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As is always our motto around the holidays: It's better to give than to receive. With that in mind, this week we're rounding up 10 crowdfunding campaigns to support this season. For extra brownie points, donate in a loved one's name to make everyone's holiday a bit merrier.
For a $25 donation, you can help fund the project and get a LOVE bracelet to gift this holiday. (Although technically you'll just have to give a photo for now, as the bracelets won't ship until February 2015.)
Her dream is to open a facilitated bakery where individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities can get empowering training and employment opportunities alongside professional bakers and facilitators. A $25 dollar donation will get you or a loved one 10 percent off cookies -- for life. And with tasty fillings like Nutella and lemon line curd, that's a pretty big deal in our book.
In addition to running workshops in refugee areas in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, Project Amal ou Salam also sponsors schools in these countries of refuge and inside Syria. They also run smaller workshops in response to urgent needs, such as the recent influx of Syrian refugees from Kobani.
If you're looking to gift your donation, you'll receive a collection of unique Syrian recipes for a $25 pledge or a photo print for $50.
The team is planning a 60-school tour over four months (two in spring and two in fall) that will reach more than 2,400 students. "We would like to help make sure this is not the first generation that doesn't know what food looks like, where it comes from and who grew it and help farmers transition to a more sustainable system," they wrote on their Kickstarter page.
For $189, you'll receive one of these cool wellness watches to keep or gift to your favorite health nut. Even better, with the company's one-to-one model, your donation will also provide a watch to a family in need.
Unlike reverse osmosis systems that are expensive, have consumables and are usually powered by fossil fuels or solar stills that have a low yield, Desolenator is robust, energy independent and has no moving parts. During its lifetime, Desolenator will desalinate water at a lower cost per liter than any system at this scale available on the market today. For $450, you'll receive one of your own to test out, but there are also perks for smaller donations if you're on a tight budget.
With your help, we’ll be able to bring you better navigation, more resources, better readability, more in-depth coverage of new issues and more. We're also offering loads of perks -- from cool 3p stickers and T-shirts to a dinner with our founder -- for you to gift (or keep) this holiday.
"We’ve been hard at work the past few months engaging with several family-owned farms and organizations local to Georgia that are committed to helping their community through promotion of locally grown food," the team wrote on its Kickstarter page. "These groups are excited to be involved with a company that is growing and creating a need for more fresh produce."
The school receives no public funds, and last year more than 90 percent of its students qualified for tuition assistance. They're halfway through the school year and must raise an additional $21,000 by July 1, 2015. The $5,000 goal of Harriet Tubman's Indiegogo campaign will allow the school to reach its incremental goal this quarter and give more kids a chance to graduate. For 35 bucks you'll receive a signed thank-you note from the students, and for $65 they'll send you a handmade gift. How cute is that?
After years of investing and innovating, the Cluster Hub Farm is ready for further expansion. Additions include the expansion of animal feed production, the purchase of a fodder production system for Barley grass and the purchase of an incubator with a capacity of 5,000 eggs. For only a few dollars, you can provide nutritious food and agricultural training to entire communities in the area.
Based in Philadelphia, Mary Mazzoni is a senior editor at TriplePundit. She is also a freelance journalist who frequently writes about sustainability, corporate social responsibility and clean tech. Her work has appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands, Earth911 and the Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @mary_mazzoni.
Mary Mazzoni, Senior Editor, has written for TriplePundit since 2013. She is also Managing Editor of CR Magazine and the Editor of 3p’s Sponsored Series. Mazzoni’s recent work can be found in Conscious Company, AlterNet and VICE’s Motherboard. She is based in Philadelphia, PA.