Mosquito

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 (our first one was End Youth Homelessness) 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.

Once our first ever donation was made in March 2020, I spent a bit of time thinking about what other charities we could support, and the best way to go about that.

What I came up with is 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 June 2021, for example, we’ve chosen The Climate Coalition – ‘the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change’.

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.

This has become a really important part of the The Happy Chair Company for me, which is why I bang on about it so much on this blog, I suppose. My contributions may only be small, but as they saying goes – if you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

Let’s do some good together.

Have a great week, vintage lovers,

H x

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