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22 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

October 15, 2012

The National Retail Federation predicts that holiday sales this year will increase 4.1 percent to $586.1 billion and that online shopping will jump a whopping 12 percent to $96 billion. These are the best numbers we’ve seen since the beginning of the Great Recession in late December 2007. For nonprofits that have online stores or receive a percentage of profits from ethical retailers, it could be a banner year for online sales.

All that said, when doing your shopping this year, please be conscious of the power of your spending and put your dollars to work for good by purchasing from any of the 22 online gift stores that benefit nonprofits – especially on #GivingTuesday.


1. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Online Store
ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.



2. Amnesty International Shop
Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and
promoting human rights.



3. BeadforLife Store
The profits from the BeadforLife Store go into training and community programs in Uganda and education in North America.


4. Best Friends Animal Society Store
BFAS runs the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the United States and works nationwide to create a time of No More Homeless Pets.


5. Field Museum Online Store
The Field Museum is an educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures.


6. J. Paul Getty Museum Store
The Getty Museum seeks to further knowledge of the visual arts and to nurture critical seeing by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting works of art of the highest quality.


7. Global Goods Partners Fair Trade Gift Store
Global Goods Partners is dedicated to alleviating poverty by strengthening women led development initiatives in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.


8. Human Rights Campaign Online Store
100% of every purchase goes to HRC’s fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.


9. Metropolitan Museum of Art Store
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums.


10. Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) Store
The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of
modern art in the world.


11. National Geographic Store
National Geographic’s mission is to inspire people to care about the planet—and every living creature on it bu promoting and funding natural and cultural conservation projects.


12. National Public Radio(NPR) Shop
NPR creates and distributes award-winning news,information, and music programming to a network of 959 independent stations.


13. National Wildlife Federation Online Store
National Wildlife Federation’s mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife
for our children’s future.


14. Nature Conservancy Online Marketplace
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.


15. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Online Catalog
PETA focuses its attention on preventing animals suffering on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry.


16. Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Online Shop
PBS and its member stations are America’s largest classroom—the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world.


17. Sea Shepherd Online Store
Sea Shepherd’s mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.


18. SERRV Fair Trade Online Gift Store
SERRV’s mission is to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide.


19. Smithsonian Online Store
The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.


20. St. Jude Online Gift Shop
St. Jude’s mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatment. And no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.


21. Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Gift Store
Ten Thousand Villages’ mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries by bringing their products and stories to our markets.


22. World Wildlife Fund Gift Center
WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

 

28 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2012 4:48 am

    Thank you Heather for this great article! Shopping and DoingGood can be one in the same. As a Founding Partner of #GivingTuesday and an online retailer of charity-made products, we hope your readers will check out http://www.DoGoodBuy.Us before the holidays as well.

  2. October 15, 2012 8:53 am

    Sadly, it seems only really big charities have the time to create and market their products. Amazon CARES and many smaller charities use sites such as http://amazoncares.we-care.com where people can shop at manu different online merchants and a percentage is donated to the charity!

  3. October 15, 2012 11:55 am

    Reblogged this on Flower Blossoms' Blog.

  4. October 15, 2012 2:09 pm

    Heather
    Thanks for this great list! There’s also shopdiabetes.org and the Gift of Hope collection specifically for the holidays from the American Diabetes Association for people who want to support an effort to stop diabetes.
    Liz

  5. Heather Luca permalink
    October 16, 2012 7:43 am

    Great list, Heather! Another idea to share with your followers? Green Impressions: http://www.conservation.org/greenimpressions. These labels – which can be applied to holiday cards and envelopes – show family, friends and clients that you care about the planet and are taking steps to counter the environmental impact of a time-honored tradition.

  6. Hannah permalink
    October 16, 2012 1:39 pm

    Thanks for this great resource Heather! There’s also Project Have Hope, which sells the handicrafts of Ugandan women to support them in rebuilding their lives post-civil war: http://www.projecthavehope.org/bead-store.html

  7. October 17, 2012 9:24 am

    Hi! I am Anastasia from #GivingTuesday and the UN FOundation! I would love to chat about this incredible piece and see if we could even re-run it on our blog, it is so well currated! In addition, would you mind adding UNICEF to the list? Please email me adellaccio@unfoudation.org

    Here is some more information

    . UNICEF Inspired Gifts: http://www.inspiredgifts.org
    Inspired Gifts make for a unique gift option this season. Urgently needed items such as life-saving medical supplies, ready-to-eat therapeutic food, and polio and measles vaccines are delivered directly to children most in need around the world. Also available through Inspired Gifts this year is K.I.N.D: Kids in Need of Desks- desks for schools in Malawi through which you can pick one or more students up off the ground. In addition to desks, notebooks and pencils are also available for donations worldwide. What’s more, for each donation of a UNICEF Inspired Gift your loved one will receive a card telling them about the Inspired Gift purchased in their name. For more information please visit inspiredgifts.org.

    2. UNICEF Cards and Gifts: https://www.shopcardsandgifts.unicefusa.org/
    UNICEF offers a beautiful collection of holiday cards and gifts for people of all ages. From home décor to jewelry and children’s toys, a portion of each card or gift sold benefits UNICEF’s work in developing countries. To shop online or to learn more about UNICEF programs visit unicefusa.org.
    UNICEF boxed cards (from $10 to $20) are available for purchase online at unicefusa.org and at Pier 1 Imports, IKEA, Barnes and Noble and select Hallmark Gold Crown stores. Individual holiday cards (ranging in price from $2.50 to $5.99) are also available at Barnes and Noble and select Hallmark Gold Crown stores and retailers nationwide.

    For all UNICEF cards purchased in Pier 1 Imports and IKEA, the retailers will donate 100 percent of the purchase price of each holiday card pack. IKEA will also donate an additional $1 per pack sold.

    This year’s holiday card collection includes the winning design from the annual Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest. Designed by Kristen Fontana—age 12 from Staten Island, New York—the holiday card features children from various countries holding hands around a tree as a symbol of universal peace during the holiday season.

    Pier 1 Imports began selling UNICEF greeting cards in 1985. During its 27-year partnership, Pier 1 Imports has raised more than $30 million for UNICEF. The annual Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest began in 1992 as a way to help raise awareness among U.S. school children about UNICEF’s work for kids around the world.

  8. October 20, 2012 8:22 pm

    Thanks for this great list. Autism Speaks also has an eStore at http://store.autismspeaks.org.

    Purchases allow Autism Speaks to continue its search for the causes and most effective treatments for autism and provide information, tools, and resources to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism.

  9. October 22, 2012 11:58 am

    Another great way to shop and make a difference for your favorite NPO is to have it enroll in the Market America-Shop.com NPO program. This program doesn’t give your supporters just a few items to look at and buy — this gives your supporters entry to 3500 stores — plus they get cash back on their purchases! The NPO gets a professional consultant — at no charge — to work with them and figure out smart and effective marketing methods. The NPO Program costs the not-for-profit zero, and they get a shopping website with their name on it and royalties for their supporters shopping on the website. There are more bells and whistles, but the bottom line is that both the NPO’s supporters and the NPO get some money as they shop — it’s a win-win! You can find out more by contacting Jonathan Spinner at Real Fundraising (www.real-fundraising.com) for further information.

  10. October 22, 2012 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout for HRC’s store!

  11. October 27, 2012 4:57 am

    This is a really great list! I hope consumers pay attention this holiday season to where they buy their gifts. I am excited for this holiday season because I am a part of an organization called Our Talking Hands, working to support the deaf in Ghana. This holiday season will be the first time we have our beautiful handmade apparel available online. We have not grown so large that we have our own web-store, so we use the power of Etsy to make our items available to the public. There are an increasingly large number of fair-trade, and stores for social change on Etsy. Please don’t forget to support us as well. We may be a bit smaller, but we are making a very big impact in our communities. Please check us out at our Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/OurTalkingHands

    You can also read more about us on our website at http://www.ourtalkinghands.com

    Thanks so much for your interest in helping the causes of great non-profits and once again, great list!

    • November 20, 2012 8:28 am

      Every human being has got social responsibility. It is the duty of every human to take care of those who are less privileged. They should extend their helping hands and light the lives of those less fortunate people. They have their place in this world and they should be given the opportunity. The elite and the educated should prove their mettle in leading them. With this objective in view, Sudar Academy and Charitable Trust was started. Our mission and vision is to educate and emancipate these less fortunate people.These differently abled should be given their place in this world. In the process, the social imbalance existing in the society should be brought down.

      Goals:
      At present free education and food is being given to around thirty students, and we would like to extend it. And we are about to start an orphanage, an oldage home and a widow rehabilitation centre. But we are under financial constraint. Kindly visit http://www.sudartrust.com and donate liberally. Help us work towards bringing a balance in the society. Let us join this mission.

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  12. October 27, 2012 10:49 am

    Great list!And we don’t actually sell anything over here (yet), but my blog connects consumers with brands giving back. Enjoy!

    http://www.causeandobject.com

  13. October 30, 2012 3:05 pm

    What about 826 Valencia and the 826 chapters throughout the country–their model is one where each chapter has its own store and they are beautifully designed and bring in a profit. check out: 826valencia.org/store as an example.

  14. November 1, 2012 1:03 pm

    Hi Heather! I work for The Nature Conservancy–thanks so much for the shop.nature.org shout-out. I also wanted to let you know that we recently launched our holiday gift store at http://www.nature.org/gifts, which offers less stuff-centric gift options.

    Thanks again!

  15. November 12, 2012 12:21 pm

    I am the Director of an organization called Gift Cards for a Cause (http://www.giftcardsforacause.com). It is also a great place to purchase gift cards for the holidays, birthdays, and even do your everyday shopping, while giving back at the same time. At this site, you can purchase a gift card to one of over 200 retailers, and we will donate up to 20% to the charity of your choice, while still retaining the full value of the gift card. We hope you will visit us online and on Facebook, and consider adding us to your list in rhe future. Thanks.

  16. November 20, 2012 7:35 am

    Excellent resource, thanks! Here’s an additional list of nonprofits with online gift stores in the Baltimore area: http://shopforabetterbaltimore.blogspot.com/

    I am Marketing Director at a homeless shelter in Baltimore and we have a few items for the holidays at http://www.projectplase.org/gifts proceeds from which will help us serve the homeless population in Baltimore. Happy holidays!

  17. November 20, 2012 12:52 pm

    May I suggest adding the American Heart Association to your list? Our online store is http://www.shopgored.org

  18. RAINBARREL.CA permalink
    November 27, 2012 7:48 am

    Great list; great additions! Please consider including online sales by our non-profit partners all over Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec: http://rainbarrel.ca/sales/ Adding to our list of over 300 groups all the time.

  19. December 4, 2012 7:02 am

    Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter the tailless Dolphin, offers many charitable holiday gifts this season! You can adopt one of our resident Aquarium animals at http://www.seewinter.com/adopt , donate at least $25 to our Animal Care Fund to receive a FREE 2013 Calendar at http://www.seewinter.com/calendar , or shop our online gift store at http://www.cmastore.seewinter.com and support the CMA mission!

    • December 6, 2012 8:31 am

      Every human being has got social responsibility. It is the duty of every human to take care of those who are less privileged. They should extend their helping hands and light the lives of those less fortunate people. They have their place in this world and they should be given the opportunity. The elite and the educated should prove their mettle in leading them. With this objective in view, Sudar Academy and Charitable Trust was started. Our mission and vision is to educate and emancipate these less fortunate people.These differently abled should be given their place in this world. In the process, the social imbalance existing in the society should be brought down.
      Goals:
      At present free education and food is being given to around thirty students, and we would like to extend it. And we are about to start an orphanage, an oldage home and a widow rehabilitation centre. But we are under financial constraint. Kindly visit http://www.sudartrust.com and donate liberally. Help us work towards bringing a balance in the society. Let us join this mission.
      PLEASE VISIT-WWW.SUDARTRUST.COM
      PLEASE HELP ME
      PLEASE FUNDRAISING IDEA
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