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The AO Giving Heart Community offers an unparalleled shopping experience designed to save consumers money AND provide visibility to partnering entrepreneurs and businesses, altogether generating funds for charities and non-profit organizations. Our goal is to enable fundraising for charitable causes while giving consumers true value for their dollar and giving businesses the clientele they need to thrive as we provide access to an ever-growing list of exclusive goods and services.
What to expect if you are a non-profit or charitable organization:
Our platform can support your fundraising efforts at very little cost to your organization. We will help you create your page, highlight your story and show you how to link this in your social media and newsletters. From here your supporters can shop our line of unique consumables knowing that 10% of their retail purchase will go directly towards your organizations fundraising effort. All purchases and shipping are handled by AO Giving Heart and its partners.
The AO Giving Heart Community experience is a low cost and low effort way for your organization to generate funds by providing your supporters with a valuable repeat shopping experience. All that you have to do is direct your supporters to your personalized link. They will be your customers and their shopping will benefit your organization.
What to expect if you are a customer:
We wish to provide you with the best value for your dollar. The difference between other online shopping platforms is that we are trying to make a difference. By connecting you with businesses in your community, or around the world, we hope to provide you with the products and services your are looking for. Also know that when you purchase through AO Giving Heart, a portion of the proceeds will go to a charitable cause. New causes are being added regularly, and you can recommend your favorite charity as well.
What do expect if you are business:
By partnering with AO Giving Heart, you can increase your visibility and improve your bottom line. We provide an online platform for you to showcase your products and services. There are various ways to participate in the platform. The simplest is to create a consignment agreement where you provide product details and pricing and we list the products for you. Your orders are fulfilled when they come in. Depending on the nature of your business, we do also consider wholesale agreements. Finally, we provide promotional partnerships for a more widespread impact.
The objective is to generate more sales for you, which will generate happy customers who shop to support the organizations that we support.
Together we can make a difference!
WHY GIVING HEART?
The Fight for Education
Angie Ostojic is a visionary leader, entrepreneur, a loving wife and mother and a great coach. She started with a humble beginning, born and raised in the Philippines.
At a very young age, Angie experienced walking barefoot through long distances just to get to school. Her family was living in such a deep state of poverty that it was so difficult to even afford a pair of sandals. She would fetch water for people so that she could buy clothes, and wash her neighbor’s clothes in exchange for food.
Upon entering High School, she was told that she would have to support herself to continue her studies. Angie worked hard to get good grades and to qualify for a sponsorship. Her prayers were answered when a charity called the Christian Children’s Fund (CCF) chose to sponsor her education. She was bullied by her classmates for being so skinny and not having anything to eat during lunch breaks. After class, Angie would work at the farm to help her parents. Despite being exhausted from a full day of school and farm work, she would soak her feet at night so that she could stay up late and study to maintain high grades for her scholarship.
In University, Angie was once again granted another scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. In order to pay for board and lodging, she cleaned washrooms in her university until 11 to 12 at night. She persevered despite being ridiculed by her classmates for being a toilet cleaner. They nominated her as a secretary to force her to speak in front of the student body. “Here comes the toilet girl”, they said, but they were shocked when she spoke in English and received more votes than the student president-elect. It was at this moment that Angie promised never to look down on herself again.
Angie first left the Philippines to work as a domestic helper in the Middle East. After three years, she incurred a life-threatening illness and was forced to return back home. After her health was restored, she worked in Hong Kong for another two and a half years as a domestic helper, before finally moving to Canada to work as a caregiver. When she arrived here, she had $50 in her pocket with a little English.
After over 3 years of being a caregiver, she decided to launch her sales career as soon as she received permanent residency status in Canada. She started selling vacuums, and for almost a month she never had a sale and made zero commissions. With time, her worries grew as there was no way for her to pay her bills or send money to support her family in the Philippines. With persistence and resilience, however, her hard work eventually enabled her to sell five units in one day, which broke records within the company.
Breakthrough in Business:
Angie continued to pursue her business endeavors while balancing marriage and kids. She worked as an Avon representative in the day and as a waitress at night, while she was raising her children. She sold jewelry and did cleaning jobs on the side until she was introduced to network marketing. And the rest, they say, is history. Since joining Combined Insurance, Angie has been able to help her husband retire at the age of 48, and is leading a life filled with passion and success.
Angie’s struggle with poverty from childhood to adulthood gave her the fighting spirit to continue, but it was the helping hand of the Church and charities that gave Angie the tools to finish her education and change her life. The Giving Heart Foundation is her own way of giving back and helping the poor, especially the children, to earn an education and a safe living space. All children deserve a good future, but only some are given the tools to succeed. The Giving Heart Foundation wants to bridge that gap.
AO Giving Heart's mission is to ensure people across the world, especially children, have access to eduction and safe living conditions.
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