Cool Earth

Not too long ago, (or maybe a million years ago, it’s hard to judge these days) I wrote to you about Work for Good, a fantastic organisation who make it supremely easy for small business to donate to charity, without all the legal faff that can make something simple really quite off putting.

For those of you who don’t know, Work for Good is a fundraising platform which helps small businesses donate to charity. You sign up, choose a charity (so far we’ve donated to End Youth Homelessness, You Make It, Water Smart Foundation, and Plan International) and set up a donation – either a percentage of sales, or a specific amount related to your sales and products. Then you donate! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Since our first donation in March of this year, I’ve been trying to think of how we can support a many causes as possible. I’ve come up with a charity of the month kind of thing, where a percentage of ALL sales for that month will be donated to whichever group we’re focusing on. So for October, for example, we’ve chosen Cool Earth, “a charity that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and its impact on climate change.” Crucially, Cool Earth work with “local and indigenous knowledge to develop innovative ways to address threats to the forest while making communities stronger and more resilient” – they’re not just swooping in and claiming to have all the answers, but actually looking to the communities who live and work there to find the best solutions.

I don’t want this to be just ‘pick a theme for a month then move on’, but I do want to support as many amazing organisations as I can – it’s a tricky balance. With that in mind, all the groups I have on my list are related, as they cover topics of environmentalism, gender and racial equality. There are huge amounts of resources out there explaining how these topics are connected (get Googling – intersectional environmentalism and intersectional feminism are good starting points), so I hope that there is a sense of overall cohesion to the charities that I’m choosing to support, whilst also acknowledging the individual causes.

It’s certainly not a definitive list, either, so please feel free to let me know of any organisations out there that you’d like to see The Happy Chair Company supporting.

Let’s do some good together.

Have a good week, vintage lovers,

H x

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