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Gifts that Give Back (And a Giveaway!)

Life December 1, 2015

We’ve had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. But today is my favorite shopping day because today is Generous Tuesday. Years ago when I did my first giving guide, the concept of fair trade shopping seemed like a relatively new concept. These days, it’s easier than ever to shop with purpose for everyone on your gift list. You can find tons of ideas on my Pinterest board “Companies…

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The single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth…and how you can help

Life May 26, 2015

[Photo by Daniel C. White] When I heard about the work Wendy Powell is doing with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, I knew you would want to know about it too. When I was in Ethiopia a few years ago, one thing I remember feeling was a longing for pregnant women to have safe childbirths. Because my own pregnancies and childbirths were high-risk and at times downright dangerous, I couldn’t help wondering…

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May we not be silent

Life January 19, 2015

This quote is an excerpt from a letter that Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in a Birmingham jail on April 16, 1963.  I probably read it in school at some point, although I don’t remember being so humbled and challenged as I was when I read it again last night. Whether you’ve read it before or not, I encourage you to take it in today with fresh eyes and an…

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Procrastinator’s Gift Guide that Gives Back (no gift-wrapping required)

Faith, Food for the Hungry, Life December 20, 2014

Oh hey, it’s only a few days until Christmas. Are you finished shopping yet? Or are you a procrastinator like me? Instead of fighting the crowds at the mall or paying through the teeth for overnight shipping, how about giving one of these gifts that give back? You don’t even have to wrap them (just print off the gift card and you’re done!). Toys will break and clothes will go…

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Advent Coffee Stand Now Open! (UPDATED)

Life December 16, 2014

UPDATE: Thanks to your generosity, the kids raised over $1000! That means 20 kids in Malawi will have food for all of 2015 and clean water for a lifetime. Thank you for helping our kids help others this Christmas! ***** Joe and Leila set up their third annual Advent Conspiracy Coffee Stand this morning to raise money for kids in Malawi. They collected $153 while serving up cocoa, coffee, tea and donuts. With…

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One simple step to help end slavery

Faith, Life February 27, 2014

By the end of today, tens of thousands of people will post a photo of a red X on their hand to raise awareness for the End It Movement. It’s easy to dismiss something so simple (psh, what is a red X on your hand going to do to end slavery?), but awareness is no small thing. “Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern–day slavery, but nothing will…

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All Things Bright and Beautiful (and Socially Conscious)

Life February 18, 2014

Aside from the soul-filling conversations and pages of scribbled notes to ponder, I also walked away from the IF:Gathering with some bright, beautiful and socially conscious jewelry that I wanted to tell you about. I’ve been a fan of Noonday Collection for years, and even considered being an ambassador at one point (ultimately deciding that I couldn’t commit the time and effort to do it the right way), so when…

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