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Join us in our mission to effect change in the lives of individuals around the world.

Our social enterprise partners help strengthen communities and change lives every day.   We tell their stories and help grow their businesses so more lives can be transformed for the better.

With your support, Helping Hand Partners can help make lasting change in the communities of our partners by allowing them to:

  • Pay fair wages and fund education.
  • Provide Healthcare, safe transportation, clean water and safe working conditions.
  • Give dignity & hope to its artisans and community!

Helping Hand Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that helps businesses source socially responsible products for their clients and customers.  Our mission is to effect change in the lives of individuals and the business practices of companies through corporate social responsibility. Each social enterprise offers job opportunities and valuable social programs for at risk populations who face barriers to employment – helping people improve their lives and become self-sufficient.

Helping Hand Rewards Newsletter – November 2012

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Welcome to the November issue of the Helping Hand Rewards Newsletter

Our newsletter brings you the latest information from Helping Hand Rewards and our socially responsible partners.

This issue includes:

  • 2012 Motivation Show Highlights
  • Education Spotlight: Help Your Customers Get a Competitive Edge
  • New Partner Spotlight: Misericordia
  • Case Study: State University Alumni Association Giveaway 

Click here for the current issue.

Looking for great holiday gift ideas? Let us know your budget and we’ll suggest some socially responsible gift items!

Helping Hand Rewards Newsletter – July 2012

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Welcome to the July issue of the Helping Hand Rewards Newsletter! 

Our newsletter brings you the latest information from Helping Hand Rewards and our socially responsible partners.

This issue includes:

  • New Partner Spotlight: five ACCESSORIES and Malia Designs
  • Bright Endeavors In the News
  • New Product: Laptop Sleeves from five ACCESSORIES
  • Case Study From Million Dollar Round Table 

Click here for the current issue.

Will you be coming to Chicago for the ASI Show next week? If so, be sure to visit us at booth #2219.

Helping Hand Rewards Newsletter – April 2012

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 Welcome to the April issue of the Helping Hand Rewards Newsletter! 

Our newsletter brings you the latest information from Helping Hand Rewards and our socially responsible partners.

This issue includes:

  • New Partner Spotlight: Comfort the Children (CTC) International
  • Greyston Bakery In the News
  • Eco-Friendly Products for Earth Day
  • Case Study From Marriott/Renaissance Hotels 

Click here for the current issue.

Will you be coming to Chicago for the ASI Show in July? If so, be sure to visit us at booth #2219.

In the Media

On Pinterest

Articles about HHP/helping hand partners

Oct 2016
Helping Hand Partners: Shop for Gorgeous Goods With a Mission

Sept/Oct 2016
Premium Incentive Products Magazine (pg. 35)

Sept 2016
Consumers, Employees Seek Companies Dedicated to CSR

Aug 2016
Incentive Programs Embrace Scents with Soul

May 2016
Fashion with a Conscience

Nov/Dec 2015
Millennial Motivation: Designing Incentives to Meet the Needs of the New Workforce

Oct 2014
Helping Hand Partners Offers Socially Responsible Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Oct 2013
Products For Breast Cancer Awareness Promotions – The Joe Show

Sep 2013
Start-Up to Grown-Up

Jun 2013
Socially Responsible Promotional Products – TheMarketPro

Apr 2013
Rewarding Excellence – IMA Grants 1st Social Responsibility Award
Eco Friendly Products – The Joe Show

Feb 2013
Shift the Gift: 8 Gift Ideas for Powerful Event Branding – Prosperity Magazine

Jan 2013
New Year, New Products – The Joe Show

Mar 2012
Another Jennifer

Jun 2011
Eco-Friendly Products for Earth Day 2011 – From The Joe Show

Nov 2010
Extending a Helping Hand Has Its Rewards – HHR Partner Spotlight: Women’s Bean Project
Premium Incentives Products

Oct 2010
Extending a Helping Hand Has Its Rewards – Trust Building With CSR

Oct 2010
How Did This Socially Responsible Incentive Thing Start?

Sep 2010
Extending a Helping Hand Has Its Rewards – Doing Good
Extending a Helping Hand Has Its Rewards
Social Enterprise

Feb 2010
Corporate and Incentive Travel

Jan 2010
Engagement Strategies
Meetings and Conventions

Nov/Dec 2009
Incentives and Meetings International

Jun 2009
Social Venture Network

Mar 2009
Premium Incentive Products

Dec 2008
“Gifts that Give Back”
Cause Related Marketing blog

Become a Partner

Reach a new market for your socially responsible products.
If you’re not currently pursuing the incentive, reward and recognition markets, Helping Hand Partners can introduce your products to new channels of distribution.

What does Helping Hand Partners do?
Our mission is to connect companies seeking to demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) with social change organizations that help people become self-sufficient and improve their lives.

How we work:
We sell unique, high-quality products made by social enterprises and fair trade organizations in the United States and around the world to promotional product companies, meeting and event planners; incentive, recognition and reward buyers; and retailers.

Through mentoring, we help the social change organizations (our partners) who produce our products to better understand the requirements of this niche market. We provide business development, marketing, distribution and sales expertise to ensure their success.

Why partner with Helping Hand Partners?

  • We have more than 40 years’ experience in the incentive market
  • We have proven business development, marketing and distribution expertise to support your business growth
  • We feature your products in our industry trade show booth
  • We advertise your products online
  • We devote an entire page on our website to tell your organization’s story
  • We use direct marketing to create sales leads
  • We have a dedicated, experienced sales team and network of suppliers to sell your products

What does it cost to become a Helping Hand Partners partner?

  • We don’t charge any upfront fees for our mentoring services and marketing support. When we sell your products in this market, your organization pays Helping Hand Partners a small commission.
  • Who is eligible to become a Helping Hand Partners partner?
  • We welcome social change organizations that promote economic justice and offer a product not directly competitive with our current social enterprise partners. Please check our partners’ profiles to see the types of products we currently sell.

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Learn about helping hand ARTISANS™

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helping hand ARTISANS™ (HHA), HHP’s fair trade practice brand in the developing world, is bringing sustainable livelihoods and economic empowerment to countries around the world, including India, Cambodia, Guatemala and Chile.

Purchasing HHA fair trade practice goods helps our partner organizations to provide valuable social programming that includes fair wages, education, safe working conditions, economic empowerment, micro-loans and financing.

Learn more about HHA.

Check out just a few of the beautiful, socially responsible goods from HHA. You will love the story and inspiration behind each piece.

Socially Responsible Incentives: How HHR Began

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Who would’ve known that a dinner conversation with friends would spark a new initiative in the incentives industry?

Back in 2003, Michael Arkes and his wife went out to dinner with friends Lauri Alpern and her husband. Lauri had just started her job co-directing a Chicago-based social enterprise The Enterprising Kitchen (TEK). Lauri explained the social purpose of TEK and how they helped homeless, at-risk or recently incarcerated women with employment by making soap products. She said they sold a lot of product but really weren’t making any money. Michael offered to help teach her how to replicate their sales success but do it in such a way to make money.

Over the next two and a half years, with Michael’s help and expertise, TEK increased how much they made by almost $500,000, which increased the number of people they were able to help from 28 to 78. It was a great start but Arkes knew more needed to be done in regards to marketing.

“We were only selling to people that we knew, which I realized wasn’t sustainable. They needed to start marketing to potential prospects to sell more.”

However, being a small non-profit, there wasn’t any marketing spending being done for the sheer fact there wasn’t any extra money to do it. That’s where his new idea for Helping Hand Rewards came into play.

“I decided to start Helping Hand Rewards,” said Arkes. “ I could spend the money on marketing and business development. The idea was that the enterprises could pay me a commission on sales that we generated through Helping Hand Rewards.”

With that in mind, Arkes set out to find other social enterprise partners. His thought was that if he could do this for TEK, he would be able to help other enterprises as well. Also, having a wider assortment of products to offer under the HHR banner would appeal to a larger prospect base. Through hearing about social entrepreneurs in periodicals to referrals from the Social Venture Network, eight additional lines were ultimately added to the Helping Hand Rewards product mix over the last couple of years. Arkes now says the focus has shifted away from adding more groups and more onto growing sales of the enterprises Helping Hand Rewards works with.

It’s amazing how one casual dinner conversation could spawn an entrepreneurial interest that is helping better others’ lives everyday!

Doing Good Looks Good on Mom!

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with a gift that helps moms around the world.

These beautiful gifts tell a story and help to change the world. When you give Mom a gift from HHP you’re directly impacting the lives of moms around the world. Share the love!

Melt + Soak + Lather Set $62.00

The Melt + Soak + Lather Set includes an 8 oz. jar of Dead Sea soaking salts, an 8 oz. jar of glycerin bath melts, and a 4 oz. bar of hand-poured glycerin soap. Presented in a teal toiletries bag handcrafted in Cambodia from construction netting in a fair trade setting. Jars are non-breakable. Available in Sea Salt, Lavender, Citrus, and Mint. HHP’s social enterprise brand, 1eleven™, allows HHP to further fulfill its mission by providing jobs and a career path at HHP for disadvantaged adults from underserved communities in Chicago. BUY NOW


Mosaic Tote  $92.00

This purse is sure to turn heads! Features white leather detailing on top of black netting. Includes 1 zippered pocket and 2 open pockets. Leather handles. Measures 13″L x 12.5″H x 4″D. Proceeds support daycare and preschool for the artisans’ children. BUY NOW

Cristobal Earrings  $50.00

These sterling silver earrings are handcrafted by Mapuche artisans of south-central Chile who have honed their craft over generations. Features a Mapuche inspired adornment measuring 0.5″ in diameter. Total drop of 1″, excluding ear wire. Proceeds support helping hand ARTISANS™, HHP’s global artisan network. Benefits have included clean water, free education, safe transportation, micro-loans, disaster relief, and more. BUY NOW

Aruba Weekender $225.00
Made by a fair trade collective of Guatemalan artisans, this gorgeous Weekender combines hand woven traditional stripes with elegant brass-toned nickel hardware and luxurious leather straps. Features 2 inner and 1 outer pockets, and red macramé pompom details. Made from 100% cotton and leather. Measures 14″H x 17″W x 8″D. Proceeds support the mission to link rural indigenous artisans to international market.

Silver Flora Bangle $14.95

Adorn Mom’s wrist with this bold bangle. Handcrafted by Indian artisans at a fair trade organization who work from home and are able to care for their families while preserving traditional brass-working skills.


Minimum Advertised Price Agreement

On April 6, 2015, a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy will be in effect for all Helping Hand Partner (HHP) products offered by online retailers or any retailer offering products via an ecommerce site. Our MAP price is the same as MSRP; supplied on HHP pricing sheets and catalogs, including our MAP pricing product list; supplied with this agreement.
Pricing updates may be sent out throughout the year, and are considered part of this agreement.

Helping Hand Incentives a 501c3, d.b.a. Helping Hand Partners (HHP), is implementing a MAP policy with the intent to:
• Ensure that our retailer and consumer relationships are consistent and value based.
• Maintain the proper positioning of HHP products in the marketplace and support perceived value, benefiting retailers, sales representatives and consumers.

Additional guidelines are as followed:
I. HHP “products” is defined as, all items offered by HHP and included in HHP catalogs, pricing sheets, website, promotional materials and sales collateral.

II. The MAP policy applies to all advertisements of HHP products in any and all media, including, but not limited to, flyers, social media, posters, coupons, mailers, inserts, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, mail order catalogs, Internet or similar electronic media and email.

III. If pricing is displayed in other than a brick and mortar retail store, any strike-through or other alteration of the MAP is prohibited.

IV. MAP applies only to advertised prices and does not apply to the price at which the products are actually sold or offered for sale to an individual consumer within the dealer’s retail location.

V. MAP does not apply to discontinued items.

VI. Any promotions a retailer wishes to run may not be done so by discounting from our MAP.

VII. MAP pricing is established by HHP and may be adjusted by HHP at its sole discretion.

Retailers who violate MAP will be contacted and asked to increase pricing. If pricing has not been increased before the end of that business day, retailers will be put on hold from receiving product. If a retailer violates our MAP three times, it will no longer be shipped product. HHP will monitor compliance with this policy. HHP may, at its own discretion, stop supplying products to any retailer found to be in violation of the MAP policy.

By signing the below, the retailer agrees to abide by the above-mentioned MAP policy. In addition, retailer agrees to disclose all businesses under which Helping Hand Partner products will be sold.