopper who selected a Better to Give Partner at checkout when purchasing on our website. (Did you know that every time you shop at UncommonGoods you have the opportunity to select a non-profit partner from our line-up and we’ll donate $1 to that organization at no cost to you? Learn more here.)

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Thanks to our social media followers who participated in the campaign and the shoppers who selected non-profit partners to receive our special $2 donation, we donated a total of $5,799 on Giving Tuesday.

Of course, it truly is better to give than to receive all year round, so don’t forget to check out Better to Give next time you place an order with us and we’ll donate $1 to the non-profit partner of your choice.

 

The Uncommon Life

Better to Give Gets Even Better on #GivingTuesday

November 22, 2015

Giving Tuesday

We’ve all heard the old phrase “It’s better to give than to receive,” and as a B Corp, we truly mean it. We even took the name for our Better to Give program from that sentiment, because we know that giving back to the community is an important part of becoming a better business.

Every time you shop at UncommonGoods, we donate $1 to the non-profit Better to Give partner of your choice, and over the past 12 years, that’s added up to over $1,000,000 in donations. On December 1, 2015, we want to give a little extra by participating in #GivingTuesday.

Help us give more by taking to social media to tell us why you believe that it’s better to give than to receive using the hashtags #BettertoGive and #GivingTuesday. We’ll donate $1 a share for the first 5,000 shares to our non-profit partners and we’ll pick three participants (one each from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) to win $500 to donate to the non-profit organization of their choice.

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While you don’t need to shop to share, we do plan to give our traditional Better to Give program a little extra love on #GivingTuesday as well. Place an order on December 1 and we’ll donate an extra dollar on your behalf to the organization you choose at checkout.

By participating in #GivingTuesday through social media or by selecting one of our partners when you shop, you can help us make a difference for a child learning to read, a woman survivor of war, a survivor of sexual abuse, or a natural habitat facing potential deforestation.

 

RAINNDonations to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, fund programs that prevent sexual violence. RAINN also operates National Sexual Assault Hotline and partners with rape crisis centers across the country. By providing resources for policymakers and the media and building community partnerships, RAINN promotes nationwide education and awareness about sexual violence. They also work to ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

 

American Forests

Donations to American Forests help them protect and restore forests damaged by human action and natural disasters around the world. American Forests, the oldest non-profit conservation organization in the United States, has planted more than 45 million trees since 1990.

 

Women for Women International

Donations to Women for Women International allow them to  help women survivors of war by bringing them together in safe spaces to learn life, business, and job skills. By giving women the tools and resources they need to overcome crisis and poverty, Women for Women International helps them become independent, while building stronger families and communities.

 

Reach Out and Read

Donations to Reach Out and Read help them continue their mission to put children on the path to success through the development of early reading skills and school readiness. The organization works with thousands of doctors and nurses across all 50 US states to integrate children’s books into well-child visits and encourage parents to read to their children.

We’re extremely proud of the positive impact we’ve helped our non-profit partners make in the world and we’re looking forward to helping these great organizations do more good as we celebrate #GivingTuesday.

The Uncommon Life

Better to Give: AmeriCares Nepal Relief Fund

April 29, 2015

AmeriCares

In the wake of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25 and the powerful aftershocks that have followed, we are partnering with AmeriCaresan emergency response and global health organization, to help raise donations through our Better to Give program. For every $1 donated to the Nepal Relief Fund, AmeriCares will work with a trusted network to deliver emergency medical supplies and humanitarian aid. Help us support AmeriCares’ relief efforts by selecting them when you checkout after your next purchase, and we’ll donate $1 on your behalf.

If you would like to donate directly to the AmeriCares Nepal Relief Fund, please visit this link. Your gift will help ensure that AmeriCares has the adequate resources to respond quickly and effectively to the tragedy in Nepal.

For the most up-to-date information, you can follow AmeriCares on Twitter at @AmeriCares.