Friday Five: Let's Get Philanthropic!

Friday Five is back, y'all! After a brief hiatus, I have been inspired to bring back the Friday Five Series! Today's edition is all about giving back. Sure, we all know about Toms shoes and their awesome "One for One" mission. And you've all probably heard about Lauren Bush Lauren's super cool FEED bags. Not knocking either of these great organizations, just wanted to bring you some new ones that might speak to something you are personally interested in. So I've scoured the web and networked with some local places recently in order to do just that! Some of these organizations are locally based in Charlotte (but always shoppable via their sites) and others are global. I hope you are as inspired as I was when reading the mission's of these worthwhile causes!

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! And if you are fortunate enough to have a dad who you love in your life, don't forget to call him on Sunday! If not, DO NOT LOSE HEART! I encourage you to take solace in your Heavenly father, who will give you rest, peace and love. "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10

1. The Dialogue Projects - this organization creates adorable elephant-printed bags, totes and other fun carryalls to bring awareness to mental health issues and to break down the stigma associated with all types of challenges that fall under the mental health umbrella, and to fund organizations with similar goals and missions. This cute pouch is in my cart right now!

2. Fashion & Compassion - a Charlotte-based boutique that features the hand-crafted items of victims of trafficking & domestic abuse. This bag is on my wish-list!

3. On Eagle's Wings - another Charlotte-based organization that provides support, love and care for victims of human trafficking. OEWM seeks to prevent females from falling victim to sex trafficking, offer assistance to those still trapped, and restore those that have survived by offering hope, empowerment, and a brighter future. Soy candles, sugar scrubs and body butters made by survivors are available on the website.

4. Sevenly - Founded in 2011 with the mission of leading a generation toward generosity. Based on a simple, core belief that ‘People Matter,’ the Sevenly team activated the now global ‘cause art’ movement and started creating 7-day cause campaigns, inviting customers to purchase products that donate to non-profits. Each campaign and every product would also create conversations. The "one" tee below was my fave, but there are TONS more on the site!

5. At Threads 4 Thought, Eric and Leigh Fleet, who started the company in 2007 while they were in college, have always been committed to creating an apparel brand that was both sustainable and had a charitable giveback component. The couple selected the International Rescue Committee (IRC) because 92 cents out of every donated dollar goes directly to its beneficiaries. “My wife and I have always had a personal passion for displaced individuals and people who are in difficult situations,” Eric says. In the past year, Threads 4 Thought has donated over $200,000 to the IRC’s New Roots program, which helps newly resettled refugees in the U.S. grow fresh nourishing food for their families and to supplement their incomes as they begin to travel down the road to self-sufficiency. *The line can be found at many retailers, including Belk and is seen below on me last summer!