In this post, I’m taking readers a bit off-road from my previous posts. Grace & Giving has focused on nonprofits in the Nashville area, and so far each company/organization I’ve written about has had a major impact on Nashville consumers.
I had the privilege of volunteering at the Dove Awards this week and was given the job of “talent escort.” My job involved running a music act from various areas of backstage and getting it prepared for its performance before escorting those performing to the media room to end the night.
It was fast-paced, stressful, and exciting! Everyone I rubbed shoulders with looked glamorous and important, but each act I spoke to was friendly and relaxed.
Before I left for the night I ran into a table piled high with various products. A new company called MAD Marketplace (Make A Difference Marketplace) is starting soon, and the founders hope to launch it online on Nov. 1.
The women informed me that the idea behind MAD is simple – an online company giving various nonprofit brands a platform to further business. MAD takes an array of brands and hosts them all on its website, and the nonprofits can all be categorized and shipped all over the country. Think of Amazon for the nonprofit community.
Before I left I was handed a bag of goodies and a business card with contact information. The ladies stage whispered, “We usually reserve these bags for artists in hopes that they’ll do some advertising for us, but we’ll make an exception for you.” With the promise to do a little bragging on social media, I left with some great products.
Two of the items in the bag were Good Spread peanut butter and IntegriTEA.
Good Spread is an all-natural nut butter company. With every jar sold, the company provides a packet of RUTF (peanut butter filled with essential ingredients) to children suffering from sever malnutrition. When a child eats three servings of RUTF a day for four to six weeks, over ninety-eight percent of cases are taken care of.
IntegriTEA is an all-organic tea company that supports sustainable agricultural tea practices. There are no fillers, no chemicals and no guilt!
Better Life Bags was also featured.
This company makes bags, key chains and other quilted accessories, and the mission of Better Life is to hire women with employment barriers. They create the bags and learn a valuable trade, giving them steady employment. Check out the company’s Design Your Own section!
One of my favorite items I received was People Water.
Unlike my previous products, People Water is actually a for-profit business. However, it uses its products to increase sales to provide clean water to various countries. The return the company gets pays for both wells and the upkeep that comes with them. Drinking water has never tasted so good!
Last but not least, the Akola Project is a fabulous jewelry company looking to serve others.
Started in Uganda, Akola Project translates to “she works” and provides economic opportunity for women and children that have escaped the sex trafficking trade or are faced with employment barriers. It has been featured on Yahoo, CNN, the Today show and in People magazine, among others. Actress and advocate Sophia Bush has given the company some traction in the media, and the message behind the products is fantastic. Check it out!
The products I received in this bag are so great! Goodspread has become my new favorite peanut butter, and my People Water bottle has become a great conversation starter about the company and its efforts.
Volunteering at the Dove Awards made for quite the exciting night, and I’m glad that I got the opportunity to meet both talented artists and some sweet ladies that I share similar interests with!
Which of these products would you be most likely to try?