Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hint Philanthropy for 2011

Mercy Corps
For 2011, I decided to structure Hint's philanthropy differently. Instead of choosing a new non-profit every couple months, I felt called to develop a deeper pattern of giving with three organizations. Each quarter, I will donate 10% of Hint's profits to the following organizations:



ASPCA
I'm still amazed by the work that Mercy Corps and ASPCA are able to complete. If you are unfamiliar with these two organizations be sure to check out their Web sites and stories.


American Himalayan Foundation
In addition, after watching Mustang - Journey of Transformation, a PBS documentary, I learned more about the American Himalayan Foundation and the work that they do to preserve culture, stop girl trafficking, develop education, and offer new paths to health care. They are committed to helping the people and the ecology of the Himalayan region -- one of the most beautiful and sacred places on Earth.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November & December 2010: Heifer International


Last year I received a gift catalog from Heifer International, and I promised myself that next holiday season I would donate 10% of Hint's profits to this organization as one of my Christmas presents.

In 1944, Dan West, a Midwestern farmer and the visionary behind Heifer International, decided to make an impact on world hunger and poverty by organizing a shipment of 17 young cows from Pennsylvania to families in Puerto Rico. These heifers, the cornerstone of the organization, not only supply milk but are also a continual source of community support for each recipient agrees to pass on the first female offspring to another family in need.

I love this concept that through one act of giving more opportunities for passing on abundance are created. I'm looking forward to helping Heifer International build sustainable communities.

Monday, September 6, 2010

September & October 2010: Stephen J. Wampler Foundation


This summer I saw magazine ad entitled Rock On, Steve!, and just as I was about to turn the page, I saw a note to donate $25.00 to the S'mores Fund...well they had me at s'mores so to speak :)

Steve Wampler is one of those human beings that just makes you want to get geared up for tomorrow because you don't want miss out on the next installment of his life. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Stephen Wampler was inspired by his childhood of fishing, hiking, and playing in lakes to create a foundation that enables children with disabilities to embark on their own wilderness adventures.

Nature is best medicine for soul and body, so it is with great pleasure that I donate 10% of all Hint profits for the month of September and October to the Kid's Programs funded by the Stephen J. Wampler Foundation.



Be sure to check out the inspiring video on Steve Wampler by clicking on this link and then scrolling to the bottom of the page: Wall film proposal. He is about to be the first person with Cerebral Palsy to climb El Capitan at Yosemite National Park. His journey this September to climb the equivalent the Empire State Building two times over is made in an effort to build awareness that disabilities are not limiting and to raise money for scholarships.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July & August 2010: World Wildlife Fund


One of the most intriguing organizations dedicated to the preservation of our planet's animals and habitat is the World Wildlife Fund. Founded in 1961 in response to the collaborative vision of European scientists, naturalists, business and political leaders, the World Wildlife Fund is the voice of creatures that may not be heard. The World Wildlife Fund uses their resources and knowledge to balance the needs of humans with the natural world.

For the months of July and August I will donate 10% of Hint Jewelry Design's profits to the World Wildlife Fund.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May & June 2010: Fisher House


May 31, 2010 is Memorial Day -- an opportunity to commemorate the men and women who have died during military service.

Memorial Day
first came about as a way to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. Though that seems sort of one sided, I like the symbolic gesture that this day occurs around the same date that the North and South were reunified.

I'm drawn to this idea that even though human beings often separate and fight over strongly held beliefs, there always exists the possibility of reunification. This year I'm choosing to see Memorial Day as a moment to celebrate the opportunity for reunion and to acknowledge all the many ways men and women have tried to serve as instruments of peace during times of struggle.

For the months of May and June, Hint Jewelry Design will be donating 10% of all profits to Fisher House -- a charity that enables military families to be near their injured loved ones while they are hospitalized for injury, illness, or disease. Fisher House builds "Comfort Homes" on major military bases where families can be close by and provide much needed emotional support for healing.

Monday, March 1, 2010

March & April 2010: One Table Mercy Corps


Mercy Corps has taken a unique approach to fighting world hunger -- investing in women.

"When a woman succeeds in school or farming or business, she provides food, education and health care to her family. Her own health and well-being improves, her household becomes stronger and the entire community benefits. "

I'm not sure women are the only ones who have the opportunity to put food on the table, but I'm definitely intrigued by the idea that as a traditional symbol embodying the earth and family, women have become the focus of Mercy Corps mission One Table.

By donating 10% of Hint Jewelry's profits for the months of March and April, One Table will empower women around the world to grow healthy food and create businesses that lift their families out of extreme poverty.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January & February 2010: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals


My cat Hugo is a rescue kitty. I've always wondered what bought him to the shelter thirteen years ago. Watching him grow up, I came to realize that more than likely his first couple weeks in the world were a little bit scary wandering the streets of Detroit. Nevertheless, Hugo is by far a survivor with an amazing nurturing spirit. His lesson that you can be a little bit broken and still have a lot to offer is something that keeps me going every day.

For me, it is a great honor to be able to contribute Hint Jewelry's earnings to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) during the months of January and February. ASPCA was founded in 1866 by Henry Bergh and is headquartered in New York City. They have a three-fold mission: to care for pet parents and pets, seek positive solutions for at-risk animals, and serve the needs of animals that have been victims of cruelty.

Animals are a reflection of how we treat ourselves and the world around us. Their suffering is directly related to our suffering. I'm grateful for the opportunity to use 10% of Hint Jewelry Design's profits to uphold ASPCA's belief that all animals deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.