Charity Tuesday: 3 for 5 Foundation

3 for 5 Foundation logoThe concept is simple, yet potentially massive: One person, called a droplet donates $5 to the 3 for 5 Foundation. He or she then approaches three friends, educates them about the cause, and asks them to donate $5. Those three droplets go out and each find three more friends and the cycle repeats, until 20 million droplets have banded together in an effort to bring clean water to people in developing nations.

The 3 for 5 Foundation partners with several “nonprofit organizations who have a proven track record of implementing sustainable, on-the-ground, clean water solutions in places of need.” Currently they are partnered with CARE, Lifewater International, Millennium Water Alliance and Water for People.

This #charitytuesday, we bring recognition to the 3 for 5 Foundation. Sign in to donate here; and don’t forget to tell 3 friends by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter! If we each contribute ┬ájust a little, we can make a huge difference.

Charity Tuesday: Waves 4 Water

Waves 4 Water surfing water charity logoWaves 4 Water was founded in 2009 by pro surfer, Jon Rose. On his way to Bali to deliver 10 water filters for what would have been the charity’s first mission, he felt a shake. When he came to shore, he realized that a 7.6 magnitude earthquake had hit the city of Sumatra, and he made his way through the crumbled buildings to get water filters into the hands of rescue workers to help the country’s wounded victims. It was this experience that solidified the need for Waves 4 Water, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean water to impoverished people around the world.

Waves 4 Water teamed up with Hurley International to develop a program called Clean Water Couriers. The concept is both simple and innovative: surfers, in search of waves in third-world countries carry filters with them in their luggage and either connect with local nonprofits in the area or travel to villages to personally set them up. There are two types of filtration systems – a $50 community filter, which will filter up to 200 gallons of water a day for an entire village, and a $25 family use filter system that filters 14 gallons per day. Materials include a plastic bucket (which may be found locally), a ceramic filter, a spigot, and a knife to cut a hole in the bucket. ┬áThe ceramic filters will remove a variety of contaminants including bacteria, viruses, cysts and microorganisms that cause waterborne illness.

Anyone can get involved, either by making a direct donation through the Waves 4 Water website, or by buying water filters and traveling with them through the Clean Water Couriers program. Though the program was conceived in the surf community, the opportunity to get involved, by donating or by traveling, is open to all.

Help us spread the word, this #charitytuesday, about Waves 4 Water, by retweeting and/or sharing this post!

Charity Tuesday: AVEDA’s Earth Month Campaign



Aveda Light the Way Candle

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of this candle will go toward clean water efforts around the world.

AVEDA is a manufacturer and retailer of high-end hair care and skin care products. The company has set aside this month, in honor of Earth Day, to raise money to protect the planet. Aveda has been dedicated to sustainable environmental causes since day one, using natural, plant-based, organic ingredients in all of its products, and raising over $18 million since 1999, $12 million of which has been used to support clean water projects around the world.

There are several ways Aveda patrons can help contribute to the cause. You can purchase the Aveda Limited Edition Light the Way Candle, which is scented with 100 percent lavender, lavandin and clary sage essential oils, (much better for your indoor air quality than chemical air fresheners) and is packaged with recycled materials. Aveda will give 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of this product to Global Greengrants clean water projects. In addition, if you receive a service at a participating Aveda-concept salon during Earth Month, the stylist or service provider will donate a portion of the appointment to one of their clean water partners.

If you don’t use Aveda products, you can still get involved by simply making a donation online, or by participating in an Aveda 3.7-Mile Walk for Water, which takes place in cities all over the world to raise awareness and funds for various grassroots organizations. The company also suggests other simple ways you can protect water sources every day – by supporting organic farming, conserving electricity, and eating less meat.

Though Aveda is not a non-profit organization, we wanted to recognize their efforts to protect clean water through partnership with other charitable organizations, this #charitytuesday. Join us in raising awareness by re-tweeting this post!