I started my business so I could make a positive impact on the lives of others. I firmly believe that as my company and my clients experience success, the communities we live in will too. That’s why a portion of every project we complete is donated to a non-profit partner.
When you make an investment in your brand and your business, you get to choose which non-profit your project benefits.
I’m crazy passionate about entrepreneurship, mental health, animals/wildlife, the environment, and the advancement of young women. Each of our non-profit partners fall into one of these categories, and have been carefully vetted for financial responsibility, accountability, and transparency.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
I believe that school systems need to teach children how to become big picture thinkers, not better employees. The mantra of “go to school and get a good, secure job” is something I’ve never subscribed to, and quite frankly, I think it instills limiting beliefs that prevent people from reaching their full potential and dreaming BIG. That’s why I LOVE Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. This non-profit delivers entrepreneurial training to high school students, especially those from low-income communities.
Kiva is an incredible platform that allows people to lend money to low-income, underserved entrepreneurs and students in 82 countries. For as little as $25, you can help create opportunities around the world. The best part? When your money is paid back, we recycle the funds to help another entrepreneur, and then another, and then another! It’s the platform that keeps on giving!
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
National Alliance on Mental Illness
I’ve met a LOT of entrepreneurs and came to an interesting realization: most of us struggle with mental health. Some of the most successful people in the world struggle with illnesses like ADHD, high anxiety (hey, we own businesses after all), depression, OCD, etc. I firmly believe that once we remove the stigma attached to such emotional and mental illnesses, we can embrace our perceived limitations as our greatest assets and empower people who are struggling to do the same. Let’s be honest…we’re all a little crazy. It’s time to embrace it and work through it instead of hiding it
ENVIRONMENT/ANIMALS AND WILDLIFE
The Humane Society
There’s just something about the affection of an animal that really gets to me…and I’m not alone. Studies prove beyond doubt that caring for an animal can greatly improve our health and happiness. That’s why it’s so important we take care of our four-legged friends. The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. They provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year and combat large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.
There’s really no point in starting a business if there won’t be a planet for that business to exist on, now is there? Rainforests are one of the most important natural resources left on Earth. They store carbon to ward off climate change, are an untapped resource for scientific and medical discoveries, and are home to a variety of wildlife that relies on their unique ecosystems. Rainforest Trust protects threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife by partnering with local and community organizations in and around the areas that are being threatened. After they purchase acres of endangered land, they then empower local people to help protect it by offering them education, training and employment. A better planet with more opportunity? Yup, sounds good to me.
Girls are powerful. When they’re educated, healthy, and safe, they transform their communities. As the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, Girl Up engages girls to take action. Led by a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, their efforts help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.