Without the charitable contributions of charitable people from around the world, many advancements in society might not have been possible without funding. While the economy might have affected the shopping habits of some, it has yet to make an impact on the donations made to various non-profit organizations and charities in Los Angeles. Some of the best stores with a cause in Los Angeles support more than a single cause through the philanthropic contributions. They support the environment, autism, the homeless, cancer research, addiction support and those who are generally less fortunate than others.
The G2 Gallery
1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
www.theg2gallery.comThe G2 Gallery is an art gallery and gift shop specializing in nature and wildlife photography. The gallery supports art and the environment by donating 100 percent of all art sales to environmental and conservation organizations including The Sierra Club, Shark Savers, The Nature Conservancy and Los Angeles Animal Services. Through its mission, The G2 Gallery promotes the conservation of our natural environment, sustainability and greater awareness for important environmental issues. Since opening its doors in 2008, The G2 Gallery has already donated more than $730,000 to almost three dozen very important environmental causes.
1006 E. Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
www.tobinworldtreasures.orgTobinworld Treasures is a retail gift shop in Glendale that offers upscale gifts at rock bottom prices in support of special needs children and young adults. Located in downtown Glendale, the store is operated by Tobinworld, a non-profit special needs school for students with autism, developmental disabilities or other similar behavioral problems. As part of a vocational training program, the sales staff at Tobinworld Treasures is comprised mostly of students from the main campus of Tobinworld, adjacent to the store. All proceeds go directly to the comprehensive programs and services of Tobinworld.
Assistance League Of Long Beach Thrift & Vintage Shop
2100 E. 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
www.allb.orgLocated in Long Beach’s “Retro Row,” this thrift and vintage shop is staffed by volunteers and supports eight core philanthropic programs committed to helping Long Beach residents living in poverty. It provides “wear home” clothing to sexual assault victims, bedside crafts to patients of Miller Children’s Hospital, free school uniforms for students whose families can’t afford them and educational scholarships for well-deserving students attending the community college or state university in Long Beach as part of its philanthropic endeavors. It also sells vintage collectibles, rare books, antiques, fine china, boutique clothing, small household appliances and other cool knickknacks that are donated by the community. All funds generated go directly toward the funding of the programs supported by the Assistance League of Long Beach.
MADE By DWC
325 Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
www.dwcweb.orgMADE by DWC is a resale boutique offering vintage clothing and the latest in women’s fashion. One hundred percent of its proceeds go directly toward the programs and services offered at The Downtown Women’s Center, an organization that helps homeless women find shelter and provides them with vocational training to help combat chronic unemployment. Its signature products, handMADE, are made from the very women for which the programs support. All products are handmade from recycled goods to promote sustainability of the environment.
Studio City, CA 91604
www.rockerrags.comBased out of Los Angeles, Rocker Rags features rock ‘n’ roll fashion and apparel on its online-only store. If you like sporting T-shirts from some of your favorite rock artists and bands while supporting two really great causes, then Rocker Rags is definitely for you. A portion of every online transaction is automatically donated to The Concern Foundation, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that donates 95 percent of its net proceeds to support various cancer research worldwide. Rocker Rags also donates five percent of its monthly sales to the Layne Staley Memorial Fund in honor of the lead singer from Alice in Chains to help musicians struggling with addiction and provide them with the help and support they need to overcome their dependency.
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Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.