I've heard that 50,000 new blogs are started each day. So what makes this one any different than the other 49,999 you’ll be browsing tonight? Philanthropy A LA MODE is providing a unique editorial that combines two of my favorite passions – appreciation for beautifully designed or otherwise interesting products and support for worthy charitable causes. This website and blog will showcase some up-and-coming or new-to-you designers, brands and small businesses as well as re-introduce you to some well-established leaders in fashion and product design from businesses that care about more than just increasing their own profit margins. All products featured here will benefit a charitable cause (typically with a percentage of sale going towards the non-profit organization), raise awareness for worthy causes, or positively impact people or the planet. I will not ask you to wear a gel bracelet or awareness ribbon; nor propose to add a new mug or t-shirt to your collection. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with supporting your favorite causes with any of these things. But you won’t hear it from me unless it is the coolest t-shirt you could easily wear to a red-carpet event. All products and organizations featured here are selected by me. I will personally look at, touch, taste, smell, wear, or otherwise sample the product if possible. I will not feature a product that I would not buy for myself or for someone I care about, assuming I had the personal financial resources to do so. So while you "oooh" at the products, you can "ahhh" at some of great works these charitable organizations are accomplishing. Some may argue that I am advocating consumerism; but, let’s face it. Even in these challenging economic times, we’re still going to buy stuff, just not so much unnecessary stuff. And if you’re going to narrow down the stuff you’re going to buy, please pass on the mundane, ugly stuff; stick to that one beautiful thing that makes you drool; and do someone else some good at the same time. For those of you who are fortunate enough to enjoy beautiful things, it’s like adding a scoop of philanthropy onto your plate.