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Balsam Hill engages in a variety of community activities that help strengthen families and support those in need.

Christmas in July 2015

It’s July once again and although Christmas is still a few months away, the spirit of giving is in the air. For the second consecutive year, we are organizing a Christmas in July Charity Program as part of our continuing effort to raise funds for charitable institutions.

Balsam Hill will match 100% of donations up to the first $1,000 raised for each charity, and then 10% of each subsequent amount. Readers can donate to their favorite charity via a dedicated Indiegogo page. As a token of gratitude, for each $50 contribution, donors will receive a mystery Christmas ornament from Balsam Hill.

Read about our featured charities to learn more about their causes, and how they make a difference in people’s lives:

Amount raised in 2015 with match.

Hunger Relief International

Hunger Relief International (HRI) is a Christian relief and development organization working in partnership with local communities to alleviate the impact of hunger on the lives of malnourished children and their families as a first step in a long-term strategy to achieve family and community self-sufficiency.

$2,405   Raised

Pikin Padi Networks

The Mission Statement of the Pikin Padi Network is to promote quality education for girls, boys,as well as youth, to stop child labor and violence, and to help the community to be a happy place. The Pikin Padi Network has a vision of a peaceful Sierra Leone where children are set free from child labor and abuse and are able to go to school as they are the future leaders.

$1,030   Raised

NVC Foundation

NVC Foundation's nutrition program provides undernourished infants and young children in the Philippines with a daily Mingo Meal for six months, giving them added nutrients for optimal growth. Mingo is a nutritious, instant food powder that turns into a rich porridge when mixed with water.
NVC targets undernourished infants, toddlers and young children during the vulnerable period of early growth.

Support a six-month feeding program for one child: $45
Donate one Mingo meal: $0.12

$700   Raised

My New Red Shoes

My New Red Shoes helps homeless and low-income children look and feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes and by rallying youth and adults around this effort through volunteer and educational opportunities for individuals, families, schools, corporations, and community groups.

$40   Raised

Embrace, A program of Thrive Networks

Our primary goal is to help save the lives of low birth weight and premature infants by distributing an inexpensive and effective infant warmer in conjunction with education programs that address the root causes of neonatal hypothermia. We believe that every woman and child deserves an equal chance for a healthy life.

$10   Raised

No Kid Hungry

Many kids who rely on school meals struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months. It's time to improve the way we feed kids when school is out of session. Childhood hunger is a problem that threatens our children and our future. We're in danger of losing an entire generation of leaders, innovators and problem-solvers. But we are ending childhood hunger today.

$10   Raised

Women's Intercultural Center

To provide a place for women to learn and work together to develop their SOCIAL, SPIRITUAL, ECONOMIC and POLITICAL POTENTIAL. The Women's Intercultural Center is a catalyst for transforming the lives of women; a tangible reminder to our daughters and immigrant women that they are worth the effort.

$10   Raised

Food for Bay Area Families

For many working families in the Bay Area, the rising cost of living can make the holidays a bittersweet time of year. Balsam Hill is happy to have been able to help those families by volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos, where the team spent half a day sorting and packaging food that will go directly to those in need. To continue supporting the Food for Bay Area Families Drive, the Balsam Hill Showroom in Burlingame is also a collection station for food donations.

Through volunteers and partner organizations, the Second Harvest Food Bank is able to provide over a million pounds of food per week for Bay Area residents. To find out more about how you can help your local food bank, visit the Second Harvest Food Bank website.

Balsam Hill team volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank

The Season of Giving

Christmas is once again around the corner; it's almost time to gather around the Christmas tree with your family. Please join us this holiday season by donating to a very important cause, and Balsam Hill will match 100% of your donation, up to $10,000 and 10% on anything exceeding $10,000. By clicking on the donate button of the charity below, you will be taken to an IndieGoGo page where you will be able to pledge whatever amount you can. For every $10 donated, the donor will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of 3 prizes: The Grand Prize is a full Christmas decorating set, including an Artificial Christmas tree, 3 ornament sets, a tree topper and tree skirt. The #2 Prize is a $500 gift card to Balsam Hill. The #3 Prize is a $250 gift card to Balsam Hill. The winners may request Balsam Hill to donate the value of their prize to a charity instead of claiming the prize. Please make your donations before the campaign's end on the 15th of December. Show more

Amount raised through Christmas 2014

Christmas in July 2014

Christmas is the holiday of giving, and July is the perfect reminder that Christmas is only half a year away, and it's time to start giving. This year, Balsam Hill partnered with 10 bloggers, through July 31st, to help raise awareness and funds for charities. Each blogger ran a fundraising event for the charity of her choice on her own blog as well as a dedicated Indiegogo page, while Balsam Hill matched 100% of all donations, up to $1000 per charity. Show more

Kawasaki disease foundation

Kawasaki Disease Foundation strives to be at the forefront of Kawasaki Disease issues by uniting the personal insight of families with the expertise of medical professionals.


Meet Kristen Salazar, a DIY blogger living in San Diego with her 3 boys, 2 dogs and husband. Visit Her Blog »

The Humane society

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization. They conduct campaigns, advocate for better animal protection laws and much more.


Meet Fadra Nally, a wife, mother, writer, mommy blogger, marketer, explorer, do-gooder and lover of life. Visit Her Blog »

hope unlimited for children

Hope Unlimited for Children works to transform the lives of children at mortal risk, providing them and their future generations a productive future and eternal hope.

Heather & Vanessa

Meet Heather Patterson and Vanessa Hunt, two sisters, two homes, running a blog about frugal décor, DIY and recipes. Visit their blog »

Project Yesu

The mission at Project Yesu is to provide food, medicine and education to the children of Uganda. "Be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Ghandi


Meet Amy Latta, One Artsy Mama, who hopes her piece of the internet can be a place for people to create, share, love, and inspire. Visit her blog »

mothers without borders

Mothers without Borders' goal is to send a message of hope and offer real solutions to the serious problems that are faced by children living in orphanages and on the streets of third world countries.


Meet Erica Nielson, who attempts to answers the Whys of life. She's created a place for the purposeful wife and mom. Visit her blog »

American Foundation for suicide Prevention

AFSP is the nation's leading organization bringing together people across communities and backgrounds to understand and prevent suicide, and to help heal the pain it causes.


Meet Diana Miller, a mother of 3 who loves to create simple projects for holidays and events in under 30 minutes. Visit her blog »

Families for hope, inc.

Families for Hope, Inc. is a nonprofit organization formed to address the needs of families and children diagnosed with holoprosencephaly (HPE) and related brain malformations.


Meet Sarah Halstead, an avid photographer and writer who lives life in the moment with her husband and two boys. Visit her blog »

hope for paws

Hope for Paws is a non-profit animal rescue organization We rescue animals suffering on the streets and in shelters. Our goal is to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society.


Meet Michelle Sutter, a passionate writer who runs a blog about connecting, sharing and community building. Visit her blog »


The National Stroke Association aims to raise awareness about the causes of strokes, along with educating people on how to avoid them. They also help stoke victims and their families to recover.


Meet Cheryl Bush, a self-taught crafter and designer who hopes to bring out the inner passion of art and design in others. Visit her blog »

The special olympics

The mission of The Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


Meet Dagmar Obert, an experienced designer whose how-to guides have inspired many to design their own dream home. Visit her blog »

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Relief

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines leaving a wake of devastation in its path, displacing over 500,000, and leaving thousands dead. Our hearts go out to all the victims of this catastrophic storm. For Balsam Hill, Typhoon Yolanda struck particularly close to home not just because of its magnitude, but because many of our team members live in the Philippines and were impacted by the storm either directly or indirectly. In the aftermath of the storm, Balsam Hill dispatched a team from the United States to join our team in the Philippines and coordinate relief efforts.

With all the media attention on cities like Tacloban, it was the smaller villages like Hernani that were most in need of aid. These villages were just as devastated, but were not as visible to the international community. Within days, the Balsam Hill team put together 1900 lbs. of emergency supplies. Working with local community members in Cebu and Guiuan, team members escorted the aid packages all the way from Manila to Hernani, and were able to provide some relief to this community by ensuring these supplies reached families that were most in need.

Almost a year on from Typhoon Yolanda, Balsam Hill continues to partner with local entities to help the local communities rebuild what they have lost. Balsam Hill hopes that you will join us in support of the relief and rebuilding effort in the Philippines. If you are looking for a charity to which you may donate funds, we recommend:

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