Monika here. When I began Favor, I was in the middle of a cultural anthropology degree with the intention of working in non-profits. I may have changed career paths, but is has always been important to me to give back. I try to run this business as ethically and responsibly as possible by committing to hiring locally, manufacturing with the least toxic materials available, and sourcing our supplies from the US and Western Europe. Favor offers charity matching for our employees every year and we work to create a culture of giving. I am so happy that we can also help support these organizations.
We are currently donating 3% of all online sales to this charity in 2017. We have been so impressed by Oxfam's commitment to eliminating world poverty through a variety of programs, their dedication to helping in cases of natural disasters, and their research into the effectiveness of their aid.
From their site: "Nearly one out of every three of us lives in poverty. But we see a future in which no one does. The way we see it, poverty is solvable-- a problem rooted in injustice. [...] It disturbs us that in a world as rich as ours, many of us go hungry or don't have clean water. Many of us can't claim our human rights. It's wrong. And together we aim to do what's right".
CASA FOR MULTNOMAH, Washington, and Columbia COUNTies
We donated 15% of all online sales to CASA for the Black Friday 2017 weekend. CASA recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for children in the foster care system. On average, children who receive the support of CASA get access to services quicker, change foster homes less, and move through the system quicker.
Women for women international
We donated 5% of all online sales to this charity in 2016. In cases of war, it is often women who are the most marginalized. Women for Women works to help survivors of war and conflict by offering educational opportunities focused on social and economic empowerment.
Raphael house of Portland
During the 2016 Black Friday Weekend, we donated 15% of all sales to Raphael House. This charity runs a women's shelter in Portland, Oregon, giving beds and support to women and children fleeing domestic violence. They also offer advocacy and education programs with the intention of ending domestic violence for good.
UNICEF NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
I was lucky to travel through Nepal in 2014 and I feel a special connection to this place. The earthquakes that hit in 2015 devastated the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding areas. UNICEF focused on providing aid to children and families who lost everything in the disaster.
Scrap is a Portland-based arts charity that inspires creative reuse of materials. We donate tools and excess jewelry materials to them so that they can offer educational programs and affordable art materials to the community.