If brands who sell soda, shoes, and home appliances get to have a tab for “Sustainability” on their site, then we want one too.
After all, our motto is that we are making it all up as we go, so why not make up a business model we can feel proud of?
We see this part of the business as a collective effort, our best collaboration. Your decision in hiring us is one that makes the world just a little bit better. Allow us to explain …
We believe in radical generosity.
The kind that makes people ask, “But why are you doing this? What’s the catch?” There is no catch. Generosity breaks the rules. It builds gratitude and proves the good in the world. It’s unexpected and surprising.
It is our personal definition of joy.
No, we don’t always give boatloads of money away. Mostly because we don’t make boatloads of money. But there is so much more to give besides money. We can give our time, our attention, and our natural skill sets. And we can encourage every single person who works with us to give as well.
HOW THAT WORKS:
- If you hire us, you have a choice. You can either donate money to a nonprofit organization of your choice, or you can pay a 10% charge, which we will then donate to a nonprofit of our choice.
- You’ll make that decision when you book. You have 24 hours from the time of signing the contract to show us your receipt and then we will invoice you accordingly.
- This is tax-deductible for you and you get to choose where your money goes. I see it as a win-win.
For the money we make outside of services, we have a few “anchor” organizations that get monthly donations or large one-time donations each year, no matter what. But then we get to decide where the overflow money goes depending on what’s happening throughout the year: disaster relief, social movements, global crisis relief efforts, etc. Here is the favorite of each of our team members:
Legacy Collective is a Giving Circle community which means the money an individual donates is greatly multiplied by hundreds of other small-scale donors. LC combines their monthly investments to fund innovative, sustainable solutions to systemic issues like homelessness, refugee support, and education all over the world. As investors in this circle, we get to vote on where the money goes every quarter. Rachel also recently joined the Advisory Board.
Ocean Conservancy works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. They create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. please We may be landlocked, but Jenny is raising two young environmentalists who want to keep the oceans clean and thriving for their favorite animals, hammerhead sharks and orca whales.
Hope House provides free self-sufficiency programs to parenting teen moms in three key areas. They provide opportunities for personal, educational and economic self-sufficiency for teen moms. This includes educational assistance through High School & GED and College & Career Programs. The Housing Support Program provides metro-Denver’s only Residential Program for teen moms, and additional housing supports through various partnerships. The Early Learning & School Age Program focuses on literacy and social-emotional development; early intervention services; ; and provides a Parenting Program for teen moms. All programs are designed to transform the lives of two generations at Hope House.
The mission of Youth Seen is to foster and empower the social and emotional well-being of LGBTQI youth and their families in all communities.
The organization works with communities and stands as a leader in the local Colorado area, and beyond, for establishing partnerships with groups who specifically tailor their resources, education and outreach to the young BIPoC + LGBTQIA+ community. Youth Seen strives to highlight the intersections that many communities of color face when addressing social issues that impact families that identify under the umbrella of LGBTQI.
The Center on Colfax has a program for LGBTQ+ youth here in Colorado. Although LGBTQ+ youth only make up about 3.5% of the general youth population, they are 40% of the unaccompanied homeless youth. The Center provides events and activities, counseling and support groups, health services and life skills—all in a warm and welcoming environment.
When we say we can’t do this without our clients, it’s 100% true.
It’s simple: the more we make, the more we give.
That 10% number is never going to change. The best part of seeing our revenue increase is seeing the number we give spike up alongside it. This isn’t a marketing ploy or something to showboat, this is something we believe down to our core.
To whom much is given, much is expected.
That’s either from The Bible or a Tolkien novel.
We aren’t going to look it up, but we will live by it.
Thanks for being here and maybe being a part of this whole thing.
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