Category Archives: Giving

GIVING TRIPS PROGRAM: Frequently Asked Questions

One of our favorite things at TOMS is our Giving Trips Program!  Over the years, the program has evolved to provide an enriching experience for TOMS Employees, the TOMS Tribe, contest winners, distributors, vendors or retailers. March kicks off our first trips of 2016, so we wanted to answer a few of the frequently asked questions we get about the Giving Trips Program. What is a Giving Trip? A Giving Trip provides a unique opportunity to visit our Giving Partners (humanitarian organizations) in the field to learn about their work. Participants not only have the powerful experience of personally distributing…

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TOMS Passport Rewards Giving Trip Winner

Recently, we hosted a contest for TOMS Passport Rewards members to win a visit to one of our Giving Partners, see their work and help give shoes. Read on to get to know the winner Lindsay as she shares her favorite moments and unforgettable experiences from the trip. Name: Lindsay Bosch Hometown: Pleasanton, CA Age: 30 What makes you excited about TOMS? TOMS excites me because they have made it so easy for everyone to give. The One for One model, which I witnessed firsthand, is the real deal. When you buy a pair of shoes, it literally translates to…

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In the Field with LaRae from TOMS Eyewear Team

Today’s Giving Trip story was written by LaRae, a Lead Sales Operations Coordinator at TOMS. Day in and day out, you can find her helping our retailer partners replenish TOMS product while keeping them in the loop on all things Giving. Last November, LaRae had the opportunity to visit TOMS Giving Partner Visualiza and see how TOMS helps restore sight. Here she shares her experience from the field… Words cannot describe the excitement I felt when I learned I would have the opportunity to visit Guatemala and meet the Visualiza team who I had met over skype two years prior. While in Guatemala, I met a woman…

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TOMS X NRC: GIVING TO SYRIAN REFUGEES IN JORDAN

As the global refugee crisis continues, there are still many people displaced around the world. Too many people. For over a year, TOMS has partnered with Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Jordan to distribute thousands of shoes to Syrian refugees. Shoes are given to all children living in Za’atari and Azraq camps through NRC’s Learning Centres. These Centres provide informal education that support refugee children while they are forced to be out of school. NRC recently shared a story with our Giving Team about a twelve-year-old refugee named Noor. Due to the ongoing Civil War in Syria, Noor was forced to…

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Why We Stand #withMalala

by Sofi Newmyer, Social Entrepreneurship Manager at TOMS About a year ago, I snuck away from work to go to a crowded conference room to hear Malala Yousafzai speak. Only a high school junior, Malala captivated the adult audience with her lessons on courage, resolve, friendship, fear and leadership. She was gracious and humble. And her message was clear: it’s time to take a stand for girls’ education. Malala is no ordinary teenager: When the Taliban forced girls to stay home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, Malala defiantly went to school. When those around her were silent, Malala spoke…

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Giving Team Perspectives: Bullying Prevention and Response

When TOMS began in 2006, just two people managed our Giving. As our commitment to Giving grew, so too did the department. Below you’ll hear from Becky Kent, a Social Innovation and Impact Specialist at TOMS. Read on to learn how Becky plays a key role in TOMS High Road Backpack Collection and our newest give, Bullying Prevention and Response— With every backpack you purchase, TOMS will help stop bullying, one youth at a time. One for One. *Becky Kent pictured with students she met on a TOMS Shoe Giving Trip.  What do you in your role as a Social Innovation…

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GIVING TEAM PERSPECTIVES: GIVING SIGHT AROUND THE WORLD

When TOMS began in 2006, just two people managed our Giving. As our commitment to Giving grew, so did the department! Below you’ll hear from Dr. Shira Shafir, Director of Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS. Along with her small but mighty team, Shira supports our Sight Giving Partners by helping them to restore sight with every pair of TOMS Eyewear purchased. What does it mean to be part of the Sight Giving Team? My team determines which countries and partners our Sight Giving will be allocated to and how to have the maximum impact. All of our partners are medical…

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2015 was a big year for TOMS Giving!

We set out to accomplish a lot this year, from launching two new gives to overhauling our Giving website. Please join us as we share our top Giving moments from 2015: Continuing commitment to those most in need Thanks to your support, we have continued to work with our amazing Giving Partners to give in critical areas of need across the globe. We are proud to announce that as of December 2015 we have given 50 million pairs of shoes to children, helped restore sight to more than 360,000 people and have given over 250,000 weeks of safe water! As…

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Local Manufacturing Goal Reached

In 2013, TOMS made the commitment to produce a minimum of 1/3 of all our giving shoes in geographic regions where we gave by the end of 2015. Our goal was to invest in creating local jobs to stimulate local economies. As the end of 2015 approaches, we are happy to report that TOMS has not only met, but exceeded this goal! TOMS manufactures locally in Ethiopia, Haiti, India and Kenya, working with factories that comply with a Supplier Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct requires them to comply with local laws, along with internationally recognized standards concerning matters…

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