Outdoor gear company, Cotopaxi, provides positive social impact every day!

Looking for unique and impactful gift ideas to give back this Holiday season? T’is the season to be giving and sharing.

One new company knows all too well the importance of ‘giving back’.  That’s Cotopaxi. (With the cute lama logo!) The Delaware Public Benefit Corporation is committed in creating positive social impact via the outdoor gear product lines it offers. It focuses its efforts on global poverty alleviation and giving targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world. Giving is at the core to its model.



Do you have a hard to buy, outdoorsy fan on your Christmas list? Well, look no further than their Holiday Gift Guide. From backpacks to jackets (for him and her) to reusable water bottles, you are sure to find that perfect gift.  There’s a wide range to choose from, we bet you can’t just pick one!

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For the hiker or camper on your list, there’s so many backpack styles to choose from. In particular, the durable, packable, versatile Luzon – Del Dia pack is really cool as it is made proudly in the Philippines by employees who have total creative control over the pack’s color choice. Giving them complete creative freedom to pick whatever color schemes they want. No two bags are alike! A surprise awaits the customer each and every time.


Until December 20th, Cotopaxi has a great holiday promotion on. When you spend $100 or more, you’ll get a complimentary Holiday combo: the Mariveles bag with a sleek looking agua water bottle. Just like that! It’s their way of giving back to their customers at this special time of the year!



And there’s free shipping on all U.S. orders, and, free returns if you change your mind.  So, head on over to their website and finish up your Christmas shopping knowing you are giving back in building sustainable communities.



~ All opinions expressed here are my own.


Give the “Gift of Hope” this Christmas Season!

Holiday season is upon us now that it is officially November! Invites to Holiday corporate parties and festive get togethers are already on their way.

If you are planning to do a ‘Secret Santa’ with your co-workers and/or family this year, why not consider something different …. like donating to a special cause as a group.  Instead of giving “Sue” another funny mug or “Ted” a set of wacky plaid socks, consider making a donation in their name or in your group’s name. Whether your group is your department or family members. A touching way to give back to the business community you work and play in!

Many national and local charities are running great campaigns to build awareness to help families and children in need.

Remember “Giving Tuesday” is Tuesday December 1st … but you don’t have to wait until then to make your gift count.


These are some organizations that could benefit from your Christmas donation, whatever the amount.

Operation Christmas Child – Samaritan’s Purse Canada
My son’s school did this last year and it really resonated with me. Knowing you are sending simple items like soap, toothbrushes, and, school supplies to children that really need them overseas. Items that we have at our disposal can bring children overseas so much joy and relief.

We’ve already packed our shoebox for this year’s donation.

Check their website for a drop-off location within your community.

You can sponsor a child in your region, whether you are in Ottawa, Regina or in Hamilton. Your money will reach a child near you; knowing you are doing your part to make your community a better place. And if you’d like to make a general donation, know it will be going to enhance the programs they offer such as Kinder Kidz and Junior Leadership. Shaping minds for the future!

Music Counts
I spotted an advertisement while I sat and waited for Koba Entertainment’s Bubble Guppies show at Hamilton Place a few weekends ago. The ad was catchy and effective, enough for me to remember to tell some of my musician friends. This powerful cause is determined in saving music programs within our Canadian schools. I tried piano and clarinet when I was in grade school … that was the extent of my musical abilities. But I’ve always appreciated those that can read and make beautiful music.

Poverty Revolution – Food for the Hungry Canada

Food for the Hungry is a Christian non-profit organization, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, dedicated to ending poverty – one community at a time. By sponsoring a child, or giving unique gifts such as livestock, garden tools, school classroom supplies, and medical equipment; all these are practical in helping communities become independent and sustainable.  From buying a cow or goat, to a sewing machine or sports equipment, these will benefit the young and old in strengthening their overall communities.


Do you know of any other national or local charitable events? Please feel free to share in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!