You Vote, We Donate!

(Image above: Everybody pitch in to help the Earth, taken from GardenStateEarthInstitute.org)

Thank you so much for all of your green charity suggestions! They were all deserving, touching, and some were downright creative. From planting trees to rescuing tigers to greening the coffee industry, it was difficult to narrow down the options.

Here are our four favorites. Vote for the one you like best using the poll in the left sidebar, and the charity with the most votes by April 20th will receive 10% of ModCloth sales on Earth Day! Happy voting…

1. Fauna & Flora International (http://www.fauna-flora.org/) – “Conserving the planet’s threatened species and ecosystems with the people and communities who depend on them.”

2. Hands On Gulf Coast (http://www.handsongulfcoast.org/) – “…supports the volunteer-driven recovery of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina…”

3. Union of Concerned Scientists (http://www.ucsusa.org/) – “…leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world.”

4. Pennsylvania Resources Council (http://www.prc.org/) – One of PA’s “oldest citizen action environmental organizations” focused on waste reduction, litter and visual blight prevention, and composting.

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27 Responses to You Vote, We Donate!

  1. rhea 04/15/2009 at 11:35 am #

    I do see the poll in the sidebar, is anyone else having this trouble?

  2. Sarah 04/15/2009 at 11:51 am #

    I don’t see a poll, either!

  3. Lindsay 04/15/2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Hopefully it should be fixed! Thanks for he patient with us – this is our first sidebar poll!

  4. Sarah 04/15/2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Yes, it works now! You guys did a good job fixing that. =)

  5. Jade Antoinette 04/16/2009 at 10:03 am #

    I really wish you could vote for multiple organizations.

  6. Lindsay 04/16/2009 at 11:47 am #

    *being patient. ahhh! sorry about that.

  7. Kim 04/16/2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Union of Concerned Scientists have plenty of funding. I would keep in mind the smaller non-profits who really need finanical support during the recession. Try doing some research and visiting Charity Navigator, http://www.charitynavigator.org to make an informed decision about which non-profit could use the money the most.

  8. Shannon 04/16/2009 at 1:31 pm #

    Fauna & Flora International

  9. Abby 04/16/2009 at 1:33 pm #

    Wow, I can’t believe more people aren’t voting for the Hurricane Katrina victims. These are the real issues, people in crises, not imaginary global issues. Wow.

  10. meganfay 04/16/2009 at 1:55 pm #

    “imaginary global issues”? What? Climate change is an “imaginary issue”? Katrina’s victims deserve support in rebuilding lives and homes, but to pretend that climate change isn’t happening and that we aren’t already seeing the results in floods, storms, and melting polar icecaps is simply ridiculous and dangerous

  11. Lily 04/16/2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Abby…we have many “global” issues, as you put it. They are not imaginary and are not going away anytime soon! All of these organizations are doing positive things for individuals, animals, the environment and the earth in general.

  12. Sabriell 04/16/2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Environmental issues affect all of us as well as the generations to come. Thank you for making a contribution to either one of these fine organizations. Global issues are certainly not imaginary things. They don’t necessarily happen as quickly as, say Hurrican Katrina for instance, but if the trend continues our children and their children will certainly feel the effects of what were our doing to our planet today.

  13. Daniella 04/16/2009 at 2:27 pm #

    yeah i really wish we could vote for multiple foundations too.

    “Wow, I can’t believe more people aren’t voting for the Hurricane Katrina victims. These are the real issues, people in crises, not imaginary global issues. Wow.”

    thats somewhat insulting. im sure people want to help everyone and everything they possibly can. but how can you make an accusation that our global warming and economical crisis is imaginary? trying to save the planet as a whole? or trying to save ONE area that suffered from solar fairs from the sun from GLOBAL WARMING. hmmm. WOW. its that kind of attitude that makes us stuck, not progressing to do anything better for this planet.

  14. nessa 04/16/2009 at 2:32 pm #

    Though I live in Columbus, OH, I’ve interacted personally with the dedicated personnel of Hands on Gulf Coast, and I beg you to vote for them!

    The gulf coast area continues to really struggle post-Katrina. I just returned from a seven day service immersion trip to the area and I cannot even quantify the amount of resources that cities like Biloxi, Slidell, and New Orleans need to protect and progress their communities and the rich culture they posess.

    Donating to Hands On would provide resources to protect not only the environment, but the local needy populations as well, and support some really incredible volunteer programs that I encourage everyone to look into! Being a part of the effort to rehabilitate the Gulf Coast was a life-changing experience for me.

  15. Amber P. 04/16/2009 at 2:49 pm #

    Great thing you doing here!! Rock On:)

  16. sara 04/16/2009 at 4:06 pm #

    I do believe its called “Earth Day”. Not Hurricane Katrina Victim’s day.
    They deserve as much help and support as they can get, and so does our Planet.
    And the economical crisis and global warming is hardly imaginary.
    save our PLANET! yay earth day!

  17. Chelsea 04/16/2009 at 5:57 pm #

    No need to argue, everyone~~I’m not usually someone to say that, but in this case, all the charities are deserving–some, we may individually feel, more than others, but there is no denying that each and every one is a worthy cause–far worthier than just no donations, right?

    Cheers to ModCloth for donating such a large amount of profit to any one of these groups! I’ll be sure to order on Earth Day, not only for the awesome stuff, but the excellent community service ModCloth is engaging in.

  18. Erica 04/16/2009 at 6:17 pm #

    Yay Modcloth, way to give back and for always being so green! You guys get an A+++!

  19. Lucia 04/16/2009 at 7:19 pm #

    This is such an excellent thing to do. Big ups to ModCloth, as always!

  20. Lulu 04/16/2009 at 9:30 pm #

    I am so excited and grateful Hands on Gulf Coast even got picked for the vote!

    No matter what you think about global issues, I also think it’s great to start closer to home. I also went to Biloxi, on an Alternative Spring Break, to volunteer to help the post-Katrina mess that is those people’s town. They were actually hit by the eye of the storm, unlike New Orleans, and you more than likely know how bad New Orleans was hit, and so they do really need volunteers and donations all the time.

    What really struck me, and what is why I suggested this charity, is that these places are STILL struggling to get back to normal life after a hurricane that was 4 YEARS ago.

    I’m not going to try and convince anyone to vote for them, because I think all final four charities are worthy and, but I just wanted to put my feelings out there, in maybe some sort of a justification. =]

  21. VegetarianGirl21 04/16/2009 at 10:39 pm #

    Fauna & Flora International-I absolutley love animals.
    Also. here’s a fun tip: another way to go green is that you can become a vegetarian! :D Its great!!! You save animals AND the environment!

    ~Animal Liberation~

  22. Marcia 04/17/2009 at 1:04 pm #

    Just to make a comment,there are alot of vegetarians and their reason is not because they love animals, but maybe veggie girl is a want to be

  23. pam 04/17/2009 at 3:35 pm #

    OMG I love you guys even more!!!

  24. eva 04/17/2009 at 6:42 pm #

    this is a really cool web site.

  25. Lena 04/20/2009 at 9:34 am #

    I think it’s ludicrous to put down one cause because you think another is more deserving. Why do you think it was put to a vote in the first place? So people could do the research and decide for themselves which charity they would like to see the money go to. I think we all know that the gulf coast region is still in dire need of aid and funding, and I’m certain they are receiving a lot of attention this Earth Day, but to belittle the work of a worthy organization like UCS is petty and immature. Even successful orgs still need funding. That’s how they became successful in the first place!

  26. Brookie 04/20/2009 at 5:07 pm #

    Fauna & Flora International

  27. Ellen 04/21/2009 at 6:30 pm #

    I thought this was interesting

    Venezuela gives the US an island owned by Citgo

    The Venezuelan oil company stored fuel in the area and now the place has been transformed into an environmental reserve

    Energy
    President Hugo Chávez announced in the Fifth Summit of the Americas that Venezuela has given an island owned by Citgo, a US-based subsidiary of Venezuelan state-run Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), to the US. The island is located in New Jersey, in front of the city of Philadelphia.

    CITGO planned to given the island to the US since 2004 to carry out an environmental cleanup of the area and transform the site into a wildlife refuge.

    Petty’s Island has approximately 392 acres and is in the Delaware River, off the coast of Camden City, (the poorest city in the US).

    Currently, Citgo does not carry out any commercial operation in the island, but only environmental restoration projects, which have been established through a memorandum of understanding signed with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
    After Venezuela gives the island to the US, it will be transformed into a wildlife refuge, thanks to the FLORA AND FAUNA diversity of the region, some of them endangered species.

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