DKNY Launches Chari-Tee!

31 07 2009
Super Cute!

Super Cute!

DKNY just released the super-cute “Chari-Tee” to benefit 5 NYC charities:

The Fund for Public Schools – Supporting NYC Public Schools

City Harvest – NY’s only food rescue program

The Doe Fund – Programs to help break the cycle of homelessness

City Arts – Bringing professional artists together with children to create public art

Urban Zen – Program combining Eastern healing and Western medicine

You can either purchase the tee in DKNY stores or online at dkny.com. I’m loving the fierceness of the little lady on the front! She’s a fab giver and proud of it! Thanks to Couture City for the info!

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Ritz-y Community Service

31 07 2009

Old San Juan, PR

Old San Juan, PR (I took this!)

For all of you who want to add some meaningful service to your vacation, the Ritz-Carlton is going to give you a (swanky) hand with that. The Ritz-Carlton Give Back Getaways volunteer program allows guests to serve alongside R-C employees as they support local programs and initiatives. Not only will guests get to lend their time, but the Ritz will donate the profits of each excursion to the sponsoring organization.

Here are some of the many opportunities listed on the Ritz-Carlton’s website:

Rainforest Rescue: Saving El Yunque (San Juan, PR)

Children’s Home Society (South Beach)

Preserving our Monuments, Memorials, and Parks (Washington, DC)

The Greening of Beijing (Beijing, China)

Restoring the Rainforest (Kapalua, Maui)

This is such a great idea! Kudos to the Ritz-Carlton for not only encouraging their employees to give back but also extending the opportunity to their guests.

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Blog Fab: Dressed to Give

31 07 2009

If The Fabulous Giver had a sibling, it would be Dressed to Give. The blog, housed on the Case Foundation’s website, covers philanthropy in many areas of fashion and style. Stephanie, the gal behind the give, started the blog as a way to share ways to be “stylish and socially conscious.”

Check out today’s post about stylish tees for charity, and make sure you add this to your blogroll!

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Fab Giving From Coast to Coast

30 07 2009

As Thursday comes to an end, it’s time to start looking forward to the weekend! Here are two fab giving opportunities that you can support, no matter where you call home!

Thurs, 7/30 – Sun, 8/2 (Natiowide)

Gap “Give and Get” Shopping Event : When you shop at Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy stores, you can receive 30% of your purchase while donating 5% to one of 6 nonprofit organizations. Print out the one of coupons below and use in-store or online!

CAREwww.gapinc.com/giveandget/care/

Donors Choosewww.gapinc.com/giveandget/donorschoose/

Feeding Americawww.gapinc.com/giveandget/feedingamerica/

Global Fundwww.gapinc.com/giveandget/globalfund/

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Societywww.gapinc.com/giveandget/lls/

Teach for Americawww.gapinc.com/giveandget/teachforamerica/

Sat, 8/1 (Water Mill, NY and Nationwide)

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QVC Presents “Super Saturday” Live : This designer “garage sale” benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and will be hosted by Donna Karan, Ariel Foxman, InStyle, Kelly Ripa and Blake Lively (pictured). Tickets are no longer available, but you can shop the items now online as well as tune into the live broadcast on Saturday from 2-4p ET on QVC. Don’t miss your chance to shop designers such as Rachel Roy, alice + olivia, Betsey Johnson and more! Grab all the details over at the QVC site.

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Wine Hopes To Make a Difference

29 07 2009

BowlHer_OneHopeWineAt BowlHer, there was a great reward awaiting anyone who bowled a strike…A bottle of ONEHOPE chardonnay! While this was music to my ears because I enjoy an occasional (*cough*) glass of wine, I was also thrilled because our particular wine promoted breast cancer awareness. Launched in April 2006, the wine has been building buzz across the country for its flavorful tastes and fundraising efforts. For each bottle purchased, the company donates 50% to a specific nonprofit cause!

Here’s the breakdown of how the wines pair up with the organizations:

AIDS (AIDS/LifeCycle) – Merlot

Autism (Autism Speaks) – Cabernet Sauvignon

Breast Cancer (Susan G. Komen for the Cure) – Chardonnay

The Planet (American Forests) – Sauvignon Blanc

Our Troops (Snowball Express) – Zinfandel

ONEHOPE is currently available in restaurants and stores in nine states, and can be bought online and shipped to 33 states. For locations and to access the online store, visit www.onehopewine.com!

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Young Americans: Volunteer Enthusiasts

29 07 2009

Dreamers. Delusional. Idealists. Spoiled.

These are all words that some people use to describe the generation of young Americans. Well, it seems like the talkers can add “giving” and “volunteers” to the descriptions as well. In an article posted yesterday on The Nonprofit Times, the rate of volunteerism has increased in America, even as the economy worsens. And, these figures are being boosted by people between the ages of 16-24 years old!

The Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Volunteering in America estimates that 61.8 million Americans volunteered last year, about a million more than the previous year, and more than a quarter of the U.S. population. Of the one million additional volunteers in 2008, about 441,000 were between the ages of 16 and 24, up from 7.8 million to 8.24 million and boosting their volunteering rate from 20.88 percent to 21.9 percent.

Am I surprised? Absolutely not. My generation has grown up during 3 of the most life-altering moments in history (at least, in my mind).

1. The 9/11 attacks

2. Hurricane Katrina

3. Barack Obama’s election

With each one of these events, I watched as many people united as one to rescue victims, gather needed supplies, make phone calls, and stand side by side to make a difference. In the article, Alan Solomont, chairman of the board of CNCS, said that young people started “on a path of community service much earlier than before. Young people serving is reflective of their earlier service learning experience.” I couldn’t agree more. In high school, we were responsible for completing 40 hours of community service before graduation. You could choose whatever you wanted to do. Some people tutored, others taught basketball to local youth, I volunteered at the MS Society.

Volunteering while young sets a stage for a very fulfilling and rewarding existence. When I hear about children donating birthday gifts to hospitals or raising money for needy classmates, I can’t help but smile! And, while smiling is good, there are some very tangible figures on the value of volunteering. It’s estimated that last year’s nearly 62 million volunteers contributed about 8 billion hours of service worth $162 billion. Volunteers are also more likely to donate to a charity, with 78 percent donating $25 or more, compared to 39 percent of non-volunteers.

That is INSANE!!! In the best way, of course! Kudos to everyone who takes time out to volunteer, especially to all of the young people out there. We really are the future, and our service will help lead the way.

Say It Loud!

Say It Loud!

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Around the Web…

28 07 2009

While The Fabulous Giver is my top web priority, I also write for other sites. Here are a couple of my recent posts on other websites. What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them!

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