Have you ever heard that every dollar you spend is a vote? When I buy groceries at Sun Foods, I’m voting for a crazy diverse produce selection and an independently owned business that employs my former students. I’m also voting for a questionable-smelling seafood section, apparently. When I get my car repaired at Auto Max on University, I’m voting for a small business that treats women with respect and honors their quotes.Of course, I shop at plenty of big box stores. And I know that my beloved Target donated $150,000 to fund anti-gay politics. But I do my best to support companies that support causes I love.
In an effort to give all of us some short cuts, here are some fantastic companies that are doing fantastic things!
Sweet Cheeks Underwear
This company is actually called ‘Sweet Cheeks Panties‘ but we don’t talk like that in this house. Designed, promoted and modeled by a trio of truly kick-ass professional female snowboarders, this company donates 40% of the net proceeds of each sale to Children International. That means that one malnourished child eats for a month for each cute pair of boy shorts you buy. Awesome.
You may remember that I have a complex relationship with my glasses. I probably wouldn’t if I splashed out on some cute frames from this fantastic shop. Frames + prescription lenses will run you around $100 and for each pair you purchase, Warby Parker will donate a pair to someone in need. And while I love me some Tom’s, I think prescription glasses will actually have a much more significant impact on a person’s life than a pair of shoes.
SevenlyEvery week, Sevenly partners with a different charity and donates $7 from each t-shirt purchase to that charity. Isn’t that amazing?! 52 different charities helped each year – and the t-shirts are fantastic!
Finnegans BeerI don’t even particularly like beer, but I think I’d make an exception for Finnegans, the world’s first non-profit beer. 100% (!) of the company’s profits are donated to community partners that work to alleviate hunger. Of course, Finnegan’s is extra awesome because they’re based out of Minnesota. You can even volunteer with them if you’re interested!
High quality linens, cute throws and nice quilts (mostly) manufactured in the U.S. And for each blanket you purchase, the company donates one to a person in need. They even created their own Haiti-specific mini-non-profit to raise funds after the earthquake!
What businesses/companies do you love that have philanthropy built into their business? Leave links in the comments!