To support, review, and promote exceptional charities and organizations, and to help encourage, educate, and enlighten generous donors.
To support, review, and promoteexceptional charities and organizations,and to help encourage, educate,and enlighten generous donors.

Humble Bundle

     Nerds have been getting all the glory since all that Silicon Valley hubbub in the 90s... Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory won an Emmy over Alec Baldwin, thick-framed glasses are cool again for some reason, software development is a multibillion dollar industry, nerds even have their own reality show on TBS... 
It's only natural that some would feel like giving some of that love back (even if people were jerks to them in high school). 

     For every videogame enthusiast, programmer, hacker, tinkerer, or engineer that ISN'T Bill Gates, Humble Bundle, is making it easier than ever for binary-minded philanthropists to support great causes while getting hundreds of dollars worth of awesome stuff!

     It works like this: game developers and comic book publishers put together "bundles" that change frequently (weekly?). Nerds- or non-nerds as well, I suppose- who visit Humble Bundle can purchase these bundles by paying WHATEVER THEY WANT TO!!!! 
After they enter the purchase amount, they can use three neat little sliders to determine how much of that money goes to 

 

1) the developer or artist

2) a featured charity

3) support the website

 

     This week, Humble Bundle is offering Mac or PC game bundles by developer, Frogwares, located in Kiev, Ukraine, best known for their Sherlock Holmes games, is offering $129 worth of software for a name-your-price donation, with proceeds benefiting the Ukrainian Red Cross.

     Even if you never read a comic or play a single computer game, I don't think they will stop you from donating! Jackpot!

 

     Keep doing what you are doing, nerds! And, thanks again for the Internet!

 

 

Thanks also to our friend, Jared, who brought this awesome site to our attention.

AmazonSmile

     Amazon.com has transformed online shopping with its two-day free shipping, but the instant gratification they offer just got a whole lot more gratifying.

     One of the largest retailers on the planet has started a campaign that makes it ridiculously easy and convenient to support your choice of almost 1,000,000 different nonprofit and charity organizations.

     When visiting Amazon's webpage, the site may ask you if you want to redirect to smile.Amazon.com, or you may have to enter the domain name into the browser yourself, but once on that page, you are able to view which items in the Amazon Store are eligible for this program (it sounds like the list of products is already very large and growing).
     When completing the checkout process, Amazon gives you an enormous list of charities and organizations accepting donations. After you find something on that list that speaks to you, simply select it, and that organization will receive a donation for .5% of the amount of your purchase.

     Millions of people (myself included) are already purchasing everything from batteries to shoes on Amazon anyways, so, in addition to the convenience of being able to shop for clothes while not wearing any, we can now even coax ourselves into feeling a little less guilty for our cart totals being absurdly large from time to time...

Click below for smile.Amazon.com's whole list of FAQs and information

Ten Thousand Villages: Fair Trade Retailers since 1946

     Ten Thousand Villages started with one woman in Pennsylvania who would buy crosstitch work from Puerto Rico while on vacation then sell the goods to others in her area for a fair price after returning home. 

     She saw the great benefits this created for the local artisans in the island nation she visited, and now there are over 120 separate nonprofit stores operating across United States with her mission, and are selling goods created by local artisans from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

 
     “The store is very well received by customers … once we tell them what we are doing they are excited and supportive,” said Vicki Codwell, a store volunteer and board of director member in Fort Collins, Colorado.

      "We would really talk with each customer not only about where the product came from, but also the process it took to get here. Customers would understand that those in developing nations were creating a product and receiving equitable pay back for their work.”

This allows individuals who may have been living on the street to pursue artistic business measures to support their families.
     “Often times when families in developing nations need to make money they must leave their family and go to the city, or often times a different country. Ten Thousand Villages supports locals in indigenous areas so they can become recognized for their creative work.”

 

- via uWire

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