2015 Shop Charities

2015 shop charities

Last year, one of the things I decided to do with my shops was donate a portion of proceeds to a different charity or cause each month. Over the course of 2014, between the shop proceeds and my own contributions, I donated around $400 to worthy causes. However, dividing that up between so many different groups meant each group didn’t really get that much. This year I’m changing it up. I’ll still be donating a portion of shop sales, but I’m going to do it quarterly instead of monthly. I’ve also decided to keep it local. So here are the four places I’ll be concentrating my efforts this year:

  1. 1st quarter (Jan-Mar): TreeFolks – focused on growing and maintaining urban forests in Central Texas for cleaner, cooler air and healthy communities.
  2. 2nd quarter (Apr-Jun): Austin Humane Society – Austin’s largest no-kill, non-profit pet shelter focused on saving homeless pets and reducing pet overpopulation.
  3. 3rd quarter (Jul-Sep): Sustainable Food Center – cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food.
  4. 4th quarter (Oct-Dec): Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas – providing affordable healthcare and birth control, accurate sexual health information, and advocating on behalf of women and families.

These will be the beneficiaries from sales in both my screen printing shop and my digital shop. I’m hoping that moving to a quarterly setup will result in a bigger donation to each group. You can always find the current supported group in the welcome message on the shop’s home page. Of course, you can also donate directly to those groups, via their respective websites.

How are you planning to give back in 2015?

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December Shop Charity

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas (and being stuck inside because its too cold to go anywhere), this time of year is all about spending time with family. Sadly, some people do not have loving or safe home environments. The idea of spending a happy holiday with family, or at least not spending it in the hospital from injury, is a foreign idea to some. So this month, the beneficiary from my shop sales is going to be Safe Horizon.

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November Shop Charity

In case you missed it at the start of the year, one of the things I’ve decided to do with my shops this year is donate a portion of all sales to charities or causes that I support. Regular blog readers are probably aware of this, but I am a huge bookworm. Curling up and reading a new book is one of my favorite things to do. I love writing, too, and have even attempted November’s NaNoWriMo a few times. The idea that there are adults out there who can’t even read well enough to fill out a job application […]

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September Shop Charity

In case you missed it at the start of the year, one of the things I’ve decided to do with my shops this year is donate a portion of all sales to charities or causes that I support. September, aside from being the season of pumpkin spice lattes and football, is also the start of the harvest season. Fittingly, the charity I’ve chosen to support this month is all about food: the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. I know that I am priveleged when it comes to food. My income is enough that I can go to the grocery […]

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August Shop Charity

UNICEF

In case you missed it at the start of the year, one of the things I’ve decided to do with my shops this year is donate a portion of all sales to charities or causes that I support. August, aside from being back to school time, is also host to World Humanitarian Day and International Youth Day. Fittingly, to support kids around the world, I’ve chosen UNICEF to be this month’s beneficiary. UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, was created to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. They are active in […]

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July Shop Charity

Greenpeace

In case you missed it at the start of the year, one of the things I’ve decided to do with my shops this year is donate a portion of all sales to charities or causes that I support. July is host to UV Safety Month and Parks & Recreation Month. Since those are all about the great outdoors, I’ve chosen Greenpeace to be this month’s beneficiary. They are the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world. You might know them from their fights to protect forests and oceans, and stop global warming. Greenpeace’s aim is to defend the natural […]

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June Shop Charity

American Red Cross

In case you missed it at the start of the year, one of the things I’ve decided to do with my shops this year is donate a portion of all sales to charities or causes that I support. June is host to World Blood Donor Day, World Refugee Day, and the official start of hurricane season. Accordingly, I have chosen the American Red Cross to be this month’s beneficiary. They respond to around 70,000 disasters each year in the US alone, and supply over 40% of America’s lifesaving blood supply through their blood drives. Internationally, they are one the world’s […]

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