The Thx Co.

Thx is a social good brand, working with a nonprofit spirit. With each purchase, they let you donate any amount you’d like to any registered nonprofit in America. Shop + Give at http://www.thx.co

Thx sells all of their products at cost so there is no sky high retail markup which allows you to save money and if you so choose give it to the causes you care most about.

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Skin Tone Colored Sodas

Skin Tone-Colored Sodas

Ali Cola believes that it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white or brown or yellow so they made a soda collection to prove it. Dubbed the first cola in different skin colors. It’s a cola for more tolerance. Here’s what the company had to say:

“Outside, they are different. Inside all the same. What should apply to people all over the world now applies to Cola. More precisely: for ALICOLA. The first cola in different skin colors. A cola for more tolerance. #Tolerance tastes good

I don’t really do cola but Ali Cola may change my mind.

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The EMPWR Coat

 

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The EMPWR coat is a water-resistant jacket, which can transform into a sleeping bag, or be worn as an over-the-shoulder bag when not in use. The coat is constructed of durable, water resistant Cordura fabric from Carhartt, upcycled automotive insulation from General Motors, and other materials provided by generous donors.

 It costs $100 to sponsor a coat, which covers the cost of labor, materials, and overhead expenses. Sponsor a coat to be given to someone in need by making a donation here. To receive a coat for someone in need in your community, contact them by filling out their “Request a coat” form

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7 Tips For Starting A Nonprofit

The Following was cut, copy, and pasted from Nonprofit Land:

This blog says it all… GO READ IT. Follow the links. I cut and pasted it below which means I am a thief but it is that good if you want to launch a 501c3.

The number of nonprofits has proliferated in recent years. Unfortunately, not everyone who starts a nonprofit has thought out his or her idea. Don’t make the mistake of just jumping into the nonprofit arena. Think hard before starting your nonprofit…act later.

1. Do Your Research

Having a passion for your cause is important, but remember that a nonprofit is essentially a business and you need to be realistic in starting one.

Is there a need for your organization? Or could you team up with another, existng nonprofit? Another nonprofit can even serve as your fiscal sponsorinstead of or until you can become registered. Are you sure that a nonprofit is the best business structure for your idea?

2. Develop a Business Plan

A nonprofit is simply another version of a business. You need to have at least as much money coming in as going out in order to even survive, much less succeed in your mission. Many nonprofit start-ups are launched on a wing and a prayer rather than a well-thought-out plan.

3. Make Sure That Your Organization Will Actually Qualify as a Nonprofit

You might have a great idea but are you sure it will qualify as a charitable cause? There are many types of nonprofits…which one is yours? It may not be what you think.

4. Be Sure to Take Care of All the Legal Requirements

Nonprofits are heavily regulated, both by the states in which they reside and by the federal government. Regulation is needed to make sure that donors are protected from fraud, and that nonprofits continue to serve the public good. Just because you are “nonprofit” doesn’t mean that you can’t get into some serious trouble.

5. Keep Good Records

Good record keeping is a must, and nonprofits have some reporting requirements that are special to them. Start with good records and you are less likely to run into problems later.

6. Develop a Fundraising Plan

Fundraising is a sophisticated, complex, and competitive endeavor. But it is unavoidable for a nonprofit. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all you need is a bake sale or a fancy dinner to raise the money you’ll need to properly fund your organization.

7. Build an Effective Board

It cannot be overstated how important your board is to your nonprofit’s success. It is legally responsible for keeping you on track with your mission, helps you to secure the funds you need to accomplish that mission, and provides much of the expertise that you will need. Find the right people, get them on board, and keep them interested.