Giving Back Guide

  1. Partners Igniting Change

    Global

    Why We Love Them: joinFITE provides women with access to small loans so that they are able to start and grow a business, bettering themselves, their families and their communities.

    Mission: joinFITE is an active philanthropy platform, powered by Kiva.org and championed by Dermalogica, that connects you to women entrepreneurs who need a hand up. By providing women access to small loans, they are able to start or grow a business, bettering themselves, their families, and their communities. joinFITE is a fun and easy way for you to help another when you when you redeem a code to direct a loan, for free!

    How You Can Help:

    • Redeem a joinFITE code, which directs joinFITE partner donations to an entreprenuer in another part of the world. joinFITE codes are available on 6 of Dermalogica’s most popular skin care products.
    • Make a Microloan! Donate to an entrepreneur of your choice.
    • Share joinFITE with your friends by liking joinFITE on Facebook or following on Twitter.
  2. Must Reads for Women

    Global

    Why We Love Them: Girl Up champions girls to rise above their circumstances and unite to change the world.

    Mission: Girl Up envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

    How You Can Help:

    • Girls make up more than 1/2 of the 140 million children and adolescents that are out of school. Support #girlseducation with @GirlUp today by donating your latte money to the campaign. $5 can help a girl stay in school.
    • Our movement just surpassed 300,000 and continues to grow. Come join us. Get to know the campaign by following along on Facebook (facebook.com/girlup) and Twitter (@GirlUp).  And sign up for emails from our campaign on GirlUp.org.
    • Girl Up Clubs have taken off in more than 30 countries around the world. Clubs have exclusive privileges in the Girl Up community, an action platform built just for them and new resources that come out on a monthly basis. Have a girl in your life who might be interested? Show them GirlUp.org/Clubs and get them involved today.

     

     

  3. Organizations We Love

    USA

    Why We Love Them: WOMEN’S WAY courageously takes positions on cutting-edge issues and fearlessly imagines a future of infinite possibilities for women and girls.

    Mission: WOMEN’S WAY is the leading funding, advocacy and education organization for women in the Greater Philadelphia region, at the forefront of identifying needs, sharing knowledge and building awareness to challenge social inequities and empower women.

    How You Can Help:

    • Make a Gift Today! To support WOMEN’S WAY is to support a multi-faceted holistic approach to positive social change for women & girls.
    • Take Action! Visit our online Action Center to learn about upcoming legislation and make your voice heard!
    • Volunteer! If you’re in the area, we would for you to volunteer at an advocacy event or join a committee. Not in the area? We’re always looking for guest bloggers. Contact dghosh@womensway.org for more info.
  4. Facts Women Should Know

    Global

    Why We Love Them: With the motto, “We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it,” The Giving Back Foundation inspires a generation of leaders to create positive change.

    Mission: The Giving Back Foundation with operations in London, Hong Kong, New York and Mumbai, was established in 2010 as a not-for-profit 501 (C)(3) organization. Its beneficiaries are carefully selected existing charities and individuals from around the world, with special emphasis on women and children in need. Directly assisting
    education of women and children, and addressing illness, poverty and suffering are the primary activities of The Giving Back Foundation. The Foundation also exists as a platform for debate and discussion, as philanthropic activities continue to evolve around the world.

    How You Can Help:

    • Contact www.The Giving Back Foundation.net and purchase the “Giving Back” CD, DVD or coffee-table book. 100 percent of profits from these will go directly to charity.
    • Or contact The Giving Back Foundation and tell them about your projects!
  5. Finding the Fabulous

    USA

    Why We Love Them: Fabulous believes that uniqueness should be inspiring, not inhibiting.

    Mission: Finding the Fabulous is a non-profit that connects young girls with positive role models who have a passion for breaking down stereotypes and building up confidence. When 92% of teen girls want to change something about the way they look and only 2% would call themselves beautiful, Fabulous’ mission is to effect the status quo. Through an annual summer camp and monthly outreach programs, Fabulous explores issues including self-esteem, respect, health, body image and ambition through team building and artistic activities, meaningful discussions and video campaigns.

    How You Can Help:

    • Buy a t-shirt and help sponsor a girl to come to camp or sign up as a volunteer counselor
    • Donate supplies through our website or by contacting thefabulousinme@gmail.com
    •  Become a Fabulous Ambassador and start a Fabulous camp in your area
  6. Girls Educational and Mentoring Services

    USA

    Why We Love Them: GEMS supports the beauty and worth inherent in all women by spreading the message “Girls are not for sale.”

    Mission: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.

    How You Can Help:

    • Host a screening of VERY YOUNG GIRLS, an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. Rachel Lloyd, our Founder and Executive Director co-produced this important documentary.
    • Donate through our website!
    •  Text GEMS to 85944 and donate $10!  Once you receive a reply text, don’t forget to reply “YES” to confirm your donation!
  7. Women’s Venture Fund

    USA

    Why We Love Them: The Women’s Venture Fund starts women entrepreneurs on the right track to build their confidence and grow their dream.

    Mission: The Women’s Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that helps women of diverse backgrounds establish thriving businesses in urban communities. WVF offers training, small business loans, and a network of business advisors to help women reach their business goals. By troubleshooting specific challenges and encouraging women to share their experiences with other entrepreneurs, WVF is able to expedite the growth of businesses participating in their programs.

    How You Can Help:

    • Volunteer your time and expertise to support the WVF program
    • Support the WVF organization by attending our Highest Leaf Awards (June 14th, 2012)
    • Donate, your support allows WVF to offer small business loans, business workshops and counseling services for women who are struggling to start or grow their businesses
  8. GlamourGals Foundation Inc.

    USA

    Why We Love Them: GlamourGals reminds women that they deserve to feel beautiful at any age and that a little pampering can go a long way!

    Mission: GlamourGals Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit who fosters self-esteem and mutual respect among two generations. They create teen volunteer chapters who provide companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers to women living in senior homes. These chapters follow their “hot pink leadership” curriculum, which inspires and organizes teens through multiple media. The seniors in the program feel a renewed sense of beauty and dignity and the teens are able to discover their potential as leaders and compassionate community volunteers.

    How You Can Help:

    • Participate in a makeover
    • Volunteer at GlamourGals events
    • Join the GlamourGals Advisory Board
    • Donate

     

  9. Empower Generation

    USA

    Why We Love Them: Empower Generation connects renewable energy technology (RET) suppliers with female entrepreneurs living on less than $2.50 per day to supply clean energy to 1.6 billion people.

    Mission: Empower Generation provides women with the technical training and support to start their business, and offer BoP (base of the economic pyramid) energy-consumers microfinancing for RET purchases. Supplying clean energy to the people living without access to electricity is one of the largest opportunities of our time, and women are the key to unlocking potential. Already acting as household energy managers and disproportionally undervalued in their communities, Empower Generation’s entrepreneurs are empowered to become the leaders of the clean-energy revolution.

    How You Can Help: Plug into the EmpowerGrid!

    • INVEST in a women’s renewable energy business or a community Renewable Energy Fund!
    • Host an awareness and fundraising event for your family and friends.
    • Volunteer your time and expertise to support our program work- mentor women entrepreneurs and visit them as their businesses grow! Our entrepreneurs are looking for product and design support and mentors with business acumen.
  10. Zimele Community

    USA

    Why We Love Them: In Zulu, “Zimele” means “to stand on one’s own two feet” and Zimele Community confronts the root causes of poverty to make that possible for the women of South Africa.

    Mission: Zimele Community empowers women with the skills, resources, and support networks to start businesses and social service projects to sustain themselves, their families, and their communities.

    How You Can Help:

    •  Share with your network of friends, company and organizations our stories “Rich in Hope” and gather support for our work towards women empowerment.
    • Partner with us by adopting a Zimele community and become a support mentor for 10-15 women.
    • Help women stand on their own two feet by pledging $25 a month or buying one of our products.
  11. Harboring Hearts
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    Harboring Hearts

    USA

    Why We Love Them: Harboring Hearts knows that cardiac patients need more than just medical care, and they are delivering seeds of hope to families across the country.

    Mission: Harboring Hearts provides heart patients and their families with support through a home-like haven and a nurturing community of resources.

    How You Can Help:

    • Introduce Harboring Hearts to a corporation or foundation with the resources and interest to help fund our mission.
    • Raise awareness – tweet about heart issues, follow us on twitter, or “”Like”" Harboring Hearts on Facebook.
    • Volunteer your time. Your support has a positive impact on the lives of many heart patients and their families.
  12. Nest

    Global

    Why We Love Them: Committed to the preservation of artistic traditions around the world, Nest collaborates with communities to alleviate poverty, empower women and promote peace.

    Mission: Nest is a non-profit that provides customized training and capacity building to artisans around the world. Combined with the provision of market access through relationships with retail partners, Nest’s participatory model enables these artisans to grow self-sustaining businesses that transform their communities by alleviating poverty, empowering women, and promoting peace.

    How You Can Help:

    • Join the Nest Network and bring hope, love and employment to men and women who need it most for $100 a year.
    • Apply for the International Development Fellowship for the opportunity to work with a group of artisan entrepreneurs in a developing country for two months.
    • Whether it’s a film screening, a trunk show or Indian themed dinner part, host a Nest event to support their mission.
  13. GBGFACEAfrica

    Face Africa

    Global

    Why We Love Them: No one likes dirty water, but everyone hopes to achieve real change. FACE Africa targets both issues by funding sustainable clean water and providing tools to empower women in local African communities.

    Mission: At FACE Africa, we have an ambitious yet simple goal: CLEAN, SAFE DRINKING WATER for every single person in Liberia. We fund and support sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene projects through partnerships with local communities, partner organizations and government agencies.

    We also believe passionately that economic opportunities for women hold the promise for real change in Liberia. Through partnerships with other women’s groups, we empower disadvantaged women through education, skills training, economic opportunities and financial literacy.

    How You Can Help:

    • Introduce FACE Africa to a foundation or corporation with the passion and resources to fund their work.
    • Email volunteer@faceafrica.org letting them know your skills and interests so they can call on you when FACE Africa needs a helping hand.
    • FACE Africa will provide you with brochures, stories, films, audio and even a web page through www.justgiving.org to host a fundraising event.
  14. She’s the First

    USA

    Why We Love Them: She’s the First connects girls around the globe in an effort to raise awareness about access to education and to help those in developing countries become the first in their family to graduate.

    Mission: She’s the First is a not-for-profit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world, helping them be the first in their families to graduate. In the process, She’s the First fosters leadership and self-awareness in young Americans, by inspiring them to lead creative fundraisers and correspond with sponsored students. Our efforts shape a rising generation of well-educated global leaders, future philanthropists, and cross-cultural communicators.

    How You Can Help:

    • Sponsor a girl! Help send a girl of the developing world to school.
    • Buy a She’s the First bracelet created by Asha Patel Designers or the handmade magenta and teal special edition cupcake necklace for $20, donating 75% of your purchase to She’s the First.
    • Fundraise! She’s the First offers creative, fun, and easy ways to raise money for girls in need.”
  15. Step Up Women’s Network

    USA

    Why We Love Them: Step Up Women’s Network supports the next generation of girls by connecting them with mentors who have been there and done it all.

    Mission: Step Up Women’s Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential by:

    • creating and implementing impactful after-school and weekend programs that empower teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident, college-bound, and career-ready
    • propelling professional women through connections, collaborations, and continuous development
    • inspiring our network to invest in the future success of girls through mentorship and financial support

    How You Can Help:

    • Visit www.suwn.org and join the network as an Insider, Icon, Visionary or Luminary Circle and take action.
    • Like Step Up on Facebook to help grow & support the organization’s digital community