Profit for Charity Business Model

There is fantastic new new business model developing – the profit-for-charity.

I’ll share information about a few such organizations.

Albany Bagel Co.

I just learned about a company named Albany Bagel.  This company has the stated purpose to bring real bagels to the city of Albany, NY and to build community at the same time. All of the restaurant’s profits will be donated to charities within the city of Albany, NY.  They will be selling bagels at the Crossings Farmers’ Market in Colonie every Saturday this summer.

The Mennonite Girls can Cook cookbooks is another profit-for-charity business.

Mennonite Girls can Cook describes itself as a group of ten women who share recipes and and their faith, with a purpose, inspiring hospitality while using their resources to help needy people around the world.

These women explain that their simple recipe blog, which had the original purpose of documenting their family’s favorite recipes, has resulted in two cookbooks:

Mennonite Girls Can Cook, uses any and all funds generated through the blog or cookbook to feed the hungry by sponsoring a greenhouse project at

The Good Shepherd Shelter in Ukraine

The Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations cookbook’s royalties for the first year will go to provide clean water for school children in Kenya through the

 WASH program…a project of Mennonite Central Committee.

These two cookbooks are more than just a collection of recipes, they encourage us to ‘think about HOSPITALITY versus entertaining’ so that we may discover a ‘joy in BLESSING versus impressing’.

Toms is a business that sells shoes and eyewear that is designed to help change lives with their One for One ® business philosophy.  They state that, ‘with every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.®  For each item purchased, Toms either gives away a pair of shoes to a person in need or helps to restore eyesight to a person in need.  What a wonderful idea!

These business models show us new ways of thinking about how we understand and interact with one another.  These business models are designed with the wellbeing of people in mind, as opposed to a sole purpose of profit in mind.

If you are aware of any other profit-for-charity businesses, please drop me a note and include a web address if you have one.

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Why Choose a More-with-Less Lifestyle?

A More-with-Less lifestyle is a very good way to promote social justice in the world, because how we use money has an impact on others.

Living More-with-Less is not only about spending less money and living frugally, it is about using money in a just way.

Consider the words of Robert Martin, author of Abnormal Anabaptist, as he discusses the issues of justice as it relates to the Kermit Gosnell case.

‘How many times have I had the opportunity to use my money to help someone else and, instead, have used it on my own selfish desires?’

There are many reasons why women turn to the types of services that Gosnell provided – and a major one is poverty – and the feelings of despair caused by the inability to care for a new life.  If we can change the structural violence inherent in our social systems that allow for great inequalities in income and power, we could greatly diminish poverty, broken families, and the other causes behind these difficult decisions women and their health-care providers make.  We all participate in an unjust economic system that rewards the ‘1%’ to a very great degree while at the same time it leaves the remaining ‘99%’ fighting over the crumbs.  Economists explain this as competing for ‘scarce’ resources.

I have to ask, are resources really scarce?  Or are they simply used in unjust ways?  Again, I turn to the words of Robert Martin, concerning the good stewardship of our resources,

‘We are all guilty. We all deserve punishment.’

‘I pray, fervently, for God to move in me, to show me what I can do in my community and world so that things like the Women’s Health Clinic will no longer have a place.’

Amen

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World Fair Trade Day 2013

May 11th

World Fair Trade Day

Fair trade is about justice.

Fair trade eliminates poverty, child labor, and forced labor.

fairworldproject.org

Fair Trade promotes healthy relationships and healthy environments.

Please join us in the movement.

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Sharing is Caring

A reader, Jill, just shared a source for fairly traded clothing .  Jill wrote to me and let me know that this company only works with cooperatives that benefit women.  She reasoned that, “statistically, when you lift a woman out of poverty, you lift her children too. Women sent their children to school as soon as they could afford to do so”.    This company is Global Girlfriend.

Global Girlfriend is part of The GreaterGood Network of websites that offers the public a unique opportunity to support causes they care about.

Every purchase in their suite of online stores gives a charity royalty of from 5-30% to a specific worthy cause.

I hope everyone has a few moments to check these websites out.

Thanks so much for sharing, Jill!

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