At Design for Social GOOD we believe we have a responsibility to help other people. We do this by doing GOOD design work for nonprofits around the world, andt we also do GOOD by giving back. This holiday season we want to share some of the GOOD ways you can give back too. Here are five great ways to give back this holiday season.

Gift Cards for GOOD
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Be the Change Gifts by MercyCorps
At MercyCorps you can shop for gifts featuring animals, farming, entrepreneurship, sports, emergencies, health, environment, women and children. The process is simple. You chose one of 40 unique gifts, MercyCorps will email a full-color card that explains your gift and you can customize it with a personal message. Your gifts help families turn crises of poverty, conflict or disaster into opportunity. (Photo courtesy of MercyCorps)

MercyCorps MISSION:       Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Why we think it’s GOOD:  Most of us have more than we could ever need. What better way to give than to give something you love to someone who actually needs it?

Products for GOOD
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Toms Shoes
For every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. “Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we’re all about.” (Photo courtesy of TOMS)

TOMS MISSION:     TOMS mission transforms their customers into benefactors, which allows them to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support.

Why we think it’s GOOD:  There are only a few companies whose movement IS their mission. TOMS was founded for the sole purpose of giving back and instead of asking for donations, they created a product to sell that provides funding and a means to give their product away. We think this concept ismore than GOOD. It’s GREAT!

Holiday Cards for GOOD
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Cards That Give

Whatever your passion may be, Cards That Give offers a greeting card to fit the need. Proceeds from the sale of the greeting cards directly benefits the associated cause. (Photo courtesy of Cards That Give)

Cards That Give’s MISSION: One woman took the time to build a website to help people find cards that support causes. She did the work, we get the benefit. It’s that simple.

Why we think it’s GOOD: You have a choice. You can buy your greeting cards a major retailers and help them get richer or you can buy them at Cards That Give and change the world. We vote for changing the world!

Loans for GOOD
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Kiva Loans That Change Lives

Kiva says it explains it better that we ever could by saying, “What gift do you give someone who has it all? A chance to help someone who doesn’t.” Kiva promotes dignity, accountability and transparency and believes that the poor can be successful when given the opportunity.

Kiva’s MISSION:     Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Why we think it’s GOOD: You know the specific person your giving to, the organization that back the loan and in this hard economic climate, once the loan is paid back, you get your money back!

Green Gifts for GOOD
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NRDC Green Gifts
Interested in saving the environment and want to give your friends and family a meaningful gifts? Then got to Green Gifts and help to save wildlife, protect wild places, revive oceans, education kids, fight pollution, encourage green living and less global warming.

NRDC’s MISSION:     NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization, combining courtroom power, scientific expertise and the grassroots clout of 1.3 million Members and online activists.

Why we think it’s GOOD: Your voice is your strength and there is power in numbers. If the environment is your passion, join the more than 1 million members and activists making a difference.

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In the midst of the holiday season, we think it’s more important than ever to do GOOD. For the next 12 days, we’ll be giving you ideas on how to do GOOD and make a difference in the world.

We start with NOTHING BUT NETS, a simple solution to saving lives. For $10 you can buy a net to protect a family from malaria. Read some of the facts the United Nations has compiled:

Fact: Malaria is preventable, but causes nearly 500 million illnesses each year and kills more than 1 million of those who become infected.

Fact: Ninety percent of deaths caused by malaria occur in Africa where the disease is a leading killer of children. Every 30 seconds a child in Africa dies from malaria.

Fact: Malaria is the #1 killer of refugees in Africa.  Two-thirds of the 33 million refugees worldwide live in malaria endemic countries.

Do GOOD! save a life!

We’ll tell you about a new charity each day on our Facebook page. Do GOOD, give GOOD at the12 days of social GOOD.

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Design for Social GOOD is proud to give back by providing loans through Kiva. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to help alleviate poverty.

Kiva empowers individuals to lend to entrepreneurs across the globe. By combining microfinance with the Internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending. Kiva promotes dignity, accountability and transparency, all the GOOD things we believe every nonprofit should promote.

With each new client we work with, Design for Social GOOD will choose an entrepreneur in Africa who is working to make his or her community and world a better place.

Our first loan is to Diambari Djiguen Gni Group in Thies, Senegal.

The group of 11 women is led by Mme Nogoye Mbaye and the loan will be used to buy cassava, brooms and vegetable oil, which the women will sell in their local villages.

We dedicate our first loan to ACE New York, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering the homeless and improving communities.

Design for Social GOOD completed an entire branding package for ACE New York that included a new logo, print suite, nonprofit analysis and website build.

Why do we give back? We do it because we have a responsibility to help other people.  We strive to produce outstanding work that promotes positive social change. We live not only by our commitment to our clients but also by our commitment to our community and the environment. We believe in the triple bottom line. People, Profit and Planet. We believe that doing GOOD for people and the planet is good for business. Our goal is to help those who are doing GOOD continue to thrive and grow their bottom lines in an increasingly complex, media-driven society.

Photo courtesy of Kiva.

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Design for Social GOOD is proud to give back by providing loans through Kiva. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to help alleviate poverty.

Kiva empowers individuals to lend to entrepreneurs across the globe. By combining microfinance with the Internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending. Kiva promotes dignity, accountability and transparency, all the GOOD things we believe every nonprofit should promote.

For each new client, Design for Social GOOD will choose an entrepreneur in Africa who is working to make his or her community and world a better place.

Our second loan is to Charles in Kyenjojo, Uganda. Charles is 40 and married with three children. He is a photographer and needs the loan to buy a black-and-white printer for his photo and video business.

Charles wants his children to study and to build a good family standard of living and Design for Social GOOD is proud to help support Charles in his effort. We dedicate this loan to Covenant House International. Their motto is, “Opening doors for homeless youth”. Design for Social GOOD completed several videos and photo shootis including Covenant House: A Place of Providence, From College to Homelessness, Ada and her daughter Leany: Homeless but Hopeful, From Foster Care to the Streets , Sakina Found a New Place to Live and homeless portraits.

Why do we give back? We do it because we have a responsibility to help other people. We strive to produce outstanding work that promotes positive social change. We live not only by our commitment to our clients but also by our commitment to our community and the environment. We believe in the triple bottom line. People, Profit and Planet. We believe that doing GOOD for people and the planet is good for business. Our goal is to help those who are doing GOOD continue to thrive and grow their bottom lines in an increasingly complex, media-driven society.

Photo courtesy of Kiva.

Design for Social GOOD is pleased to support Operation: Angels Rise by donating our design and development services by building a new website for this grass roots non-profit. Operation: Angels Rise will benefit Jamaican and Haitian children in need of health care and other vital necessities through the help of the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation and Sow A Seed. Proceeds will help build new wings at the Bustamante Hospital for Children provide rehabilitation services to Jamaican children and support Haitian orphans affected by the Jan.12, 2010, earthquake. We join Shaggy, Operation: Angels Rise and Sow a Seed in “Daring to Make a Difference”.

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About Operation: Angels Rise

With the same philosophy and goals of helping children in need, Shaggy and the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation along with Sow a Seed, a Florida-based charity organization to launch Operation: Angels Rise.

The events are planned around various activities to raise funds to benefit Jamaican and Haitian children in need of health care and other vital necessities through the help of the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation and Sow A Seed.

Since 2004, Sow A Seed has been providing basic fundamentals to orphans living in Haiti’s extreme poverty. Since the earthquake, the number of orphans has nearly doubled. As a non-profit organization solely compromised of volunteers, Sow A Seed now has a greater need to help these children rise above the rubble and rebuild their lives. Funds raised will also help Sow a Seed continue in rehabilitating orphanages and providing basic essentials- such as food, shelter and education – to orphans in Haiti, with the long-term goal of building their own orphanage.

Together, more Jamaican and Haitian angels can rise to new aspirations. In unity, there is hope.

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