Taxes are a bummer. For starters there’s the big bite they take out of the old bank account. But Uncle Sam seems like small potatoes compared to Mr. intimidating C.P.A from H&R block — with his sensible shoes, sizable retirement and judgment-ridden tongue clucks.
With only 9 — make that 8 — days left to file, the last thing you probably want is financial advice from people who nearly failed “Mathematical Ideas 1″ and recently tried to pass off a $1200 “lap top carrying case” as a legitimate business expense. But what was that about beggars?
Alas, in lieu of W2s, we’ve done the rounds and found a few non-profits with a fashionable lean that might just help put a little extra change in your pocket come refund time. Obviously we’re a little late for this year’s return, but it never hurts to be early for next year’s tax game.
Fair warning: we have no idea if these well-turned out orgs meet official IRS criteria — so you might want to double check with your accountant before you add them to your refund — but, at the very least, they’re a receipt you can be proud of.
Toms Shoes: Cute, comfy shoes for a good cause…we’re totally in. This spring the company that made vegan footwear a fashion must-have is asking everyone to grin and bare it and join them in going barefoot to help spread awareness.
The Uniform Project: Founded in 2009, this non-profit started out as one woman’s pledge to wear the same dress for a year as an experiment in ‘sustainable’ fashion. Well it’s been a year and counting and she’s still at it, proving that sometimes a little creativity can go a long way. Inspired yet? If so wear your support on your sleeve by buying your own uniform. Proceeds go to providing education of the underprivileged children in India–and no, you don’t have to wear it everyday.
Women for Women: A favorite of designer Kate Spade this org aims to empower women by providing them with the resources and the opportunities they need to sustain themselves. As part of their work together Kate has developed a series of Hand in Hand including bangles and tote bags–all of which are made by women in their native countries.
The Akola Project: Instead of a hand-out the Akola project gives nearly 120 widowed Ugandan women the chance to turn their crafts into a means of self-sustenance. The result: colorful beaded pieces that bring jobs and basic necessities to some of the country’s rural regions. So don’t be shy about buying these baubles in bulk.
Feed Projects: Mom always told you that you could feed 10 children for the price of one of those “It” bags, but Feed really drives the point home. The brain child of model/activist Lauren Bush, their range of haute totes is about as good as an accessory gets–with the sale of each of their super sustainable carryalls going to help end hunger worldwide. So yummy..we’re eating up their Feed Haiti bag. Perfect summer tote, anyone?
Recycle Me: A design project from Swedish artist Pamela Lindengren, Recycle Me teams creativity with charity in an effort to raise money awareness for the National Foundation for Organ Donation. The resulting range of jewelry and tees proves that wearing your heart on your sleeve (or around your neck) always looks pretty darn good.
Fashion Delivers: In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti the four-year old relief organization rallied the fash-pack and collected nearly $20 million in donations –clothing and shoes–for the ravaged nation–proving that fashion really does have a heart. If you’re not in the industry and still looking for a stylish way to support relief efforts in Haiti we suggest snapping up Alex and Ani’s gorgeous gold beaded bangle.