Give to Mom by Giving Back

Mothers Day is this coming weekend and there's no better way to honor your mom than by getting her a little something that does good. Here are some of our favorite ideas to say "thank you" to all of the amazing moms in our lives: logoCatapult is a crowd funding platform that allows donors to support social good projects that benefit women and girls at home and abroad. Some of our favorite projects include birth waiting homes for women in Sierra Leone, a mentor program that helps refuge women adjust to life in the U.S., and secondary school scholarships for Ethiopian girls.

Screen shot 2013-05-06 at 5.29.16 PMIndego Africa connects African women artisans with training and access to the global market via their online store. Indego Africa's artisans create gorgeous jewelry, accessories, and home accents. We're especially in love with this handmade bowl. We could tell you how much we love them, but you should go look for yourself!

retail_braceletThe Friends of Mel Foundation supports cancer research through sales of beautiful beaded bracelets. Founded in honor of Mel Simmons, who lost her battle with cancer five years ago, Friends of Mel grants have benefitted dozens of small, grassroots organizations that work to enrich the lives of cancer patients and survivors.

Screen shot 2013-05-06 at 5.38.36 PMScrubadubdub! Did you know that 3,000 children's lives could be saved every day with just a bar of soap and clean water? Soapbox Soaps benefits children in need by donating one bar of soap for every bar sold. Available at brick and mortar stores like Whole Foods and online, these bars come in a variety of scents, including lavender, lemongrass, and spearmint.

cards-little-gift-lrg-wowmomWant to make a donation to a cause your mom cares about, but aren't sure which organization she'd choose? Bluebell Giving greeting cards make it easy to make a donation in a loved one's name. Order a card, choose how much money you'd like to donate, and when the recipient receives the card she can decide which partner organization receives the donation. Bluebell partners with over 180 organizations, including HealthyWomen.org, Children's Defense Fund, and Dress for Success.