Philanthropic Females: Shop These Women-Owned Brands That Are Giving Back
Shop with a purpose!
March is Women’s History Month - one of the easiest ways to celebrate is by supporting women-owned businesses. There are so many incredible brands and businesses out there that are female-founded and operated. You can find a women-owned business for any category or item you’re shopping for, so there’s no excuse not to support them. Buy the things you’d normally buy, but from a female-fronted business instead of a big box brand! You can browse our site for various women-owned businesses to support, and we’ve also highlighted a special philanthropic few in this list.
The women-owned businesses on this list are all focused and centered around giving back - donating part or all of their profits to various organizations and causes. By supporting these brands, not only will you be diversifying your spending and supporting women in business, but you’ll also be helping fund the causes that these brands stand for - a win, win, win all around!
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Olivela is an online marketplace that donates 20% of its proceeds to nonprofits including children’s charities. We really think more people should know about Olivela, they sell pretty much every designer fashion and beauty brand you can think of, while always donating to nonprofits at no additional cost to you. Founder and CEO Stacey Boyd joined the legendary Malala Yousafzai on a visit to refugee camps in Kenya and Rwanda. While on the trip, Boyd met amazing girls and young women who faced serious hardships like poverty, war, forced marriage, and lack of education. Boyd knew she had to do something to help, which is what prompted her to start Olivela. This online marketplace is basically like a Nordstrom that gives back a fifth of its proceeds to charity - so next time you’re shopping, please consider buying from Olivela so that your purchase can make a difference.
2. Fernweh Editions
Fernweh Editions is a women-owned candle company that hand pours their candles in small batches using an all-natural soy coconut wax blend for a cleaner and healthier burn. Their candles are completely toxin-free - containing no synthetic dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or toxic chemicals. EVER. Fernweh puts an emphasis on giving back, proudly partnering with Rainbow Railroad, a Canadian charity that helps LGBTQI+ people around the world find safety from persecution. By supporting Fernweh Editions, you’re helping save an LGBTQI+ life.
3. Nikki E. Designs
Nicole Escalante launched her jewelry brand, Nikki E. Designs, with a single goal in mind: to create beautiful quality jewelry that helps enhance the goddess each woman has inside. The brand offers effortless, chic jewelry - known best for their dainty and unique designs that are perfect for layering (or worn alone!). Every piece is handcrafted locally in Miami, FL using sterling silver dipped in 18k gold. With every sale, 10% goes to different charities every month, such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During the holiday months, 10% of sales go to buying toys for the children of the Chapman Center in Miami.
4. Seattle Chocolate Company
The story behind Seattle Chocolate Company is so interesting and inspiring. Seattle Chocolate Company has been around since 1991, however, in 2001 their factory was destroyed by an earthquake. This is when entrepreneur, mother, and investor Jean Thompson stepped in as owner and CEO, and gave the company a fresh start - turning it into the success that it is today. In 2012, Jean created jcoco, a new chocolate brand under the Seattle Chocolate umbrella, with a focus on feeding the hungry. With each jcoco purchase, jcoco donates fresh servings of food to those in need. They’ve made a huge impact so far, donating almost 4 million servings to date! Additionally, Seattle Chocolate is proud to partner with Girls Inc., an organization inspiring girls to confidently effect change in the world. With every Seattle Chocolate purchase, 10% of net profits support programming that focuses on physical and mental health, academic success, and life skills for girls. If you didn’t already need an excuse to indulge in some chocolates, their philanthropies are enough to convince you!
Did you know that the average cost for adopting a child in the US can be anywhere from $30,000 to $70,000+. This egregiously high fee makes it extremely difficult for many families to adopt, especially since the average salary in the US is around $54,000, many families can't afford such high adoption fees. This is why Becky Fawcett decided to found HelpUsAdopt.org, an equality-based organization seeking to reduce the financial burden of adoption by awarding large, life-changing grants to families hoping to adopt. You can support this cause and help unite a child in need with a loving new family, by purchasing one of their bracelets. The bracelets range from $35 to $100, and 100% of the profits go towards the organization's grant program. We highly encourage you to support this organization and consider buying one of these bracelets for yourself, or as a gift to a loved one.
We love the sustainable womenswear brand, Lezat, for so many reasons. First off is their affordability; all of their easy-to-wear pieces are under $200. Lezat focuses on “luxe loungewear”, which, at a time like this, has never been more needed! They offer jumpsuits, pajamas, activewear, and loungewear that's super comfortable but also looks really cute and flattering. Grab the tissues because their philanthropy will really tug on your heartstrings! All of the brand’s leftover fabric scraps are repurposed into dog beds for local animal shelters, dog rescues, and homeless dog owners in Los Angeles, so every order helps a pup in need. Beyond their support for the local pups, they also have a Mask Donation Program, with every mask purchased, one will be donated through their partners to frontline workers, food banks, shelters, or schools.
Founded in 1945 by Florence Zacks Melton, Dearfoams is a slipper brand that introduced the world’s first-ever foam-cushioned washable slipper! 75 years later and they’re still selling their innovative slippers, and have expanded their product line to include a wide range of slipper varieties. Dearfoams makes slippers you can wear indoor or outdoor, so you can take the comfort of home with you wherever you are. In honor of their 75th anniversary, Dearfoams is giving back by donating 7,500 pairs of slippers to individual heroes and organizations that are making a difference.
Haverhill, founded and designed by Haverhill Leach, is a fine jewelry brand with an emphasis on giving back. Her offerings range from customizable jewelry to birthstone pieces, and she even has a whole range of collections that donate to organizations and nonprofits near and dear to the brand. Her various Shop For Good collections each support a different cause; Color of Change, The Trevor Project, Meals on Wheels America, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Bright Pink, the Nature Conservancy and many more. They are also currently donating funds to save the children in Ukraine with their new Solidarity collection.
Coconu was the first company to produce a coconut oil-based lubricant that is USDA certified organic. Their products are made with organic coconut oil, organic coconut water, and other all-natural ingredients. 100% natural, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and edible - these lubricants are one of a kind! Coconu partners with several charities that share their mission of improving sexual health and wellness. One of the companies they donate to is the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on ovarian cancer research, advocacy, and patient support.
10. Honey Pot Co.
The Honey Pot Co. specializes in natural, plant-derived feminine wellness. Known as “the first complete feminine care system powered by herbs”, all of the Honey Pot’s products are safe for skin, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and gynecologist-approved. Giving back is at the core of Honey Pot’s mission, in fact, every year since their inception, they’ve set aside 2% of sales to donate to charitable organizations that share their intention to provide access, connection, kindness, and education to humans with vaginas across the globe. Through their own social impact initiative, Cake, they serve vulnerable populations by addressing their needs in varying ways. You can go to Honey Pot Co’s website and in their social impact section, you can learn about which organizations they work with and even see statistics about how much they’ve donated. We encourage you to take a look because it’s so inspiring to see just how significant of an impact this women-led brand has made on the world.
11. Gifting Brands
Jeannie Barsam started Gifting Brands because she wanted to help women, children, and families in need. As a 501c3 nonprofit, Gifting Brands is an online marketplace with luxury goods where 100% of profits go to charity. Through their charity partners you are able to directly impact, empower, and support the lives of women, children and families - all while shopping for things you would already be buying. Through their inventory philanthropy model, they give retailers a sustainable, charitable method of managing their inventory, reducing environmental impacts, and connecting them with consumers who care. Some of the charities they donate to include The Family Place, empowering and aiding victims of family violence, Charity: Water, bringing clean drinking water to people in developing countries, and many more. So spread the word, and shop Gifting Brands for your next purchase!
12. Partner's Coffee
Partner's Coffee is a specialty coffee roaster based out of Brooklyn with an unwavering commitment to sourcing and roasting quality coffee. Their coffee is sourced sustainably through long-term partnerships that allow their partners to invest in and improve their local communities. Their relationships with these suppliers strengthen the security and building of community projects - for example, their partners in Ethiopia and Honduras have been able to implement upgrades to local schools that will benefit future generations. On top of sustainable and intentional sourcing, Partner’s Coffee also frequently donates to local businesses, schools, and charitable organizations. They also work with a number of non-profit organizations, including SeedCo, which is dedicated to youth advancement in the workplace.
13. Kids Crafts: Crafts With a Purpose
At Kids Crafts, they believe that every girl has the power to change the world and they’re on a mission to craft the next generation of mighty women. By sharing inspiring stories of famous female trailblazers or showing your girl how to start her first business, their craft kits go far beyond “playtime”. Kids Crafts teach girls valuable skills, helps them express themselves through art, and encourages them to think outside of the box. Their various craft boxes include “LeadHer”, telling the story of an amazing female role model, “InnovateHer”, including everything she needs to start a small business selling handmade crafts, and “CreateHer”, easy to complete craft projects for young artists of all ages. These hands-on projects and activities are engaging, inspiring, and will teach your little one so much. Plus, each purchase impacts girls around the world - Kids Crafts proudly donates a portion of their proceeds to non-profits like Malala Fund, Waffles and Mochi, and Girls Write Now.
Carewell is an e-commerce platform dedicated to providing caregivers the supplies they need, all in one easy-to-shop marketplace. They're on a mission to provide the educational content and vetted products caretakers need, along with the respect and convenience they deserve. The website is easily-navigable and allows you to shop by various needs - everything from inconteinence to nutrition products. Carewell.com gives back to caregivers around America through their annual award program, Carewell’s Caregiver of the Year, which recognizes outstanding caregivers and awards them through recognition and a monetary prize. In November of 2021, Carewell announced a partnership with the Alzheimer's Association where customers can donate to the organization directly and Carewell will match it up to $25,000.
15. Starfish Project
This jewelry brand is making a difference in the fight against human trafficking. The Starfish Project is a Social Enterprise with a Holistic Care Program that cares for women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. Through their social enterprise initiative, they have employed and trained over 160 women and served thousands more through their community outreach. They equip exploited women and girls with the tools they need to build an independent life, providing specialized vocational training to help these women develop careers in various fields. Next time you're shopping for jewelry, consider the Starfish Project and help fight human trafficking.
This ethically and sustainably made swimwear and apparel brand is rooted in philanthropy and creating positive change in our global community. Londre was founded by two best friends who wanted to create the most flattering, high-quality garments with the lowest possible environmental impact. They use their small business to make quantifiable change for women and the environment, with initiatives leading to the removal of 4,500lbs of garbage off of BC's coast, and planting 450 baby corals. With a minimum of 6 recycled plastic bottles in every swimsuit, so far, they've removed over 750,000 plastic bottles from beaches and streets to create their swimwear. Plus, for every $150 spent, they plant a coral! Londre has donated tens of thousands of dollars to environmental and women's health initiatives including Amazon Watch and The Ocean Clean Up Project. With summer around the corner, shop Londre for your swimwear needs and support the environment!
Founders of Wombilee, Raffinaé LaJuan and C.Nichole, come from a history of philanthropy. As founders of the nonprofits Pan African Think Tank, and Moms for Medals, Raffinaé and C.Nichole got a first-hand look at period poverty. Their experiences and will to make a difference are what pushed them to found their menstrual pads company, Wombilee. Wombilee is a Black-women owned, family-owned, non-toxic, chemical-free, menstrual pad with 7 layers of protection. Wombilee distributes hypoallergenic, organic cotton, perforated Biodegradable Moderate pads to women in need around the globe. Knowing that some rural villages and small towns may not have the best waste management system, everything from the menstrual pads to the box is biodegradable. Next time you need to buy pads, purchase from Wombilee so that you’ll be helping another womb in need!
18. Delicora Jewelry
Founder of Delicora Jewelry, Sandra Martinelli, creates every unique collection with all skin types in mind - using hypoallergenic 14k gold filled and sterling silver materials. Her handmade, high-quality, lightweight, and delicate jewelry can be worn on any occasion; the styles are truly elegant and timeless. This women-owned jewelry brand prides itself on its charitable DNA. For every piece sold, 20 meals are donated to fighting hunger through Feeding America. Delicora also participates in additional efforts to give back with programs including Dress for Success, UNICEF, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services, the California Fire Foundation and many more.
19. GroWise Be Well
GroWise Be Well is a holistic and metaphysical lifestyle company founded in 2018 by holistic education entrepreneur and thought leader, Sarah Southwell. GWBW proudly supports and collaborates with regenerative, eco-friendly businesses, to provide you their showcase of small-batch products made with positive intentions. GWBW offers natural, holistic treatments, products, and information that can help you find balance - just like they helped founder, Sarah. GWBW does so much for the community - selling products from small businesses, local artists, and vendors all from the USA. Not only do they support small businesses, but they also are a proud member of 1% For the Planet, donating at least one percent of their annual revenue to environmental causes. GWBW offers everything from crystals, to beginners guides to meditation, be sure to check out their unique collection and support small businesses.
20. Infamous Swim
Infamous Swim is an Australia n swimwear brand that's fully dedicated to empowering women and promoting positive body image. They believe every woman and every kind of body deserves to feel confident, sexy, empowered, and comfortable in their swimwear, which is one of the reasons why they proudly offer sizing up to 3XL. From bikinis, one-piece swimsuits, rash suits and beyond, every garment we create is designed for the female form, in every shape and size, through every stage of womanhood. Infamous Swim also offers “mini” versions of many of their suits, so that you can match with your little one! Infamous Swim gives back through their partnerships with a number of Australian nonprofit organizations like Share the Dignity, 3 Sons Fitness, Variety Children’s Charity, and The Good Friday Appeal.
21. Cincha Travel
If you’ve ever traveled with a suitcase, you know the common dilemma of placing your purse or carry-on on the suitcase handle but having it slip and slide off. Cincha was designed to solve this problem and make traveling easier. Offered in an array of styles and colors, Cincha’s Travel Belt secures your personal bag to your luggage, so you can transport your luggage simply and efficiently. The company’s mission is to simplify travel for everyone and also to make travel more accessible for those in need. They’ve partnered with the nonprofit, Miles4Migrants, to donate 100 frequent flier airline miles per Travel Belt purchase to help reconnect migrant families. Cincha will also be donating 20% of profits on International Women’s Day to (Sad Girls Club)[https://sadgirlsclub.org/], an organization that strives to support women of color and their mental health.
22. The Little Bra Company
The Little Bra Company is an Asian-owned, women-owned lingerie brand that offers specialized bras that cater to petite women who often struggle to find the perfect fit. Emily Lau started the company after being frustrated by her lack of options as a petite woman shopping in the bra department. Her bras are thoughtfully designed with petites in mind, but can be worn by anyone with cup sizes AA through D. The Little Bra Company does a lot philanthropically; they donate thousands of bras and underwear annually to those in need, and those displaced and affected by natural disasters. They also partner with and donate to local charities, for example, every October they give a percentage of sales to the Foundation for Living Beauty, which provides free support services to women living with cancer. They’ve also donated to Raised By A Village, a non-profit organization that brings together resources and volunteers to kids who are in need of love and attention as they go through the divorce process.
23. In Good Conscience
Join the movement to shower In Good Conscience! Offering a gorgeous and naturally scented line of body washes, In Good Conscience believes in creating quality self-care products that are universally essential for EVERY body, while supporting a selfless mission of cultural sustainability. They work with black and minority-owned businesses to help create their products, and they also contribute a portion of product sales to non-profit organizations working to advance socio-economic initiatives for underserved communities of color. Additionally, they contribute up to 5% of product proceeds to non-profit organizations. Their body washes come in three irresistible scents: Mandarin Rose, Rosemary Bergamot, and Peppermint Sage. We recommend buying the bundle so you can try all three!
24. Kind Cup
The Kind Cup is a special kind of menstrual cup, founded by Christine Brown, who wanted to create a menstrual cup design that worked with and complimented the natural curvature and movements of the body. These cups are made from the highest quality medical-grade silicone they could source. Not only does Kind Cup prioritize the environment, but they also focus on paying it forward. They partner with the nonprofit Direct Relief, to distribute their cups to people in need who might not otherwise have access to period products. By selecting pay it forward at checkout, you become one of their active partners in helping reduce period poverty for those in underserved communities.
25. Green Philosophy Co.
Green Philosophy Co. creates plant-inspired home decor so that you can bring the soothing effects of nature into your own home (without the responsibility of having to become a plant-mom)! They combine artful design with natural plant life to create fun, funky, and functional interior décor and gifts. The best part? With every purchase, they give back by planting trees. They’ve partnered with Trees for the Future, a nonprofit organization aiming to put an end to hunger and poverty by helping farmers across the world plant trees and regenerate their land, and so far have planted over 319,665 trees! If you or someone you know is obsessed with plants and succulents, you have to check out Green Philosophy Co.’s unique decor!
Mahajabeen is a woman-owned jewelry brand dedicated to both designing and sourcing jewelry that is inspired by Greek Mythology. Their unique collection is high-quality, affordable, and adjustable for maximum inclusivity. At Mahajabeen, their core values include charitable work, altruism, giving to those in need, and spreading awareness. They donate profits to different humanitarian causes such as the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation. They do quarterly donations and always try to split their donations between multiple causes, from indigenous rights and Palestinian aid to the environment.
27. House of Wise
House of Wise is a luxury CBD and wellness brand founded by Amanda Goetz that empowers women to take control of their sleep, sex, stress, strength, and wealth. House of Wise features a collection of incredible CBD products including gummies, drops, oils, and candles. They believe no one should be in jail for cannabis, which is why they’ve partnered with Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit organization fighting criminal injustice and reimagining drug policy specifically pertaining to cannabis incarceration. If you’re in the market for CBD products, support this brand that’s empowering women and invoking social justice reform.
28. Broken Top Brands
Named after Broken Top, a stratovolcano in Oregon, Broken Top Brands started out as a candle company, and now offers a wider range of home and personal care products. From soy candles to body lotions, all of their products are gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and vegan, loved by men and women alike. CEO and founder, Affton Coffelt-Shouse, believes that sustainable, eco-conscious products should be affordable - all her products are handmade and won’t break the bank. Broken Top is another brand that’s taken the generous leap of joining 1% for the Planet, which as we mentioned before, entails donating at least one percent of annual revenue to environmental causes. You can read more about the reasoning of why they joined 1% for the Planet on their website. We love this brand's commitment to the environment and affordable luxury.
Diplomacy is a Black-owned streetwear brand co-founded by Sari Baez. The brand is all about modern, authentic streetwear mixed with fashion-forward textures and colors. The brand has a history of donating and partnering with various organizations. In the past, they’ve worked closely with the Black Retail Action Group (BRAG), Hoodies for the Homeless, The Lineage Project and they even donated all of their proceeds from their Peaceful Protest capsule collection to The Bail Project Inc. Most recently they’ve partnered with NBA player, Wes Iwundu, to create their Free The Future capsule collection, which donates a portion of proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of Houston. We encourage you to shop the stylish and unique collection!
30. Trina Turk
You might have heard of the brand, Trina Turk, before - but did you know that Trina, the founder, is an active philanthropist? As a California native, Trina loves giving back to her local communities, as well as contributing generously to arts, education, and architectural preservation causes, among others. Trina Turk, the brand, makes stylish, vibrant, and colorful clothing for all occasions. A true lifestyle brand that celebrates the eclectic and unique California style - they offer chic women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, plus swimwear, eyewear, paper goods, and even a menswear line.
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