When it comes down to it, for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations ultimately do the same thing: They aim to solve a problem by providing goods or services. Plus, it takes a lot of creative problem solving and marketing to raise awareness and funds to keep a nonprofit running, so there's a lot businesses can learn from nonprofits.
Shirts For a Cure
SFAC is a project ran by Syrentha J. Savio Endowment which is a non-profit organization established in 2002 by Mark Beemer. Beemer is a punk rock photographer whose wife died of breast cancer. He decided to create the organization to help cover medical expenses for women with breast cancer who can’t afford treatment. SFAC works with rock bands to help the organization raise money and awareness. Participating bands donate their t-shirt designs and the organization sells them for about $15 each.
Learning Ally is a national nonprofit organization that helps blind and visually impaired students and students with learning disabilities like dyslexia, get the best education possible. Learning Ally initially started in 1948. The organization made audio books for veterans and now they make audio books and other solutions to help students. It offers a support system to parents, teachers, and students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. They also help students transition to college so they can succeed.
Newborns in Need
Unfortunately, more than 2,000 babies in the United States are born into poverty. This means that they start their life hungry,cold, and often without diapers and/or blankets. Newborns in Need make it possible. They create kits and distribute them to needy communities to provide the essentials a newborn requires. Volunteers hand-make quilts which are included in the kit, as well as diapers, baby wash, and thermometers.
There are thousands upon thousands of charities in the United States alone. This article included lesser-known, unique charities.