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We Give. You Pick the Charity!

Update: There were SO many great submissions! Thanks for everyone who entered to win!

The winner is: St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, submitted by Rose Santuci-Sofranko.

Read below for her reasons for supporting them.

I would love for this money to go to “St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy” in downtown Buffalo, New York. Buffalo is the 3rd poorest city in the nation and St. Luke’s has their hands full housing, clothing, feeding, teaching and serving the poor, homeless, addicted and children. Please help them and thank for this opportunity to tell you about them and to (hopefully) get them some much needed funds. God bless!


We love this time of year for SO many reasons! One of my favorite reasons is that most people are incorporating charitable giving or activities into their Christmas or Holiday plans. It’s also great to hear about how many people incorporate giving into their family, church, or business traditions.

I had the great pleasure of attending a NAWBO event a few weeks ago at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in Boise. The tour of the facility was eye opening, and made me appreciate all of my blessings! The Mission of the WCA is to provide safety, healing, and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. In 2011 the WCA provided 9,455 safe bed nights in their shelter for women escaping violence. They have 24-hour crisis hot lines, individual counseling, and court advocates that make a difference every day in women’s and children’s lives. They have wonderful resources for those experiencing violence, and they also provide advice about helping women seek out this help.

The Women’s Business Center is a WONDERFUL resource for women starting or managing a business. The help and resources are top-notch, and the ladies running the center are AMAZING and INSPIRING. They have so much respect from me for the difference they are making for women business owners.

Since relocating to Boise, I’ve also had the great pleasure of meeting many of the board members for Artisans4Hope. We’ve been discussing how we can work together–I’d love to offer their handmade items to our customers. Artisans4Hope was created to  enhance the lives of and empower refugees through training and collaboration. Before moving here, I had NO idea there was such a large refugee population. It’s SO amazing how much these refugees are adding to the community–I’m ecstatic to be able to work with them.

I just recently learned of the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation. This great organization fosters educated philanthropy through collaboration, pooled resources and individual giving to positively impact the community. It contributes specifically to 501(c)3 organizations to help fund specific projects. Since 2001, it has contributed over $1.6M. Grants are considered for projects that meet the following IWCF criteria: Address a critical or immediate community need. Support new directions (start-up charitable ventures or new projects of established groups). Create innovative approaches to time-worn problems.

Some other great, local organizations serving women:

Boise Dress for Success

The Idaho Food Bank

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Boise

Junior League Boise

CATCH: Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless

Some of my favorite, national & international organizations serving women:

Miss Representation

The Story Exchange

The White House Project

Half the Sky Movement 

The Confidence Coalition

Women for Women

Food Pantries

Junior League International

Shelter Listings

Dress for Success

Now that you know all about my FAVORITE organizations, I’d LOVE to hear about yours!

In order to enter the contest to win $250 for the charity (non-profit 501(c)3 status) of your choice, just leave a comment listing which charity you would have rosieMADE give the money to and why!

We’ll be announcing the winner 12/23. That way we can present the $250 from you + rosieMADE in time for Christmas cheer!


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  1. Mellmax - December 8, 2012, 10:23 pm

    Alicia- what a great list. We are proud supporters of the WCA. This year we went beyond just our typical donations- we try to give to a couple charities at christmas. Although I donate to the WCA and The Youth Ranch all year long. One that is on our list that I don’t see listed is Life’s Kitchen. It was founded by Rory Farrow. She has helped countless young at risk youth. I met a young lady in the program at an event and was very impressed. Also, just want to point out that there is C.A.T.C.H, Inc. and the C.A.T.C.H program operated through the city of Boise. Both operate as housing first programs. I’ve been supporting the city one because the day shelter for homeless families often needs supplies. As you know, homelessness really gets to me-especially when it is children. Thanks for the great give away. There is a lot of need out there, it would be a tough one to choose.

  2. Stephanie - December 9, 2012, 6:27 am

    I’m from New Jersey and many of our friends and neighbors have been effected by a recent hurricane. We are focusing on the Red Cross this year. We have seen them in action.
    Happy holidays!

  3. rosieMADE - December 9, 2012, 9:29 am

    Thanks, Mellisa for the details on Life’s Kitchen and more information on C.A.T.C.H., C.A.T.C.H., Inc., and the Youth Ranch. These are all great recipients. Stephanie, the Red Cross is such a worthy recipient, too. The inspiration that has come from the hurricane Sandy victims is amazing. I’ve been praying for all of those affected.

  4. Robin Tittel - December 9, 2012, 11:54 am

    Hi! I would want the money to go the the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. I was lucky to have met a little girl who was friends of a close friend of ours. She lost her battle to the disease earlier this year. I would want the donation to be made to the fund set up in her honor: God Bless sweet little Ainsley.

    • rosieMADE - December 10, 2012, 9:35 am

      Robin, What a great cause. Thanks for sharing & entering!

  5. Vanessa Denniston - December 10, 2012, 7:00 am

    I think it is very honorable to be able to extend your time and talents to even LOOK for these organizations, but also to make people aware.
    I would vote for the WCA.

    • rosieMADE - December 10, 2012, 9:36 am

      Vanessa, Thanks for your comments! So glad you took the time to share with us!

  6. jennifer - December 11, 2012, 5:16 pm

    I would want to win to donate it to Camp Sunshine. It is a camp in Maine for kids with terminal illnesses and their entire family. It is very unique in that it provides an escape for the ENTIRE family instead of just the sick children. This is very special to the siblings especially since most of the time the focus is NOT on them and they get to meet others who are battling illnesses and other siblings. Also wonderful for the families and parents to have others to relate. It is located on Sebago Lake and has amazing activities ranging from paddleboats, archery, costume night, etc to other things such as counseling. Most of the workers are volunteers.. I personally volunteered there for two years.. and LOVED it. Best thing ever.

  7. Vicki G. - December 12, 2012, 11:49 am

    This is a wonderful project and it is inspiring to read about all these worthy organizations. I would like to see the money go to the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) of Beaufort, SC. This grass-roots organization provides shelter, support and resources to children and parents. One of their latest projects is a Recreation Fund that would help CAPA give children entertainment and recreational opportunities, such as movie tickets or art lessons. This award would provide seed money for this project

  8. Fran V - December 12, 2012, 11:03 pm

    I could not think of a better charity than CAPA of Beaufort, SC. (Child Abuse Prevention Association) This organization is run by a group of dedicated professionals and selfless volunteers. On a recent tour of their home for abused children I was stunned by the need to protect and nurture these abused children. The public funds available to this organization have been severely decreased in recent years and they depend on local donations and fund raising. Please consider CAPA for your wonderful rosieMade project.

  9. Britt Ide - December 14, 2012, 11:13 am

    WCA of Boise. Thanks for doing this great work!

  10. Lauren - December 20, 2012, 2:26 am

    I would definitely want it to go to Blue Chip Farm in PA. They are a no kill shelter. They are in desperate need of money, there are always wayyy too many cats (people keep leaving them D: ) and a lot of animals in general that need to be taken care of! -lauren

  11. Rose Santuci-Sofranko - December 21, 2012, 5:52 pm

    I would love for this money to go to “St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy” in downtown Buffalo, New York. Buffalo is the 3rd poorest city in the nation and St. Luke’s has their hands full housing, clothing, feeding, teaching and serving the poor, homeless, addicted and children. Please help them and thank for this opportunity to tell you about them and to (hopefully) get them some much needed funds. God bless!

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