One Less Paper Cup, One Great Cause

01.19

First Drop Canada is a non-profit helping raise money for other non-profit organizations who are working to improve the lives of coffee farmers and their families—something DCILY fully supports. Last month, First Drop raised almost $10,000 with an awesome event called One Less Paper Cup.

The event’s concept is simple and could easily be replicated in other cities to help raise even more money for the coffee farming communities. Reusable “paper cups” are given out to a number of local artists and designers who have free range to create what they want with them. The original (and mostly functional) pieces of art are then auctioned off at a party with music, drinks, and good people.

The artists get recognition, the attendees have a good time, the organizations get more money to continue doing good things at origin, and everyone who drinks coffee from a paper cup can be burdened with guilt.

One Less Paper Cup specifically benefits Grounds for Health, a group who is helping increase awareness and prevention of cervical cancer in coffee-growing communities. However, First Drop also works with Cup for Education and Coffee Kids (who DCILY donates 5% of product sales too).

If your interested in holding you’re own OLPC fundraiser, contact Adam Pesce at First Drop who will gladly give you advice on how to make it successful.

Check out the rest of the cups from the event and be sure to fan First Drop on Facebook.

posted by on 01.19.2011, under Design, Misc.

A bean with a mission

12.16

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The People’s City Mission provides beds, meals and hot coffee to the homeless of Lincoln, Nebraska. In May 2008, the non-profit launched a for-profit coffee company to create a steady revenue stream to help fund operations. Mission Bean Coffee Company promises “great coffee for the greater good” and all proceeds help feed the homeless. The logo, identity, Web site, package design and this series of print ads were all created by Lincoln, Nebraska-based Bailey Lauerman.

Who says coffee can’t love back? This is a great program from an organization in Lincoln, NE. I’ve put these beans on my list to try. www.missionbeancoffee.com

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posted by on 12.16.2009, under Design, Misc., Recommended Roasters