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    1: Krochet Kids

    Krochet KidsWho it helps: Women and communities of Uganda and Peru

    Why we like it: “Buy a hat. Change a life.” Krochet Kids empowers Ugandan women (and soon Peru) with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and families out of poverty. Knit hats, shirts, and accessories help break the poverty cycle and dependence on outside humanitarian aid. Each hat is signed by its maker. Rad? Yes.

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    2: TOMS Shoes & Eyewear

    TOMS Shoes & EyewearWho it helps: Children in need

    Why we like it: As part of its “one for one movement,” TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair of TOMS shoes purchased. To date, TOMS has given over 1 million pairs of shoes to kids around the world. They have eyewear now, too!

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    3: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company

    Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee CompanyWho it helps: People and farmers of Rwanda, Haiti, and Thailand

    Why we like it: “Drink Coffee. Do Good.” Founded in response to the Rwandan genocides, Land of a Thousand Hills partners in fair trade with farmers and local community leaders to develop coffee farming into a sustainable income, pay a just living wage, and strive to further meet the needs of the people.

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    4: Oxfam America Unwrapped

    Oxfam America UnwrappedWho it helps: Communities in need internationally

    Why we like it: Fruit baskets feed your office for a day. Fruit trees feed a family for life. Your gift — whether it’s a fruit tree, goat, a dozen chicks, or more — will directly impact the quality of life for those in need. Rather than provide short-term aid, Oxfam America looks at the root causes of a community’s problems and works with its people to create lasting solutions.

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    5: American Red Cross

    American Red CrossWho it helps: Victims of natural disasters, war, and others in need

    Why we like it: American Red Cross is the premier emergency response organization and humanitarian movement offering care to victims of war and devastating natural disasters. Up to 50 percent of your store purchases, all emblazoned with the org’s iconic emblem, go directly to its lifesaving mission. We particularly adore the field bag and beach towel.

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    6: Compassion International

    Compassion InternationalWho it helps: Children in need

    Why we like it: The hallmark of Compassion's work is one-to-one child sponsorship throughout 26 countries. Not ready for such a commitment? This holiday season brings the opportunity to purchase Gifts of Compassion — vaccines, clean water, and mosquito nets — that can help any child in the Compassion network and their communities.

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    7: charity: water

    charity: waterWho it helps: Communities in need of clean water

    Why we like it: Clean water is a simple solution toward preventing the 30,000 deaths that occur each week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions. Charity: water not only provides clean water sources, but frees communities to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives. Donate directly or shop in the store. (We love the stationery!)

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    8: Cause Shoppe

    Cause ShoppeWho it helps: Your choice of charities and causes

    Why we like it: Overwhelmed by navigating so many charity sites? Still need holiday gifts? The Cause Shoppe is a socially conscious online shop that simplifies the giving process to help everyday consumers become philanthropists. The org connects people with products and services that inspire awareness while supporting our local and global communities. “Doctor Not Diva” shirts? Yes.

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    9: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalWho it helps: Awesome children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases

    Why we like it: We love kids. St Jude’s holiday gift catalog outperforms. Offering research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Go. Buy!

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    10: 31 Bits

    31 BitsWho it helps: Women (and therefore families and communities) in Uganda

    Why we like it: 31 Bits uses fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty. Each piece of jewelry is handmade using 100-percent recycled, local materials. Can business turn scarcity into abundance, eventually alleviating poverty completely? Jewelry = English lessons, finance and vocational training, community, and AIDS and health education. That’s a start.

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    11: NPR (National Public Radio)

    NPR (National Public Radio)Who it helps: Our brains, people, our brains

    Why we like it: What’s better than a Sunday drive, windows down, NPR on the radio? NPR talk shows This American Life and Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me (superior when Mo Rocca is on) all contribute to those driveway moments when you just can’t stop listening. And thinking. Support it: be that guy (or gal) in the NPR shirt.

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    12: Operation Smile

    Operation SmileWho it helps: Children who suffer from cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities

    Why we like it: Stock an operating room. Provide comfort after surgery, even only a blanket. Sponsor a surgery. For baby girls in China, a cleft lip can be a death sentence. Operation Smile can change that, with your help. Shop their gift catalog and save a child from a lifetime of pain.

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    13: The Trevor Project

    The Trevor ProjectWho it helps: LGBTQ youths in crisis

    Why we like it: The Trevor Project leads in providing crisis and suicide intervention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youths. Check out easy ways (under Affinity Programs) to make your holiday travel support a future where opportunities and dreams are the same for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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    14: Kiva

    KivaWho it helps: Loan recipients in need around the world

    Why we like it: Through microfinance Kiva helps individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. You lend $25, a farmer’s loan is funded, his business grows — and you are repaid. Lives are changed in the process. Including your own. One of the most engaging gestures you’ll never forget.

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    15: Feeding America

    Feeding AmericaWho it helps: Hungry men, women and children in our country

    Why we like it: Every dollar you donate to Feeding America helps provide eight meals to men, women, and children facing hunger in America. That means a $25 gift card in honor of a loved one will provide $200 worth of meals. Cut back $100 on your company’s holiday party and provide 800 meals. Astounding.

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    16: The Gentle Barn

    The Gentle BarnWho it helps: Abused animals and abused children

    Why we like it: Shop, donate, hug a cow, save lives. The Gentle Barn is home to animals rescued from severe abuse, neglect, or slaughter. Once rehabilitated they remain at the barn and in turn help heal abused children and those in crisis. Through these interactions with new four-legged friends, kids learn kindness, compassion, confidence, and reverence for all life.

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    17: Not For Sale

    Not For SaleWho it helps: Ends human trafficking and slavery of women and children

    Why we like it: Buy a shirt, a bracelet, a journal. Re-abolish slavery. 30 million slaves are in our world today, more than at any point in history. The Not for Sale store employs survivors of human trafficking and those vulnerable to such exploitation to help pave their way to a better future. No one should be for sale.

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    18: Susan G. Komen for the Cure

    Susan G. Komen for the CureWho it helps: Breast cancer survivors and research

    Why we like it: Purchase with a purpose to end breast cancer forever. Virtually all of us have been touched by breast cancer, whether a loved one has had it or ourselves personally. Donate to the cause directly or shop in their store in honor of our struggles and successes. We think the keychain works subtle wonders.

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    19: RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest Nation Network)

    RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest Nation Network)Who it helps: Survivors of rape, abuse, and incest

    Why we like it: Someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted every two minutes. RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization, makes it painless to finish your holiday shopping while supporting its cause. Shop at your favorite retailers — including Amazon, Target, GAP, Sephora, and more — through the link below, and a portion of your purchases support RAINN.

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    20: Global Girlfriend

    Global GirlfriendWho it helps: Women and children in need, in the U.S. and beyond

    Why we like it: Selling eco-friendly, fair-trade products made by women, Global Girlfriend believes that economic opportunity for women holds the promise for real change in the world. When women have an income, they reinvest in themselves and in their children's health, education, and nutrition, building stronger communities over time. Bonus: the store has an extensive catalog — oh, the choices!

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    21: Every Mother Counts

    Every Mother CountsWho it helps: Pregnant women worldwide

    Why we like it: A woman dies every 90 seconds due to complications from pregnancy — and 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. Every Mother Counts empowers you to make a difference through giving your time, your voice, or your donation. Support midwife training or simply help lend a hand to healthcare workers. Count us in!

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    22: UNICEF

    UNICEFWho it helps: Children in over 150 countries

    Why we like it: UNICEF is “doing whatever it takes to save a child,” whether it’s through selling funky graphic tees or auctioning off tap water from celebrity’s houses. This global humanitarian relief organization provides children with health care, nutrition, education, and more.

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    23: Donors Choose

    Donors ChooseWho it helps: Students in need

    Why we like it: Public school teachers across America post classroom supply requests on DonorsChoose.org, ranging from pencils for poetry to violins for school recitals. Give any amount to the project that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, they deliver the materials to the school — and you get to check out photos of what you helped achieve.

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    24: BeadforLife

    BeadforLifeWho it helps: Women in Uganda

    Why we like it: Selling gorgeous jewelry, indulgent shea butter, and lip balm, BeadforLife helps women lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone. The paper beaded jewelry and shea butter become income, food, medicine, school fees, and hope for those that need it.

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    25: mothers2mothers

    mothers2mothersWho it helps: Pregnant mothers affected by HIV

    Why we like it: By supporting mothers2mothers you can help eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The organization relies on trained local women to provide education and support for pregnant women and mothers living with HIV. When mothers are involved in mentoring other HIV-positive women, mothers and babies are more likely to receive and take their medication.

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