This holiday season, The Frisky staff is committed to giving back. Throughout the month of December we’ll be telling you about some of the charities and nonprofits that we support, why they’re important to us, and how you can support them too, if you’re so inclined. First up, Winona tells us why she believes in Girls Inc.!
Who they are: Girls Incorporated
What they do: Empower girls age 6 to 18 to achieve their full potential through mentoring and hands-on experiences.
Why I support them: Before I came to write full-time for The Frisky, I ran a program at Portland Community College that partnered with local high schools to get more teenage girls signed up in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classes. I met some really amazing young women who were excelling in science and technology (including a particularly gifted robotics club member who I’m convinced will grow up to be either the best President we’ve ever had or the most fearsome dictator the world has ever known), but I also saw a lot of girls falling into familiar patterns of silence, deferring to male classmates, and opting out of high level math and science classes because they were uninterested or intimidated… Keep reading »
Just a day ago, Reddit user ProZacDose posted a throwaway rant on the user-generated content site. A working father of four, he felt frustrated because his meager paycheck just wasn’t paying the bills. His family’s water and power had been shut off, and he was unable to buy his kids any Christmas presents, or even a tree. “I just wanted to vent, and perhaps cry a little, for the pain I feel for my kids,” he wrote. “I hate myself that I could of not done better, or I could have a better job with more income. I am supposed to be a father and a provider and I can’t even do that. I am dreading Christmas morning, and wish I can just escape all of this.”
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As of right now, there are only six states that recognize gay marriage. That’s ridiculous, but what’s not? The Pink States Project, which allows you to wear your support of gay marriage on your chest — in a cool (and pink!) fashion. Right now, you can choose from among the six states where gay marriage is legal and as more and more states pass pro-gay marriage laws, more tees will be added. Show your support for gay marriage with one of these shirts. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to the Human Rights Campaign. [$30, Pink States]
Just kidding, he’s not really a furry (that we know of), but he is dressed up as the plush dog Poo Fu. It’s all for charity — Lance was out supporting Power of 2, an organization that works with special needs kids, a non-profit that he and friend Emmanuelle Chriqui both support. [Photo: Getty Images]
As if we needed any additional reasons to adore the extremely adorable Carey Mulligan, here’s one more: the starlet placed her Met Gala dress on eBay yesterday, with all the proceeds from the auction going to Oxfam America. The custom Prada dress (constructed of silver and gold metal paillettes, if you recall) began at the modest price of $500 and is currently at $1,050, but considering the listing doesn’t close until the 19th, there’s a good chance the bids are going to skyrocket. Of course, I don’t know how many people could actually fit into Carey’s teeny-tiny gown, but how amazing would it be to hang that shit up in your house? It’s almost as good as going to the Met Ball yourself. Almost. Pssst — Carey, I know you’re all about keeping your private life private and I respect that, but girl, we want to see your damn wedding dress! [Racked]
BBH, the same ad agency behind Axe body spray’s noxiously viral campaigns, have hit the streets of massive internet partyapocalypse South by Southwest this week – well, actually, they haven’t hit any such streets. But they have outfitted 10 homeless men with 4G wireless devices and T-shirts stating “I Am a Homeless Hotspot.” Internerds struggling for web connectivity are prompted to tip the men $2 for each 15 minutes of access. That’s just enough time to refresh your own Twitter mentions and stew in your own complicity in what now passes for charity. Keep reading »
We’re all for wearing completely unreasonable and painful shoes, but en pointe Louboutins? No. No no no. Louboutin made them to benefit the English National Ballet — they’ll be auctioned off in a charity auction. Said designer Christian Louboutin: “Isn’t the classical dancing ballet slipper the ultimate heel? The heel which makes dancers closer than any other women to the sky, closer to heaven.” Kind of “Black Swan”-ish, no? [Grazia Fashion] Keep reading »
You missed your chance! The eBay auction for Princess Beatrice’s crazycakes fascinator sold for more than $130,000. Proceeds from the auction will go to UNICEF and Children in Crisis charities through her Little Bee Initiative, which she set up for the purpose of the auction. Said Beatrice of the sale: “I’ve been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted. It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise as much money as possible for two fantastic charities. I hope the winner of the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have.” No doubt. [The Telegraph] Keep reading »
The onslaught of tax return documents starting arriving in my mailbox a few weeks ago — from banks and places of employment (I had a few last year) — and I began to feel the familiar and perennial angst; tax day is coming! I stuck most of them in a pile to be looked at later, you know, like in March. But when I spotted a letter from my church the curiosity got to me. What I didn’t expect was to be so disappointed in myself. It listed my total donation from the past year and it was paltry! Who the heck was I donating more to – my local bartender and hair colorist?
Going forward, I resolve to donate more, but I also want to find more charitable organizations that appeal to my passions and interests. Plus, I feel incredibly guilty for using those free address labels from Smile Train and not sending a check back. For some tips on how to align charitable giving with personal financial goals and be prepared for tax time, The Frisky reached out to finance expert and author Manisha Thakor. Keep reading »
For well over a decade, Martin Margiela has made a point to contribute to AIDS charities and research. This year’s AIDS awareness t-shirt design features Japanese scripture, which reads: “There is more action to be done to fight AIDS than to wear this t-shirt, but it’s a good start.” Proceeds go to a French HIV/AIDS foundation. [NYU News] Keep reading »