‘Tis the Season: Charitable Holiday Initiatives

‘Tis the season, as we say.  Everyone is wrapped up in decorating and last-minute shopping efforts.  Meanwhile, there are some organizations that are taking the initiative to turn this season into a true season of giving.  Here are a few groups that are sponsoring charitable holiday efforts:

Arcade Fire – The chart-topping Indie band, Arcade Fire, is matching donations to Kanpe.  Kanpe seeks to put an end to the cycle of poverty seen in Haiti.  Frontman Win Butler and his wife Regine will send you a Holiday postcard for your donation.  What a great way to give!

The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts – The Four Seasons is participating in the 10 Million Trees campaign. “For 50 years, our Company logo has depicted the annual cycle of a tree, and as we look to the future, its symbolism will translate into concrete action,” says Kathleen Taylor, president and CEO, according to the June 2011 Alumni Buzz. “In cultures throughout the world, trees represent growth, prosperity and longevity. They also play a critical role in a healthy ecosystem and a healthy planet. 10 Million Trees is an exciting new program that will have a lasting and positive impact for generations to come.”  With each purchase of a Four Seasons eGift Card a tree will be planted.  Now go buy some Four Season gift cards and support Earth’s sustainability.

The City of Boston –  The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that the City of Boston excused cash fines for parking violations last week in exchange for a donated toy of equal or greater value of the fine.   The idea has spread to other cities, so take a look at your city website if you’ve recently received a parking violation – give back to the kids by paying your fine with Toys for Tots!

Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group –  The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group is selling a holiday ornament which will benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.  The ornaments may be purchased at any of the restaurant locations or on the Smith & Wollensky website.

Please feel free to post any other charitable holiday efforts of which you know.

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