Project 7: Giving Away Money is Good Business

Voting Begins Today for Non-Profit Recipients

Jan 11, 2010, 08:12 ET from Project 7

SOUTHLAKE, Texas Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever given away $105,000 to charity?

Between now and January 31, 2010, millions of people across America can decide which seven charities will receive a $15,000 boost to their bottom line in 2010. A total of $105,000 will be given away by Project 7, a manufacturer of bio-bottled water, mints, gum and eco-friendly t-shirts.

"My whole reason for starting Project 7 was to fund positive change," says founder Tyler Merrick. "Giving away our first year of funding to seven worthy non-profits truly brings the vision of Project 7 to life. Our Great Giveaway makes us more than just a company. Project 7 is a movement, a vision and now a reality."

Three finalists in each cause category have been pre-selected based on Project 7's seven critical areas of need and entry criteria. The selected charities must be U.S. based, serve one of Project 7's causes locally or abroad, and contribute a minimum of 50 percent of every dollar received in their field of service, among other criterion.

Following are the three non-profit finalists in each of the seven cause categories:

Build the Future:

  • HOPE International
  • KIPP Foundation
  • Kiva

Feed the Hungry:

  • Action Against Hunger
  • Blood: Water Mission
  • Charity Water

Heal the Sick:

  • Keep a Child Alive
  • Mercy Ships
  • Partners In Health

Help Those in Need:

  • Girls Educational & Mentoring Services
  • Love146
  • Stop Child Trafficking Now

Hope for Peace:

  • Clear Path International
  • Invisible Children
  • Watoto Child Care Ministry, Inc.

House The Homeless:

  • Amor Ministries
  • Samaritan House
  • SOS Children's Villages

Save the Earth:

  • Amazon Conservation Association
  • American Forests
  • Plant with Purpose

The winners will be announced the first week of February. To learn more about this year's charities and to cast your vote, please visit

Non-profit organizations can learn more about the application process and requirements at

About Project 7

Project 7 is a consumer goods company passionate about social change. The Southlake, Texas company manufactures bio-bottled water, gum, mints and T-shirts. For every purchase of a Project 7 product, the company donates 50 percent of its profits to seven areas of critical need in the world - Build the Future, Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Help Those in Need, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, and Save the Earth.

Project 7 invites consumers to help "Change the Score" by purchasing Project 7 products, volunteering their time, and educating others. To learn more about Project 7 and to purchase Project 7 merchandise, visit You can also become a fan of Project 7 on Facebook and follow @Project7 on Twitter.

    Amy Power

SOURCE Project 7