I’ve never been a huge fan of charity videos because they’re so dramatic and subsequently always make me cry. I cry at the babies playing with flies. The sad-eyed dogs. The animals in cages faintly crying. If Sarah McLachlan is playing in the background, I’m already bummed. But Judd Apatow
has gone a totally different route with his video for AJWS, the American Jewish World Service
. I literally laughed out loud several times and
it actually made me want to support them because they made a good case and didn’t mess up my mascara. Keep reading »
Blackbook informs us that shopping giant Nordstrom will be setting up a non-profit shop in New York City’s Soho neighborhood. The high-design charity boutique is an already-existing concept, and a successful one at that. Merci, a concept store in Paris, was founded by the past owners of Bonpoint, a fancy children’s clothing line. After selling Bonpoint, the owners created their own children’s charity and a boutique whose entire proceeds benefit it (after paying all costs). Merci has become one of the most-respected style spots in Paris. Now Nordstrom is doing something similar, opening a boutique to benefit non-profit organizations. Keep reading »
When I read that our blogger friends at Jezebel.com started a PayPal account for a “college fund” to help Catelynn and Tyler, the teens who gave their daughter up for adoption on “16 and Pregnant,” my heart melted a little bit. “Catelynn and Tyler have won us over, exhibiting strength and maturity in the face of hardship, and they’ve expressed a desire to continue their schooling,” wrote blogger Tracie Egan Morrissey. “So we’ve decided to raise some cash for their college education.” Who doesn’t watch those kids’ awful parents — Tyler’s dad, Butch, who is in and out of prison; Catelynn’s mom, who is nasty to Catelynn for not keeping her baby — without wanting to get them outta there? Anyone whose left their own family drama behind them knows it takes a certain amount of money for a young person to extricate himself or herself from their parents. I don’t know how much they’re paid by MTV to appear on “Teen Mom.” So, hell, if Jezebel wants to help these kids out some more, show me where I can donate.
But my colleague Julie couldn’t disagree more. Julie’s also a “16 & Pregnant”/”Teen Mom” fan and her soft spot for Catelynn and Tyler is just as big as mine. But she questions Jezebel.com’s motives for starting a PayPal college fund in the first place. Not to mention the fact that they’re just doing it for Catelynn and Tyler—not the others on the show.
So Julie and I did what we always do around The Frisky when we disagree: we had a catfight! After the jump, the hair will fly! Keep reading »
Ralph Lauren has his own breast cancer foundation called the Pink Pony Fund. To raise money during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, he’s holding an enormous auction of luxury goods, getaways, and experiences. You wouldn’t believe some of the stuff you can bid on! Internships at top magazines! Dinners with celebs! Walk-on roles on TV shows! Nothing comes cheap (it is in the name of charity, mind you), and most of the items up for bid run well into the thousands of dollars. After the jump, check out some of the more extravagant ones and see what people are willing to pay for them! [charitybuzz] Keep reading »
I’ve thought a lot about retailers who create charity products to aid crises or support foundations, and I honestly can’t decide whether consumerism and charity—both for shoppers and retailers—is a good or bad thing. When a company sells a product that benefits charity, are they genuine in their desire to help? Or are they looking to improve their image, appeal to a new market, or even boost sales? As consumers, when we’re swayed to purchase these items, are we being irresponsible for not offering our financial support directly? Or are we aiding causes that we wouldn’t have otherwise made contributions to? Keep reading »
I’ve been wanting to buy a pair of TOMS shoes for a while … but not from Target. Browsing the shoe department at Tar-jay this weekend, I noticed a cute pair of navy-and-white striped canvas loafers with a straight cut across the top of the foot. Very nautical, very Connecticut. One problem: they look a hell of a lot like TOMS shoes. As you might know, the majority of TOMS shoes are canvas or linen loafers with a distinctive straight cut.
Coincidence? I’m not sure. But TOMS loafers retail for about $44. Target’s knockoffs only retail for $16.99. Keep reading »