We believe strongly in giving back to our community and donating to charities
who strive to help make the world a better, healthier, safer place for all Earth's inhabitants.

Every month we will contribute a portion of all sales to the charities noted below.
We invite you to visit each of their prospective web pages to learn more about each one
and perhaps how you can make a difference by joining their cause.




January

Donate Life America

Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate Life, and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registries; developing and executing effective multi-media donor education programs; and motivating the American public to register now as organ, eye and tissue donors.

Statistics (as of Oct 2013)

Over 120,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the U.S.

Approximately 1,850 Pediatric Patients

28,052 Organ Transplants Performed in 2012

14,013 Organ Donors in 2012

More than 46,000 corneas were transplanted in 2012

On a more personal note, I'd like to thank this organization. Thanks to their hard work, my daughter was the recipient of donor knee ligaments a few years ago after a rugby injury and a dear friend of mine received a new cornea for his eye that was going blind. Please click below to find out more about the countless lives that have benefited and been saved.



February

(RED)

(RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to get businesses and people involved in the fight against AIDS.

In just over 30 years, AIDS - which is preventable and treatable - has killed more than 36 million people. Today, of the 35 million people in the world living with HIV, 9.7 million have access to life-saving treatment that costs about 40 cents a day. While this is progress as only 400,000 had access to the drugs in 2003, we’ve still got a lot of work to do to get the medicine to all those who need it.

(RED) was created to help provide a sustainable flow of money from the private sector to fight AIDS. We’ve raised over $244 million to date through the sale of (RED) products from iconic companies - like Apple and Starbucks – and from (RED) events. And 100% of that money goes to work on the ground.

Because of the progress made in the fight against AIDS, the world is now on the cusp of an incredible possibility – the virtual elimination of HIV transmission from moms to their babies by 2015. Every day 700 babies are born with HIV. Yet with access to antiretroviral treatment, we can prevent the transmission of the virus from moms to babies. Without it, 50% of babies will die before their second birthday.

Only urgency and action will help us achieve the 2015 goal. If we act now, an AIDS FREE GENERATION can become a reality. The question is not ‘Can we do it?... It’s ‘Will we do it?’



March

Human Rights Campaign

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide - all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

From athletes to actors and musicians to TV personalities, the Human Rights Campaign is grateful to include celebrities among its more than one million members and supporters. They have been vocal advocates for equality at every opportunity, whether it’s in a media interview, at a concert, in casual conversations or at an HRC event.

Join celebrities such as Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sally Field, Betty DeGeneres, Anne Hathaway, and Brad Pitt in the cause to advance the movement for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.



April

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.



May

Save The Elephants

In 2013, The United States sent a strong message to the world: We won’t stand for the killing of elephants. America is one of the top destinations for ivory smuggled out of Africa, and also serves as an important transit point for carved ivory. At the highly publicised ceremony, America crushed about 6 tonnes of ivory, the country’s entire stockpile. Thousands of items accumulated over the past 25 years were piled into a large mound, then dumped into a steel rock crusher and pulverised into dust at the National Wildlife Property Repository outside Denver, Colorado.

Tens of thousands of elephants are being killed for their ivory every year. At this rate the largest mammal still to walk the earth could be gone from the wild within our lifetimes. Scientists are now unanimous that elephants are decreasing in all four regions of Africa: West, Central, East and South. At Save the Elephants we see the suffering, the wounding, and the mourning of elephants, time and again as one after another is killed in heart-rending succession.

Save the Elephants is united with a broad coalition of conservation organisations in calling for the United States government to stop this illegal trade and save elephants in the wild, by closing existing loopholes and enacting a moratorium on ivory commerce until elephant populations have rebounded and poaching is no longer a threat. Congress should also help wildlife law enforcement personnel enforce our existing laws by ensuring they have the additional tools and resources they need to apprehend, prosecute and convict wildlife criminals.



June

The Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's Disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dimentia through the promotion of brain help.

As the largest non-profit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. Through our partnerships and funded projects, we have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years. Today, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our national office and more than 75 local chapters. As the largest donor-supported, voluntary health organization for Alzheimer’s, the Association is a catalyst for advancements in Alzheimer's research and care.



July

National Association of American Veterans

Their mission is to assist service members and disabled veterans and their dependents, particularly severely wounded warriors and single-parent service members and veterans, by helping access their benefits; improving communication and coordination with VA: and collaborating with the VA and other veterans groups, health agencies, medical professional organizations, educational organizations, and the public in support of veterans, their families, and military caregivers.


Services Offered for Veterans:

Counseling (anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, bereavement, and pain management)
Financial aid referrals for bus transportation to medical care, rehabilitation, and counseling.
Legal, housing, and employment assistance
Medical care information, VA benefits and claims assistance
Educational programs for service members, veterans, and their dependents
Caregiver assistance and training

NAAV is committed to assisting eligible service members, veterans, and their families experiencing financial hardship.



August

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:

1. Disaster Relief

The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet.

2. Military Families

The Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.

3. Lifesaving Blood

Your donations of blood are what make the American Red Cross the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply.



4. Health & Safety

The Red Cross is the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training. Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in our training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.

5. International Relief

The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, we help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and educate future humanitarians. Each year, they reach an average of more than 100 million people across the globe.



September

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

The mission of the NOCC is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

More than 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and approximately 15,000 women die annually from the disease. Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in their later stages when the prognosis is poor. However, if diagnosed and treated early, when the cancer is confined to the ovary, the five-year survival rate is over 90 percent. That is why it is imperative that the early signs and symptoms of the disease are recognized, not only by women, but also by their families and the medical community.

There is currently no early detection test for ovarian cancer. Pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer. Until there is a test, the key to early diagnosis is awareness. And the key to awareness is knowing the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer and urging women to take early action and live. Through national programs and local Chapter initiatives, the NOCC's goal is to make more people aware of the early symptoms of ovarian cancer. In addition, the NOCC provides information to assist the newly diagnosed patient, to provide hope to survivors, and to support caregivers.

These programs are possible only with the help of our volunteers; committed men and women dedicated to the mission of the NOCC in communities across the country. We encourage you to join them. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of women affected by ovarian cancer. Together, we can break the silence.



October

Save the Ta-tas Foundation

In 2008, Save the Ta-tas Foundation was introduced to the world with the sole purpose of finding a cure for breast cancer. Their first donation received was $160 from ZogSports in New York. Through Play For Your Cause, their coed adult sports league teams can embrace their altruistic side by designating a charity which they play for during the season! We are happy to report that they continue to support the foundation to this day.

Today, about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women (lung cancer is first). The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012, about 226,870 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and about 39,510 will die from breast cancer. Only 5% to 10% of breast cancers occur in women with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease. The majority of breast cancer cases are “sporadic,” meaning there is no direct family history of the disease.

Everyone wants to know how much of their contribution is spent on the actual cause they care about when donating hard earned money. It takes a lot of effort and ingenuity to run a successful foundation. According to Charity Watch Rating Criteria the average charity donates 60 cents of every dollar to their specific cause. Save The Ta-tas Foundation runs a tight ship, donating 80 cents from every dollar directly to the cause, because they are on a mission to give as much as they can to find a cure.



November

National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.

Key Clinical Findings: (as of Oct 2013)

73 million American adults – one in three – are currently at risk for kidney disease,
because they have diabetes, hypertension, or a family history of kidney failure.

26 million Americans currently have chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Kidney disease progresses through five stages; this classification system is the standard by which patients are diagnosed and treated today.

Kidney disease can be detected through simple tests.

Kidney disease kills more people every year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, or leukemia.



December

Make A Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories, on average, every 38 minutes. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

How To Grant Wishes

Step 1: Referral
They rely on medical professionals, parents and children themselves for referrals. Children who have reached the age of 2½ and are under the age of 18 at the time of referral – and have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization – may be eligible for a wish.

Step 2: Medical Eligibility
They determine a child’s medical eligibility with the help of the treating physician. To receive a wish, the child must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition (i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy).

Step 3: The Wish
They send one of our enthusiastic wish teams to learn the child’s one true wish. These committed volunteers connect with wish children, awaken their imaginations and help them envision an experience with the power to change lives.

Step 4: Creating Joy
Their wish granters create an unforgettable experience driven by the child’s creativity. They strive to personalize each wish and to make it match the wish kid's idea of a perfect day.






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