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Amazing Companies that Give Back to the Community

Amazing Companies that Give Back to the Community

Maybe you already know that these companies give back to the community. Or, maybe, like me, you buy these products because you like them, never even knowing of their generous nature. These companies donate either products or money to charity with every purchase.

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This post originally appeared in 2017 and has been updated with new product information.

Kudos to these companies who give back every single day:

1. Love Your Melon

I have multiple hats from Love Your Melon (and they’re all my favorites). They’re warm, stylish and who can resist a good pom-pom? This Minnesota based company sells mainly online. Their hats are available in a few select Minneapolis boutiques (where I found mine) and now on Amazon. 

love your melon black beanie

They also sell hats for kids

Love Your Melon’s Mission Statement

I had no idea when I purchased my first hat of the inspiring mission statement behind the company.

Love Your Melon donates fifty-percent of all sales to organizations dedicated to fighting and treating pediatric cancer. Even more impressive, if you know of a child battling cancer, you may request a free hat from the company. They’ve given an impressive $6 million dollars to pediatric cancer charities and almost 200,000 beanies to affected children.

They sold out quickly on the Peloton Boutique with their limited edition I Can, I Will, I Am, I Do version.

The next time you think it’s just a cute hat, think again.

2. Bombas Socks

Search online and you’ll see people asking, “are Bombas socks worth it?” The answer is always yes. They are the best workout socks!

They don’t slip, they last a long time, and the company stands behind their product with a 100 percent happiness guarantee.

Even better, they have a growth guarantee. What does that mean? If your toddler or child outgrows their Bombas socks within a year, they will replace them for the next size for free!

Bombas’ Mission Statement

This online sock company gained recognition on Shark Tank. For every pair of socks sold, the company donates a pair of socks to a person in need. Did you know that socks are the number one item requested at homeless shelters? Bombas does and they have donated millions of pairs to date. In fact, the socks they donate are specially designed for the homeless population: an antibacterial treatment to reduce the need for washing complete with reinforced seams.

For a limited time, get 20 percent off your Bombas order by clicking below.

Bombas Holiday Sale

They also sell a small selection of Bombas socks on Amazon.

3. Out of Print

Perfect for the book lover in your life, Out of Print sells literary-themed products, from books to socks, totes, mugs, even matchbook sets. Their products feature bestselling, classic and banned books.

library book card mug library stamp women tshirt out of print out of print composition notebook black and white tote bag

Out of Print’s Mission Statement

Out of Print funds literacy programs and donates books to low-income communities. For every product it sells, they give away one book.  You can shop for Out of Print at its brick and mortar store in New York City, on its website, or on Amazon.com.

4. Warby Parker

My husband bought his first pair of glasses at Warby Parker. Located near his office in Manhattan, Warby Parker sells stylish and cool glasses at a fraction of the price of other stores. But what really sets this company apart from the competition is that for every pair of glasses they sell, they donate a pair to someone in need.

Check out their sunglasses too! 

You can shop for Warby Parkers at one of their shops or online.

5. The Shop Forward

I first discovered The Shop Forward when buying a friend a gift. I bought her a custom tote bag which listed four of her favorite things. I decided upon yoga, dark chocolate, wine, and green beauty.

They also sell T-shirts and tanks.

The Shop Forward’s Mission Statement

Their tag line is “Shop Forward + Pay It Forward” and a part of their proceeds for each product goes towards charity.

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6. Dave’s Killer Bread

What first attracted me to Dave’s Killer Bread? I’m always looking to add protein to my family’s diet. Dave’s Killer Bread is made from organic, non-GMO ingredients, with whole grains and no corn syrup.

dave's killer bread organic english muffins

This is available on Amazon Fresh, free for Prime Members and includes 1 to 2-hour delivery!

I never buy white bread but I do buy Dave’s White Bread Done Right, made with whole grains (not bleached flour) and super grains. My kids don’t know the difference.

Also, their bagels have 11 grams of protein!

Dave’s Killer Bread’s Mission Statement

It wasn’t until months of buying this bread, that I stopped to read the packaging and learned the meaning behind the company’s name. Dave, a former felon himself, founded a program that gives formerly incarcerated Americans a second chance at employment, changing their fates forever. You can even learn more about some of Dave’s employees.

Besides running various community-based volunteer programs, Dave’s Killer Bread donates more than 300,000 loaves of bread per year to food shelters and other organizations.

You can find some varieties of this bread at Costco or your local supermarket. You can also purchase them online through Amazon Fresh.

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7. Thrive Causemetics

The first time I used Thrive Causementics, I was hooked! 

My favorite products include their liquid lash extension mascara, their semi-permanent eyebrow gel, lipgloss, and CC cream.

They have a rewards sale and offer sales regularly. You can buy Thrive Causemetics online and just recently in Ulta Beauty stores

Thrive Causemetics’ Mission Statement

I knew of Thrive’s philosophy of buy one, give one. But upon reviewing their website, they now give so much more. They focus on women fighting cancer, surviving domestic abuse, and the homeless. They plan to give away $30 million worth of product this year.

8. TOP: The Organic Project

Once you realize that there are more environmentally and organic alternatives to your typical tampon and sanitary pad, it’s a no-brainer to switch. TOP: The Organic Project uses a subscription-based model (and which totally makes sense when your period occurs monthly!) and also sells a starter pack for young girls.

You can also buy it a la carte on Amazon.
top organic project tampons

TOP: The Organic Project’s Mission Statement

Besides making safer sanitary products for women, TOP: The Organic Project also donates products to women in need with each purchase.

9. Pura Vida 

I first learned of this company when a bracelet appeared in a swag bag from a convention I attended. I immediately looked them up. Pura Vida sells handmade woven jewelry to help support struggling artisans.

This jewelry is delicate and makes a great gift or stocking stuffer. 
pura vida handwoven bracelet from costa rica
You can buy them online at the Pura Vida website or on Amazon.

Pura Vida’s Mission Statement

Pura Vida sells bracelets, rings, and necklaces handmade by artisans in Costa Rica, India, and El Salvador. They also created the Charity Collection which gives back to almost 200 various organizations.

10. Toms Shoes

Every spring and fall, I buy a pair of Toms, and usually a pair for my kids too. 

This is my go-to shoe but I also love their wedge booties.
tan toms wedge bootie
Not only are they easy to throw on and super comfortable but Toms was one of the first companies who built his business on giving back.

Toms’ Mission Statement

By now, we probably all know about the mission behind Toms Shoes. Buy a pair of shoes, give a pair of shoes to someone in need. But did you know that through its sales, Toms also gives the gift of sight (glasses, medical treatment, and surgery), the gift of safe water, the gift of a safe birth, and supports bullying prevention?

You can find Toms on their online store, at Nordstrom, and Amazon.

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Carolyn A.

Thursday 25th of January 2018

I've been looking for companies that give back and this is one of the most well written articles I've found. Thank you for sharing the fun facts about each - I did not know that socks were the number one requested item at homeless shelters, and I've never heard of Dave's Bread until this, but he has such a cool story!

Michelle

Thursday 25th of January 2018

Thanks so much for your comment. I bought Dave's bread initially because it had added protein. I kept buying it because it's so good until finally I read the side of the packaging and learned why it's "killer." They sell it at Costco now too. I hope to keep adding companies to this list and creating a follow-up post.

Jen

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Love, love, love! I'm so much more likely to go ahead and make a purchase when I know a company gives back in some way. One of the websites I always head to for gifts because of the work they do is To the Market. I also bought my absolute FAVORITE necklace from 31 Bits, another great little business.

Thanks for sharing these! I'm excited to check out the ones I hadn't heard of!

Michelle

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

And I’m excited to check out your recommendations. I seriously love my hat.

emma

Monday 27th of November 2017

Lokai too-- and Ivory Ella. :-) Check them both out.

Michelle

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

I’ve heard of both but never purchased. Will keep them in mind for holiday shopping this week. Thanks for sharing.

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