08Dec

A Human Rights Film: The Long Night

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It's hard to believe that sex trafficking is happening in America. I always thought it was more prevalent in other countries, but I was very wrong. The crazy, painful truth is that human trafficking is one of the  world's fastest-growing criminal industries  and it's a monstrous issue in this country. In fact, 85% of confirmed sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, mostly runaway children. Often disconnected from family and friends, runaway and homeless children are particularly susceptible to traffickers who will lure them with the promise of food, Read More

19Nov

Being #Unselfie on #GivingTuesday

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#GivingTuesday inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that theworld truly gives as good as it gets. The third annual #GivingTuesday will take place on December 2, 2014. It's works like this. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company Read More

27Oct

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

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There's nothing like a good Halloween campaign for social good. One of UNICEF’s most notable traditions, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 as a way to help kids who need more than candy.  Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes and have raised more than $170 million. Adding an extra treat to this year’s campaign, actress, platinum recording artist and author Zendaya has been named the 2014 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Spokesperson. For the first time in its 64 year history, Read More

06Apr

10 Memorable Quotes Women in the World 2014

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I was lucky to attend the the 5th annual Women in the World summit once again. Words can't quite capture the experience of having an entire event wrapped around the narrative on issues affecting women from Washington to Rwanda, celebrating the success of the women's movement which has come so far even in the past year alone. The event took place at Lincoln Center in NYC over the period of 2-1/2 days and was hosted by Tina Brown who kicked everything off with the mantra "Don't cry, strategize." Her boundless energy to get stories told from women around Read More

10Mar

Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” Campaign

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Did you know that between elementary and high school, girls’ self-esteems drops 3.5 times more than boys? This profound stat can have a detrimental effect on a young girl's future. That’s what Facebook COO and founder of the Lean In movement Sheryl Sandberg thinks and she wants to do something about it. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez have joined forces with her to launch "Ban Bossy" to ban the word “bossy” as a way to describe young girls, stating that its use leads to negative self esteem and Read More

29Nov

Giving Tuesday with Mommy Nearest

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I've written about a lot about advocacy and how helping others is an important part of my family life. I once read that it’s important to start teaching how to give back at a very young age, as young as age 3, and that it’s best to treat the act of helping as a family activity. I actually started to encourage the act of volunteering when they were both less than a year old. Every week we would go to an old age home and play on a rug in the middle of a roomful of the elderly.  It filled my heart with pride knowing how much our presence was appreciated Read More

25Nov

Passports with Purpose: Supporting Education

Passports with Purpose

Two years ago I participated in a travel blogger's fundraiser called Passports with Purpose.  The goal was to raise money for Room to Read, an organization I have close attachment to as I work for them in my local chapter. The program funded the establishment of two libraries in under-served communities in Zambia.  The program put books in the hands of kids that don’t have them and it was very, very rewarding. Last year I wasn't involved, but they raised money to build wells in Haiti with Water.org. Not only did they exceed their fundraising goal of Read More

21Nov

Empower a Woman w/ FashionABLE

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I've written about FashionABLE scarves here before.  I'm become slightly obsessed with them.  Not only are they beautiful, but every time I buy one, I am investing in a woman. I am helping the fight against poverty.  Just check out the story above, Kalkidan is one example.  Let me explain. In an effort to create sustainable business in Africa through scarf making; instead of making women dependent on charity, FashionABLE helps make women a vital part of a developing economy by employing them to make these beautiful creations and by giving them Read More

17Sep

Guest Post: Expedia + St. Jude – Travel that gives back

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The Culture Mom was invited to Memphis, Tennessee to participate in an informative few days with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The trip was sponsored by Expedia.  September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Expedia is doing their part in all of this by launching over 150 travel giveaways and exclusive hotel coupons to help travelers support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It’s such a great way to be a part of this amazing hospital and everything St Jude has created. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened in 1962 and Read More

11Sep

Join Expedia in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

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I've written about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on this blog several times.  Here and here and here and here and here.  Over the last two years, I have come face to face with the team at St. Jude after having run a viable campaign that I spearheaded for an old client, Ruckus Media Group, raising a significant amount of money to help the children of St. Jude using social media and creative merchandising. Af the end, I was invited to visit and tour the hospital as a partner about which I wrote: There was an adorable little girl playing in a Read More