December 31, 2015

The Massachusetts Lion’s Eye Research Fund is a non-profit organization that works to fund research on the prevention and cure of eye-related diseases.  It is focused in the Boston area and currently awards nearly $1 million in grants per year – grants funded by donations.

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In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International convention and challenged them to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”.  In the spirit of Helen Keller, the Massachusetts Lion’s Eye Research Fund was founded in 1951, and since then has funded over $32 million of grants.

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As one iGive member describes, “In the early 1950s, Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERFi) awarded its first grant to doctors at Harvard Medical School to search for the cause of “blind baby disease” which affected 2500 premature babies per year. That grant helped confirm the discovery that too much oxygen in incubators was the cause. The solution: a 5-cent valve to control the flow of oxygen. Since then, over 150,000 premature babies’ sight has been saved. Today, MLERFi funds bold and innovative research to save and restore the sight of infants and adults alike. Since [they] are an all-volunteer organization, 100% of the funds donated are awarded as research grants. Your donation will help our researchers save or even restore someone’s vision.”mlerfi_official_logo

December 31, 2015

Nancy D. raised $316 for her cause, Save A Dog, Inc!

Save A Dog is a humane society based out of Massachusetts.  They take in dogs who would have otherwise been put to sleep, foster them, provide medical care, and help adopt them out.  Dogs come to Save a Dog from all over – many of their dogs actually come from rural West Virginia and Tennessee, where there is a dire need for shelters.  For their holiday season, Save a Dog got a HUGE treat – through donations and fundraising they just bought the shelter they’ve been renting for eight years!!

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The (just bought) Save A Dog, Inc. shelter!

For her efforts, Nancy will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon.com!

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Mie A. is our March Super Shopper! She raised $174 for the Nine Lives Foundation in just one month.

 

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Nine Lives Foundation has been sheltering cats since 2003.  A no-kill shelter that also spays/neuters stray and feral cats, Nine Lives is dedicated to reducing the over-population of homeless cats in Northern California.  They are a true no-kill shelter, and will not euthanize cats for any reason other than a merciful one – if a cat is suffering extreme pain and is unlikely to recover.  They provide home and shelter to many cats who otherwise would have no chance.

 

As a thank you for her efforts, Mie will receive a $150 value product from iGive merchant PaintYourLife.

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February 28, 2013

 

Levi Strauss & Co. has been committed to philanthropy since its inception in 1873.  Levi Strauss (the founder) donated to scholarship funds at the University of California Berkeley in 1897 and that philanthropic spirit has evolved and persisted through to the present day.

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“Each of us has a capacity to make business not only a source of economic wealth, but also a force for social and economic justice.”

~Walter Haas, Jr., Levi Strauss & Co. CEO, 1958–70

Levi’s supports two major foundations. The Red Tab Foundation is dedicated to supporting Levi’s employees in times of need. The Levi Strauss Foundation is dedicated to philanthropic endeavors across the world, including fighting HIV/AIDS, breaking the cycle of poverty through asset building, and promoting workers’ rights.  Both are utilizing exciting and innovative strategies to help people!

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February 28, 2013

 

Angels With Special Needs is a nonprofit organization for children and youth who are severely disabled.  AWSN focuses on including disabled youth in community activities – beyond the schoolroom.  They promote acceptance of disabled youth in every facet of society; fighting to raise awareness that everyone is a member of their community and brings something unique to the table.

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AWSN helps provide families with severely disabled children inclusion with recreational and socialization activities free of any cost.  These activities include mini fields trips to the zoo, museums, bowling, movies, swimming and summer camp activities!

Inclusion makes a huge difference for disabled youth and AWSN is out there making it happen.