Philanthropy is something that is really important to our family. As tight as our finances have been at times, we still count ourselves blessed many times over in so many different ways. While we do give regularly to a couple of places that are especially meaningful to us, I love finding additional ways for us to make a difference in someone’s life. That’s why I love supporting brands that share the same mindset. When I shop or use a business that turns around to give back in some way, I feel like I’m able to make my money go even further. So I’ve put together a quick list of 8 of our favorite brands that give back. Feel free to check them out and maybe make a purchase or two if you love what they do.
This brand has a ton of great earthy, feel good-themed apparel and housewares. There’s a lot of variety in their product line, so it’s a great place to shop for gifts too. Urban Earth Co. donates 20% of profits to various charities. Some of these organizations include: Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Vision, Cancer Research Institute, AAFA, Direct Relief and St. Jude.
If you want to expand your small shop support to activewear, you need to check out Zions Den Apparel. This brand is mostly well known for their customizable leggings, but they also carry headwraps, tops and sports bras too. I especially love that Zion’s Den offers sizing for every body type. While you can typically order leggings in XS-XXL (sizes 0-20), you can request custom sizing if you need it to ensure the best fit possible. Zions Den Apparel makes regular donations to the National Park Foundation. This brand also holds occasional fundraisers for families in need.
B-WAP stands for Backpacks With a Purpose. And that’s exactly what they do. For every backpack purchased from B-WAP, two backpacks are donated. And as the customer, you get to choose where your two backpacks go: either to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma or to the Maisha Project in Kenya. Not only does this company do a lot of good, but their backpacks are incredibly well made too.
CampLight Apparel is a lifestyle brand. I’ve been a huge fan of theirs ever since they released their first line of kids tees. They’ve since added adult apparel, downloadable prints and a handful of coffee mugs and other drinkware. CampLight donates a portion of their sales every month to Harvest107. This non-profit organization creates sustainable agriculture projects throughout Haiti to help prevent hunger and malnutrition in orphans and impoverished communities.
A Quiver Full offers faith-based apparel and accessories. This shop has everything from graphic tees and handmade tops, to jewelry and accessories, to home goods. My personal favorite is the Love Like Jesus tee. A Quiver Full donates a percentage of each month’s proceeds to different families going through the adoption process.
I first heard about Farmgirl Flowers when one of my best friends sent me one of their gorgeous bouquets. I’ll never order flowers from anyone else again. Their arrangements are incredibly beautiful and the flowers last such a long time. I think they’re worth buying from just for the quality and their commitment to sustaining American flower growers. But if that wasn’t enough, they’re philanthropic too. Farmgirl Flowers creates a special bouquet every month and then designates an organization to receive a portion of each purchase of that bouquet. For instance, this month, $10 of each Pink Lemonade bouquet purchase goes to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Plum and Sparrow sells these beautiful Moses baskets for babies. I so wanted one of these for Caleb, but it just wasn’t in the budget this time. They were so sweet enough to send me a Market basket for his room though. We’re loving it – it’s great for storing toys or blankets and it’s so well made. All of the baskets at Plum and Sparrow are hand-made, sustainable products. They’re part of the Fair Trade Federation. So what this means is that 10% of every purchase goes back to the African weavers, their families and their village. The money helps them purchase school supplies, healthcare and pass on the art of weaving to future generations.
All of the brands I’ve listed above give back in so many great ways, but it’s also important to look at your local businesses. Many of them do so much good in your own community and it’s always important to support local. You probably know by now that we are huge fans of Goldfish Swim School around here. Liam has learned so much in his swim lessons. Goldfish often partners with Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to help fundraise in order to grant wishes to some super special kids. They have also held private MAW events at their locations where actual wish-granting magic happens.
Do you know of any other brands that give back in some way? Tell me all about them in the comments and I’ll be sure to check them out!