The Mission List is proud of every single one of our campaigns and the organizations we help to reach women online. Below are some of the campaigns we’ve worked on since launching in 2012:
Funding women’s business. Plum Alley provides an online space for women business owners to sell their gorgeous housewares, jewelry, accessories, and services. And now, they host a crowdfunding platform that enables women to raise capital for their businesses. As TML member Lisa Frame of A Daily Pinch points out, “But at Plum Alley, we have people ready to fuel the growth of women funded companies by investing in them, which will in turn help economic growth worldwide. That’s something to think about.”
Supporting Rwandan women artisans. Indego Africa provides education and training to Rwandan women artisans, as well as an online store to sell their wares to consumers globally. This amazing organization empowers women to drive sustainable business development while using their skills to provide for themselves and their families. We could tell you how beautiful their products are, but you should go see for yourself! In this campaign, Elizabeth Atalay of Documama shared why helping Rwandan women is near and dear to her heart.
Let’s talk about the impact of hunger on women and children. Our bloggers helped the UN World Food Program USA think about how best to mobilize action during the giving season and beyond. This focus group and social media activation brought together bloggers and World Food Program leaders to discuss the dire impact of hunger on women and children. During the 2013 giving season, our bloggers took the Lunch Money Challenge, which asked people to pack a lunch for one week and donate the saved money to help children in need. Connie Roberts of Brain Foggles took the challenge and shared the story of Fatuma Mohamed, a senior program assistant with the World Food Program in Kenya where she once benefited from WFP programs as a student. And in spring of 2013, bloggers agreed to “live below the line” of global poverty, subsisting on just $1.50 per day. TML member Kelly Wickham of Mocha Momma shared what it was like to live below the line:
Bring breakfast to kids in need. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but millions of children across the U.S. are forced to go without it. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is trying to change that by working with schools to create breakfast programs for kids. But they need help. Remarkably, a $1 donation can help connect a child in need to 10 breakfasts; and an $18 donation can help a child get breakfast every day of the school year (180 days)! Heather Flett shared about the program on 510 Families.
Are you a supporter of President Obama’s reelection campaign? We’re using our influence online to support the president and encourage our friends to get out and vote on November 6. Over 100 women bloggers joined our list serv to get daily campaign updates, news, graphics, video, and other easily content to share with their networks. The Mission List/WomenOnline became the first organization hired to mobilize parent bloggers for a presidential campaign. Korinthia Klein wrote a particularly powerful post about her decision to support President Obama:
As I watched President Obama last night, I was again reassured by his knowledge and demeanor. There is a reason his opponent was forced to essentially agree with all of his foreign policy decisions. They have been sane, rational, and effective in a complicated and unpredictable world. President Obama has had to make difficult decisions in crises in real time and has made them well.
Easing the strain on our food system. Oxfam America’s GROW Method campaign encourages families to cook in ways that reduce energy consumption and waste and support small farmers. Simple steps like using lids on pots when cooking, going meatless once per week, and buying in-season produce when possible help make our eating and cooking more sustainable. GROW alone won’t stop climate change, poverty, or hunger. But it’s small steps like those laid out in the GROW Method that can help us change the conversation about the way we eat and think about food, while also positively impacting our food system and reducing strain on resources.
Do you utilize 15 or more hours of childcare each week? Karoo allows parents and caregivers to interface in ways that go well beyond the capability of sharing photos via text or Facebook. Karoo is all about keeping working parents connected to their kids while away; imagine being able to be a part of all of your kids’ milestones and moments, having an easy to access “daily log” of your kids’ info (meals, naps, diaper changes, etc.), having the ability to connect and share with family and friends, and also being able to browse local activities and connect with other parents in your community.
Do you love babies and fashion? Do you live in Massachusetts? We’re looking for bloggers who love babies and love style to help spread the word about an upcoming shop for a cause fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Perfect for back to school shopping, this campaign will go live in August and we need your help spreading the word.
Are you concerned about underage drinking? One of the big decisions your child may face, even as a tween, is how to say no to alcohol. The statistics make it clear that parental involvement is essential. Are there particular topics, areas or questions about underage drinking you would like extra support with? This is your chance to help us develop a program that really helps parents talk to young kids about drinking. Please join us for a confidential, informative and thought-provoking one hour online focus group with a national non-profit dedicated to helping kids say “no” to underage drinking.
Supporting girls and women globally: Half the Sky began as a book by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Now, Half the Sky has become a global movement to support women and girls in areas from maternal and child health, to gender-based violence, to sex trafficking.
Why are women leaving corporate America? Businesses have a big problem. Companies are recruiting, training, and then losing their most talented women before they make partner or move into the corner office. Women leave to start their own companies, work freelance, and try to find a way that helps them achieve work/life balance. Maybe you’ve experienced this yourself. Have you left a job in the corporate world? Women hold more than half of the managerial jobs yet are only 17% of senior officers. Business leaders want to know why.
You are invited to join the new Bentley University Center for Women and Business in an online idea exchange where business leaders will listen to what you have to say about addressing the women’s leadership gap. Ideas garnered from the exchange will be presented in a report to the White House Office of Women and Girls and to corporate executives around the country.
Just $25 can bring clean water to someone for life! TML Member Caroline Urdaneta is spearheading a campaign with Water.org to raise money to bring water to those who need it most. Just $25 can bring one person clean, safe water for life. We encourage you to join us in taking the 10 Day Challenge during September to raise money for Water.org. If you are interested, message Caroline via The Mission List Community and join our Water.org group.
Fighting obesity and teaching cooking skills: Micro-Greens is a project of TML Member Chef Alli Sosna. Alli is in the process of funding this program that will teach D.C.-area kids how to cook and use healthy cooking skills to feed themselves and their families on a SNAP (food stamps) budget. Could you tell your networks about Micro-Greens and ask them to make a donation of $31.50? With your help, Alli can fund Micro-Greens and grow the program to be a national model to empower kids and their families to fight obesity.
Your comments can save a life! Blogust is a 31-day “relay” of blog posts, one per day for the month of August, each post linking to the next in the relay. For each comment on any of the 31 posts, a $20 donation will be made to Shot@Life — enough money to provide a child vaccines for life. Be sure to visit Blogust.org to see who will be posting each day in August and make your comments count!
The UN Foundation is working to help connect American women with the crucial importance of global vaccines. The Shot@Life campaign “connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.” Though many people are not aware, one out of every five children born today will die because they do not receive vaccinations against diseases like measles and polio that we in the developing world can so easily take for granted. Shot@Life is working with women here in the U.S. to spread the message about the critical need for vaccines for children in developing nations, because no mother should have to lose her child to a disease that could have been prevented. Just $20 can buy a lifetime of vaccines for a child who needs them.