For many, the Holidays can be a reflective time for giving thanks for all we have in our lives; our family, our friends, the food on our table and the beauty of our planet. It’s also a time to think about how we can help those who are less fortunate. Here, we highlight some companies that we love for their dedication to their communities, their products, and the planet!
Plus you’ll earn cash back with all of these stores when you shop through Giving Assistant!
Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, Inc.
Since Vera Bradley founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller began raising funds in memory of their friend and co-worker Mary Sloan, the Vera Bradley Foundation has donated more than $23 million toward a future free from breast cancer. All funds support the talented clinicians and researchers working toward a cure in the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.
More Philanthropic Causes
Vera Bradley matches employees’ contributions to local United Way agencies and other non-profits that are important to them nationwide. Their Volunteer Time Off program encourages employees to apply their time and talents at a non-profit mission of their choice on paid company time one day per year. In all, Vera Bradley donates product and dollars to more than 1000 causes annually.
Products and Programs
Nordstrom gives back through several programs and products including but not limited to:
Shoes That Fit: Nordstrom’s annual holiday giving program that has provided tens of thousands of pairs of new shoes to kids in need across the country
Treasure&Bond: Nordstrom’s brand that gives 2.5% of its net sales to nonprofits that empower youth.
M·A·C Viva Glam: supporting HIV/AIDS research, education and programs through the sale of M·A·C Viva Glam Lipstick and Lipglass products
United Way: Nordstrom partners with employees to support United Way organizations through donations and volunteerism
Nordstrom is committed to reducing or eliminating impacts on the environment wherever possible. Over the years Nordstrom has reduced their energy and water usage while also decreasing emissions. Not only are all bags and boxes at Nordstrom recyclable, they’re using less packaging and choosing products made of recycled content. Sustainable foods and beverages as well as local and organic produce are used in Nordstrom restaurants and coffee bars whenever possible. This supports local farmers, minimizes greenhouse-gas emissions during transport from farm to table, and provides customers with the freshest choices. All menus and printed materials in Nordstrom restaurants and coffee bars contain a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste, and organic recycling programs are in place where local composting facilities exist. Nordstrom also strives to offer environmentally friendly apparel, shoes and accessories. It’s easy to find these products online—type “eco-friendly” or “sustainable” into the search box at Nordstrom.com!
The Honest Company
Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan founded The Honest Company with one goal: to deliver effective, but unquestionably safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable products for you, your children, and your home; something they believe everyone should have access to. The Honest Company feels tremendous responsibility to the planet we all call home. They are serious about being honest stewards and protectors of the natural environment. Therefore, they seek to inspire new solutions, reduce collective impact, cause no unnecessary harm, and make products that are as non-toxic and healthy as possible.
“We are committed to both individual and corporate social responsibility – taking selfless actions that benefit others. This includes charitable partnerships, working with advocates on promoting policy changes that better protect our children and planet, and supporting the efforts of our employees with paid community service days and direct matches of non-profit donations.” – The Honest Company
Check out their full line of products here!
Chaco became famous in 1989 for their durable, sustainable sandals designed for almost any outdoor adventure. Their sandals are built to last and designed to be repaired when needed. When your well-trodden pair is on its last leg, let Chaco experts step in. Fewer shoes thrown away means less waste for you and for the planet!
Check out all of their sandals (plus all of their other footwear and outdoor accessories!) here!
Speaking of the environment…what better way to celebrate the planet than to get outdoors? Backcountry has everything for the adventure seeker in everyone! Plus 12% cash back!
Meanwhile, over here at Giving Assistant…
Our members have now donated over $106,000 to nonprofits and over 339,429 hot meals to families in need via Feeding America! Way to go! Plus, just in time for Giving Tuesday, we’ll be donating an additional meal to Feeding America for every qualifying purchase made through Giving Assistant on Giving Tuesday. That means two meals instead of one will be donated to a family or person in need. Thanks for joining in on our mission of shopping wisely to help others!
Happy shopping, and happy giving!