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Brides for a Cause

Brides for a Cause

If you have ever gone shopping for a wedding dress, you know that it is a very expensive purchase for just wearing one day.  Many preserve their dress while others “trash” their dress.  Another option is to donate your dress and today’s organization gives you that opportunity.

In July 2012, Brides for a Cause partnered with the Wish Upon a Wedding organization.  In October of 2012, they opened a retail storefront to sell dresses to benefit the Wish Upon a Wedding organization.  In less than a year, they have collected over 1,000 wedding dresses from all across the country with more arriving each week.

Brides for a Cause is a charitable wedding dress organization that resells donated wedding dresses to support charity.  Half of their proceeds go directly to Wish Upon a Wedding to help them fulfill their mission of granting weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and other serious life threatening circumstances.  All the dresses sold by Brides for a Cause have been donated by individuals and bridal stores around the country who are interested in helping those in need have their dream wedding.  Their bridal store is in Portland, Oregon, but they also take their inventory on the road to offer local brides an opportunity to find a great dress at a great price while helping a great cause.

Erin Scharf, founder and owner of Brides for a Cause, told me that many of their dresses are new and they are discounted up to 75% off.  They want to help brides who visit their store or their road shows to find their dream dress within their budget.  She also wanted to thank all the donors and brides who have support them.  “We can’t exist without their support.”  She encourages past brides with a dress sitting in their closet to donate it for a good cause and to allow another bride to wear it.

How can you help?

  • You can donate your dress if it is from 2005 or more recent.  You can either mail or drop off your dress.  Read the details of dress donation on their website.
  • Visit their store or one of their traveling events to shop for and purchase your own wedding gown.  Visit their website to find a list of upcoming road shows or sign up to be notified of a road show near you.
  • Volunteer to work at an upcoming road show.  Local volunteers are needed to help with these dress sales.  You can visit their website to sign up as a volunteer.

You can learn more about Brides for a Cause on their website, www.bridesforacause.com.  You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, or via e-mail.

Related posts: Wish Upon a Wedding and Cinderella Project.

 

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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Nonprofit Organization

 

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I Do Foundation

The summer months are wedding season in Minnesota.  Just yesterday I was enjoying some time with friends at a local restaurant when a wedding party caught our eye across the street.  Fun pink dresses and pink vests for the wedding party paired nicely with the bride’s pink high heels.  When I got married, I remember all the gifts we received, and then all the returns of duplicates!  Today’s organization is for those couples who would rather give back on their big day. 

The I Do Foundation is a national pioneer in wedding occasion giving.  The organization was launched on Valentines’ Day in 2002 by a group of nonprofit leaders to link engaged couples with charitable wedding choices.  The organization works closely with corporate and nonprofit partners to provide a variety of ways for couples to give back and Celebrate Generously™.  In 2009, I Do joined forces with JustGive

I Do Foundation allows couples to give back on their big day.

I Do Foundation’s mission is to help engaged couples bring a charitable focus to their wedding.  The goal is to share the joy and wealth of these wedding celebrations with nonprofit organizations by providing couples with unique and easy-to-use I Do services. The foundation believes that giving brings meaning to life and they have a passion for connecting soon-to-be-wed couples with the charities and causes they care about most.

More than 10% of all engaged couples visit I Do each year to learn how they can give back through their celebration.  Over 100,000 couples have sent more than $5.7 million to charity through the I Do Foundation and its partners.  The average donation for charity through an I Do wedding is about $420.  The top five charities include: Doctors Without Borders, Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross.

If you (or someone you know) is getting married in the near future, consider one of these no-cost ways to give back:

  • Through I Do’s Charity Registry, couples can share the generosity of their guests with a favorite charitable cause. Guests make secure online donations through I Do and support the chosen organization as their wedding gift to the couple.
  • A Gift Registry through the Wedding Channel allows the couple to register for gifts online with their partner stores and have up to 3% of guests’ gift purchases donated to their selected charity.
  • Favors for Charity allows couples to honor their guests and share their values by making a donation to a favorite charity for their wedding favors. They’re a great way to get guests involved in causes that are close to the couple’s heart.
  • Charity Gift Cards can be given to thank attendants.  These GiveNow charity gift card is a green gift for good that shows a couple’s appreciation by giving back by allowing the recipient to redeem it to the charity of their choice!
  • You can also shop for good for your honeymoon, invitations, and more to donate a portion to charity. 
  • The I Do website also offers several tips and suggestions on giving to your local community on your big day.  Some tips include recycling your wedding dress, donating your leftover food and donating your flowers.

Weddings aren’t the only way to give back.  JustGive also offers memorial registries to allow you to honor a loved one or gift registries to give back on your birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. 

Just Give Allows you to Give Back in more ways

You can learn more about the I Do Foundation on their website, www.idofoundation.org.  You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  You can learn more about JustGive on their website, www.justgive.org, and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Related Posts: Wish Upon a Wedding and Donors Choose.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Nonprofit Organization

 

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Wish Upon a Wedding

Planning a wedding can be stressful!  What colors should I choose, what about centerpieces, can we afford all this?  Well, at least most of us don’t need to worry about living to see our wedding day! 

Wish Upon a Wedding (WUW) is the world’s first nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing weddings for individuals facing a life-threatening illness, regardless of sexual orientation.  WUW also celebrates the courage, determination and spirit of these couples by granting their dream wedding wishes.  According to Liz Guthrie, WUW Founder, “Our hope is that chosen recipients can inspire other couples facing similar situations to find hope and strength.”

There are currently 16 chapters around the United States available to grant wishes.  Each chapter maintains a database of “Wish Granters,” based on 20 different wedding vendor categories.  When a Wish is received in that area, the Volunteer Coordinators will call upon their Wish Granters to donate their professional goods and services, enabling us to provide the Wish Recipient’s dream weddings. The organization will provide everything from the gown to the cake, the flowers to the venue, and the music to the décor. The couple does not have to do anything but enjoy the special day surrounded by those who matter most to them. 

WUW believes that health issues shouldn’t get in the way of someone’s dream to marry their best friend.   Organization Founder, Liz Guthrie, came up with the idea to grant weddings to terminally ill individuals, while she was producing a nationwide wedding giveaway contest. The San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway was a community project, where over 40 bay area wedding and hospitality vendors came together to donate a high-end wedding to a deserving couple.  Guthrie felt it was sad that only ONE couple would benefit from the generosity of so many businesses in the wedding industry. She said getting these vendors to donate was really easy, once they knew it was for a good cause. 

Along with the eagerness of the wedding industry to give back, Guthrie noticed several couples entering the contest had been affected by terminal illness.  By starting a nonprofit organization with the wedding industry in mind, she was able to merge these two concepts.  The wedding industry wanted to give back, and there were people in need of our help. Wish Upon a Wedding was born.

You can see a selection of granted and upcoming wishes on the organization’s website. 

The guidelines for receiving a wish are simple.  Applicants must be at least 18 years, legal US Citizens, unmarried,  and at least one individual has been diagnosed with less than three years to live. To receive an application, email president@wishuponawedding.org or call 877-305-9474.

So, how can you help?

  • If you are in the wedding industry, please visit the Chapter Locations page and fill out a short online form to become a Wish Granter.
  • Cash donations are also needed to cover the cost of bringing in family members for the event, as well as paying for their hotel accommodations.  Sometimes additional funds are needed to cover a portion of a wish.
  • You can attend an event hosted by one of the chapters.  These include launch parties and fundraisers.  For a list of upcoming events visit the website.
  • If you are about to get married, Wish Upon a Wedding accepts donations in lieu of gifts or favors.  See their website for details. 
  • WUW also accepts donations of new and unused products, Airline Miles, & Hotel Room Nights. For a complete list of how you can help please visit the HOW TO HELP section of the website.
  • You can also spread the word about the Wish Upon a Wedding organization to your friends via Facebook and Twitter
  • Or, you could even start a new chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding near you!  See their website for more details! 

To learn more about Wish Upon A Wedding, please visit their website www.wishuponawedding.org, become a fan on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2010 in Nonprofit Organization

 

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