Cup with a Cause

I stopped by the 7-Eleven across from my office this morning and noticed a new promotion while I was serving myself some coffee. The promotion is called “Cup with a Cause”, and it’s a philanthropic venture for 7-Eleven.  Here’s a description of the program from www.cupwithacause.com.
 
The 7-Eleven Coffee Cup with a Cause program brings limited edition coffee cups designed by high profile entertainers and athletes into 7-Eleven stores nationwide. Each cup will benefit a charity of the celebrity’s choosing, with the organization receiving a $250,000 donation from 7-Eleven. This means that the next time you help yourself to one of 7-Eleven’s great coffee options, you’ll also have the chance to help someone in need. Now that’s hot. Cup with a Cause. It’s charity, by design.
 
It’s nice to see 7-Eleven doing something like this. And, with so many people visiting 7-Eleven each day, this will be great PR for all of the featured charities.  Very cool 7-Eleven.
 
The first featured cup benefits the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation.

LA Nonprofits on Twitter

While I was sitting around the house this morning, an idea popped in my head.  The idea was simple.  I should find local nonprofits on Twitter and follow them.  Now, I agree this may not sound like a lot of fun, but when you're a nerd like me things like this sound exciting.
 
To my surprise, after a short search, I was unable to find a good local list. I looked through directories, lists and users and found nothing that satisfied me. There are wonderful Twitter users like @nonprofitorgs who are compiling comprehensive lists of all nonprofits, but that is a little more than I want.  I want to just read about the LA area. No one seemed to be doing that. So, I started @bhimes/la-nonprofits. It's a Twitter list for Los Angeles area Non Profit Organizations.
 
At this point it is a work in progress, but the plan is to grow the list and I can only do that with your help. Please suggest Los Angeles area nonprofits for me to add. You can leave a comment here, or send a reply to @bhimes on Twitter. Thanks.

Support Your Local NonProfit

Looking for something a little different this Christmas? Why not try supporting your local non-profit? It’s a tough fundraising year and organizations that rely on support from individuals to meet their budgetary needs are suffering right now. So, instead of giving that $50 Target gift card to your cousin, why not make a $50 donation in their name and give them a nice greeting card instead?

Here are a few local non-profits you might consider supporting if you’re in the Los Angeles area.

And, here’s a list of internationally reaching organizations that a friend of mine compiled in honor of the season.

Support Your Local Non-Profit – Weekend Round-Up

There are numerous opportunities to support your local non-profit this weekend. Here are a few I’ve come across.

United Way’s Homewalk
Saturday, November 15th at Exposition Park.

St. Mark’s Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, November 15th from 8-11 AM at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale.
Proceeds benefit San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity and Burbank Kiwanis for Fun. There is a suggested donation of $6 per person.

Twitter Food Bank Project
Saturday, November 15th.
Donate to your favorite food bank on Saturday, November 15th and spread the word on Twitter.