We don’t believe in shooting stars, but we believe in shoes and cars. Or rather, we believe less in paypal donations and more in your controlling what you’d like to buy us with our Roommate Registry on That’s right! We turned a wedding registry function into a roommate one, as explained in this post.

As much as we would love to pretend we’re a charity you can donate to, we’re just not. If you want to support a charity, I hear AIDS is still wreaking havoc on the world, as is agribusiness and famine and poverty and many other kinds of terrible things.

Some organizations that rock:

826 National“826 National is a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in eight cities across the country. Our goal is to assist students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Our work is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

The CFDA Foundation“The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organization which raises funds for charitable initiatives and campaigns on behalf of the American fashion industry’s designers. The CFDA’s ongoing philanthropic efforts include Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC), the fashion industry’s response to the devastating impact of breast cancer; The CFDA-Vogue Initiative, a philanthropic collaboration with Vogue magazine which raises monies for various organizations providing care, services, advocacy, and housing programs for persons living with HIV/AIDS.”

Every Mother Counts“A woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy. 90% of deaths are preventable.” (Note from the Libra: this is Christy Turlington Burns’s debut documentary and accompanying foundation. How awesome is that?)

Ian Somerhalder Foundation“The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.” (Note from the Libra: LOL @ the headshots of Ian Somerhalder on the site.)

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation“The MMRF relentlessly pursues innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.” (Note from the Libra: I became interested in this disease because my good friend Bridget, a woman I refer to as my Think Tank, lost her older brother to this disease. While there’s no cure for it, any research to making the lives livable and as pain free as possible for patients suffering is a worthy cause.)

Noncerts“Noncerts is a charity-based concert series in Brooklyn, NY. The idea is to bring together some of the finest musicians in the area to back-up prominent songwriters, putting established artists in a unique musical environment while encouraging community and collaboration.”

Partners in Health“The world is focused as never before on averting millions of preventable deaths among poor people living in the developing world. For the first time, substantial funding is available to treat infectious diseases in impoverished settings. Funding alone, though, won’t be enough. For this massive investment to make a real impact on the twin epidemics of poverty and disease, a comprehensive and community-based approach is key.” (Note from the Libra: this is Catholic ideology as it should be. Not to advocate for any one religion, but here at FFBR we like to commend religious people when they’ve done a good job sticking to the tenets of their faith.)

Vital Voices“Our mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.”

The Yellow Bird Project“Indie rock bands are leaking creativity. Why not harness their magical indie powers to help out those in need?” (Note from the Libra: LOL @ “leaking.”)

Yoga for Single Moms“Yoga for Single Moms is a visionary project that provides single-parents with wellness experiences for the body and mind. Through free yoga classes, along with simultaneous (but separate) childcare, moms enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of yoga without financial or childcare constraints. In the meantime, kids enjoy a fun place to explore, create, play, and learn, through yoga.” (Note from the Libra: this is Michelle Williams’s project, but she’s so cool, she leaves her full name off the website and focuses more on the yoga instructors.)

Any organizations you want us to include? Leave a comment, and we’ll check them out accordingly. Also: buy us a toaster!


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