Since becoming an ambassador for Room to Grow , I’ve gained vital knowledge about what it takes to keep the wheels turning at their organization—or any organization for that matter. At the forefront are charitable contributions.
I’ve started looking at companies that actively get involved in charitable works, and as a consumer, I feel compelled to be supporting businesses that provide avenues for the less fortunate and participate in making communities stronger. I’ve started looking at these philanthropic brands to support and invite you to do the same. You give to them and they give back. It’ll be the gift that will most definitely keep on giving.
Here are a few of those companies that I really love:
TOMS was one of the first companies I remember that gave back in such a big way. They had this one-to-one approach and with that, they have given away more than 60 million pairs of shoes to children in need. Since then, Tom’s brand has greatly expanded, so has its charitable position. TOMS not only provides shoes for children in need but also helps to provide support for vision issues, improved access to water, delivering vital materials and training needed to help provide a safe birth regardless of the facility. They also launched an anti-bullying campaign
Warby Parker designs modern optical and sun wear glasses at a much lower cost than your normal designer brands. You know how expensive eyewear can be! Once they tally up the numbers of what they’ve sold that month, they donate a portion of their proceeds to their non-profit partners. One being VisionSpring . VisionSpring’s mission is to have affordable access to eyewear everywhere.
They have earned my respect for the way they are thinking outside of the box and digging into their own pockets...
LemLem was founded by supermodel Liya Kebede in 2007. When she went back to her native Ethiopia she visited with traditional weavers whose goods were no longer needed. Kebede felt the need to preserve their art form as well as help provide them with new job opportunities. LemLem was born. A percentage of all sales and proceeds from special promotions go to The Liya Kebede Foundation , Kebebe’s personal foundation. Their mission is to improve the lives of women in Africa by addressing one of their top health concerns – better access to life-saving maternity care.
Leni Penn make vegan/vegetarian bags that are made in South Florida. They use faux leathers from alligator to snake skin. Inside their bags they have different sized pockets to hold anything you might need, which could moonlight as a diaper bag, a bag for the gym, or just to use as an everyday bag. With each bag that is sold Leni Penn gives a backpack to a child in need or a purse to a working mother in need.
Out of Print Clothing have a few of my family’s favorite books on really soft t-shirts. But there’s more to it than just that novelty. Out of Print Clothing is dedicated to celebrating our favorite stories while promoting literacy in underserved communities. Each product sold donates a book to a community in need through their charity partner, Books For Africa . Their mission is to end the book famine in Africa. It also supports the authors, publishers and artists who made these iconic works an integral part of our lives.
Yoobi pronounced “you-be” make colorful and vibrant school supplies that spark learning and creativity. But don’t think we adults can’t get in on the action. They make great office supplies that will add some pizzazz to your dull office. For every Yoobi product bought, another is put into a classroom in need in the US. It’s crazy to think that there are schools out there that can’t afford supplies unless the teacher pays for them out of their own pocket. It didn’t sit right with Yoobi nor does it with me.
Inspired Luxe is an online curated shopping experience that brings wearable art forms and home décor by showcasing a global mix of artfully crafted jewelry, fashion and accessories. Inspired Luxe travels the globe to search out the unsung artisans who have mastered their craft. By giving these artisans a platform they help keep local traditions and heritages alive. Consumers will “look good while doing good” by supporting artisans and brands that make a difference in the lives of others and in the communities where they are based. Take a look at these bracelets by Pichulik (also pictured.) These are my new fav accessories for the summer!
AJ Angsley writes children’s board books, which focus on letters and are great for the 0-4 age range. What is so special about Angsley is that 25% of her books go to supporting non-profits. As we all know, board books are not priced outrageously and she’ll be the first to admit that her donations to the non-profits are not big numbers, yet. How special is she!? One of the organizations on her list of non-profits is Room to Grow. I tip my hat to you AJ!!
There’s only so much I can fit in one post! I’m happy to say there are plenty of others that are jumping on the philanthropic bandwagon. I’ll do more posts about them down the road. Please feel free to let me know some of your favorite charitable company’s too!