If you're like the rest of us, come Friday night you're usually ready for a cocktail to usher in the weekend. But what if your weekly cocktail could help support your favorite charity? An increasing number of small food businesses are creating impact in their communities by partnering with local nonprofits, so every drink you have gives back.

Today, social business are focused on being sustainable and corporate business are becoming socially conscious. This trend becomes a win-win for both sectors, and offers even more opportunities for individuals to be philanthropic in their everyday lives.

Here it is: The thirsty person's guide to food philanthropy. <-- Tweet This

Philanthropub opening in DC

Residents in our nation's capital have another reason to fit happy hour into their weekly calendar. Cause D.C. is located on 9th Street Northwest, and is owned by two friends who met while attending George Mason University. Every penny made after covering operating costs goes to charitable organizations. Cause will feature three to six charitable organizations each quarter for customers to designate to when they sign their bill.

Breweries partner with local nonprofits

Idealist recently reported on the unique partnerships between local breweries and their communities. The Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware donates profits from its gift certificates, beer and merchandise to local nonprofits. The Beer for Brains Foundation in Arizona raises awareness for brain cancer by hosting national fundraising events at breweries.

A beverage company fights slavery

REBBL is a new beverage company that fights modern-day slavery. REBBL is working to address the root cause of slavery: lack of access to dignified work. This company will employ individuals in high-trafficked communities around the world, starting in the Peruvian Amazon. REBBL will also reinvest a portion of its proceeds to the rehabilitation efforts of survivors. Check out the video!

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