20+ Brands That Give Back on International Women's Day
International Women's Day on March 8 and Women's History Month this March are a big reminder that women are A) amazing and B) have played a vital role in history. But also a reminder that we still face severe equity challenges and general backwards thinking about what we can and cannot do. Supporting brands that want to level the playing field is one way to make a difference with your wallet. Here are 20 charitable brands we're eyeing right now.
For the month of March, Papier will donate 100 percent of profits of these limited edition notebooks, cards and paper to Gurls Talk, an organization that provides resources and a safe space for womxn and girls to talk about mental health.
West Elm partnered with eight female designers on a limited-edition, upcycled shower curtain collection to support BSR's HERproject, an initiative that strives to empower women workers in global supply chains. Fifty percent of each purchase price benefits the org.
For all of March, Casetify is donating $5 of every case sold from the Her Impact Matters collection (all designed by women artists) to Equality Now, which supports equal rights for women and girls.
The period underwear brand fights for reproductive rights and puberty education through its GiveRise giveback program.
Every purchase you make at Tatcha supports its girls education program Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures. As of January 31, 2021, purchases have provided 5,064,693 days of school to girls around the world.
On March 8, Kendra Scott will introduce the new Giveback Stack: a trio made up of the Everlyne, Jenna (shown), and Ari Heart bracelets, 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit The Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute.
Through its Hope & Grace initiative, Philosophy works to support women's mental health and has donated more than $5.4 million to financial grants that focus on prevention, treatment and empowering women.
Through its Better to Give program, Uncommon Goods will donate $1 to a Better to Give partner of your choice, including Rainn, an anti-sexual violence organization.
Treat yourself (or your bestie) to flowers this IWD. Urban Stems and the dating app Bumble designed four bouquets that celebrate women and support the ACLU's Women's Rights Project.
Mango has launched a capsule collection of t-shirts and a tote bag designed by Mexican artist Ana Leovy. All profits will be donated to the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, an org promoting gender-equality projects in southern India.
The sustainable bedding brand partners with One Girl, a charity empowering girls through education.
Boden will donate £1 from every global order made on Monday, March 8 to The Prince's Trust's #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign, an initiative created to help support young women in need across the UK.
The menstrual cup company has provided pads and health education to girls in India, Kenya, and the United States.
Skincare brand Strange Bird donates 1 percent of its sales to causes related to women's mental health.
Gap is releasing an International Women's Day Teen Graphic Organic Cotton T-Shirt along with a $25k donation to Girls, Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to enabling girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.
Through the month of March, 50 percent of sales of PopSockets' new PopGrip collection will benefit the Malala Fund, which is working toward helping girls learn and lead by providing free, safe, and quality education.
The accessories brand, from designer Christina J. Wang, is partnering with Girl Rising, which aims to ensure that girls around the world are educated and empowered. CJW will donate all profits from sales of the History She Wrote print purchased March 5 to 8.
In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th, 25 percent of every Avec Les Filles sale will go to Girls, Inc.
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Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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