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Posted by Ali on January 20 at 01:48 pm

I have always wanted to “save”. In elementary school, my favorite T-shirts were “Save the Rainforest” and “Save the Whales”. Even as a child I knew that the world wasn’t fair and I had to stand for something. I wrote a lot of letters to elected officials, but whether or not they took a 10 year old seriously, I’m not sure :) Lima Beads has given us a unique opportunity to help.

Lima Beads customers have been helping us support charities since 2004. When you place an order at Lima Beads, you’ll notice the option to choose a charity at the bottom of your shopping cart. Lima Beads will donate a portion of the profit from your order to the charity you select. This does not add any cost to your order — we just like to let our customers decide where our charitable donations should go. You are the reason we’re here and the reason we’re in a position to help others. Thank You!

The list of charities has been the same since 2004 and we feel that it’s time to change them. Below, we’ve chosen 11 local and regional charities. With this new list of charities, we hope to support some causes close to home — places where we can combine financial assistance with our time to truly make a difference. We’ve also chosen some large national causes in which we believe very strongly.

There are 11 charities listed below. With your help, we’ll narrow this list to 5. These 5 charities will be the 2009 Lima Beads Giving Back charities that will appear on the shopping cart. Starting this year, we plan to select 5 new charities each January. Please vote for your 3 favorites in the poll below.


C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is not a community hospital – it is a hospital for all communities. Mott is the only children’s hospital in Michigan to take care of patients from all 83 counties, as well as children from across the United States and the world. But our care and compassion extend beyond the walls of our hospitals and health centers. Because prevention is just as important as the delivery of quality care, Mott faculty and staff make it a priority to be involved in initiatives that contribute to increasing health awareness and safety in families’ daily lives. “This isn’t something “extra” that we do….It’s an extension of our commitment to the health and safety of all children, and it’s part of the Michigan Difference.”

Ecology Center

Founded by community activists after the country’s first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center is now a regional leader that works for a safe and healthy environment where people live, work, and play. The Ecology Center is a membership-based, nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that works at the local, state, and national levels for clean production, healthy communities, environmental justice, and a sustainable future.


EDEN represents Eating Disorders and Education Network. The organization began with a simple vision to help women attain more timely and complete recovery from eating disorders by offering a safe place to come to and by offering resources and referrals to professionals that specialize in eating disorders. After a few years of offering these services in Ann Arbor, Michigan EDEN decided to expand their support to those who were struggling and the EDEN Process was born. The EDEN Process was an educational support group that was designed based on Prochaska’s Trantheoretical Behavioral Change Model. They help participants assess where they are in the five stages of change, then help them create a plan and support their progression through the stages toward recovery.

Food Gatherers

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources.

Food Gatherers provides enough food for more than 7,500 meals a day. Food Gatherers brings the food to more than 150 community programs serving our neighbors – mostly families and children, in need of food. The agencies receiving our food include St. Andrews Breakfast Program, Dawn Farm, Salvation Army, SOS Community Services and Hope Clinic.

Hope Clinic

Hope Clinic provides compassionate and practical help to those in need. We offer medical care and dental care to the uninsured, plus a variety of social services to minister to the whole person.

Hope Clinic, an interdenominational Christian organization, provides compassionate and practical help to those in need, ministering to the whole person with dignity and respect.

Ozone House

Ozone House is a community-based, nonprofit agency that successfully meets the needs of runaway, homeless, and high-risk youth ages 10-20 and their families. Ozone House’s high-quality programs and services provide support, intervention, training, and assistance. Through these support services, they help youth develop essential life skills, improve their relationships, and enhance their self-image so that they may realize their full potential for growth and happiness.

Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign

The idea for the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign was inspired by Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2004 and founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 30 million trees in 12 African countries since 1977. When a corporate group in the United States told Professor Maathai it was planning to plant a million trees, her response was: “That’s great, but what we really need is to plant a billion trees.

Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, organizations, business and industry, civil society and governments are being encouraged to plant. The objective is to plant at least one billion trees worldwide each year.

Sasha Farms

Sanctuary and Safe Haven for Animals

Along a quiet back road in rural southeast Michigan rests a farm on 65 acres of rolling land. The smell of new-mown hay hangs in the air as a rooster crows to welcome the day. The verdant hillside pasture becomes a playland for the horses and donkeys, goats and sheep. Cows graze on fresh green grass while pigs wallow lazily in puddles of mud. Dogs run freely and have fun chasing each other around the huge fenced-in yard. Cats have their choice of cozy places to curl up inside the massive barns. Everything is soothing, safe and secure for all the residents at this pastoral countryside sanctuary. The mission of SASHA Farm is to provide a safe and secure environment, lifetime care and medical treatment for unwanted, neglected, misused, and abused farmed and domestic animals, as well as fostering through education a better understanding of these animals.

SASHA Farm is the Midwest’s largest farm animal sanctuary. At our shelter, not only do we provide food and water, veterinary care and a roof over their heads, we also give the animal residents affection, social interaction with others of their own species, and a sense of security.

SOS Community Services

SOS Community Services responds with care and respect to families in need by working in partnerships that result in economic, family, and residential stability.

SOS serves the entire Washtenaw County community by working with the community to end homelessness. SOS offers services to families and individuals in our community who are homeless or who are experiencing housing-related crises, including a large number of children – Housing Crisis Services, Homeless Family Services, and Homeless Children’s Services.


V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.

V-Day brings the issue of violence against women and girls front and center in the culture and the community. In order to understand the grave importance of this cause, one must know that violence is an issue that plagues all women and men in every part of the world.

Women Thrive Worldwide

Women Thrive develops, shapes, and advocates for policies that foster economic opportunity for women living in poverty. They focus on making U.S. international assistance and trade programs prioritize women. They bring together a diverse coalition of over 50 organizations and 25,000 individuals united in the belief that women are the key to ending global poverty, and empowering them is not only right, it’s also the most effective long-term solution to world poverty.

Read the comments

  1. Ali
    Ali says:

    It’s Tuesday night, just logged on to see the results.
    So glad to see so many votes coming in :-)

  2. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    It’s always terrific to see people helping people!!! Way to go Lima Team…….

  3. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    That’s just one of the things I love about Lima Beads, that you guys donate a portion of every sale to charity! I really respect that. Like you, Ali, I have always had that “need” to help and save as much as I can. The three that I voted for were CS Mott Children’s Hospital, Food Gatherers, and VDay. I believe in putting kids first, as well as basic needs like food and shelter. Violence is a very important issue that needs immediate attention, as well, although all the choices of course are all worthy causes.

  4. Steph
    Steph says:

    I have always been one to care for the animals, all of mine are rescues. I worked at an SPCA and it was not easy to say the least. I still volunteer when I can at a high kill city shelter, it’s so hard when you want to take them all home with you. If I could only win power ball so I could by that farm with a TON of land they’d all have a great home and lots of love with me. I love that you guys give back, it’s a great thing.

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    Sandy C says:

    You are the kind of company I am proud to associate with. Keep up the great work! I will always push for more animal related charities but your choices are fine ones also. Thank you again for all you do!

  6. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:


  7. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Patricia F-

    Thanks for your comment. Although we love the humane society and will continue to support it personally, we like to alternate Lima Beads’ charity selections to support a wider range of causes. Sasha Farm is an absolutely fantastic animal sanctuary that is worthy of our support.

    Thanks again.


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    SMOre says:

    You have selected some great organizations here. No matter which ones are selected, I will continue to shop Lima Beads.
    I have personal, professional experience with Ozone House and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the work they do is astounding. As well, I have personal experience with other organizations working to end violence against women, reduce hunger, help women to become economically self-sufficient, all of them, in fact, – it is just SO hard to have to limit my votes! Kudos to Lima Beads for letting us in on this process.

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    Brenda says:

    Is it possible for people to donate to any of the charities instead of having just 3 to choose from. This might alleviate Patricia F’s dilemma about not being able to contribute to the Humane Society and it would also ensure that you do not loose any of her business.

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    PLEASE keep the Humane Society option!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I like Brenda’s idea too. :)

  12. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    I am for the humane treatment of animals as well, but what about the humane treatment of HUMANS? Shouldn’t that be the first priority?

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    Mikell S says:

    How about one for the animals, one for the planet and one for the humans, then everyone should be happy.

  14. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    lol Good idea, Mikell S, that way you have all the bases covered…

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    Quibbler says:

    As an international buyer (Australian) I’ve got to say that I would prefer to have the option of a few international charities! The Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders, The World Wildlife Fund… there’s more but I can’t remember the names just now.

    I also agree wth Mikell S, that one for the animals, one for the world and one for humans is a good idea.

    I would also like to say that I really admire you guys for choosing to allocate a percentage of your profits to charity (any charity, letting us choose is icing on the cake!). I wish more places followed your example!

  16. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    The results are in! We’ve got some great feedback here.

    Because a couple of people requested that we continue to support the humane society, we have decided to match our 2008 donation again this year! We just don’t feel right about replacing one of these charities, so we’ll be donating to 6 instead of 5.

    Quibbler, I also wanted to draw your attention to some of the more international charities on the list. Vday, Plant for The Planet, and Women Thrive Worldwide are all great worldwide charities. Lima Beads did want to support more charities close to home this year, but we made sure to include some worldwide ones as well.

    Looking at the results, it looks like we’ll have a nice group of charities. Our 2009 donations will: help sick kids, provide sanctuary for animals in need, help reduce hunger, help those in need receive medical care, and advance the causes of women worldwide.

    Sounds good to me! Thanks everyone for voting. We’ll have a new list to vote on for 2010. You can see the results above in the original blog post.

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