25Aug

Lessons From ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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As someone who’s made many efforts over the years to raise both awareness and money for social causes and issues (i.e. St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Women in Prison, the Mothers of Haiti, Room to Grow and others), I have been fascinated by the extreme success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. At first it was kind of amusing to see the videos pop up by various friends in my Facebook feed and I didn't see what was coming even then, when I had no idea the idea would take off to this extent. But over the last week, as celebrity videos started to appear, 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

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

23Sep

Keeping Global Promises to Mothers and Children

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I can't believe that I had my first daughter 10-1/2 years ago.  It feels like yesterday, and for some reason, the images are more vivid than when I had my second child a few years later. It was an induced pregnancy, so we went in to the hospital rather leisurely on a week night.  I laid on a table and was given medication to send my soon-to-be child a signal that it was time to come into the world.  After nine months of carrying her around in my belly and readying the house and my life to include a new child, my husband and I were more than ready to 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

01Aug

WIN $1,500 for Your School with VolunteerSpot

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This post is sponsored by VolunteerSpot. Over the last few years, my school district has seen a lot of budget cuts. This year alone the district must fully implement the Common Core Curriculum for K-12; upgrade the computer network/hardware to prepare for online assessments in 2014-15 and pay costs related to the Teacher/Principal Annual Professional Performance Reviews.  And a lot more is needed: additional teachers to balance middle school teams and eliminate the Super Team model; the piloting of a dual-language (Spanish-English) kindergarten; the Read More

17Jun

My Six Degrees of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Continues

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I can't believe it has been over a year since I last reported on my involvement with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It was very six degrees of separation: I met and interviewed Marlo Thomas at an event.  We stayed in touch via Twitter.  When the CEO of the company I was working for at the time expressed interest in running a social good campaign for St. Jude, I instantly reached out to her and then launched one of the most satisfying marketing campaigns of my career. As a participant of the St. Jude Annual Thanks and Giving campaign, we raised Read More

01May

$25 from you = $50 for Mothers2Mothers = a healthier mom & baby

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This Mother's Day, it's important to remind ourselves how special every day of the year is.  But it's also important to remember that not every mother around the world is as lucky.  There are mothers living with HIV.  It's easy to forget about them.  Life gets busy.  But they need our help. That's why the campaign I'm about to tell you about is important and it's an easy campaign to slip into your celebration this year. Mothers2Mother's puts mothers living with HIV are at the center of their efforts to eliminate pediatric AIDS and keep families and Read More

03Apr

A Mother’s Day fashionABLE Gift That Will Change Lives

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A few months ago I read my amazing friend Liz's recount over at Mom-101 of what it was like to watch her mother run a small clothing label out of her attic when she was growing up.  She connected the story (beautifully) to a group of women that she met at the non-profit, FashionABLE while visiting Ethiopia. It's a place where all the proceeds on the scarves that they create go towards helping the artisans, not only through wages but with medical care, medicine for TB or HIV, counseling, a housing stipend, educational tools and daycare for their Read More