Procter & Gamble Give Back

Procter & Gamble is launching a new program that lets you save money and help children in need at the same time.

The program, called P&G Give Health, offers money-saving coupons for popular P&G products that, when used, also help P&G raise $1 million to give the gift of health to children in need.

When you use P&G Give Health coupons, money will be donated to three P&G-sponsored charitable programs:

* Pampers Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Global Campaign
* PUR Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program
* Always and Tampax Protecting Futures Program

For every coupon redeemed from the April 5, 2009 issue of P&G brandSAVER, P&G will make a donation toward the cost of water, vaccine administrations and puberty education for people in need around the globe.

You can visit http://www.pggivehealth.org for additional program information.

To find a newspaper near you that carries brandSAVER, you can click this link and enter your zip code.


Cycle 4 Survival Sponsorship

Two weeks ago I helped coordinate a sattelite event of the New York-based Cycle 4 Survival cancer fundraiser. My friends Jennifer and Dave Linn are the founders of Cycle 4 Survival and when they asked us to do a similar event in the Bay Area, I thought it would be fun to have goodie bags and a raffle for the participants.

We raised more than $7000 amongst 12 people with only 3 weeks of notice. Go us!

And, I used my connections with companies with whom I've built relationships.

Quirk Books
Clif Bar

I asked these guys to contribute to the event by donating product for a raffle and for goody bags and they came through. Hooray!

The moral of the story is that it never hurts to ask. When bloggers are offered free product, why should they not ask for one for every family in their preschool, every participant in the bike ride they are organizing, or every women's shelter in their town. It will only result in MORE POSITIVE WORD OF MOUTH for the brand who has reached out to the blogger. And isn't that what they're after?