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Happy New Year!

Tonight we are making contributions from our 1% for Good fund.  This has to be one of the best parts of owning a business – giving to others.

This year, we shared revenue with the following organizations:

Capital Area Humane Society

WOSU public television

Wikipedia

Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association

National Audubon Society

The following organizations received in kind donations:

School for Young Children

Kent Academic Support and Advising Association

Random.org selected Alissa as our winner of the Nominate a Charity prize.  Congratulations!

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earthlust 20% off at bayinghound.com

Our friends at EarthLust sent the sweetest holiday card.  It’s a snow white embossed ornament with a double use.  In the spring, we can be plant the seed-infused ornament and it will grow wildflowers!  How cool!

To share EarthLust’s holiday spirit with you, we are discounting their 13 ounce, 20 ounce, and 1L stainless steel designer bottles 20% now through December 15.  Buy one for a gift or yourself today!

Please remember to nominate your favorite charity for our 1% for Good program by December 15.  One person who nominates will receive a gift pack from us valued over $60!

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We believe that success is meant to be shared. Thus, we return a minimum of 1% of revenue to secular nonprofit organizations in our 1% for Good program.

Please nominate your favorite charity in the comment section below.  Listing their website URL (if they have one) will help us explore how they help the world. We will accept nominations until December 15.

We will choose charities based on their relevancy to our business mission and their impact per fundraising dollar.  We will announce the 2009 1% for Good recipients on December 20.

olovesm, klean kanteen, jess balm

BONUS!  This year we will award a prize pack of an OLovesM Nancy Purse ($45.99), 18 ounce Klean Kanteen ($20.15) and Jess Bee Natural Lip Balm ($3.00)  to one random nominator.  Fill in the email field of the comment box (we will never share it) so we can find you if you win.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are celebrating life and raising awareness with this pink ribbon flip straw bottle from Nathan Sports:

Nathan stainless steel bottles are BPA free and perfect for exercising with their bike bottle cage fitting shape.  The wide mouth is easy to clean and fill.

Nathan Sports donates 5% of their proceeds of each bottle to breast cancer research non-profits.

During the month of October we will double the benefit and donate an additional $2 from the sale of each pink ribbon bottle to the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Show your support for breast cancer research and buy a Pink Ribbon Bottle today.

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When I see a display like this in a big box store:

cheap bottles

$9 for a 700 mL bottle?

I am reminded why we sell Klean Kanteen, Nathan Sports, EarthLust, Blue Q and Thinksport bottles, not no-brand cheap things.  It’s because our bottles have:

*quality of materials ~ Our bottles are created from high quality (surgical grade) stainless steel.  Discount bottles? Usually aluminum of indeterminate quality, maybe with lining of indeterminate quality

*quality of manufacturing ~ Our bottles are made to strict specifications so the tops always fit and the sizing is consistent. A discount manufacturer approached us once and we asked for a sample bottle. It leaked, had rough edges around the sipping surface and was out of true.

*ethical manufacturing standards ~ All the manufacturers we carry regularly inspect their manufacturing facilities to ensure employees are paid fairly and treated well.  If a discount bottle manufacturer doesn’t share their manufacturing ethics, the logical conclusion is that they are cutting corners somewhere.

*customer service ~ Our manufacturers are established businesses making bottles for the right reason: to give consumers a safe durable drinking vessel.  If a customer ever has a complaint, the manufacturers replace the product and address the design flaw (if there was one) quickly.  Those other bottles sometimes do not even list a manufacturer to contact if and when you have a problem.

*profits shared with charity ~ We donate 1% of all sales to various charities through our 1% for Good program.  Purchases of Klean Kanteen and Earthlust bottles go one step further as they are members of 1% For the Planet.

Most good things in life cost more, as they have more benefits to people and the planet.

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The charity auctions have ended and we made cash donations today. In total, the 1% for Good program provided over $600 to non profit organizations.

We had so many great suggestions that it was hard to choose which charities to support. We researched possibilities and made our selections on the efficiency of the organizations and how their mission aligned with ours.

Here are the 2008 supported charities:

UNICEF
Capital Area Humane Society (membership and Second Chance Fund)
Nature Conservancy
National Audubon Society
4Paws4Ability for Ryan
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
School for Young Children scholarship fund
Turning Point domestic abuse shelter

Thanks for your support and purchases, without which we could not have this program.

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Today we feature a classic gift updated for the green generation: wallets. Green Guru Gear makes these fantastic wallets from reclaimed billboard material and bike tire innertubes. Both have two bill pockets and 6 sleeves for IDs and credit cards made of 100% recycled PETE. They make great gifts for the hipster or cyclist in your life. $24.25 each.

Our tip of the day: Consider charities in your gift giving. In this economy, non profits are needed more than ever, yet have fewer resources to manage the growing need. Maybe you can afford to give part of a holiday bonus to your local food bank or animal shelter. Perhaps someone on your gift list is passionate about a cause and you could give to the cause instead of buying a physical present. Or, get a great gift and benefit nonprofits by bidding on our charity auctions going on now.

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Thanks for all the nominations. We selected 6 charities to benefit from our customer’s purchases this year:

Capital Area Humane Society
– local Columbus OH shelter that housed our two hounds before we adopted them
UNICEF Children’s Fund
Nature Conservancy
4 Paws 4 Amelia – nonprofit organized to provide a trained mixed breed dog for local Ohio girl with autism
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
School for Young Children scholarship fund – nationally accredited preschool in Columbus OH

Some of these charities will benefit from eBay Giving Works auctions listed in our eBay store. Bid and you can get some fantastic green gear while benefiting great charities. We will start more auctions on Thursday of this week.

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Readers, there are 10 hours left until we choose our charity recipients for this year! Please contribute your ideas to our previous thread where our 1% for Good program is detailed.

We are busily working on writing up listings for auctions to benefit these charities. We will make them live on Monday the 24th ending Monday December 1st.

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I just read a post about Charity Add-ons by Tim Berry over at Small Business Trends. It got me thinking about why we give 1% of sales to charity. Here’s what I wrote about our donation program:

I own an online retail store that gives 1% of sales (that’s all incoming revenue, not just profit) to charity. We believe that giving 1% of profits isn’t enough because that number can so easily be manipulated.

We do this to potentially add value in the eyes of the customer and because we believe that success is meant to be shared. We attempt to engage our customer and charities by asking non profit nominations and allowing customers to guide our giving. (We’re actually accepting nominations now, if anyone wants to wander over to http://bayinghound.blogspot.com/2008/11/nominate-your-favorite-charity-for-1.html)

As a micro-business, supporting nonprofits through community leadership or volunteer hours is something I aspire to, but can’t do yet. I just don’t have the time, manpower, or physical resources to donate. As our business grows, I see potential for supporting charities in these ways.

Measuring the ROI of our charity donations is difficult, but I don’t necessarily need to know that number. I operate my business like I operate my life, which is to give back as much and as often as I can.”

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