Here at eMerchandMore, Inc. we run our Pay It Forward campaign since we believe in these causes and charities (and so many others we can't count).
We've made it as simple as this - Just show us proof of a previous donation of at least $20 to any of the charities below and you will receive a FREE* SHIRT from our LifeMerchandMore Collection or to use as credit toward a larger purchase.
Thank you in advance for your contribution.
The Cancer Research Institute was founded in 1953 by Helen Coley Nauts and Oliver R. Grace Sr., two visionary individuals who believed that, together, they could end the devastation of cancer. Their legacy is an organization that has built up an entire field of cancer research--the field of tumor immunology--that today is producing immunotherapies that are extending and saving lives of cancer patients.
To appreciate the history of the Institute, however, we should first look back to 1938. While mourning the death of her father Dr. William B. Coley—a prominent surgeon who practiced medicine in New York between 1890 and 1936—Mrs. Nauts began to go through his papers and came to an important realization. Although Dr. Coley had been a noted cancer surgeon, he was also a pioneer in the non-surgical treatment of cancer, an approach that would lead to some of today's most impactful cancer immunotherapy breakthroughs.
NOTE: A highly rated Charity by Consumer Reports website.
A charity definitely with close ties to this company - as this horrible disease has touched WAY too many people!
Established in 2008, the Zaccone Family Foundation has focused on supporting health, education and welfare. Three generations of family members sit on its board ensuring that core values are passed on from generation to generation. To date, the foundation has donated over $1,704,352 to qualifying people and institutions in Chicago, Illinois and Sarasota, Florida.
Several of the projects the foundation has been involved with are noted below. In addition to providing financial support, the family is involved in volunteer work in their communities.
Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design.
As the largest pediatric provider in the region with a 130-year legacy of excellence. kids and their families are at the center of all we do.
A charity, that's near and dear to our owner - who can't thank Luries enough for all their help with his son!
The American Migraine Foundation (AMF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of research and awareness surrounding migraine, a disabling condition that impacts over 36 million men, women and children in the United States. The AMF was founded in 2010 by the American Headache Society to provide access to information and resources for individuals with migraine as well as their family and friends.
Working alongside the American Headache Society, the AMF’s mission is to mobilize a community for patient support and advocacy, as well as drive and support impactful research that translates into treatment advances for patients with migraine and other disabling diseases that cause severe head pain.
A charity, that's near and dear to one of employees heart ... and head!
WHO IS A WARRIOR?
Veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. You are our focus. You are our mission.
Here, you’re not a member – you’re an alumnus, a valued part of a community that’s been where you’ve been, and understands what you need. Everything we offer is free because there’s no dollar value to finding recovery and no limit to what you can achieve.
NOTE: A highly rated Charity by Consumer Reports website.
NOTE: A 100% Charity rating by Charity Navigator website.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with three million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy. For more information, see our Mission Statement.
Network for Animals USA Inc, is a leading animal welfare charity that uses activism, investigation, direct action, public education and government outreach to achieve landmark victories for animals. We have more than 400,000 supporters in countries and territories worldwide.
Our campaigns include ending the commercial Canadian seal hunt, fighting the Philippine dog meat trade, organized horse fighting and the UK badger cull, and keeping hunting with hounds illegal, protecting declining species including elephants and rhinos, and making a difference for millions of animals worldwide in countries including Croatia, Cuba, Greece, South Africa, and Turkey through our Dogs in Distress campaign.
We are a voice for all people who want to protect the animals that share our world. We receive no government grants and rely on the generosity of our supporters to continue our vital work for animals in distress. With your help, we will continue to make this world a better place for animals and people.
Rock by the Sea, Inc is dedicated to organizing music festivals and events where we raise money to assist deserving charities who provide direct services to those in need. Every Rock by the Sea event is an intimate showcase of music designed to bring people together for the love of music and the common goal of helping these charities.
Rock by the Sea has evolved from the idea that a few music fans could produce a great music event and inspire each other to raise money for meaningful causes. Inspired by Sister Hazel's Lyrics for Life and The Rock Boat and to quote Ken Block, Sister Hazel's lead man, "The ripple effect" of our actions are in full force." Since the first event in 2007 we have raised funds at eight music festivals, four Golf Tournaments, nine Road Shows, and in 2010, thanks to the many bands and artists who support our mission, we produced our first of four Christmas CDs. Those activities helped us raise money that we in turn donated to various charities such as UF The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program, Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children's Pediatric Brain Tumor Program, Camp Sunshine, Now I Play Along Too, Franklin County Library - Children's Reading Program, Lyrics For Life, PKD Foundation, Franklin County (FL) Humane Society, Feed the Children, Anchorage Children's Home (Panama City), Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee, Refuge House (Tallahassee), LiveStrong, and various other deservivng charities. In ten years we have donated over $400,000 to these charities and more.
Rock by the Sea is led completely by volunteers, has no employees. It is a community, a family...of volunteers, musicians, charities and fans of music who travel from all over the country to attend these events. All donating their time, talents and dollars in pursuit of making a difference while having a GREAT time. Over 38 states have been represented and just over 80 bands and singer/songwriters have participated in our events or contributed to one of the seven Christmas CDs we have produced. Each event is about more than just the charity. Its about discovering your new favorite band and hanging out with them. Its about talking to people or their parents who have benefited from our efforts. Its about making new friends and bringing your old ones into a community of some pretty fantastic people and talent you don't get to hear on the radio anymore. It does the soul some good. Everyone is happy to be at the event, happy to be a part of it and happy to be able to help.
To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs.
Who We Are
In 1946, when the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind was founded, its mission was simple: to provide guide dogs and training – free of charge – to people who were blind or visually impaired.
For 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide increased independence and enhanced mobility to people who are blind, have low vision or have other disabilities. Once they make the decision to get an assistance dog, applicants become part of the Foundations' open and welcoming community and are supported with an uncompromising commitment to excellence, from highly empathetic and certified trainers, to a meticulously constructed curriculum.
The Guide Dog Foundation pairs each student with the dog that’s right for them – and the power of their bond makes ordinary moments extraordinary. Crossing the street independently becomes a moment of liberation. Traveling alone becomes a welcome adventure. Embracing new experiences becomes an everyday occurrence.
People come to the Foundation for our trademark small classes, and individualized instruction. The Guide Dog Foundation programs often attract people who may have special requirements. The organization has successfully worked with people who are hearing-impaired in addition to being blind, as well as many who are physically challenged. With their courage and determination, these remarkable teams reconnect us all to the highest form of freedom there is: the freedom to experience the world around us in any way we choose. With a guide dog by their side, a person who is blind or has low vision can live without boundaries.
It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of the Foundations' services are provided at no charge to the individual. Funding comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and service and fraternal clubs.
The Foundation would not be able to provide guide and assistance dogs free of charge to our consumers without your help. The Guide Dog Foundation appreciates every dollar we receive, and your faith in us is extremely important. Fiscal prudence is one of our top priorities as your donations allow us to advance our mission. As we have been privileged to witness, a guide or assistance dog brings a newfound sense of independence and dignity to someone with disabilities.
To learn more about the history of the Foundation, CLICK HERE.
NOTE: A highly rated Charity by Consumer Reports website.
Founded in 1999, The Parkinson Alliance is a national nonprofit organization, created in partnership with The Tuchman Foundation (see below). It was formed to foster philanthropic activities to raise funds for the most promising Parkinson’s disease research that will help find the cure. Together with the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, we have funded over $30 million in research since our founding.
Prior to the founding of the Alliance, Margaret Tuchman, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 38, and her entrepreneur husband, Martin (Marty), had long been deeply involved in the community. They were among several key grassroots advocates from around the country who worked tirelessly to help pass the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Research Act of 1997, that authorized increased funding for Parkinson’s research and created the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence at the NIH.
Yet the slow pace of the legislative process to release these funds was frustrating, and it motivated Martin to apply fundamental business practices to accelerate the flow of dollars into the hands of researchers. Marty and Margaret both believed that they could play a role in awarding promising researchers the “seed” funds necessary to compete effectively for larger National Institutes of Health grants.
Because of its strong business orientation, The Parkinson Alliance was soon asked to assume responsibility for the Unity Walk, the largest single-day community fundraising event which takes place each spring in New York City’s Central Park. The Alliance has also assumed responsibility for Team Parkinson, a well-known fundraising organization on the West Coast led by John and Edna Ball as an official charity of the Los Angeles Marathon.
Today, The Parkinson Alliance stands as an umbrella organization for the Unity Walk, Team Parkinson and other fundraising events held around the country. Taken together, we have funded over $30 million in research since our founding.
In addition to funding promising research, The Parkinson Alliance is also devoted to improving the quality of life in the PD community through informational means. In the early 2000s, as a way of keeping the PD community connected and informed, Margaret Tuchman founded DBS4PD.org to fill the gap in knowledge about the newly developed Deep Brain Stimulation therapy for PD. This highly successful web-based neighborhood was designed to conduct patient surveys that obtain the “patient’s perspective” and gives a voice to the individuals with PD, along with providing scientific articles.
With DBS now considered standard treatment for the right candidates, this information is now included in The Parkinson Alliance’s overall website, reflecting its commitment to patient-centered outcomes research. We strongly believe that the perspective of those affected by Parkinson’s is essential to improving quality of life. As a result, we conduct patient-focused research through survey instruments on issues fundamental to quality of life: such as sleep, falls and speech. In addition, the Alliance periodically holds consensus conferences, that convene experts in the field to discuss optimal therapies or approaches to therapeutic issues.
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