Posts Tagged ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’

Download to Make a Difference–FairShare Music

This is a great idea, based in the UK. FairShare Music does good things with great music. Just like all the rest of the music download sites on the web, they offer tons of songs (over 13.5 million tracks with new releases coming out all the time) legally–not pirating–and for every song you download, they give half the profits to the charity of your choice. They embed generosity into music–one of the inspiring and comforting things you already do for yourself. It’s so simple, really. They currently partner with 18 great charities ( the British arm of Amnesty International, the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, Cancer Research UK, Centre Point for homeless youth, Friends of the Earth, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, NSPCC to end cruelty to children, Oxfam, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Sue Ryder Care for people with life-changing illness, the Teenage Cancer Trust, V-Inspired to get youth involved in volunteer service, Virgin Unite the charitable arm of Virgin Airlines and Sir Richard Branson, War Child protecting children from war and helping the recover from its effects, World Wildlife Fund, and Youth Music to empower young people through the arts.

Next time you find a brilliant new band on Spotify or Pandora or from a friend’s recommendation, think about spreading the wealth for something you would do anyway. It is effortless giving…we can all afford that.

Ideal Royal Wedding Gift—Charitable Donation

Prince William and Kate Middleton are the future of royalty, and some of their decisions are quite a departure from those of the royal lineage. They have already decided to do without a staff of servants, will live predominantly in Wales while William finishes his military service commitment, and have now requested that in lieu of gifts for their upcoming nuptials, invited guests are asked to make a donation to charity. There is clearly no need for a royal toaster or crock pot that other couple just starting out might need…and it is a nice perspective for all of us to consider. Birthday? Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa? Anniversary? Wedding? Graduation? I like to receive a gift as much as the next guy, but my family stopped exchanging gifts years ago and instead we make charitable donations on behalf of the others for birthdays and Christmas. Not for everyone, but deciding where to donate each year is a fun kind of shopping, and seeing what new non-profit organizations my family has discovered is also a great eye opener each year.

If you have your own Wedding of the Century coming up, think about registering in a new way, à la Kate and William. Here is a previous posting about volunteer honeymoons and charitable gift registries, to get the brainstorming started. Prince William and Kate have a great target charity with the The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, and the foundation’s triple focus on young people, the environment, and the armed forces. William and Kate have both supported the charitable work of other organizations, and lend their presence to fund-raising events for groups doing the work they support, like their recent attendance at an event for the Teenage Cancer Trust.