Treehouse Tykes

December 7, 2011

Here’s something cool. Treehouse Tykes is one of those rad new shopping sites — you know, free to join, exclusive sales each day, discounts up to 70% off — with a twist. Every time you make a purchase, 10% goes to the charity of your choice!

I like the founders’ story. They are both young moms, who have achieved successful careers and are looking for a good way to give back to their communities and schools. That’s the best sort of motivation!

Plus, the sales are really good. There are clothes, toys, gear, books — all kinds of cool items from high-end brands like Petit Bateau and Mod Mom Furniture.

Since Treehouse Tykes just barely launched, I’m helping get the word out about their program. I know how much we’re all thinking about the best ways to give-back to schools and charities during the holidays. So how about this: you leave a comment sharing your favorite charity — any charity at all. Then on Friday, I’ll use random.org to pick five of you — and Treehouse Tykes will give those 5 charities $25 each on your behalf!

Pretty neat! And a pretty easy way to do something nice today. I LOVE when social media and doing good come together. And I love the Treehouse Tykes slogan too: “Live well, shop smart, do good.”

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1 Carrie December 7, 2011 at 6:42 am

My favorite charity is Cocheco Valley Humane society. They do so much with so little. They are located in Somersworth NH, which has a high unemployment rates. http://www.cochecovalleyhumanesoc.org/

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2 Jenn Sedor December 7, 2011 at 6:49 am

I run a charity called Cornerstone Family and Youth,
we run educational and recreational programs for children, family and youth in rural Saskatchewan, Canada.

:)

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3 Shannon @ A Mom's Year December 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

What a great idea! I love Children’s Home Society because they helped bring our youngest daughter home.

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4 Kim Q December 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

St. Jude’s.

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5 Erin Cuzzort December 7, 2011 at 7:09 am

To sign up for Treehouse Tykes, you ahve to enter a member’s email that is inviting you. What shall we put? Thanks!

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6 Design Mom December 7, 2011 at 7:13 am

Good question, Erin! When I registered, I left that field blank and it seemed to work just fine. Give it a try and see if it works for you.

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7 Jenny December 7, 2011 at 7:21 am

Mine is Little Helping Hands: http://www.littlehelpinghands.org . I love this idea!

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8 kirsten December 7, 2011 at 7:25 am

LDS Humanitarian services! ;)

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9 Kathy Troyer December 7, 2011 at 7:34 am

World Hope Intl. http://www.worldhope.org I love their Hope for Children program. My husband and I have been sponsoring three children for several years now.

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10 Erin J. December 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

My favorite charity is JDRF. My daughter was diagnosed with T1 diabetese at 18 months of age. It’s a frustrating and lonely disease and I loved to see a cure!

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11 courtney December 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

One of my dearest friends (and my daughter’s godfather) was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 5, so I have to say my favorite charity is JDRF.

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12 aimee @ smilingmama December 7, 2011 at 7:56 am

I’m happy to recommend Urban Blazers — it’s a Philadelphia non-profit that takes children from under-resourced communities on outdoor adventures. Through things like nature hikes and rock climbing they mentor the kids and teach leadership skills. It’s a really awesome group! http://www.urbanblazers.org They do amazing work on a small, tight budget.

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13 Jamie Wilson December 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

My favorite charity is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! They do great things everyday and are dear and near to me.

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14 ajbc December 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

An excellent meta-charity is http://givewell.org/ They review other charities to see which ones are most effective. Their current recommendations are the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), both of which function in sub-Saharan Africa to deal with conditions that are easily treatable.

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15 Angela Lee December 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

charity water

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16 Emmy December 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

Artist Trust.

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17 Holly December 7, 2011 at 8:18 am

JDRF.

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18 Angela Adlich December 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

My favorite charity is the American Cancer Society. I would like nothing more for those that work for that organization to find a cure for cancer. I lost both my brother when he was 12 and my mother age 48 from cancer, a best friend when she was 30 and was married with 3 children, one of which was only 7 months old when she passed away and have meet so many wonderful people and families that have been affected by that terrible disease.

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19 mandi@herbanhomestead December 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

Oh! I have about 5 circling in my brain right now, but I think I will go with the one that we have served with in our hometown of Houston: Little Footprints. They work with homeless children and teens.
http://www.littlefootprintscm.com/

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20 Christy G December 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

I second LDS Humanitarian Services…I appreciate that 100% of my donation goes to the cause. Not that other charities aren’t worth it and meaningful though :)

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21 Erin December 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

I really like Compassion International.

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22 Lauren Gonzalez December 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

I would love to win this and have a little holiday donation go to the Human Rights Watch!

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23 Maryanne December 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

Partners in Health. I was introduced to it reading Mountains Beyond Mountains about Dr. Paul Farmer’s life and work in Haiti developing health centers and now health systems not only in Haiti but in Africa and South America. I’m also a fan of Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity and LDS Humanitarian Services.

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24 Natalie T December 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

I second all of these! They are all on my list of charities of choice. For this…my vote is LDS Humanitarian Services.

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25 Regan December 7, 2011 at 9:39 am

Definitely St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Such a wonderful organization.

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26 hyz December 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society – I love how so little money can go so far and literally save lives when it comes to homeless animals. Plus, I’ve found some of my best (furry) friends at places like this!
http://www.wpahumane.com/

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27 adrienne berline December 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

Cute site. Love that with so many deal sites this actually gives back and has great brands!

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28 adrienne berline December 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

Daniel Webster School in Potrero Hill is my pick

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29 SueB December 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

I’d chose Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin (http://www.secondharvestmadison.org/) … $25 would buy 75 meals. The need for food is rising so quickly in our state, particularly for working families with children who just can’t stretch lower wages to cover all needs. We volunteer each week for this great organization.

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30 Sara December 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

Wonderful, wonderful business plan! Love it! I’ll head there next to sign up, but in the meantime, my favorite charity is Mom’s House. There is one here in Toledo, OH, but there are others. It’s a place that tries to break the cycle of poverty by offering free, top quality child care for single moms while they are in school (any level, high school, college, graduate school) and also offers parenting education, support and other resources.

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31 Margaret Dugan December 7, 2011 at 11:20 am

My pick is Heifer International.

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32 kathy dugan December 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

My sister turned me on to Designmom. Love it! My charity would be the Southern Arizona Humane Society. So much good goes on there.

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33 Farrah December 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

March of Dimes. All 3 of my kiddos were early birds, and although they weren’t preemies, this organization is still near and dear to my heart.

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34 Christina Y. December 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

We’re huge fans of the Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

We love everything they did for our family.

This is the best giveaway every, by the way. And that’s saying something!

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35 Josie December 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

http://www.bloodwatermission.org has a campaign going on for cement. $25 is the perfect amount. :)

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36 Azra December 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

St. Jude

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37 Jenny also December 7, 2011 at 11:53 am

I have to pick just one? Our local food bank

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38 M. Peterson December 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

Another vote for St. Jude. They are a fantastic place!

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39 Maureen December 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Catholic Charites is my favorite :)

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40 Whitney Hardie December 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm

The Fistula Foundation!

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41 anjie joon December 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm

what a great site! i’d like a donation to go to printz dance project. http://www.printzdance.org/company_about.html

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42 Nori Whisenand architect December 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm

My favorite charity is Architecture for Humanity. As an architectural designer I am continually inpired by their work in the US and around the globe designing and rebuilding schools,women’s centers, health clinics and youth/community centers following natural disasters such as Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake and the recent Tsunami in Japan. http://www.architectureforhumanity.org a most deserving, amazingly commited group!

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43 Kate December 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America!

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44 Sarah December 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Sitkans Against Family Violence shelter in Sitka, Alaska.

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45 Holli December 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Mine would be Feeding South Dakota. Or more specifically, the Back Pack Program (http://www.godvine.com/This-Dog-is-Guaranteed-to-Make-You-Laugh-413.html) which sends food home every Friday to over 4,000 SD children so they have something to eat over the weekend. There’s a waiting list for this program, and it breaks my heart that there are kids in my own state who only get fed through their free lunches during the week.

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46 Holli December 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Oh, gah! Please delete this comment! My link goes to a cute video I shared with my husband, not the program. I will make a new one below. Oh bother.

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47 Melanie Burk December 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm

This is the coolest giveaway you have done yet! I love it! I love unicef and careforlife. What a great business plan!

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48 Holli December 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Mine would be Feeding South Dakota. Or more specifically, the Back Pack Program (http://www.feedingsouthdakota.org/about-us/backpack-program/) which sends food home every Friday to over 4,000 SD children so they have something to eat over the weekend. There’s a waiting list for this program, and it breaks my heart that there are kids in my own state who only get fed through their free lunches during the week.

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49 Erin December 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Not quite a charity, but donors choose is one of my favs.

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50 Sarah December 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

My favorite charity is Donors Choose!!

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51 Amy December 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Lifesong for orphins

http://lifesongfororphans.org/

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52 Michelle December 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

World Vision is my fav. So much good and almost all money donated actually gets to the people who need it in the form of goats, chickens, digging wells, etc!!!

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53 Amy December 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Mine is Henderson House in my hometown: they provide a safe environment for women and children to recover from domestic violence.

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54 Vhonda December 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Mine isn’t a “charity” per se~ but all Social Services offices are in need of clothing, blankets and soft toys. Sometimes the children have to be quickly removed from a bad situation and when they arrive with literally nothing at a foster parent’s home, it’s a tremendous help to the foster parents and bit of softness in a confusing time for the dear children.

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55 greta December 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

One of my favorite charities is Precious Lambs preschool in Long Beach CA.
This is a preschool for homeless children.
It gives them a safe, loving, learning environment in the midst of a lot of upheaval in their life.
Love from,
Greta

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56 bec December 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Love Without Borders

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57 elizabeth December 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Dixie Care and Share. I know how hard economy has hit southern Utahns and the local food bank is struggling to keep up and even just to keep open.

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58 Tala December 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization. Lots of love from Nablus!

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59 Vandegee December 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

CURE Epilepsy
http://www.cureepilepsy.org

Helping to find a cure for epilepsy They do great work! Epilepsy affects three million Americans (300,000 of those are children under 15) and about 30% of people with epilepsy cannot control their seizures with medication or other therapies. That’s 900,000 people! 90,000 children! We need a cure.

Thanks so much.

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60 Amy FJ December 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

The Xerces Society– international, nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. (Named after the first butterfly to become extinct due to human impact.)

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61 Jessica December 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

American Heart Association in honor of my father who passed away almost exactly fifteen years ago, and who was only 53 years old.

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62 sue December 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

we are serious supporters of charity: water (www.charitywater.org)! they are helping to supply the world with one of the most basic needs: clean water! one of the best parts is you can get updates on exactly how your donations are being used (100% goes to clean water). thanks for sharing about treehouse tykes!

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63 tracie December 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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64 Jennifer Rodgers December 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

My favorite charity is new-just getting off the ground. It’s Anabelle’s Wish. Anabelle is the granddaughter of a former coworker. Anabelle was born with lissencephaly and microcephaly. My high school art students and I participated in a craft fair last weekend to raise money for Anabelle’s Wish. We raised $200 in sales of student artwork, pottery, notecards, bookmarks & handmade books! I am so proud of my high school students.

http://www.facebook.com/AnabellesWish

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65 Anne Evans December 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

We support Franklin County Childrens Services every year. I love helping children in need. http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/children_services/

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66 Alana Evans December 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Anti-Defamation League!

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67 Amanda December 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

CARE

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68 Rachel peters December 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm

JDRF

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69 Bea December 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

World Relief!

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70 j. huang December 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
http://www.celiaccentral.org/About-NFCA/About-Us/29/

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71 Evita December 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Since our inception, Cancer for College has provided over $1.5 million in scholarships to nearly 900 cancer survivors.  

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72 Pepper December 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm

lds social services. what a great give away this time of year…. I guess always really.

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73 Kathleen December 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Heifer International

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74 Taunya Wall December 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

Humane Society

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75 Jessica December 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

I love Mothers Without Borders

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76 Courtney December 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

Compassion International is our favorite

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77 Robin Troxell December 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

So hard to name one, I would say Compassion International does a LOT of good.

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78 Natalia December 8, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love Doctors Without Borders but for a more charity more focused on children I would say the International Child Art Foundation http://www.icaf.org/

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79 bdaiss December 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I love this idea! Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Only one charity for me to choose? I’ll say Heiffer International. (Followed closely by St. Jude’s and Children’s Miracle Network. See? Can’t pick just 1…)

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80 crazywomancreek December 8, 2011 at 6:21 pm

CLIMB Wyoming- amazing success rate for training and placing low income single moms in high paying career construction jobs. I love them!

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81 Susan December 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

88bikes – cool, thanks!

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82 Beth C. December 8, 2011 at 11:48 pm

My favorite charity at the moment is the Cup of Joe for a Joe program, run by Green Beans Coffee (http://www.greenbeanscoffee.com/coj/index-boj.php). It’s inexpensive, so anyone can do it, and as a former service member married to a retired service member, we both know how much the little things really mean when you don’t have access to them anymore!

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83 Aimee December 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Catholic Relief Services (http://http://crs.org/) is my favorite charity. Their services range from everything from education to food security to health care to water sanitation to peace building to emergency and disaster relief. They serve all around the globe regardless of race, or religion. They are dedicated to social justice causes and giving hope to a world of need.

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84 acarlobaby December 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm

HOPE Worldwide is our favorite charity. They help millions of people around the globe every year. https://www.hopeww.org/sslpage.aspx

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85 Anna December 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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