We've come a long way! See how @TOMS giving is evolving
Thank you. We couldn't
have done this without you.
As we look into the future, we're sharing how
our giving has evolved and will continue to grow.
We've given 10 million pairsSee what we've learned
of new shoes to children in need.
We are producing Giving Shoes in theLearn how local production is expanding
regions where we give them.
We have madeLook at how it's paying off
serious investments in our giving.
We've given millions of dollarsMeet some of our like-minded partners
to organizations helping others in need.
We are helping otherRead how we're helping social entrepreneurs
companies succeed at giving.
Over the past seven years, we've listened and learned
with every pair of new shoes given. With the support of
our amazing network of Giving Partners and the
continued support of our community, we've reached this
major milestone and proven that business can fuel good
and sustain giving.
We're seeing remarkable results with shoe giving. Shoes
are helping improve school attendance and enrollment.
They're combined with screenings to combat
malnutrition. They're given in conjunction with
medication to fight hookworm.
Further, our model is one that can work beyond shoes.
Since we launched TOMS Eyewear, we've helped restore
sight to more than 150,000 individuals around the world. And we look forward to finding new ways to help others. One for One.®
We currently make Giving Pairs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Argentina and China. Within two years, we will produce one third of our Giving Shoes in the regions where we give them. By producing more shoes locally we will create and support jobs in places where they are needed. We are testing production in India and are looking to expand manufacturing in Africa and other regions.
In Haiti, we've partnered with local artists to create a line of hand-painted shoes for our customers - helping create and support jobs in a place where we also give.
And we're looking to offer more styles that feature locally produced textiles.
Our sight giving empowers communities and supports sustainable eye-care organizations in the developing world. We work with locally based organizations that train residents to provide professional care. So it's an investment in clinics, people and even local jobs.
When we began in 2006, our giving was managed by just two people. Since then we've hired a Chief Giving Officer and built a team of more than 20 individuals dedicated to every aspect of giving, including strategic planning, logistical support, program development and impact measurement. And our team brings a world of know-how, with significant experience in public health and at NGOs.
How we give has changed as well. In the early days of TOMS, we used "shoe drops" to give. Now we give year round, with more than 75 Shoe Giving Partners.
What we give has evolved, too. With feedback from our Giving Partners, we've made improvements to the canvas shoes we give. And we've developed new Giving Pairs tailored for local needs, including winter boots and sport shoes.
Above and beyond the shoes that we give, our product partnerships allow
us to give even more. Some of the non-profits we've helped fund include:
Our work in the field has also inspired us to make significant contributions to helping end podoconiosis, a painful and stigmatizing form of elephantiasis that afflicts millions of people who live and work barefoot in silica-rich volcanic soil. We’re giving shoes to
children to prevent the next generation from getting it, and investing in research, mapping, expansion of treatment programs and clinics, community education, patient rehabilitation and advocacy.
When we started there weren't many companies like us. Today, we're inspired by the growing number of social entrepreneurs who make giving an everyday reality. Together with their customers, they're providing food, water, shelter, medicine, school supplies, mosquito nets, soccer balls and so much more to people in need.
We want social entrepreneurs to succeed, so we're developing ways to use our platform to support their ventures. In addition, the Start Something That Matters Foundation has begun to help innovators bring their ideas to life, and we can't wait to see what the future holds.