Purchase with a Purpose – Shop Local for a Good Cause

If you’re searching for the perfect gift, look no further. Proceeds from each of these stylish products benefit a cause, ensuring your purchase does some good in the world.

Scoop It Up
Marigold Artisans is a platform for up-and-coming designers and artisans to create and showcase their work. Sales from the collection, including these ice cream bowls with scoops ($29 each), benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation, a nonprofit that provides support services for children burn survivors and their families. (Contemporary Concepts, 6343 Penn Ave., East Liberty; 412/345-7466, contemporaryconcepts.com)

Trunk Luck
A symbol of strength and luck, the elephant charm ($28) on this bangle has its trunk lifted high for luck. Twenty percent of the purchase benefits Friends of Jaclyn, where athletic programs adopt children with childhood cancer to promote love and support. (ALEX AND ANI, 5505 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/586-4006, alexandani.com/pittsburgh
— By Jamie Crow

Moon Beams
Love knows no bounds, and neither does charity with this bangle ($28) that benefits Edesia, whose mission is to treat and combat malnutrition in at-risk populations. (ALEX AND ANI, 5505 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/586-4006, alexandani.com/pittsburgh) —By Jamie Crow

Repurposing meets Fair Trade with this cross ($14) handmade in Nicaragua from recycled car engines. It’s one of the most popular items, and comes in a range of sizes and prices, at The Shepherd’s Door. Founded in 1977, The Shepherd’s Door is a retail store, ministry and community outreach organization in Bellevue that sells both Fair Trade and locally made products. The store is staffed by volunteers, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s youth programs. (The Shepherd’s Door, 563 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue; 412/761-4310, theshepherdsdoor.org; crosses also available at Flatboat Fair Traders) 

Give Green
Strut in style with a Genealogy Necklace ($39.99) made in India from ethically sourced animal bone. The Fair Trade certification on this item, as with all products from Ten Thousand Villages, ensures artisans receive fair wages and working conditions. (Ten Thousand Villages, 5820 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-2160, tenthousandvillages.com)

Give Love
Give the gift of love with this glass bowl ($70) from the LoveYourBrain Foundation, which brings awareness and support to those affected by a traumatic brain injury (TMI). Inspired by Kevin Pearce, who suffered a TMI during Olympic training in 2009, the foundation receives 20 percent of all proceeds from LoveYourBrain products. (Apropos, 1701 Duncan Ave., Allison Park; 800/785-4438, aproposgifts.com)

State of Grace
Home is where the heart is, at least when purchasing The Home T ($30), a collection of state pride apparel made in America. A minimum of 10 percent of proceeds goes towards funding research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (Gifted Hands, several area locations, giftedhandsgifts.com; Contemporary Concepts and other area retailers)

This Fair Trade purple cat purse ($12) was made by women in Hanoi and is available at Global Girl Gifts, which features Fair Trade fashion and gift items from all over the world. (412/251-2443, facebook.com/globalgirlgifts)

Light up your room with this Tree of Life ceramic luminary ($75) handmade by artisans in Nicaragua. Purchasing this product, and others from Flatboat Fair Traders, supports Fair Trade working conditions for artisans in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Since 2001, Flatboat has worked directly with artisans in these areas and offers no-interest micro loans and direct grants to their workshops. (Flatboat Fair Traders, 5901 Bryant St., Highland Park; 412/404-2817, flatboatfairtraders.com)

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