Whether you’re shopping for holiday gifts or everyday items, make sure you’re money goes far by choosing charitable companies. When you spend your hard-earned holiday dollars at businesses that give a portion of those dollars to nonprofits, grassroots organizations and charity companies, you can feel better about splurging.
So this holiday season, give twice with every item you purchase and buy products from charitable companies.
Donation structure: Company donates 100 percent of proceeds from Charity Pot line.
Amount given: $18 million
If you’re looking for beauty and bath gift ideas, consider shopping at Lush. Lush makes coveted, Instagram-ready bath and beauty products, perfume, makeup and shower products. One of the most special is Charity Pot, a body lotion first developed in 2007. Since then, the company has donated every single after-tax penny of Charity Pot profits to grassroots charities in more than 40 countries in support of animal rights, environmentalism and humanitarian causes.
In addition, the company gives 2 percent of the amount it spends on packaging and raw materials to community projects and sustainable farming.
Donation structure: Buy one give one — Yoobi donates an item for every item purchased.
Amount given: Enough to impact more than 2 million children
Virtually every single teacher in America spends out-of-pocket money on essential classroom materials for total spending of $1.6 billion every single year. The Yoobi mission is to alleviate that burden. The company sells supplies ranging from notebooks and writing instruments to pen cups and art materials.
When you buy one, Yoobi donates one — and that transaction takes place every 2.5 seconds. That means that Yoobi gives an item to a grateful teacher for use in a real-world classroom 34,552 times per day, every single day.
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Donation structure: Donations by need
Amount given: 12.43 million products donated in 2017 alone
Star actress and model Jessica Alba founded Honest Company, which sells household goods like laundry detergent, vitamins and baby products. It also operates with a commitment to social responsibility. In 2017 alone, the company donated nearly 11 million diapers and more than 1.5 million pieces of gear, vitamins, personal care and home products.
Raising a child is no easy feat and can get very expensive. Financially, many American families are unable to provide for their babies. In 2016, the company partnered with the White House to spread awareness about and provide assistance to the one in three American families that can’t afford diapers. More recently, the company organized and contributed to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Donation structure: One for One (a matched donation for each purchase)
Amount given: 75 million pairs of new TOMS shoes, 500,000 sight-saving surgeries, 450,000 weeks of safe water and 175,000 safe births.
TOMS is known for its bags, apparel, sunglasses, baby clothes — and most of all, its signature shoes. The company’s One for One model, which gives away one item for every one bought, started with the brand’s trademark footwear.
The Los Angeles-based company has now expanded its shoe donation efforts to a range of services and charities in more than 70 countries. It has a network of “giving partners” that help TOMS provide access to eye care, safe deliveries for mothers and clean drinking water. One hundred percent of TOMS offerings are sustainably sourced and the company focuses on job creation and social entrepreneurship.
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Donation structure: 1 percent of all sales donated to nonprofits
Amount given: $74 million in cash
Outdoor clothing company Patagonia — known for its commitment to durability and its lifetime guarantee — has been giving back to the world since 1985 with its 1% For the Planet program. As the name implies, Patagonia donates 1 percent of all profits to both domestic and global grassroots nonprofit organizations.
Billing itself as “The Activist Company,” Patagonia’s philanthropic mission centers on environmental causes. It promotes employee activism and engages in corporate partnership with other big companies. On Black Friday in 2016, the company donated 100 percent of the day’s profits to environmental organizations.
Donation structure: Buy a bag and BOGO Bowl gives a bag to a pet in need
Amount given: N/A
BOGO stands for buy one, get one — and that’s exactly what BOGO Bowl does. Whenever a customer buys a bag of dog food, BOGO Bowl donates one to shelters and rescues. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, the company also has agreements with foster-based organizations.
The company’s natural foods contain no byproducts or artificial ingredients, and it aids organizations through two programs: BOGO Buddies and BOGO Partners. The company also gives to animal groups that promote it on social media.
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The Giving Keys
Donation structure: Provides jobs for people transitioning out of homelessness
Amount given: More than 70 jobs created.
Many companies sell jewelry, but few offer necklaces, bracelets, earrings and keychains made with the mission and purpose promoted by The Giving Keys. The jewelry it produces is made from keys, which represent the symbolism of opening doors. Each piece is inscribed with words that embody the mission, like CREATE, INSPIRE and DREAM.
Instead of raising money and giving donations, the organization empowers people seeking to escape poverty and homelessness by giving them jobs and teaching them a trade. All jobs are full time, and employees are compensated with a living wage in the city of Los Angeles.
Donation structure: Gives good jobs with fair pay to artisans in developing countries who craft the goods the company sells.
Amount given: 7,700 jobs around the world.
Enrou — which employs more than 7,700 people in 47 global communities — sells accessories, home goods and jewelry. The company’s mission statement is “to inspire and empower people to explore how to beautifully craft, curate, and discover a life of meaning.”
Although Enrou reinvests profits into the communities it serves, the company prefers not to “give” money or goods to needy people like many other charities. Instead, it provides work, which empowers its beneficiaries to earn a dignified living and learn skills that will benefit them and their families for the rest of their lives.
Love Your Melon
Donation structure: 50 percent of profit given
Amount given: $2.68 million and 123,706 beanies
Kids who lost their hair from cancer treatments need soft, warm hats. That’s where Love Your Melon’s mission comes into play. The company’s website states, “Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer.”
It donates 50 percent of all profits, works to raise awareness and supports 840 “crews” that take kids on Superhero Adventures like helicopter rides and exciting day trips.
Donation structure: Donates money to clear land of unexploded ordnance
Amount given: Donations to charity have made 130,000 square miles of Laos safe for people and animals
Article 22 sells jewelry of all shapes, sizes and colors. Its trademark item is PEACEBOMB, which is a collection of jewelry handcrafted in Laos from weapon shrapnel used in the Vietnam War. Proceeds help clear unexploded ordnance in Laos, the most heavily bombed nation in the world per capita.
During America’s secret war in Laos, bombers dropped a bomb load every eight minutes, 24 hours a day for nine years. Of the 250 million bombs dropped in the country, 80 million failed to detonate. The Article 22 mission is to clear that land and turn weapons of war into jewelry that serves the cause of peace.
Donation structure: Buy a Pair, Give a Pair
Amount given: 3 million pairs of glasses
Because a single pair of glasses in the developing world can increase productivity by 35 percent and boost a person’s income by 20 percent, eyeglass maker Warby Parker made improving impaired vision in poor countries its mission. The company’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program exists to serve the world’s 2.5 billion people who need glasses but can’t afford them.
The company distributes vision care and glasses to schoolchildren directly through their classrooms — teachers are often the first to spot vision issues — and gives free vision exams and sells highly discounted glasses to adults. The company’s Pupil’s Project provides vision help for underserved students in the U.S.
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Donation structure: One Pair Purchased = One Pair Donated
Amount given: 4.74 million pairs of socks donated
According to Bombas, socks are requested more than anything else by people staying in homeless shelters. When a customer buys a pair of socks, Bombas donates a pair of socks to someone in a shelter — but not just any old pair of socks. The socks it donates are designed specifically for the people who need them.
Because people in shelters often wear their socks for days in a row, Bombas makes them with reinforced seams and antimicrobial properties. The company works with partners in all 50 states ranging from small shelters to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Twice As Warm
Donation structure: Wear One, Give One
Scarves, hats, gloves and tops are the name of the game at Twice As Warm. For every one of those warm winter items it sells, it donates an identical item to someone in need. The company issues its donations by visiting homeless shelters and emergency shelters. It also reaches out to schools to find out which children are reporting to school without appropriate cold-weather clothing.
All of the clothing the company makes and donates is made in America. Twice as Warm also gives back through its Give $10, Get $10 program.
Donation structure: Donates a portion of sales profits through a network of partners
Amount given: 4.3 million trees planted, 116,000 malaria treatments, 4 million meals distributed in the U.S., anti-bullying programs attended by 35,000 kids, 1.2 million hours of education, 1.4 million months of clean water, 1.5 million hours of shelter for needy people
Project 7 sells gourmet gum and mints, and if you decide to treat your taste buds, you’ll also make an impact in the world. The company donates to a broad range of nonprofits and charities across seven critical areas: the pursuit of peace, healing the sick, teaching children, providing clean water, eliminating hunger, environmentalism and homelessness.
The company’s nonprofit partners include Lifewater, Children’s Hunger Fund, Samaritan’s Purse, Splash and Trees, and Water & People.
Donation structure: The company donates a meal for every $10 purchase
Amount given: More than 10 million meals
BoxLunch sells apparel, accessories and pop culture merchandise of all shapes and sizes — but the company also works hard to fill grumbling stomachs. BoxLunch formed a partnership with Feeding America, which is the top hunger-relief organization in the country. It serves the 41 million Americans facing hunger issues and food shortages. When a customer spends $10 in a BoxLunch store or online, the company donates a meal to Feeding America.