As we near the end of our fiscal year (which ends at the end of the month), we’d like to call attention to a number of unique and creative ways that organizations have been raising financial support for our work. Here are a few great concepts to ponder:
Barista Bath and Body
During September’s “Campaign of Giving,” Barista Bath and Body, an award-winning natural line of coffee-based bath and skincare products, will donate 5% of its sales to support Grounds for Health. B3 talked about its unique product line and commitment to support Grounds for Health during three segments on the Home Shopping Network on September 19th. This unique partnership finishes on September 30, so there’s still time: visit http://www.b3products.com/ to make a purchase and support Grounds for Health.
Club Coffee and Walmart.com
Our good friends and loyal supporters from Club Coffee have partnered with Walmart.com to offer their line of Grounds for Health co-branded specialty coffees on the Internet. Since last fall, the Club Coffee line had been available in over 100 WalMart stores across the US but the program ends this month. So, please consider going online and purchasing one of Club Coffee’s fine offerings. Grounds for Health receives $.50 for every 12 ounce package purchased. Available soon!
Fair Trade Fund
A cherished member of the Fair Trade Coffee community in Brazil passed away in September from ovarian cancer. Andrea Maira da Silva, 27 years old, from Poco Fundo, Brazil, worked supporting small-scale coffee communities for several years. The producer organizations she worked for sold a lot of great quality coffee to the US market while helping to improve the lives of hundreds of small-scale coffee producers in Brazil. In memory of Andrea, several members of Fair Trade USA have asked Grounds for Health to create an on-line account for people to make donations in her name. You can donate to the fund here: http://groundsforhealth.org/fair-trade-fund/
Reunion Island Coffee’s One Less Paper Cup
Reunion Island Coffee, a Toronto specialty roaster, will hold its 3rd Annual ‘One Less Paper Cup’ Fundraiser on December 9 to specifically benefit Grounds for Health. Reunion Island product specialist Adam Pesce explains, “In the coffee industry’s efforts to make our product as sustainable as possible, we have come to realize that empowering and assisting women in every way possible is a top priority.”
To support this cause, fifteen contemporary Canadian artists donated their talents toward converting white ceramic cups into pieces of art. The unique ceramic cups are styled after the ubiquitous white paper cup, complete with silicone lid to match the standard takeout cup.
If you are interested in holding you’re own OLPC fundraiser, contact Adam Pesce at First Drop who will gladly give you advice on how to make it successful.