1 Girl Revolution hosted a podcast episode detailing a number of companies that donate a portion of their proceeds to good causes and/or are working to make a difference in their communities.
There are so many holidays throughout the year and other reasons to give gifts to the people you love — graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, holidays, and more. So, why not buy gifts that give back and help others? Our hope is that by creating the 1 Girl Revolution gift guide, you will be able to use it as a quick and easy way to find the perfect present for someone you love – and that you’ll help others too. Giving cool gifts that give back is the best way to give a gift!
Below you’ll find a list of companies that give back and a quick summary of the company, what you’ll find on their site and how they give back.
Able: Able is company based in Nashville, TN. Able is a lifestyle brand that hopes to end generational poverty by providing economic opportunities for women. Here you’ll find another of beautiful leather goods including bags, wallets and more. They also carry shoes and other apparel. The options are truly endless.
One Hope Wine: OneHope was founded by eight friends with a lofty vision: to do good while drinking wine. They sell quality wine, and a portion of the proceeds go to good causes. To date they have donated more than $3 million, provided 46,000 people with global health care, 49,000 forever homes for shelter animals, 1.8 million meals for children, and much more.
Rebel Nell: Based in Detroit, Rebel Nell employees homeless women, teaching them a trade – jewelry making. Each piece of jewelry created is one-of-a-kind created from graffiti flakes that have fallen off the walls around Detroit. All proceeds from products sold go back to support the women working at Rebel Nell. Also be sure to check out the 1 GIrl Revolution interview with Amy Peterson, co-founder of Rebel Nell.
Love Your Melon: This company makes beanies, t-shirts and blankets. FIFTY percent of all proceeds from your purchase goes to Love Your Melon’s nonprofit partners that work to fight pediatric cancer, create therapeutic experiences and fund charitable initiatives for children and families fighting cancer.
Filanthropik: This company makes the most beautiful sandals and bags. Based in Guatemala, when you buy from Filanthropik you are purchasing a product that was locally sourced and handmade by artisans in Guatemala. Filanthropik pays all of their artisans fair trade wages, and portions of the proceeds go to support ending poverty in Guatemala.
Mend on the Move: Based in Detroit, Mend on the Move is a non-profit focused on empowering and employing survivors of abuse. The materials used to create the jewelry is all locally sourced and typically consists of leftover materials, so that nothing is thrown away. Parts often include donated leather scraps and small auto parts – a nod to Mend’s efforts to “Mend the Motor City” by empowering women victims of abuse.
Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body: As a project of the Nomi Network, here you will find a selection of tote bags created by the women of the Nomi Network. The Nomi Network works to end slavery, and create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.
R. Riveter: At the R. Riveter marketplace, you’ll find baby items, purses, bags, and apparel. Founded by military wives, these women recognize the struggle for military wives to find employment due to moving often – making it difficult to build a professional network, or sometimes living in remote areas on military bases. The co-founders of R. Riveter appeared on Shark Tank in 2015, and the company began to take off. Thirty three percent of every dollar goes back into the hands of the military spouses making the products. In 2017 alone, R. Riveter supported 103 military families. And in case you were wondering – R. Riveter, Rosie the Riveter – get it?!
The Little Market: Co-founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, you will find all kinds of goodies at The Little Market. Each product is created by female artisans around the world. TLM works with cooperatives and social enterprises to provide artisans and their communities to improve the quality of life through things like literacy workshops, business training, and health programs.
The Shop Forward/ESPWA: The Shop Forward’s motto is, “Change the world through your purchases”, and they are doing just that. Every hat, hoodie, t-shirt, #4ThingsTote, necklace, stickers, and more – sold, goes to benefit some incredible causes including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Agape Children’s Foundation, and more. To date, they have raised nearly $3 million for charity.
Generous Coffee: 100% of the profits go back into the non-profits creating life changing opportunities. A big focus of this company is providing jobs for women, and educating young ones. They offer a subscription program, that will ensure you never run out of coffee, and also offer free shipping on orders of 3 or more bags of coffee, and orders over $50.
Bombas Socks: Everyone loves a good pair of socks, right? Did you know that the number one requested item at homeless shelters is socks? At Bombas, for every pair of socks sold, they donate a pair to someone in need. They have donated over 10 million pairs of socks to the homeless.
Lily and Laura: Local female artisans in Nepal hand-make each glass beaded bracelet to roll over any sized hand. Because each bracelet is handmade, no two are ever the same. They have an incredible number of different colors. You pick your color preference, and they will select the bracelet for you. The business focus of Lily and Laura is to pay their artisans above fair trade wages to improve their quality of life.
The Giving Keys: The goal of The Giving Key is to inspire people to pay it forward. They do this through their business model, which hires people transitioning out of homelessness. Each piece of jewelry is created using a key that has a word represent a core value imprinted on it. They encourage you to embrace the word, and then pay it forward by giving it to someone who needs the message. They also focus on creating a community – you can share your story including how you embraced it and who you gave it to on their website.
We hope this lists makes your shopping easier and inspires you to purchase products that gives back!
Do you know of other companies that are giving back to their communities through their business models or products? Email us at here. We would love to find more ways to give back!