This week marks a FULL YEAR of Foundry Giving Fridays and, my, what a year it's been!
We launched our first-ever Foundry Giving Friday on July 17th 2020. Way back then we said:
Every Friday, starting mid-July, we will be donating 5% of our sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. We've seen firsthand that some of the most important work towards racial equity, environmental justice, and crucial support of humans in need and/or building beauty happens at the community level and we are hoping that these ongoing donations will serve as 1:1 investments back into the very communities where they can have the most impact.
It has been a wild year to say the least. This initiative started—in month 4 of what would end up being 13 months of full lockdown for the shop—as the synthesis of our pandemic moods (uncertainty, fear, gratitude, impotence) and our overwhelming need to do...something with our grief, rage, and privilege following the murder of George Floyd and everything that came after.
In the intervening 52 weeks we have connected with 54 small-and-mighty causes*—nominated by YOU, our Foundry Community—addressing everything from food security to birth equity, land sovereignty to housing insecurity, fair elections, accessible healthcare, art initiatives, healing funds, climate change, just farm systems, education, children, job training for the recently un-incarcerated, for single mothers, or for anyone who needs it, for indigenous land, foodways, and culture, fresh laundry, hot showers, free therapy, for liberty and social justice for ALL, and—of course—for three-legged dogs.
We are beyond proud to have donated $9,151.27 to these causes through your support and sales.
But, as we say every week "if you don't need anything from us, please consider donating directly"... and we have been BEYOND humbled and honored and proud that YOU have.
Many of you have reached out to us to tell us you skipped ordering from us in order to put your support behind that week's recipient. You have followed up with us to say that you connected with a new-to-you organization or cause and have set up ongoing donations. You have volunteered and shared and amplified and joined and given.
Anna put it best to us last year: We can't solve all the things but we must do something...and to someone that something might mean everything.
Thank you all, with deepest gratitude, for being with us as we continue to strive to do and be better within our human community.
So. Friday comes again. Check out this week's nomination, and If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.
*For inquiring minds and because we love lists, here's a full list of this year's Foundry Giving Friday Recipients:
4/16/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: NAACP Legal Fund Matching Donation + The George Floyd Global Memorial