Heirloom Hourglass 


Function: noun
Etymology: French, from camarade comrade, Date: 1840
Definition: a spirit of friendly good-fellowship


When you make a purchase at www.HeirloomHourGlass.com, you make it possible for us to donate to a charitable or environmental organization. For every Heirloom Hourglass purchased, we make a small donation of $1.00 or $5.00 dependent on the value of the hourglass selected. Our goal is to increase the dollar amount of these donations that your purchases make possible as time goes on and our business grows. Moreover, we hope to create a viral philanthropy model for business driven by collaborating with consumers that any size business at any stage of growth can implement.


We would like you to help us with this effort by selecting where you want the donations your order has made possible to go. We believe that by tasking you, the consumer, with choosing the recipient of the funds that are to be donated, awareness is increased, and we can potentially play a small part together in making some degree of difference for issues we all care about. We have the opportunity every day to join together in simple, organized ways like this to make an impact and bring about change. You are not in any way obligated to choose where the funds go, and there is absolutely no additional cost to you whether you make a selection or not. However, we feel that because your purchase is making the donation possible, you should have the opportunity to choose what we do with them if you wish to! If you want to participate with selecting the group that benefits from your purchase, simply make a selection from the drop down menu provided when you select your hourglass. If you have a specific cause you want the funds to go to, but it is not listed, please drop us a line. If you or a loved one is having a benefit because of health related issues, let us know, and we’ll donate from corresponding purchases to that person’s healthcare fundraising efforts. If you do not wish to select, we have a default organization that changes monthly that the donation will be sent to.


Having a chance to make even a small difference for our planet and all of us living here has been a goal of Heirloom Hourglass from inception. We invite you to participate in this with us in the “spirit of friendly good fellowship”, and we salute all those involved in helping others and helping our environment!


The following information provides valuable resources on charitable giving, as well as some facts to consider that helped inspire the Heirloom Hourglass Company Philanthropy Program, “Camaraderie”:




Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org

Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving. We help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on over five thousand charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. We ensure our evaluations are widely used by making them easy to understand and available to the public free of charge. By guiding intelligent giving, we aim to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation’s most persistent challenges.


Modest Needs, www.modestneeds.org

Dedicated to helping people with unexpected financial emergencies.

**Note:There are other organizations similar to Modest Needs – please refer to Charity Navigator for more information. Modest Needs is our default charity that works to help people overcome unexpected financial crisis.


Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, www.corporatephilanthropy.org

Overview: The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy is the only international forum of business CEOs and Chairpersons pursuing a mission focused exclusively on corporate philanthropy.

MISSION: CECP’s mission is to lead the business community in raising the level and quality of corporate philanthropy. Engaging with the public, private, and independent sectors, CECP members seek and create opportunities to serve as corporate giving advocates, practitioners, educators, and spokespersons to advance the case for philanthropy and to inspire other business leaders to make a lasting commitment to community giving.


Giving USA Foundation, www.givingusa.org


The Foundation Center, http://foundationcenter.org


US Census Bureau, www.census.gov


US Department of Commerce, www.commerce.gov


Bureau of Economic Analysis, www.bea.gov


Office of Advocacy, www.sba.gov






            Camaraderie was launched on the same date Heirloom Hourglass began as a business. Through Camaraderie, the principle of “pay as you go” with cash instead of credit or tapping into savings and profits at year end is applied to company charitable donations – “donate as you go”, if you will. Every hourglass sale we make creates an opportunity for us to make a donation – and it is you, the customer, that makes these opportunities possible. With that in mind, we wish to engage you to choose where the donations go at the time of each hourglass sale. We believe this will create awareness and help us all join together to make a difference. We also believe that when businesses engage you, the consumer, in an open and transparent format, it has the power to help us all take matters into our own hands collectively and solve problems on a large scale.



            The Mission of Camaraderie is to create a transparent model of business philanthropy that can be adopted by any business at inception or at any stage of development. We wish to play a role in increasing philanthropy world-wide, and help make an impact with measurable results by creating collaboration among businesses and the consumers that support them and make their success possible.



  • Create a “viral” tool for business philanthropy and social responsibility that consumers demand and businesses benefit from.
  • Apply the principles of social networking to consumer interaction with business philanthropic activities.

Example A: If you have a relative with a health problem that does not have health insurance, shop with businesses that adopt a “Camaraderie” style program, and encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. Set up an account for your relative at www.modestneeds.com. When you make your purchases with the businesses you shop at, indicate that you want the donations to go towards your account at Modest Needs.

Example B: Start a cooperative in your community that shops at businesses that adopt a “Camaraderie” style program. Join together and vote on where you will all collectively have the donations made possible by your purchases be sent by the businesses you shop with.

  • Help establish robust metrics for business philanthropy within the “non-employer” segment of American business. “Non-employers” account for nearly ¾ of all businesses.
  • Establish a business philanthropy program within every US business, and create transparency in philanthropic activity by allowing the general public to determine where business charitable donations are made.
  • Merge the philanthropic efforts of individuals with those of corporations to eradicate world hunger, the healthcare crisis, the environmental crisis, and to better fund disaster relief agencies.
  • Create independence for overall business philanthropy from economic fluctuations by establishing a common philanthropy program based on a policy of “donate as you go”. In this model, when any single area of the economy is weak, another may be prospering, so the overall donations by virtue of sales are steady.
  • Task the consumer with the decision making responsibility of charitable funds allocation for businesses, thereby influencing competition and brand identity with business philanthropy.
  • As this model moves virally through the business community, create central administration that can use the funds as the public sees fit to solve compelling issues such as climate change and the health care crisis.



  • In 2004, there were approximately 24.7 million businesses in the United States, according to Office of Advocacy estimates.
  • Census shows there were 5.7 million firms with employees and 18.6 million without employees in 2003. Applying the sole proprietorship growth rates to the non-employer figures and similar Department of Labor growth rates to the employer figures produces the 24.7 million figures.
  • In 2004 alone, U.S. corporations made contributions totaling $12 billion, a $3 billion increase from 2001.  In the U.S. in 2004, corporate giving averaged 1.2% of pre-tax net income, with 2% seen as a "gold standard."
  • Using the above data, the average US business donated $485.83 during fiscal year 2004.
  • In that same year, US Individuals donated $187.9 billion.
  • Using the US population census data of 293.2 million people in 2004, the average donation per individual was $640.86.







Questions to consider:

Why do individuals make greater charitable donations on average than corporations?

Do the businesses you give your money to donate to charities, environmental organizations, and their communities?

If so, where do the businesses you shop with send their donations?

If you had 3 options of places to shop for groceries, and only 1 of them had a transparent business philanthropy program, where would you spend your money?

If you could influence and / or increase business philanthropy as a consumer, would you?


The following is a list of organizations that you can select from on our website when you make your Heirloom Hourglass purchases. The organization that you select determines where we will send the donation that your purchase made possible. If you do not make a selection, we will issue the donation to our default organization. If you wish to make a selection to determine the recipient of our contribution but do not see the group you wish to choose listed, select “Other – Please Specify”, and then enter the name of your choice when prompted. Again, there is no additional cost to you whether you participate or choose not to.

International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society, www.ilads.org  

ILADS is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary medical society, dedicated to the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of Lyme and its associated diseases. ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme and its associated diseases through research and education and strongly supports physicians and other health care professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and its associated diseases.

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, myasthenia.org

Facilitates timely diagnosis and optimal care for those affected by MG.

American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org

Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org

Strives to reduce death caused by cardiovascular disease.

Make A Wish Foundation, www.wish.org

A grassroots organization that enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work.

American Lung Association, www.lungusa.org

Provides information on various conditions, research and statistics, plus programs and events.

American Red Cross, www.redcross.org

The American Red Cross helps prepare communities for emergencies and keep people safe every day thanks to caring people who support our work.

Lance Armstrong Foundation, www.livestrong.org

The Lance Armstrong Foundation unites, inspires and empowers people affected by cancer.

Ronald McDonald House, www.rmhc.org

Your donations support our programs like Ronald McDonald House, which help the healing process by keeping families together while their child receives treatment at nearby hospitals.

American Hospice Foundation, www.americanhospice.org

To improve access to quality hospice care through public education, professional training, and advocacy on behalf of consumers.

St. Jude Children Hospital, www.stjude.org

St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today's most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly. St. Jude researchers are published and cited more often in high impact publications than any other private pediatric oncology research institution in America. St. Jude is a place where many doctors send some of their sickest patients and toughest cases. A place where cutting-edge research and revolutionary discoveries happen every day. We've built America's second-largest health-care charity so the science never stops.

All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family's ability to pay.

American Brain Tumor Association, www.abta.org

The American Brain Tumor Association exists to eliminate brain tumors through research and to meet the needs of brain tumor patients and their families.

MADD, www.madd.org

The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org

To enhance the lives of everyone with, at risk of or affected by kidney disease.

American Kidney Fund, www.kidneyfund.org

The mission of the American Kidney Fund (AKF) is to provide direct, treatment-related financial assistance to kidney patients who are in need, and to provide health education to people with, or at-risk for, kidney disease.

Arthritis Foundation, www.arthritis.org

A voluntary health agency covering all arthritis and related conditions

Autism Research Institute, www.autism.com

The Autism Research Institute (ARI), a non-profit organization, was established in 1967. For more than 40 years, ARI has devoted its work to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the triggers of autism and on methods of diagnosing and treating autism. We provide research-based information to parents and professionals around the world.

Breast Cancer Research Foundation, www.bcrfcure.org

Our mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. A minimum of 85 cents of every dollar donated goes to research and awareness programs.

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., www.nationalbreastcancer.org

NBCF is committed to spreading knowledge and fostering hope in the fight against breast cancer. By funding free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them and supporting research programs in leading facilities across the country, NBCF helps inspire the courage needed to win this monumental battle.

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, www.ovarian.org

The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s mission is to raise awareness and promote education about ovarian cancer. The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.

Michael J Fox Parkinsons Research, www.michaeljfox.org

 The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease within the decade through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

National Cancer Coalition, www.nationalcancercoalition.org

NCC's mission is to reduce the suffering of cancer patients and their families by meeting their unfulfilled needs. NCC provides medical and financial relief, research and educational programs throughout the world in an effort to improve the cancer patient's quality of life.

Fisher Center Alzheimers Research, www.alzinfo.org

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation is dedicated to attacking the scourge of Alzheimer's with a 3-pronged assault focused on the cause, care, and cure for Alzheimer's disease as well as supporting the public with educational programs.

Elton John AIDS Foundation, www.ejaf.org

An international non-profit organization funding direct patient care services and AIDS prevention education.

Spina Bifida Association, www.sbaa.org

The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of Spina Bifida.  Since 1973, SBA has been the only national voluntary health agency solely dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect.  Its tools are education, advocacy, research, and service.

Angel Flight Northeast, www.angelflightne.org

Nonprofit organization providing air transportation to those whose medical problems require travel that is otherwise not affordable.

Tourette Syndrome Association, www.tsa-usa.org

Develops educational information for patients, caregivers, and physicians, and agencies. Helps coordinate services for persons with TS.

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, www.parentprojectmd.org

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States focused entirely on Duchenne.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association, www.spinalcord.org

The mission of The National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) is to enable people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) to achieve their highest level of independence, health, and personal fulfillment by providing resources, services, and peer support.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, www.nfid.org

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501c3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.

Spondylitis Association Of America, www.spondylitis.org

Our Mission: "To be a leader in the quest to cure ankylosing spondylitis and related diseases, and to empower those affected to live life to the fullest."

Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, www.diabeteswellness.net

Mission is to help find the cure for diabetes, provide education, and self- management skills needed to combat this disease.

Toys For Tots, www.toysfortots.org

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation's most valuable natural resources - our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

National Association Of The Deaf, www.nad.org

The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Down Syndrome Society, www.ndss.org

The National Down Syndrome Society's mission is to increase public awareness about and discovering the underlying causes of Down Syndrome through education, research, and advocacy. They provide assistance to families in addressing the needs of children born with this genetic condition.

National Organization of Rare Disorders, www.rarediseases.org

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a 501(c)3 organization, is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

Scholarship America, www.scholarshipamerica.org

Scholarship America is the nation's largest nonprofit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.

Humane Society Of US, www.hsus.org

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 10 million Americans, or one in every 30. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. We are America's mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.

National Crime Prevention Council, www.ncpc.org

A non-profit educational group formed to address the causes of crime and violence and reduce the opportunities for crime to occur.

Prevent Child Abuse America, www.preventchildabuse.org

Prevent Child Abuse America was established in 1972 to build a nationwide commitment to preventing all forms of child abuse.

Action on Smoking and Health, www.ash.org

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a non-profit tax-exempt legal action antismoking organization based in the United States that has been solely devoted to the many problems of smoking for over 40 years. Its principal activity is to serve as the legal action arm of the nonsmoking community, bringing or joining in legal actions concerning smoking, and insuring that the voice of the nonsmoker is heard. It also serves as an advocate of the nonsmokers' rights movement.

Earth Day Network, www.earthday.net

We seek to grow and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable planet. We pursue our mission through education, politics, events, and consumer activism.

Eco Trust, www.ecotrust.org

Investing in economic, social, and environmental innovation.

Environment Northeast, www.env-ne.org

Environment Northeast (ENE) is a non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative policies that tackle our environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies. ENE is at the forefront of state and regional efforts to combat global warming with solutions that promote clean energy, clean air and healthy forests.

Environmental and Energy Study, www.eesi.org

Researches renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change, smart growth, alternative fuels, and advanced vehicle technologies.

National Resources Defense Council, www.nrdc.org

The Natural Resources Defense Council works to protect wildlife and wild places and to ensure a healthy environment for all life on earth.

Oceana, www.oceana.org

Oceana is the largest international Ocean Protection & Restoration Environmental advocacy group.

Sustainable Conservation, www.suscon.org

Engages businesses and private landowners in advancing the stewardship of our land and water in partnership with the environmental community.

Paralyzed Veterans Of America, www.pva.org

The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members—veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, www.leukemia-lymphoma.org

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers.

The Peace Corps, www.peacecorps.gov

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals: 1) Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. 2) Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served. 3) Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

World Wildlife Fund, www.worldwildlife.org

At WWF, we are the leader in wildlife conservation and preservation of animal habitats around the world.

Doctors Without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Doctors and nurses volunteer to provide urgent medical care in countries to victims of war and disaster regardless of race, religion, or politics.

United Way International, www.uwint.org

Organization whose purpose worldwide is to mobilize local leaders and their communities in order to identify and address local human needs.

PATH, www.path.org

PATH is an international, nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health.

Save The Children, www.savethechildren.org

Non-profit organization working to create positive, lasting change for disadvantaged children in the United States and 41 other nations.

World Vision, www.worldvision.org

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

City of Hope, www.cityofhope.org

We are one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. An independent biomedical research, treatment and education institution, we are a leader in the fight to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

Susan G. Komen For The Cure, www.komen.org

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is fighting every minute of every day to finally, once and for all, finish what we started and achieve our vision of a world without breast cancer.

The Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org

The leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Operations USA, opusa.org

Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. We provide material and financial assistance to grassroots organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, provide education and health services, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable people.

The Marine Mammal Center, www.marinemammalcenter.org

We recognize human interdependence with marine mammals and their importance as sentinels of the ocean environment, the health of which is essential for all life. It is our responsibility to use our awareness, compassion and intelligence to foster marine mammal survival and the conservation of their habitat. The Marine Mammal Center works toward this end:

1)Through rescue and humane treatment of ill, injured or orphaned marine mammals, to return healthy animals to the wild.

2) Through scientific inquiry, to increase knowledge of marine mammals, their health and their environment and assure their long-term survival.

3) Through education and communication, to increase appreciation of marine mammals, foster informed decision-making affecting them, and inspire action to protect the marine environment.

Other - Please Specify

To suggest a charity or environmental organization not on our list or you have suggestions to help us improve our program, please email with your suggestion @ Hello@HeirloomHourGlass.com

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