One World Futbol - indestructible

This soccer ball looks like a great idea:

The virtually-indestructible One World Futbol never needs a pump and never goes flat, even if punctured. A single One World Futbol can outlast and outplay thousands of regular balls, no matter the environment or game.

Details on their "Purchase with a purpose." - $39.50 for "Buy One Give One", $25 to just give one.

For every One World Futbol you buy, we give a second ball to a community in need through organizations working in disadvantaged communities such as refugee camps, war zones, disaster areas and inner cities.

The project got some vital early support from world-renowned entertainer Sting.

Edit: They are a B Corporation.

Tags:   2010-present ball soccer

Book for Book™ at Better World Books

Better World Books has been around long enough to achieve some impressive stats:

  • 9,554,771 books donated
  • $14,828,870 funds raised for literacy & libraries
  • 105,267,111 books reused or recycled

In 2011, they added a new program:

You buy, we donate - Book for Book™.

That's it! No qualifications, no exceptions, no fine print. We want to make doing good as easy as possible for our outrageously passionate community. Fortunately for our hard-working shipping teams, that extra good karma doesn't take up any extra space.

The partners we donate to are Books for Africa, one of our longtime non-profit literacy partners, and Feed the Children, who have been champions in finding new homes for books.

Edit: They are a B Corporation.

Tags:   2011-present books

MeForYou backpacks with school supplies, at StartSomeGood

From Mankato, MN and hosted at StartSomeGood:

MeForYou is selling good quality, fashionable backpacks on a buy one, get one model. Actually, our tagline is Buy One. Bless One. What does that mean? For each backpack we sell, we are going to donate a backpack full of school supplies to another student in need in and around the community it was purchased. ... MeForYou is run by students and for students.

It looks like the project was run strictly based on donations. The students will then sell the donated backpacks in order to pay for a 2nd backback and school supplies. That' not quite Give1-Get1 but still a worthwhile project.

Visit their website to learn more.

Tags:   2012 backpacks school-supplies startsomegood

Bosavi Headlamp, bright and clever

The pitch at Kickstarter last year:

Bosavi® is a blindingly bright, lightweight, ultra-compact headlamp built around a custom Lithium-polymer battery.

One of the rewards (limited to 50 people):

Pledge $65 or more - Give One Get One: Get a rechargeable Bosavi headlamp and donate another Bosavi headlamp to a scholarship student or staff member of the Northwest Outward Bound School.

His reason for offering a Give1-Get1 reward is both personal and practical:

Bosavi will almost certainly not make any money on these units, but we couldn't be happier about this exciting new reward.

Why are we doing it if we aren't going to be making money on them? First of all, I took an Outward Bound course and it was truly one of the most formative experiences of my life. Secondly, our first run will consist of 1000 units, and I would much rather see them be put to use by deserving people than sitting in a warehouse somewhere while we try to develop our sales channels.

The give1-get1 option is gone, but the product is available for $69.95 on their website. Noteworthy features:

  • charge via USB
  • optional bike mount
  • packaging can be folded into an origami lantern
  • white and red LED

It has several 5 star reviews at Amazon.

Tags:   2012 headlamp kickstarter light

Luci: The Beautiful Solar Powered Light

From earlier this year at Indiegogo:

A solar powered light designed by MPOWERD that’s beautiful enough for your own home but within reach of the whole world

The two most popular perks:

$50 Give a Luci, Get a Luci - Give one light to a family in the developing world and get a Luci of your own. We'll also send you a thank you Tweet.

$100 Give Two Lucis, Get One - Give two lights to families in the developing world and we'll send you a Luci for yourself along with a thank you Tweet.

The current retail price on their website is $14.95 (for 'give' or 'get'), with a $5 discount for subsequent 'give' purchases. The retail product is also available at Amazon.

One thing that's not clear from their Indiegogo project or the company's website: the light is inflatable. From a review:

You use this Luci solar lantern by blowing it up like you would a beach ball or raft. When it’s fully inflated after a few puffs, it has metallic reflection plates on the top and the bottom. These diffuse the light and make it spread across the room or tent. It’s surprisingly bright on the high mode—good enough to read by while cozy in your sleeping back or cheap guesthouse room with one dim bulb.

Tags:   2013 indiegogo solar-light

Smiles for the People - bamboo toothbrush

Here's a new company and product, officially launched Feb 26, 2013. For $5.95, Smiles for the People offers a (very nice looking) adult toothbrush with a 100% biodegradable bamboo handle.

Here's their variation on Give1-Get1:

Some “One for One” companies give away one physical product for every one you buy, but to be most effective, we do it differently. Instead of giving away physical toothbrushes, our Giving Partners tell us exactly what they need. They might ask us for the funds to open a new clinic, buy supplies, run a training program, or facilitate community outreach and education. And yes, they may sometimes even need a donation of toothbrushes.

In addition to their Website, you can find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Tags:   2013 toothbrush

Sock Monkeys Against Cancer (SMAC), at StartSomeGood

These should cheer people up:

We're a gang of philanthropic monkeys providing tangible support to those battling cancer.

Cancer can be a lonely existence. My mom lives 1,200 miles away, making all of her cancer tests & treatments that much harder for both of us.

This is why I created SMAC! -- to give Mom a “buddy” she could hug to remind her that I am with her.

Though not listed in the sidebar reward descriptions, it looks like every purchase generates a matching gift:

One SMAC! = Two: ... for every monkey purchased, a second monkey will go to someone else with cancer

The result: $35,681 including several at $250 - $2,000.

Visit their website for more info or to pre-order a monkey.


Worth noting: Kickstarter and Indiegogo aren't the only crowdfunding sites with successful projects. This one is at StartSomeGood. From their overview:

We exist to empower you to become a social innovator. By providing social entrepreneurs, changemakers and non-profits with the tools you need to rally your community and raise funds, together we can turn ideas into action and impact.

I'm sure we'll feature more projects from their site. Meanwhile, head over and check it out.

Tags:   2012 cancer puppet startsomegood

Children's ABC Wallet Cards -- 2 projects

From Marie-Claire Camp of Grand Rapids, MI:

Gorgeous, educational, nontoxic cards that not even my twin two-year old boys can destroy.

Kids love to play with cards – credit cards, gift cards and flash cards – but most of those plastic cards are made of toxic PVC, and paper cards disintegrate in small children's mouths. So I've designed a gorgeous set of extremely durable, non-toxic cards for very small children to play with. I describe these cards as indestructible.

Here's the $40 reward tier:

GET ONE & GIVE ONE. You get the full deck. Shipped. + A deck is donated to a nonprofit organization working with small children

She raised $14,103 in 2012, then $27,687 this year in a followup project for additional cards: Color & Shape, Number, GO, and a wallet.

The "GET one GIVE one" tier was $25, or $85 for GET four GIVE four.

An ongoing 'give' is listed on their website:

3% of proceeds are donated to literacy-based nonprofit organizations every year!

The original cards are available for $19.95, with pre-order options for the new sets.

Tags:   2012 2013 kickstarter toddlers

Waveborn - Shades That Give Sight

Here's a current project, with only 2 days left:

Waveborn makes sunglasses that combine affordable fashion with a mission to have a major social impact.

Waveborn sunglasses are designed and handcrafted in Italy, and we sell them at a price point well below typical designer brands. For each pair of sunglasses sold, Waveborn helps a person in need in one of two ways: a) we provide a new pair of prescription eyeglasses through our nonprofit partner Unite for Sight, or b) we fund a portion of a vision-restoring cataract surgery for a person in need though our new nonprofit partner Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International.

Perks chosen so far range from 33 people for $5 each (to donate a pair of eyeglasses), to 3 people for $500 each: get 11 pairs, given eleven pairs (or fund 2 sight-restoring surgeries) -- plus several levels in between. Impressive!

Tags:   2013 eyewear indiegogo

TOMS Shoes: One for One®

Here's a company whose "One for One"® pre-dates the OLPC's 2007 Give1-Get1:

Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, which has turned into a global movement. TOMS has given over two million pairs of new shoes to children in need since it began in 2006. ... While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Blake witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary: to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations.

They have a separate page titled Our Movement:

We're in business to help change lives.

It's a big job, and we don't do it alone. With our customers and Giving Partners, we're transforming everyday purchases into a force for good around the world. One for One.®

That about sums it up!

Tags:   2006-present eyewear shoes