Philanthropy with a Fashionable Twist

By Andrea Xu, Marketing Intern/Executive Assistant to the CEO

As with the rest of the UnivesalGiving team, I love to give back, and have been taught the power of community involvement from an early age. One thing that really drew me to UniversalGiving was the fact that all of these nonprofit organizations that you can volunteer or donate to are top, legitimate organizations from all over the world.

Just like UniversalGiving, SelflessTee has shown a creative yet simple way to give back. Started by Danny B., one of the founders of SelfessTee, Danny raised over $11,000 from selling t-shirts, using the funds to provide 1,000 mosquito nets to families in Kenya. From that project, SelflessTee exploded into a successful organization that now serves to promote other nonprofit organizations and the great work they do.

The process is simple: a nonprofit is featured on SelflessTee’s website for two weeks, and a designer will help create a t-shirt design that promotes the nonprofit organization. Once 100 shirts are pre-sold, the shirts are ready to be printed! Moreover, SelflessTee will donate one quarter of its profits AND time to that specific organization, bringing back footage so individuals can see exactly how they are donating their time. It is a great way to give back and to serve as an inspiration for others to give back as well!

SelflessTee recently received a $50,000 grant from Pepsi and are now able to help domestic causes, whether it be supporting the Boys and Girls club or providing lunches for children who would otherwise go without. SelflessTee is a great organization that combines giving with a fashionable twist; definitely check them out and order a shirt!

If you are looking for other ways to donate or volunteer, check out UniversalGiving’s website.

  • $15 can provide one month’s supply of emergency supplies to one person in Africa.
  • Spend the summer or winter in Thailand to help educate men about HIV/AIDS.

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