Charity Partners

About our charity partners

We donate 10% of our monthly profits to a new charity partner each month. We select a mix of local and global organizations, that are on the front lines making a difference in the communities we care about. There are so many worthy causes to support, and we would love to hear from you about the organizations you think we should know about. Contact us if you have a suggestion!

Katie, our founder, chooses our charity partner each month based on current events and needs, and the causes she feels strongly about, including, but not limited to: women and children, hunger, clean water, mental health, and healthcare/wellness.

Our August partner is Bernie's Book Bank2 out of 3 low-income children have no books of their own. Bernie’s Book Bank, Chicago's largest provider of quality children’s books, is changing that with 12 books per year for 12 years. 

Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. As a mother of 2 and a lover of books, I cannot think of a more important cause. 

June & July:

Our June and July partner was Together Rising. I chose them specifically because of their work at the borders right now. Every penny goes to carefully vetted organizations across the country working tirelessly to reunify children with their families.

Whether it’s pulling children out of the sea outside the refugee camps in Greece, helping abandoned kids on the streets in Indianapolis, establishing the first opioid recovery home for pregnant teens in New Hampshire, building a maternal health wing in Port-au-Prince, providing a single mother access to breast cancer treatment, or keeping a foster family’s heat on in Texas — Together Rising identifies what is breaking the hearts of our givers as they look around their world and their community, and then we connect our givers’ generosity with the people and organizations who are effectively addressing that critical need.

May:

Our May partner was Population Services International (PSI). 214 million women in the developing world want contraception but can’t access or afford it. Without the ability to decide when to have a child, there is little opportunity for them to break the cycle of extreme poverty for their families. Those that do have access often haven’t been educated about the range of health care and family planning options available to them and their families, or face barriers to access like religion, social and cultural norms. 

PSI works in partnership with local governments, the private sector and local organizations to create sustainable solutions. They build local capacity and strengthen the capability of local health care markets to solve public health problems. 95% of PSI employees work in their home countries.

PSI’s market-based approach allows them to evaluate where to best adds value, e.g. providing a health service directly to women and their families, training private or public health workers, distributing health products for free or selling them at affordable prices, or developing behavior change communication campaigns to increase access to and knowledge of life-saving health products and services.

In 2016 alone, PSI provided services through its network of healthcare franchises that added more than 38 million years of healthy life, prevented more than 4 million unintended pregnancies and 11,000 maternal deaths and averted 261,000 new cases of HIV and 240,000 deaths due to malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia.

April:

Our April partner was Feeding America. 41 million people face hunger in the U.S. today — including nearly 13 million children and more than five million seniors. Hunger knows no boundaries — it touches every community in the U.S., including your own. The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working to connect people with food and end hunger. 

When you donate to the Feeding America national organization, $1 helps provide 11 meals through the Feeding America network. Unlike walking into a grocery store or restaurant and paying retail prices for food, Feeding America works with manufacturers and retailers across the country to secure safe, healthy food that would otherwise go to waste. They then provide those donations to food banks across the country, which help distribute them to people in need.

If you would like to donate time or funds to your own local food bank directly, you can find the closest one here

February & March:

Our partner was KivaSince 2005, Kiva’s mission has been simple: they work to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. By lending as little as $25, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or make their dreams a reality. Kiva’s model is unique, in that it’s all about loans, not donations, to borrowers. This allows you to reinvest your money over and over again as borrowers pay you back. They loan to people in over 80 countries, including the US. 

What makes this exciting and adds to our impact is that our 10% will not just be a one-time donation, but an on-going series of loans. These loans will be chosen with the help of YOU. And once they are paid back, WE ALL get to choose more people to loan to! It is literally the gift that keeps on giving! And I am counting on you all to help me choose the projects.
What is also amazing is that 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations that lenders choose to make in addition to their loans.

 

December & January: 

Our partner was Share Our Sparean organization that provides essential items to Chicago families living in poverty. They partners with individuals and businesses to collect new and gently used items and distribute them across Chicagoland so these children can thrive. This year, they are on track to provide items to more than 5,000 children. Learn more here.

  • 33% of children in greater Chicago live below the poverty level
  • 1 in 3 moms has to choose between buying diapers or food

Our first month, November, our partner was Undies for Everyone, an organization providing clean underwear to people in the communities affected by recent hurricanes. When we chose them, they were working in Texas, after Hurricane Harvey, but they have since expanded their efforts to assist communities in Florida (affected by Hurricane Irma) and Puerto Rico (affected by Hurricane Maria).  Learn more about Undies for Everyone here.

In addition to donating 10% of our monthly profits, we intentionally partner with businesses and makers doing their own philanthropy. We are committed to changing the world through fair wages, sustainable employment opportunities, environmental protections, and a shared community of world changers (including you!).

Curious to learn more about how the product you purchased is making a difference in the world? We share philanthropic details in each product’s description. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you have. We love getting to know our customers!

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