Do-Gooder Gifts: Lovely & Helpful

I love giving gifts.
I love helping nonprofits.
Combining the two?
Below: my annual list of  shops where profits are plowed into good
& the choices are terrific. 

Helping Survivors  Sex Trafficking: The Resilience Bracelet, is one of many exquisite pieces of jewelry made by Her Future Coalition 

“Our mission is to provide shelter, education, and employment to survivors of human trafficking and extreme abuse, so they can become and remain free forever. We engage in long term, intensive interventions with the goal of financial independence.   Our programs give survivors the tools to overcome tremendous stigma and to advance far above the poverty line, transforming their identity and social status.”



An American Civil Liberties Union sweatshirt? Yes please!! Who does not want to know that “Your purchase helps defend the constitutional rights of all people.” And they have lots besides sweatshirts.


Support newspapers, please! If not for journalists, well, I can’t imagine where we’d be. The New York Times has a store, including great gifts like the nifty water bottle above.


Carrying stuff can be difficult, making it more defiant lessens the load. This tote from Women’s March might be the most hopeful present you give.


And then there’s Planned Parenthood merchandise, emblazoned with We Won’t Go Back. Timely.


Purpose Jewelry provides freedom for women escaping sex trafficking.

“You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style to make a difference. PURPOSE Jewelry is beautifully crafted by young women rescued from human trafficking. By Purchasing with Purpose®you are providing freedom, dignity and hope for these amazing artisans. “

MY SISTER’s mission is to prevent sex trafficking, educate communities, empower the population, provide aftercare for survivors, and offer growth opportunities to at-risk youth and women through the sales of our statement-making, ethically-sourced apparel and accessories.


Habitat for Humanityis a global nonprofit housing organization working in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with people and families in need of a decent and affordable home.”

Some of my other favorite places to shop are museum & library shops. Favorites include :

The Museum of Modern Art

The New York Public Library

The Art Institute of Chicago

Brooklyn Museum

Mutter Museum






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