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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Company Gives Good Back

Feel better about the goods you buy, knowing that the company you support invests in their local community. Here are a few Do-Gooders who happen to produce products that I think you'll really like:
Newman's Own Organics -- father-daughter team Tom and Nell donate ALL profits to charity. Sales of produce, snacks, coffee and pet foods benefit the environment, sustainable agriculture and animal services. Now that's a family with a big heart.

Another dynamic duo, Ben & Jerry makes annual seven-figure donations to the Ben & Jerry's Foundation, which offers grants to socially and environmentally minded groups. In the company's home state of Vermont, employee-led Community Action Teams sprinkle funds to charities. And the ice cream (I know, icing) on the cake is...their PartnerShop Program invites community nonprofit groups to own & operate scoop shops.

Tom's of Maine has initiated Dental Health for All, which underwrites community dental clinics, and was among the first employers to institute a worker volunteer program.

Timberland, the eco-conscious footwear and apparel maker's Path of Service program offers employees 40 hours of annual paid leave time to do volunteer work.

These are just a few of the many companies who actively "give back." To discover business-linked nonprofit groups, try guidestar.org. Feel good about the purchases you make by supporting the Do-Gooders and Give-Backers.

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