|Dive Pirate Foundation
|Schools For Hope
|Whale and Dolphin Conservation
|Heart Disease Research
|The American Red Cross
|Pretty in Pink Foundation
|America's Wetland Foundation
|Give A Beat
|Intrepid Fallen Heroes
|The Amazon Conservation Team
|Int. Fund for Animal Welfare
|The National Marine Life Center
|Don't Be A Monster
|Suicide Prevention Lifeline
|MANNA Food Bank NC
|Kamibashi CARES Donated Total as of March 2023
Don't Be A Monster
Don't Be A Monster is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to educate and empower youth to stand up for themselves and their peers by building a community where everyone is included, no matter their differences. Working alongside haunted attractions, we provide free bullying prevention assemblies, and now a virtual presentation, to schools across the country to achieve a world where kindness is empowering and uniqueness is celebrated.
Frank, our mascot, encourages students to practice empathy and kindness, to themselves and to their classmates. By spreading a message of kindness and inclusion, Frank has built a community of Upstanders that are changing the world one positive interaction at a time.
To learn more about Don't Be A Monster's anti-bullying program, head to dontbeamonster.org.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 300,000 people in the US contract Lyme disease each year, and statistics from other countries reveal that the disease is now at pandemic proportions. Yet substandard tests, limited funding and research, and uninformed medical practitioners mean the majority of those infected do not know that they are sick with Lyme disease, instead being misdiagnosed with other conditions or even told they’re healthy. Left untreated, the disease is allowed to leave its acute phase to become a chronic, serious and sometimes deadly condition.
LymeCares is dedicated to spreading hope to the members of the Lyme community while raising public awareness about the disease. LymeCares works to educate companies about Lyme disease and its impact on Lyme patients. In turn, many businesses show their support for those suffering by donating some of their products to LymeCares. LymeCares then forwards the products directly to Lyme patients via care packages. More than just a box of goodies, these care packages lift spirits, impart much-needed hope, and remind Lyme patients that they are not alone.
Schools For Hope
Did you know the number one symptom of depression and predictor of suicide is hopelessness?
Schools for Hope, a new curriculum project developed by iFred (Int. Foundation for Research and Education on Depression), is based on the following idea: Hope is Teachable.
If we can teach our kids how to find pathways to hope, ultimately we can prevent suicides in youth and adulthood. Our aim is to equip students, educators, and parents with the tools they need to find and maintain hope even during the most trying of times.
Heart Disease Research
Thanks for your great idea Heather — we are very happy to be including heart disease research in the causes that we and our generous customers support!
In November of 2012 we received an e-mail from Heather, a 34-year-old woman who was born with heart disease. She suggested that we create a string doll to benefit people with heart conditions and we thought it was a great idea. We worked together with Heather to develop a doll that not only fits perfectly into the Gang, but who is also perhaps the most well-known heart recipient in fiction.
Below is the letter Heather wrote to us:
My condition is called Transposition of the great arteries (TGA). This also affects the lungs. I've had three open heart surgeries to help with my breathing levels and more. I'm doing ok but down the line I need a heart and lungs transplant. I'm on oxygen and trying to just live my life.
I'm writing to you all at Kamibashi because I would love to have a string doll made for me and the women and men who have Heart Disease. It could also help encourage people to become a donor and show them there are those in need of a donor. I love how we have the American Heart Association and I feel like we need a string doll to help get these causes more known.
I would love for you to make a doll with the saying "A light heart lives long." It means that you can't take life that seriously or it will drive you crazy & make your life miserable. People who live light-heartedly generally enjoy better health, hence the longer life :) I think this really fits me. By buying the doll, people could donate a dollar to AHA.
Thanks for taking the time to read this! I love your dolls.
Pretty in Pink
The Pretty In Pink Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina that provides financial resources for uninsured and underinsured people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and have limited financial means.
Founded in 2004 by Dr. Lisa Tolnitch, a breast cancer surgeon, Pretty In Pink Foundation is positioned to have a point of presence in every state by 2020. Committed to providing hope, health and healing, Pretty In Pink Foundation has a growing network of healthcare professionals and quality of life partners.
For more information on fundraising events, ways to help and how to become a volunteer, visit PrettyInPinkFoundation.org, or join the Pretty In Pink Foundation Fan page on Facebook.com.
Intrepid Fallen Heros Fund
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) builds critically-needed centers for treating United States military personnel suffering the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).
These injuries have severely impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women who have served selflessly in defense of our nation.
To help address this urgent need, IFHF is building a series of ten specially-designed treatment facilities called Intrepid Spirit Centers on military bases across the country. More than 90% of patients treated in the centers are able to continue on active duty. The Intrepid Spirit Center program is only the latest in the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund’s almost 20-year history of assisting America’s military community.
Since 2000, IFHF has provided over $200 million in support for severely wounded military personnel and families of military personnel lost in service to our nation.
The Amazon Conservation Team
The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) was established in 1996 to work in true partnership with indigenous peoples of tropical South America to protect biodiversity, health and culture. ACT believes that indigenous peoples can and should play a central role in protecting the Amazon rainforest.
When Indians work in close collaboration with local governments, a new, powerful, and effective alliance of stakeholders is both created and empowered. ACT's biocultural conservation strategy has proven to be innovative, effective and efficient, garnering the Skoll Foundation's Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2008.
To date, ACT has partnered with nearly three dozen tribes in the four corners of the Amazon, providing them with the tools and training necessary to map, manage, and protect their territories – totaling more than 40 million acres.
ACT has also launched internationally-acclaimed Shamans and Apprentices programs that protect indigenous knowledge by passing it to the next generation of indigenous healers and conservation leaders.
Hand-in-hand with indigenous and other local people, the Amazon Conservation Team applies the power of innovation and time-tested traditional practices to protect the forests and watersheds of tropical America.
The purpose of Orangutan Outreach is: 1. To conserve and protect orangutans in their native habitat. 2. To raise and promote public awareness of, and participation in, conservation strategies for orangutans through grassroots campaigns, community involvement and global communication. 3. To collaborate with Indonesian conservationists in the running of orangutan rehabilitation centers. 4. To fund rescue efforts of orangutans confiscated on palm oil plantations. 5. To fund rescue efforts of orangutans held illegally by private owners, whether commercial or individual, who are in direct violation of CITES. 6. To collaborate with zoos and animal parks in North America to promote awareness of orangutan conservation efforts. 7. To use the Internet to provide orangutan-related curriculum materials free of charge. 8. To fundraise locally and globally to support these goals.
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Dive Pirates Foundation
The Dive Pirates Foundation is dedicated to bringing scuba diving to persons with mobility disabilities. Since 2003 this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation teaches, equips, and takes disabled people on a life-changing scuba diving adventure. Find out more about what Dive Pirates does at divepirates.org.
Dive Pirates serves communities by combating denial and isolation with an inclusive code of honor. All crew members have an important role to play as they meet many recipients at that crossroads of accepting their life-altering injuries or disease; shaking many to their core, and what they find there can make or break them. Through its inclusive spirit, recipients find acceptance, accomplishment and realize they are an important part of the crew.
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