A Year Of Giving Back: Our Giving Friday Turns One

A Year Of Giving Back: Our Giving Friday Turns One

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 showersfree 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:

7/16/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Avenues For Youth


7/9/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Three Rivers Fibershed


7/2/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: In Memoriam, Whitney Anderson

 

6/25/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Springboard For The Arts

 

6/18/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Hmong American Farmers Association


6/11/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Hired

 

6/4/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: THE DRIP Mobile Shower Unit

 

5/28/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Dream Of Wild Health

 

5/21/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Pollinate Minnesota

 

5/14/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Green Garden Bakery

 

5/7/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Rebellion Relief Fund

 

4/30/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Project Success

 

4/23/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: 612 M*A*S*H

 

4/16/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: NAACP Legal Fund Matching Donation + The George Floyd Global Memorial

 

4/9/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Urban Roots

 

4/2/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Highland Friendship Club

 

3/26/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Asian Americans Advancing Justice

 

3/19/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Seed Savers Exchange

 

3/12/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Black Table Arts

 

3/5/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Climate Generation

 

2/26/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Honor The Earth

 

2/19/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Tripawds!

 

2/12/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: The Birth Sanctuary

 

2/5/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Family Tree Clinic

 

1/29/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Centro Tyrone Guzman

 

1/22/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Fair Fight

 

1/15/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Slingshot Memphis

 

1/8/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Reel Start

 

1/1/2021 Foundry Giving Friday: Loveland Foundation

 

12/25/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Tubman

 

12/18/2020 Foundry (Double Whammy!) Giving Friday: St. Stephen's and Better Futures Minnesota

 

12/11/2020 Foundry (Double Whammy!) Giving Friday: Cheyenne River Youth Project and MIGIZI

 

12/4/2020 Foundry (Double Whammy!) Giving Friday: Ampersand Families and Avenues For Youth

 

11/27/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cycle For Survival

 

11/20/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Countryside Support & Memory Center

 

11/13/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Honor The Earth

 

11/6/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Emerge Mother's Academy

 

10/30/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Protectors of Equality in Government

 

10/23/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: The Sheridan Story/Every Meal

 

10/16/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: We the People Opportunity Farm

 

10/9/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Headway Emotional Health Services

 

10/02/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: ZACAH

 

9/25/20 Foundry Giving Friday: Metro Midwifery

 

9/18/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Natural Resources Defense Council

 

9/11/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Ampersand Families

 

9/04/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: MAD DADS

 

8/28/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Breaking Free

 

8/21/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Women Winning

 

8/14/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: The 40 Acres & A Mule Project

 

8/7/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Juxtaposition Arts

 

7/31/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: The People's Laundry MPLS

 

7/24/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Avenues For Youth

 

7/17/2020 Foundry Giving Friday: Native Governance Center

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