Shopping for a cause, making your fashion purchase benefit charity

There many ways to support a favorite cause or charity: donate money, participate in a walk or ride, volunteer your time. Or you could go shopping. When your purchase goes to support a charity, it’s a win-win situation.

Jewelry for a Cause does just that. In 2008, Jessica Mindich came up with the concept of selling wearable and inexpensive jewelry to raise funds for local and global causes.

“Amazing people who do amazing things in this world have asked me to create innovative fundraising and marketing jewelry for causes that are important to them,” she said.

She has worked with everyone from professional philanthropists to volunteer moms to celebrities like Donna Karan and Maria Shriver to Snoop Dogg. She donates 20% of the net proceeds from many of her jewelry lines to charities of her clients’ choice.

The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund through M∙A∙C Cosmetics is another great collaboration of fashion and fundraising. This year, Rihanna launched the new M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM, a bold red frosted lipstick and lipglass. Every penny is donated to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, whose mission is to serve people affected by HIV and AIDS.

Many local boutiques carry the popular Alex and Ani bangles, which support a variety of causes. The company’s Charity by Design line lets you choose a charity to support by purchasing that corresponding bangle.

By purchasing a Living Water Charm bangle, you’re donating 20% of the purchase price to Living Water International, group that helps communities acquire desperately needed clean water. The Because I am a Girl bangle supports Plan International USA’s Because I am a Girl, an initiative to lift four million girls in the developing world out of poverty.

So when you do go shopping, think first. Can someone besides you benefit from the purchase?

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