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Top 75 Social Good Trends in August

From Arboreal Emoji Donations to Educational Coding Broadcasts

— August 4, 2015 — Lifestyle
The top August 2015 social good trends include a variety of social good initiatives and projects that range from provocative campaigns to travel-based charity apps.

In a unique altruistic use of emojis, Swedish not-for-profit Vi Agroforestry recently launched an initiative that enabled individuals to make donations toward a treeplanting project in East Africa through emoji-filled SMS. For every tree emoji sent, a user committed to donating $2, the cost of planting a single tree as part of the initiative.

A non-profit grocery store in Boston offers produce and food items at discounted prices started by the founder of Trader Joe's. The Daily Table receives surplus and otherwise unsellable food items from grocery chains and restaurants at no cost.

The top August 2015 social good trends highlight the various methods for creating awareness around charitable campaigns, as well as the range of social business opportunities for non-profit organizations in need of funds.
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Quality Education Databases
Quality Education Databases
The Tool Helps Low-Income Students Apply for Affordable College
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Text-Sending Truncheons
Text-Sending Truncheons
This Truncheon Texts an Officer's Mom When Used to Reduce Police Brutality
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Apologetic Unemployment Strategies
Apologetic Unemployment Strategies
Brooklyn Law School is Offering a 15% Tuition Refund for Grads
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71
Celebrity Conservation Campaigns
Celebrity Conservation Campaigns
Steve Carell & Save the Drop Raise Awareness of Water Consumption
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70
Heat Endurance Challenges
Heat Endurance Challenges
The 'Hot Kar Challenge' Puts People Up to Sitting in a Hot Car
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69
Solar Internet Drones
Solar Internet Drones
The Facebook Drone 'Aquila' Will Bring the Web to Remote Parts of the World
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68
Humanity-Honoring Cola Ads
Humanity-Honoring Cola Ads
This Vending Machine Encourages People to Share by Giving Two Bottles
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67
Fair Trade-Produced Rugs
Fair Trade-Produced Rugs
These Handmade Rugs were Created with Tibetan Carpet Making Techniques
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66
Shark-Detecting Buoys
Shark-Detecting Buoys
This Smart Ocean Buoy Detects Sharks and Alerts Lifeguards on the Beach
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65
Cartoon Cancer Campaigns
Cartoon Cancer Campaigns
This Cancer Awareness Campaign Advises Protection for Outdoor Workers
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64
Livestreaming Rhino Implants
Livestreaming Rhino Implants
These Anti-Poaching Cameras are Installed Inside a Rhino's Horn
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Education-Supporting Markers
Education-Supporting Markers
The Money Raised form These Colorful Markers Sends Children to School
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Arboreal Emoji Donations
Arboreal Emoji Donations
Vi Agroforestry's Tree Planting Campaign Accepts Tree Emoji Donations
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Charitable Food Campaigns
Charitable Food Campaigns
The Latest Walmart Social Media Campaign Raises Funds for Food Banks
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60
Empowering Feminist Female Ads
Empowering Feminist Female Ads
The #LikeaGirl Ad Teaches Girls They Cannot Be Defined by Gender
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59
Provocative Hunger Awareness Ads
Provocative Hunger Awareness Ads
These Controversial Ads Raise Awareness About Hunger in the U.S.
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58
Whimsical Beach Trash Art
Whimsical Beach Trash Art
These Glittery Sculptures are Made from Pieces of Plastic Sea Garbage
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57
Action-Enabling News Apps
Action-Enabling News Apps
Ideal Impact Shows You Advocacy Opportunities Based on What You Read
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56
Sobbing Children Ads
Sobbing Children Ads
This Ad For the #MakeAChildCry Campaign Promotes Healthcare Among Youth
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55
Girl-Empowering Editorials
Girl-Empowering Editorials
This Sneak Peek of Ellen DeGeneres' GapKids Line Focuses on Self-Esteem
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54
Educational Coding Livestreams
Educational Coding Livestreams
Livecoding.tv Lets You Watch Educational Coding Video Content
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53
Eco-Friendly Sewing Camps
Eco-Friendly Sewing Camps
This Non-Profit Camp Teaches Children About Sewing and Fashion Basics
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52
Emergency Abuse-Fighting Apps
Emergency Abuse-Fighting Apps
The 'Easy Rescue' App is Designed to Help Fight Domestic Violence
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51
Illusionary Animal Protection Ads
Illusionary Animal Protection Ads
These Ads Test You to Find Hidden Images of Threatened Species
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50
3D-Printed Tombstones
3D-Printed Tombstones
These Plastic Tombstones Send a Provocative Message About Animal Rights
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49
Waste-Reducing Public Refrigerators
Waste-Reducing Public Refrigerators
This Public Fridge Lets Anyone Take or Leave Leftover Food
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48
Peel-Open Shoes
Peel-Open Shoes
The Nike FLYEASE Shoe Peels Open with a Cutting Edge Wrap-Around Zipper System
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47
LGBT-Celebrating Vodka Bottles
LGBT-Celebrating Vodka Bottles
Absolut Colors is Inspired by the Iconic Gilbert Baker Rainbow Flag
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46
Tree-Made Churches
Tree-Made Churches
This Tree Church is Placed in a Three-Acre Secluded Botanical Garden
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Travel-Based Charity Apps
Travel-Based Charity Apps
This App Enables Travelers to Donate Part of Their Holiday Expenses
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44
Soothing Pediatric Hospitals
Soothing Pediatric Hospitals
This Rwandan Children's Cancer Center has Soothing and Elegant Design
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43
Can-Constructed Jeeps
Can-Constructed Jeeps
This Jeep Wrangler Replica is Made of 4,500 Cans of Food to Fight Hunger
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42
Water Awareness Toilets
Water Awareness Toilets
This Year's Glastonbury Festival Will Feature a Transparent Toilet
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41
Smokeless Cookstoves
Smokeless Cookstoves
This Clean Cookstove Prevents Exposure to Harmful Cooking and Heating Fires
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40
Denim-Insulated Homes
Denim-Insulated Homes
This Innovative Housing Project is Using Old Jeans to Insulate New Homes
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39
Accessible Educational Facilities
Accessible Educational Facilities
This Danish Public School Campus Increases Urban Activity
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38
Kindness-Tracking Social Platforms
Kindness-Tracking Social Platforms
PersonalHeroes Tracks Positive Impacts on Other People's Lives
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37
Poacher-Tracking Drones
Poacher-Tracking Drones
The Icarus 3.0 UAV is a Tool to Help Stop Illegal Animal Poaching
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36
Villain-Inspired Leg Braces
Villain-Inspired Leg Braces
This Little Girl's Leg Braces Were Decorated by a Real Tattoo Artist
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35
Queer-Inspired Culinary Magazines
Queer-Inspired Culinary Magazines
This Magazine Seeks to Expose How Food and Gay Culture Unite
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34
Inner City Bird Houses
Inner City Bird Houses
The Nest Project Places Bird Houses on Street Sign Poles & Fences
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Glowing Toilet Seat Installations
Glowing Toilet Seat Installations
This Unique Art Installation is a Freedom of Expression Protest
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32
Non-Profit Grocery Shops
Non-Profit Grocery Shops
The Daily Table Sells Food Donated by Wholesalers
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31
Saltwater-Powered Lamps
Saltwater-Powered Lamps
The SALt Lamp Burns For Eight Hours On Just Water and Salt
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30
Digital Learning Infographics
Digital Learning Infographics
This Infographic Studies the Advantages of Digital Learning
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29
Ginger Pride Festivals
Ginger Pride Festivals
Plymouth, England, is Set to Hold the First Redhead-Celebrating Event
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28
Cheeky Medication Campaigns
Cheeky Medication Campaigns
The First World Problem Store Sells Fake Pills to Help HIV Sufferers
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27
Charitable Hunger Apps
Charitable Hunger Apps
Feeding Forward Helps With Donating Food and Eliminating Food Waste
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Mindful Water Taps
Mindful Water Taps
WWF Reveals the Water Consumption Journey with a Special Sink
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25
Domino Effect Cancer Ads
Domino Effect Cancer Ads
These Ads Use Dominoes to Raise Awareness of the Rapid Spread of Cancer
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24
Arctic-Saving T-Shirt Ads
Arctic-Saving T-Shirt Ads
This Campaign was Created by Vivienne Westwood & Andy Gotts MBE
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Modular Solar Lights
Modular Solar Lights
The Adaptable SULI Portable Solar Lamp Attaches to 3D Printed Accessories
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22
Predatory Emoticon Ads
Predatory Emoticon Ads
These Internet Safety Ads Show Haunting Faces Behind Smiley Emoticons
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21
Transgender Model Agencies
Transgender Model Agencies
Apple Model Management is an Agency Exclusively for Transgender Talent
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20
Elephant Sanctuary Domes
Elephant Sanctuary Domes
This Elephant House Features a Wooden Roof and Swimming Pools
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Space-Maximizing Homeless Shelters
Space-Maximizing Homeless Shelters
These Temporary Pods Turn Unused Wall Space into Homes
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Eucalyptus-Enclosed Houses
Eucalyptus-Enclosed Houses
This Housing Complex was Built for Doctors and Nurses in Rwanda
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17
Superhero-Inspired Activewear
Superhero-Inspired Activewear
This New Line of Performance Clothing Empowers Women
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16
Feline Yoga Classes
Feline Yoga Classes
This Cafe is Offering Cat Yoga Classes to Help the Animals Find New Homes
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15
Food Redistribution Initiatives
Food Redistribution Initiatives
Moisson Montreal's Food Recovery Program Reallocates Usable Goods
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14
Feminist Social Media Logos
Feminist Social Media Logos
The Facebook Friend Icon is Redesigned to Put the Woman First
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13
DNA Spiral Sculptures
DNA Spiral Sculptures
Cancer Research UK's Installation Raises Money for Francis Crick Institute
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12
Caged Human Photography
Caged Human Photography
This Photography Project by Patrice Letarnec Puts People Into Cages
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11
Surprise Gifting Drones
Surprise Gifting Drones
The 'I Like Giving Drone' Delivers Thoughtful Gifts to Lucky Recipients
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10
Pregnancy-Prioritized Seating Ads
Pregnancy-Prioritized Seating Ads
These Ads Remind Commuters to Give Seats to Pregnant Women
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9
Exercise-Dependendant Water Machines
Exercise-Dependendant Water Machines
This Machine Requires Users to Run for Clean Drinking Water
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8
Vibrant City-Wide Murals
Vibrant City-Wide Murals
This City Hired Local Artists to Turn a Town into a Rainbow Mural
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7
Female-Empowering Footwear Ads
Female-Empowering Footwear Ads
These Keds Ads Feature Female Role Models Such as Taylor Swift
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6
Festival-Bound Mobile Farms
Festival-Bound Mobile Farms
Isabel is a Traveling Vertical Farm Trying to Get to Burning Man
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5
Low-Cost Refugee Camps
Low-Cost Refugee Camps
These Flat-Pack Homes Provide a Long-Term Solution for Housing Refugees
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4
Pop-Up Homeless Shelters
Pop-Up Homeless Shelters
These Activists Created a Cozy Bedroom Set for the Homeless
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3
Upscale Low-Income Housing
Upscale Low-Income Housing
These Sleek Apartments Provide Social Housing for Homeless Individuals
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2
Flat-Pack Disaster Shelters
Flat-Pack Disaster Shelters
The Temporary Compact Structure Houses Displaced People in Emergencies
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Mental Illness Tattoos
Mental Illness Tattoos
These Tattoos Represent the Fight of Those Struggling with Mental Illness
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