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.
If you’re this kinda person (we know you are and we already love it about you), know that a minimum of 10% of whatever Green Chair Stories earns is given directly to nonprofits close to our hearts.
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.
LCC Comfort Dog Program raises Golden Retrievers to be working animals, trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. The pups serve every day in the community in which they are placed and are dispatched in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them. Life is traumatic, we all need a dog to hold sometimes.
Together, Rising raises funds through Love Flash Mobs. With an average gift of $25, the organization identifies what is breaking the hearts of their givers as they look around their world, and then connects that generosity with the people and organizations who are effectively addressing that critical need. (Kaitlyn would like to reserve the right to change her mind because there are too many incredible people doing incredible things to choose from.)
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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