Category Archives: Giving

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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Give Double the Water

We have a special treat for those of you who love to brew coffee at home! This holiday season, we are excited to announce a new collaboration with Chemex to create a special edition TOMS & Chemex Coffeemaker. For each purchase, TOMS & Chemex will each give one week of safe water to a person in need. That’s a total of two weeks of safe water! Globally, over 700 million people worldwide don’t have access to safe water, making it difficult for them to stay healthy, work or attend school. The TOMS Water Giving program features Giving Partners who have…

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Giving Team Perspectives: Podo treatment in Ethiopia

When TOMS began in 2006, just two people managed our Giving. As our commitment to giving grew, so too did the department. Today, we have a team of more than 20 people who bring a world of experience in the private sector, public health and NGOs, as well as field experience in the Peace Corps. They are working directly with our Giving Partners and have great stories to tell. Below we hear from Natasha D., one of our Giving Account Specialists on the Shoe Giving Team. What is your name and job title at TOMS? Natasha D’Agrosa and I’m a…

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TOMS Global Giver Travel Journal: Day Four

Our Global Giver Bayyina has experienced a lot during her time with TOMS. From shoe giving, to community visits to making new best friends in surprising places – it’s safe to say this experience has changed her life. Read on for final reflections on her time with us and her top five takeaways from the trip. The last and final day had come and we couldn’t believe all that had happened in just a week. Our final distribution was a small one at the Coprodeli school in Pisco, but the impact the kids left on us was huge. As we…

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TOMS Global Giver Travel Journal: Day Three

Our Global Giver Bayyina recently had the opportunity to visit our Giving Partner, Coprodeli in Peru. Between giving out shoes and visiting the communities, she created an incredible experience that she won’t soon forget. Read on to hear more about her third day in the Sun City. I love the sun and I mean LOVVVEEE the sun so when I found out that we were heading to Ica also known as “Sun City” I was beyond thrilled. When I said Peru surprised me, the dreary and cool weather was part of the surprise. Our first distribution of the day was…

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