Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Socially Responsible Giving

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Visit the following to learn more about socially responsible giving:

Alternative Ways to Celebrate Special Events and Holidays

Adapted from “Simplify the Holidays” by the Center for a New American Dream

’And he puzzled three hours,Till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
'Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
‘Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more!’ 
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” By Dr. Suess

Gifts of Time

  • Offer to take a relative’s or friend’s children shopping or babysit while he or she shops.
  • Offer a particular talent such as photography, gardening or car washing.
  • Make a homemade dinner and deliver it to recipient’s house.
  • Remember those who cannot get home for the holidays. Invite them to spend some time with your family and friends. Encourage them to share holiday celebrations from their culture. Call the international programs office (ext. 2920) to find out who will be around.

Homemade Gifts

  • Make an audio or video tape for someone who is far away who would love to hear from you.
  • Make a coupon for services you are willing to provide, to be redeemed when the recipient needs them within a specified time period.
  • Send a photo instead of a card.
  • Put together a little book of favorite family recipes.

Gifts of Experience

  • Offer to teach someone a skill you possess: swing dancing, riding a bike, using a computer or knitting.
  • Sign someone up for lessons in a sport, a language or a musical instrument.

Gifts for Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs)

  • Sponsor a child refugee, support a homeless shelter or protect an acre of a rainforest.
  • Donate to a NPO in the name of a friend or family member.

For Example: An Option for Wedding Favors

"When we were planning our wedding, my husband Andrew and I decided that we didn’t want to give favors to our guests. It seemed to us that wedding favors are briefly admired, but then either lost or discarded. We had been to a number of weddings where the bride and groom donated the money they would have spent on favors to a favorite non-profit organization, and we decided to do the same. We donated money in honor of our wedding guests to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization committed to the ideals of community, spirituality, simplicity and social justice. Andrew and I were both Jesuit Volunteers, and the experience had a profound effect on us. Our guests were pleased, and we felt much better about putting money toward something truly meaningful to both of us. We hope that our donation will contribute at least in part to a life-changing experience for a new generation of JVs."

~ Emily Rauer Davis, Campus Ministry

Other Examples

Tips for a simpler, more meaningful holiday
Adapted from:  http://www.heifer.org/christmas/tips.htm

  • Slow down! Allot twice the amount of time that you think it will take to do something.
  • Ask family and friends to share their favorite Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwaanza memories. As you gather to celebrate the holidays, when sitting around, ask each person to begin a sentence with “I am glad that…”  Have everyone respond, “We are glad!”
  • Remember your blessings: Think of all the joyous things  that have happened to you/your family this year. Offer a prayer of thanks.
  • Take someone for a ride to see the holiday decorations around town.
  • Start a new tradition this year, add more the next. This way, you’ll slowly– but pesistentlybuild a tradition of simpler, less stressful and more meaningful celebrations that everyone can enjoy.

Interesting Facts

  • 5 million extra tons of trash are produced each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in the United States
  • 2.62 billion Christmas cards are bought each year in the U.S.
  • Average number of months it takes a credit card holder to pay off holiday debt: 6
  • 92% in a nationwide poll feel that Americans spend more than they can afford
  • 84% would prefer a less materialistic holiday, with greater emphasis on things that money can’t buy
  • 55% say they plan to simplify their holiday celebrations

Sources:  The Center for a New American Dream; State of Oklahoma

Websites to help you decide how to spend your money in a philanthropic or socially responsible way

Designs by Lucinda


A cause-related business dedicated to creating affordable jewelry of the highest quality for the purpose of bringing much needed financial help and awareness to non-profit organizations and their causes. Providing uniquely designed, handcrafted wearable art that benefits social causes through symbolic representation and whimsical creations, Designs By Lucinda has sold millions of pins and has helped raise tens of millions of dollars since the company's inception in 1989.

*CCSJ has a supply of House Pins year round. They sell for $13 each and all the profit help support the Loyola's Beans & Bread Partnership. If you are interested in seeing our collection or more information, please email the Beans & Bread Service Coordinator at beansandbreadsc@loyola.edu

Catholic Relief Services


Catholic Relief Services invites you to take a Christmas shopping trip around the globe. They have put a world of gifts—and ways to help others—at your fingertips. The CRS Gift Catalog offers you a glimpse of some of the lifesaving work CRS carries out in over 100 countries overseas. This season, as you embark on your holiday shopping, we hope you will consider giving a gift of hope by selecting a project or two from CRS gift catalog. Whether you choose by country, cause or need, you can be sure your gift will make a profound difference in the lives of God's precious children.

Co-op America


A not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982, Co-op America operates as a worker member cooperative, where staff members seek to achieve consensus through democratic decision-making processes on key strategic issues for the organization. Its mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Their strategies are: empowering individuals to make purchasing and investing choices that promote social justice and environmental sustainability; demanding an end to corporate irresponsibility through collective economic action; promoting green and fair trade business principles while building the market for businesses adhering to these principles; and building sustainable communities in the United States and abroad.

The Green Guide


The guide provides a source of product reviews, environmental health and wellness products information and green living advice. Whether you are searching for information on earth friendly products, green building materials or organic products and bottled water, or you want to know what the latest research is on mercury in fish, flame retardants, healthy wellness products or food safe plastics and cookware, The Green Guide is a trusted green living resource for those who are conscious of creating a living where there are green homes everywhere.



Donate while you are shopping online! iGive.com is an organization that has developed a patent-pending, web-based system that allows online shoppers to purchase the products with allocation of a portion of every sale to the charity of your choice. Best of all, you are the one who gets to take the tax deduction. To date, iGive shoppers have directed more than $1.8 million to the charity of their choice.

Global Crafts


They specialize in African Art and Crafts and also carry a wide international range of art and craft products. Their mission is to offer income-generating opportunities to craftspeople in developing countries by following fair trade practices including paying in advance at least the market price for items, ensuring that craftspeople receive payment, and ensuring that the craftspeople work in fair working conditions.

A+ Bonus Bucks


Are you a GIANT food store shopper? Do you have a GIANT bonus card? If so, you can register with A+ Bonus Bucks program to donate your Bonus Bucks to the following schools with whom the Loyola community is involved. Your support is greatly needed and your participation will be most welcomed. (Sister’s Academy – bonus code 04638; Mother Seton Academy – bonus code 02934; St.Mary at Govan - bonus code 01343) You can register online by clicking the A+ icon above or you can stop by CCSJ office to pick up a registration card and we will be happy to mail it for you.

Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator's goal is to help you navigate the crowded charitable marketplace and make intelligent giving decisions. They try to provide an unbiased data needed to find a well-run charity to support. They offer a list of quick reference guide to the highest and lowest-rated charity in each cause that they have evaluated. If you plan to donate to United Way in Central Maryland, you can choose to designate your donation to one or more agency(s) which you would like to support. We would like to invite you to support agencies that have been CCSJ long time partners in community service. Please click here to view the list of those agencies, and click on the agency that you would like to support and get the detail information and contact of that agency which are required in filling the United Way form.

New American Dream


The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life and promote social justice. It urges people to live every day by being conscious of how our spending can make a big difference in determining the health of the planet, the well-being of others, even our own happiness. Everything we do has an impact. They aim at helping people live consciously, buy wisely and make a difference.