Your mom is the best. She always answers your calls when you need to vent about something and makes you your favorite food when you’re a #BackHomeBaller, and she started basically every cool fashion trend out there. There’s no question that your fave lady deserves an amazing Mother’s Day. While there are plenty of non-traditional gifts worthy of your mom, this year, consider donating to a charitable organization on her behalf or purchasing her present from a company that supports great causes — not only will she love the sentiment, but your gift will give back and make a difference.
1. Every Mother Counts: This organization, founded by model and activist Christy Turlington Burns, works to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women in the US and around the world. While 99 percent of maternal deaths take place in developing countries, Every Mother Counts’ website notes that the number of women who lose their lives during childbirth in America has nearly doubled over the past 25 years. The goal of Every Mother Counts is to eradicate these preventable deaths by providing better healthcare infrastructure to places that need it most.
2. American Association of University Women: As a national grassroots organization, AAUW works to promote equity and education for women and girls. Through initiatives such as research, public policies, and mentorship for members, AAUW aims to break down economic and educational barriers that women face.
3. Central Park NYC: If want to give your mom the classic Mother’s Day gift of flowers but also want to give back, consider donating flowers to Central Park in New York City. For as little as $50, the Central Park Conservancy will plant flowers in your mother’s honor, and she’ll receive an e-Card or physical certificate noting the donation. It’s the perfect way to keep the flower tradition alive while brightening someone else’s day.
4. Susan G. Komen: Unfortunately, most of us know someone affected by breast cancer. Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the US, and it’s estimated that more than 250,000 American women will be diagnosed each year. Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by 38 percent from 1989 to 2014 as a result of improved breast cancer treatment and early detection, and Susan G. Komen aims to decrease this number even more through early detection and research for the cure.
5. The Humane Society: If your mom is an animal lover (because who isn’t?!), consider making a donation on her behalf to your local humane society or animal shelter. If you really want to make her Mother’s Day gift charitable and unforgettable, you might want to think about getting her the ultimate gift: a pet of her own!
6. Imperfect Produce: Did you know that more than 20 percent of the fruits and veggies grown in the US never make it to grocery stores because they’re deemed too ugly? In 2015, Ben Simon decided to give all fruit a chance by creating Imperfect Produce, a food delivery service that sends fresh, delicious (imperfect) fruits and veggies to you for up to half of grocery store prices — and helps cut back on food waste. Great cause, great food. What more could mom want?!
7. Flowers for Dreams: Since the Chicago-based company’s launch in 2012, Flowers for Dreams has donated more than $262,866 to causes such as the Chicago Women’s Health Center, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, and The Arts of Life. Bouquets cost as little as $35, a portion of proceeds benefit local charities, and delivery is free in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas, making it easy and affordable to give the gift of flowers that have an added special meaning.
What are your favorite mom-approved charities? Let us know @BritandCo!
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