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November - December Charity: Kiva

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Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. 

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.

100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.

This month we have chosen Kiva to partner with. At the end of the month we will fund 1 entrepreneur's loan and 1 student's loan. When the loans are repaid, we will do it all over again. A gift that keep on giving.

For further information on Kiva, visit their website here: www.kiva.org

October Charity- Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.

Since our founding in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, BCRF has raised more than half a billion dollars for lifesaving research. Through a unique and streamlined grants program, we seek out the brightest minds in science and medicine and give them the necessary resources to pursue their best ideas. As a result, researchers are able to make discoveries and design new approaches to address all aspects of breast cancer—and do so in record time.

 “Our goal is to accelerate the breakthroughs bringing us closer to a cure to speed up the progress that will improve survivorship and quality of life for breast cancer patients today.” – Myra J. Biblowit, President & CEO

In 2016-2017, BCRF will award $57 million in annual grants to more than 250 scientists from top universities and medical institutions around the globe. In addition, BCRF has established the Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund, a multi-year international program dedicated to metastasis that is the first large-scale global effort to unravel the biology of metastasis, with more than $30 million earmarked to date. It is the largest privately funded project exclusively focused on metastasis in the world. But we still have more to do.

The thousands of women and men suffering from breast cancer today depend on us. No institution can conquer this disease alone. Together, we can.

More information can be found here: https://www.bcrfcure.org

May-June Charity: FEED

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A bit about FEED from their website...

"On her travels around the world as a World Food Programme (WFP) Honorary Spokesperson, Lauren Bush Lauren witnessed the effects of hunger firsthand. In places like Cambodia, Chad and Guatemala, she saw a program making a dent in child malnutrition: school meals. When a child is given a free, nutritious school lunch, it can break the cycle of poverty she was born into and empower her to change her own life.

Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Every one of our products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. Nine years later, we’ve built a movement connecting our customers to the cause, one bag at a time.

FEED is a social business, which means there is an enduring principle at the heart of what we do: people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. As such, all of our products are produced under fair-labor conditions. We are also committed to using environmentally friendly materials, including organic cotton and burlap, whenever possible.

We are also proud to work with artisans for a growing number of collections. We work with established cooperatives in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya and Peru to provide sustainable livelihoods to underserved populations. Through the sale of our artisan-made products, we provide meals in the countries where they were produced, closing the loop on our investment in these communities."

For more information please visit, www.feedprojects.com

February-April Charity: Three Avocados

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Three Avocados is a non-profit coffee company based in St. Louis, Missouri, which supports clean water projects in Uganda. It was founded in February 2010, after Joe Koenig visited Uganda for the first time. Three Avocados sends 100% of its proceeds to provide clean drinking water in Uganda and education in Nicaragua. Their coffee is grown in Uganda and Nicaragua, by small farmers. They pay fair prices for high quality coffee to deliver you an amazing cup of coffee that also provides amazing benefits for the countries where the coffee is grown.

A bit about their story here:

"Our story begins in the humble village of Bulopa Uganda. Bulopa, like many other villages in Uganda, is a very remote and extremely poor village. There is a small church there, which amounts to nothing more than a few sticks in the ground and some benches. We had been invited to worship with the people of Bulopa. Despite the fact we were over four hours late, the entire village was there to welcome us.

It had been a long day, we were all tired and eager to get back to the comfort of our hotel in Jinja. And then it happened. As the offering basket was passed around, a poor widow placed three avocados in the basket. It was literally all she had. And she gave it up, all for the sake of others. You see, in Uganda, the pastors do not receive any pay. The food they eat is given through the offering as they visit different villages. That widow had given all she had to ensure someone else could eat. What a beautiful gift.

It was that simple gift that inspired us. We left Uganda brainstorming ways that we could help. Though our efforts could never match the generosity of that widow, our goal is to do everything we can to ensure the poor throughout the world are cared for and are never forgotten. And we deeply thank you for being a part of Three Avocados."

For more info please visit, http://www.threeavocados.org.

October-January Charity: Doctors of the World

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Conflict & Crisis

In times of conflict and crisis, barriers in accessing healthcare become exacerbated. Populations living in fear and violence are often forced to leave their homes and communities, leaving their familial network and resources behind. As a result, displaced populations have reduced access to primary healthcare services, emergency care, and medicine. Women and children are particularly vulnerable and risk increased rates of infection and disease. Doctors of the World responds quickly to emergencies by sending doctors and nurses into the field to improve access to health care for local populations. Mobile teams are deployed to treat and provide medicine for hard to reach populations. Doctors of the World remains long after emergencies to ensure sustainability, eventually handing over projects to the local health authorities.

Maternal & Child Health

Women and children living in developing countries lack access to obstetric health care services, resulting in high rates of morbidity and mortality. Most maternal and infant deaths are caused by infections that could have been prevented with increased family planning and pre-natal healthcare. Doctors of the World works to combat high rates of maternal and infant mortality by improving access to basic health care services in areas where women and children have no means of receiving care. Many of MdM’s women and child health programs are based in rural areas, where affordable pre and post-natal health services are unavailable.

HIV/AIDS & Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases like HIV/AIDs, hepatitis C, malaria and tuberculosis are preventable and treatable, but continue to threaten the developing world. Sex workers, drug users, and other at-risk groups confront stigmatization and barriers to accessing healthcare. Doctors of the World works with these vulnerable populations by delivering essential health care services that save lives. Focusing on prevention, MdM provides testing services, counseling and education on safe practices.

Migrant Populations

Many migrant and refugee populations travel long distances with limited supplies of food and water. Along their journey they confront disease, violence, and trauma. These vulnerable populations face marginalization and exclusion from national health services. Doctors of the World believes that access to healthcare is a human right, regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, gender or legal status. MdM works with migrant and refugee  populations to improve access to healthcare, providing primary care and psychological support.

More information can be found at: www.doctorsoftheworld.org

September Charity: Shelter Box

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Some 10 million people have been displaced in war-torn Syria, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), having been exposed to violence and unremitting fighting. Many now remain within the borders with no home to go to and no possessions. There are over 4 million refugees, three quarters of them being women and children, seeking safety and shelter across neighboring countries. Many are living in flimsy cramped makeshift shelters. The vast majority of fleeing families arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs. Many are injured from continuous bombing and shelling. They have no regular food and no income. 

Men, women and children are suffering through no fault of their own. They are in desperate need of emergency shelter and other lifesaving supplies. ShelterBox is responding. 

So far ShelterBox has sent aid to support over 5,000 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan. But many thousands more need our help today. Our ShelterBox Response Teams are working to assist the most vulnerable families.

ShelterBox has ensured distribution of aid through implementing partners including Hand in Hand for Syria (HIHS). Shelter kits, more tents, mosquito nets, water filters, water carriers, blankets, groundsheets, SchoolBoxes and solar lamps have all been sent to assist families in the region. HIHS are continuing to distribute aid throughout the country including to areas in the Aleppo governorate and the Syrian/Turkish border.

In August 2015, 350 UN tents and tarpaulins were transported to Syria, where they will be distributed by aid agency the Violet Organization to replace tents that are starting to wear out due to long-term use in refugee camps near the Turkish border.

The need for protection is critical and we are aiming to provide shelter and supplies for a further 5,000 families over the coming months - we urgently need your help today.

What started out as a peaceful protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the southern Province of Deraa in March 2011 has degenerated into a regional interethnic civil war. The growing violence, sectarian tensions and economic hardship are forcing more and more Syrian families from their homes. 

June-August Charity: Best Friends Animal Society

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Best Friends Animal Society is the only national nonprofit animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement for more than 30 years, they run the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals (our headquarters), regional centers in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and New York, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. 

Since their founding in 1984, they have helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to 4 million. No other animal welfare organization has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All.

For more information about Best Friends, please visit www.bestfriends.org.

April/May Charity- Dogs Trust

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Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League) is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Their mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Here's what they do in a nutshell…

  • Each year they care for around 16,000 dogs at our nationwide network of 20 Rehoming Centres. No healthy dog is ever destroyed.
  • They run subsidised neutering campaigns in areas of the UK with the most acute stray dog problems.
  • Their Education Officers give thousands of classroom presentations every year. Free teaching resources are made available to all schools in the UK.
  • Their FREEDOM Project helps pet owners who are fleeing domestic violence by fostering their animals while they start a new life.
  • The HOPE Project gives preventative veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people.
  • They advise government on any matters concerning dog ownership.
  • They have established a charity in Ireland that runs a rehoming centre in Dublin.
  • They assist overseas animal welfare charities by training their staff in best practice.

For more information, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

February/ March Charity- Mama Hope

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Mama Hope works in close collaboration with local African organizations to fund the completion of schools, health clinics, children’s centers, clean water systems and food security projects that improve the health and economic standing of the entire community. We currently partner with communities in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana. 

 
 

At Mama Hope we believe that there are enough resources in the world for every human being to live healthy, happy lives. We envision a world where resources are correctly shared across the globe to provide the tools communities need to thrive.

Our model is called Connected Development. We listen to community needs, connect donors through inspiration and enable sustainable projects. We know that each community we work with is unique, and our range of projects reflects this diversity.

For more information, please visit Mama Hope.

December/ January Charity- 121Ethiopia

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121Ethiopia was founded in 2005 by artist Olafur Eliasson and art historian Marianne Krogh Jensen. Based in Berlin, Copenhagen, and Zurich, the small, international NGO works to improve the lives and conditions of vulnerable children in Ethiopia.

121Ethiopia uses funds from the HEKLA Foundation to support carefully selected projects in Ethiopia. Through close cooperation with local partners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, who also facilitate the daily work on the ground, 121Ethiopia is able to gain an intimate understanding of the Ethiopian context and maintain local ownership of the projects. We strongly believe that such collaboration is indispensible for the projects’ successful and sustainable implementation.

121Ethiopia is committed to continuously reflecting on, rethinking, and adjusting our activities to accommodate the children’s specific and current needs. We periodically bring in professional experts for quality assessment. This independent assessment helps our work stay constantly appropriate to its context and informed by recent studies, and it ensures that our projects maintain the highest possible quality and achieve their intended results.

121Ethiopia’s Vision
121Ethiopia envisions a safe, healthy, and enjoyable childhood for vulnerable children in Ethiopia. We want to work towards this vision by training Ethiopian caregivers in methods for softening and reducing the stress of the transitions for the children and by providing safe, caring, and stimulating environments in Ethiopian orphanages.

121Ethiopia’s Values

  • Always take the child’s perspective
  • Work through local partnerships and resources with respect for the local context
  • Continuously share and exchange knowledge and tools of practice
  • Create sustainable and lasting impact
  • Encourage transforming thought into action

For more information, please visit www.121ethiopia.org

Charity Donation- Every Mother Counts

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In the month of October we sent an astonishing $528.00 to Every Mother Counts. With this donation we were able to cover the monthly salary of a midwife in Haiti who will deliver and average of 15 babies per month & allow two uninsured women in the U.S. to have a prenatal visit. We want to thank every person who purchased a print in October and give a special thanks to Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) for all her love and support! 

November Charity- Fuck Cancer

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We are proud to have Fuck Cancer as our charity of the month for November. Magdalena Wosinska chose the charity this month. Below is a short video about Fuck Cancer and a message from the founder, Yael Cohen.

In 2009 my mom, Diane, was diagnosed with breast cancer. This shook me to my core and has, quite obviously, fundamentally changed my life. This was the first time I saw my mom as mortal. And the first time I saw my dad cry.

I was very involved in mom’s treatment and recovery, to say it lightly. I was a research machine; I read every book, blog and article I could get my hands on. This is indicative of my generation. We help how we can, with what we know, and we know the digital space and social media. So I made sure that FC harnessed the power of the youth and invited them into a conversation that no one really includes us in.

After her first surgery I made mom a shirt that said Fuck Cancer. To me, the shirt said, “Yes, I have cancer – but no, I won’t go down without one hell of a fight.” It said, “I am not a patient – I am a survivor.” It was something that I thought she’d wear privately, at home, while recovering. I should have known better. Being the firecracker she is, as soon as she was well enough to get her hands over her head and put on a t-shirt (more accurately, let me put one on her), mom wore it everywhere.

My mom isn’t the kind of woman to say fuck, let alone wear the word fuck, so I was shocked when she wore it in public. But that wasn’t the most shocking part. People’s reactions were! People hugged her, high fived her, wanted to hear her story and share theirs. I always joke (but am secretly very serious) that I knew we had something special when strangers would hug mom – it takes a hell of a lot for a stranger to hug another stranger in our society. These two words were really powerful, and resonated far beyond my family. It allowed people to be brave and vulnerable and I wanted to do good with it. So I started Fuck Cancer.

Why didn’t I just support an existing charity? I thought about it, hard. But ultimately, I found most existing cancer organizations were research-focused, which is incredibly important, but not my fight. I’m not a researcher so couldn’t contribute scientifically and couldn’t raise the billions of dollars needed to find a cure. I can, however, change the way society perceives cancer; from something we wait to get and pray there’s a cure to something we’re actively working to prevent, actively looking for and finding when it’s most curable.

Early detection is what saved my mom’s life and it’s where I felt I could make a real impact and really help people.

Everything we build is for our community; it’s what they’ve told us they need and what we anticipate they will need. Beyond education, I wanted community. I wanted to create a safe space for people to say what they were actually feeling, not what society told them they should be. 

Thank you to the unbelievable community of highly active, motivated, and passionate supporters who’ve grown with us. I can’t wait to see what we create together in the coming years.

- Yael Cohen

October Charity- Every Mother Counts

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Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy & childbirth safe for every mother.

“I became a maternal health advocate the day I became a mom. Thanks to a skilled healthcare team, I survived a potentially life-threatening complication after delivering my daughter. Once I learned that hundreds of thousands of girls and women die every year from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications similar to mine I decided to take action. I knew becoming a mom would be life changing but I hadn’t quite envisioned how big a change it would inspire.”

- Christy Turlington Burns

East River Park Coastal Cleanup

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INSTANT is participating in a coastal cleanup of the embayments in East River Park on Saturday, September 20th from 11:00 to 1:00 as part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day supported by the Ocean Conservancy.  

As part of our appreciation, INSTANT will hand out 'discount cards' to all volunteers for a 15% discount on all purchases made on the website. 

Please feel free to spread the word, but keep in mind that this is not a project for anyone under 18, or with any physical constraints. Volunteers have to climb a fence and work on uneven and sometimes slippery, craggy rocks.  All are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable work clothes, and to bring along water and sunscreen.

Introducing- Guest Artist Series

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Introducing our new GUEST ARTIST SERIES. Every month we will have guest artists from all walks of life. From graphic designers to chefs to athletes to musicians and actors. They will offer one image from their Instagram account available for purchase. The guest artist will donate 50% of the profits from their sales to our charity of the month. Each month we will feature a new guest. 

This month we are proud to have Patrick Janelle as our Guest Artist.

When asked to tell a bit about himself, Patrick answered: 

"So the current moniker that I’ve adopted is “Man About Town” because I feel like I have a lot of activities that bring me into the social and cultural scene in Manhattan. My traditional bread and butter background is graphic design, so I still have some graphic design clients that I work with.

I’m busy with Spring Street Social Society,  a group that I founded with my partner, Amy Virginia Buchanan, that provides the opportunity for people in New York to gather in unusual spaces in Manhattan to have really unusual and exciting experiences that bring people together. So basically my day is filled with meeting with people for various reasons whether it’s to find spaces for these events or to connect with people I’m working together on some sort of brand integration or just having coffee with people in the city just to expand my social network and either have new friends or just see where relationships go in the future."

Patrick has this beautiful image available at a limited edition of 50 prints. Click on the image or here to purchase.

You can follow Patrick at @AGuyNamedPatrick

September Charity- Ocean Conservancy

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Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean.

"From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations. Our goal is to bring people together to find solutions for our water planet. We educate and empower people to defend not only the ocean and its wildlife, but also the millions who earn their living from the ocean."

In 1972, Ocean Conservancy began as a small organization with a simple purpose: to fight for a healthy ocean.

Over the next four decades, our supporters helped us stay at the forefront of this issue as we developed concrete solutions that ensure a healthy ocean for generations to come. With each victory, you’ve helped us use science to inform our work with partners as diverse as our supporters — from fishing communities to major businesses.

Over the years, you've helped us:

  • Lay the groundwork for an international moratorium on commercial whaling.
     
  • Play an instrumental role in protecting fur seals from over-hunting and banning the international trade of sea turtles.
     
  • Create national marine sanctuaries and serve as the lead non-governmental organization in the designation of 10 of the 13 marine sanctuaries.
     
  • Address the need for better fisheries management and reduce the effects of bycatch.

But the increasing risks to ocean health make our work today more important than ever.

When the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010 produced the largest accidental marine oil spill in history, we capitalized on our two decades of experience in the region to take a leading role in the assessment and restoration of damage.

With your support, our work in the Gulf continues today with efforts to advocate for science-based restoration plans that ensure this environmentally and economically important region's full recovery become a reality.

Since 1986, the International Coastal Cleanup has been one of the hallmarks of our work, growing from 12 sites along the Texas coast to more than 6,000 sites in more than 100 countries. With the help of the more than 9 million volunteers, we’ve been able to remove over 145 million pounds of debris in just under three decades.

But there's still significant work to be done.

Every day, we need to engage a wide range of competing ocean interests to ensure balanced, sustainable use of the ocean's resources, restore important habitats and help existing ecosystems adapt to a changing environment if we hope to protect the planet's valuable marine resources in the decades to come.

Join us in the fight for a healthy ocean and to stop the damage we see every day. By becoming part of this movement, you help us live out our shared vision: Be counted among the people who understand that we're not healthy without a healthy ocean.

Custom Framing by 'Simply Framed'

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We are proud to announce that we've partnered with our friends at Simply Framed to offer our collectors high quality custom framing. We've selected beautiful hardwood frame moulding in your choice black or white, with or without a custom mat.

Heres an extra 10% off to use on any order when you purchase a frame along with your print...because were excited about this and you should be too!

Use code "LETSFRAMEIT" at the checkout.

[ valid through 7/27 ]

Artist Profile- Julie Pointer

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Julie Pointer, a maker & writer, currently resides in Portland, OR. Some of her past clients have included: Freunde von FreundenSchoolhouse ElectricKohlerCrate & Barrel and Juliet Zulu. She currently brings people together for Kinfolk Magazine

Julie explains her creative process, "Spending time in Scandinavia has opened me to the Danish+Norwegian notion of hygge. Everything I do is laced with the intention of enacting this sentiment. 

Hygge is something like the wonder of well-being, arrived at through time spent in the warmth of kin, food, home, and the sharing of spirits. 

My desire is to inspire this sense of well-being through the creation of spaces and places 
that invite belonging, comfort, and meaningful gathering.
"

Julie has selected our charity of the month, Heifer International. See more of her beautiful work on her website here

To purchase one of Julie's limited edition prints above, click here.