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Shop for a Cause: Make a Difference

Updated on January 2, 2017

1. F Cancer

F Cancer is a registered non-profit organization that aims for the early detection, prevention, and support for those struggling with cancer. Yael Cohen Braun and Julie Greenbaum merged two cancer charities into one non-profit. Yael started in this field after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Yael is married to Scooter Braun, who is a music executive who represents artists such as: Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and Ariana Grande. On their website you can buy shirts, jewelry, phone cases, and more to support the cause.

Instagram: @julie_greenbaum @yael @letsfcancer

2. AmazonSmile

Amazon has started a new program, AmazonSmile, they have partnered with various non-profit organizations. You can link one non-profit to your account and parts of your purchase total gets donated to the chosen non-profit.

To link:

1. go to the Your Account drop list

2. Select Your AmazonSmile

3. You can browse the available charities and read about their organizations

4. Select your charity

5. Make purchases on Amazon and watch your donations rise

3. Me to We

Me to We focuses on making sustainable change globally. They offer employment to those who otherwise would not be able to work and provide for their families. They work to empower those who feel helpless to be leaders. They also offer volunteer trips overseas to help with education, health, and economic developmental programs. Me to We has apparel, home decor, jewelry, and much more for purchase to help support the organization. Notable celebrities like Demi Lovato and Shay Mitchell have supported this organization and gone on volunteer trips. Me to We ensures that your consumer purchase makes a difference.

Instagram: @metowe

4. To Write Love on Her Arms

TWLOHA was founded by Jamie Tworkowski after he watched his friend Renee Yohe struggle with addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicidal ideations. Jamie started raising money and selling shirts for Renee's treatment. Jamie posted the story on Myspace and people were inspired. Soon, Renee and Jamie were answering messages from people from all over the world dealing with depression, addiction, and other mental illnesses. TWLOHA works to inform, inspire, and encourage rehabilitation and treatment.

Instagram: @jamietworkowski @TWLOHA

5. Pencils of Promise

Pencils of Promise was founded by Adam Braun after he was inspired traveling the world and asking children if they could have one thing in the world what would it be. One child said: a pencil. That inspired him because in America most kids take education for granted. He started the non-profit to build schools in areas that cannot afford to do so on their own. They build schools in Guatemala, Ghana, and Laos. After building the schools they help teachers, provide technology to advance their learning, and monitor and evaluate the student's success. Many celebrities have donated, help build schools overseas, and have become members of the advisory board; these celebrities include: Sophia Bush, Usher, and Justin Bieber. Adam wrote a book about his experience, the Promise of a Pencil.

Instagram: @pencilsofpromise @itsadambraun

6. No More

NO MORE aims to educate, engage, and raise awareness for sexual assault and domestic violence. "Launched in March 2013 by a coalition of leading advocacy groups, service providers, the U.S. Department of Justice, and major corporations, NO MORE is supported by hundreds of national and local groups and by thousands of individuals, organizations, universities, and communities who are using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility for domestic violence and sexual assault." NO MORE has done several PSA campaigns including celebrities and the NFL.

Instagram: @nomoreorg

7. Puravida

Puravida is Spanish for pure life. Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman started Puravida after going on a college graduation trip to Costa Rica. While on their trip they met two men selling bracelets. The men lived in poverty and shared one bedroom with their whole family. Griffin and Paul bought 400 bracelets to bring back to America with them. They took the bracelets to a local boutique and sold out immediately. Griffin and Paul formed a partnership with the bracelet sellers. They work with Costa Rican artisans and have provided jobs to the bracelet sellers and over 100 people who were formally living under poverty. They also have partnered with other charity organizations to raise money for them.

Instagram: @griffinthall @paulgoodman11 @puravidabracelets

8. I Am That Girl

I Am That Girl is a non-profit organization and was founded by Alexis Jones and Emily Greener. I Am That Girl works to bring positivity into girl's lives. Women and girls are hit with negative notes, and live with self-doubt, they are working to change this. I Am That Girl has University chapters and a safe online community. Alexis Jones has started a new venture, branching from I Am That Girl. Protect Her, is a speaking project where she is invited to the locker rooms of college athletic teams. She goes and speaks about what being a man really means, how to protect the women in their lives, how to intervene with sexual assault, and how young men can empower young women. Alexis wrote a book: I Am That Girl.

Instagram: @missalexisjones @egreener @iamthatgirl @protectherprogram

9. Lokai

Steven Izen founded Lokai after his grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Steven began trying to find balance in his balance. The bracelets have water from Mount Everest and mud from the Dead Sea, the highest point and lowest point on Earth. Lokai has partnered with many charities, and 10% of proceeds from every bracelet goes towards these charities. A few of these charities include: Make a Wish, RED, Pencils of Promise, WWF, The Jane Goodall Institute, and many more.

Instagram: @stevenizen @livelokai

10. Joyful Heart Foundation

Actor and activist Mariska Hargitay founded the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 to bring joy back to those who have suffered sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. She plays the role of detective Olivia Benson on Law and Order: SVU. Hargitay was surprised by the severity of these issues and needed to take action. The foundation hopes to change the way society responds to these tragedies, support the healing of survivors, and eliminate the violence. They hope to do this by education, healing, and advocacy.

Instagram: @thejhf @therealmariskahargitay

11. No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry aims to help children in America that do not have access to food. 13 million children in America do not get the food they need. The organization starts school breakfast programs, summer meal locations, and educate families on how to buy and prepare healthy meals for their families. Williams Sonoma teamed with No Kind Hungry to create spatulas to raise money. The spatulas were designed by celebrities: Chrissy Teigen, Ayesha Curry, Ina Garten, American Girl Doll, Jimmy Kimmel, Michael Voltaggio, Trisha Yearwood, Giada De Laurentiis, and Danica Patrick.

Instagram: @nokidhungry

12. Hope Dealer and Regular Hero

Regular Hero is a non-profit organization that raises awareness and provides resources to make things better for people in need. Regular Hero teamed up with Demi Lovato to raise awareness for mental illness. Proceeds go towards the Lovato Scholarship. the scholarship was created by Demi after her father died in part by untreated mental illness and addiction. The scholarship helps get treatment for those dealing with mental illness and addiction. Demi handpicked each item on sale.

Instagram: @ddlovato @regular_hero

13. Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer raises money to fund innovative cancer treatments to get closer to finding a cure. They have over 1200 scientists involved, over 160 clinic trials funded, over 9,000 patients enrolled, and over 140 institutions involved. They are reinventing cancer research and finding new innovative ways to treat it to one day find a cure.

Instagram: @su2c

14. Broadway Cares

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps people across the country receive necessary medications, nutrition, healthcare, emergency funding assistance, and counseling. It was funded in 1987 by the Council of Actors’ Equity Association. "Broadway Cares was founded in February 1988 by members of The Producers’ Group. Money raised was awarded to AIDS service organizations nationwide, including Equity Fights AIDS." BCEFA has been supported by broadway members and actors including: Lauren Graham.

Instagram: @bcefa

15. Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)

COPS is a non-profit organization and was founded to support the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. Between 140 and 160 law enforcement officers are killed every year in the United States. Survivors included spouses, children, siblings, significant others, and co-workers of the fallen officer. COPS work to alleviate the stress the survivors deal with after the loss. COPS helps with counseling, financial support, and camps. COPS is funded by donations and grants.

Instagram: @concerns_of_police_survivors

16. Best Buddies

Best Buddies International is a non-profit organization that works to establish one to one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development. Best Buddies serve those with: Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities. The are the largest organization working to end the economic, social, and physical divide to people with disabilities.

Instagram: @bestbuddies

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