Meet the Game Changer: Elliot Bisnow, Founder of Summit

Our first Game Changers is Elliot Bisnow, the Founder of Summit Powder Mountain. Get a look behind the scenes of how he joined with his friends to purchase a ski resort and turn it into a place where great people come together to do something great in this world. TOMS: Tell us about how you got involved with TOMS. Elliot: TOMS is an aspirational brand, and from when I first heard about it, it told me that I could think bigger, that I could live well by doing good. I’ll never forget the first time I experienced TOMS and I…

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In Honduras, Jennifer Receives Her Sixth Pair of TOMS Shoes

Name: Jennifer Age: 8 Location: Nueva, Esperanza, Honduras Giving Partner: Feed the Children Shoe Type: Black Canvas Our Giving Partner, Feed the Children, recently sent us this amazing story about 8-year-old Jennifer, who has received six pairs of TOMS Giving Shoes since 2012! We think her story is an amazing testament to the work that our Giving Partners do and the incredible commitment of our supporters to the One for One movement. Jennifer lives in a small community called Nueva Esperanza, which means “New Hope,” in Honduras. The nearest city is about 50 minutes away, creating many challenges for the…

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Change the Game

One for One. It’s a simple idea. A belief that two strangers on either side of the planet can enrich each other’s lives. It’s how improving lives can be a simple act. How a simple act can change the game. Sharing this idea will take a lifetime. But isn’t that what lifetimes are for? This fall we visited Summit Powder Mountain to capture the stories about nine inspiring Game Changers. These people are dedicated to making a difference. Over the next nine weeks, we’ll introduce each Game Changer here on our blog so you can hear about their experiences in…

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What’s a TOMS Giving Trip?

In the early days, we called our firsthand Shoe Giving experiences “Shoe Drops.” Our founder Blake, the small TOMS staff and some their family and friends, traveled back to Argentina to distribute the very first One for One shoes to children in need. For the next few years, the TOMS family was an essential part of every pair of shoes given to children in need. However, as the One for One movement gained support and the company grew, we learned more about international development and built out a Giving Team to work with humanitarian partners to more responsibly integrate TOMS…

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Preventing Bullying in schools with No Bully

When developing a new giving model at TOMS, we select high-impact partners who complement one another’s work. When we identified Bullying Prevention as our next give, we wanted to ensure that we had a partner to help prevent bullying in schools and a partner to help respond to instances of bullying and other types of crisis. We have already introduced you to Crisis Text Line and are proud to introduce you to our other partner No Bully. No Bully is an innovative organization that partners with schools over the course of a year. It trains their staff how to interrupt…

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“Being different simply means you are being yourself.” –Trisha, 15 Years Old

This year, we teamed up with Journeys for our newest mission aimed at stopping bullying one youth at a time. Each purchase of a TOMS StandUp Backpack will help our Giving Partners provide training for school staff and remote volunteers to prevent and respond to instances of bullying. At TOMS, we are passionate about contributing to the bullying prevention movement as many of us have felt the effects of the issue in one way or another. In celebration of this collection, the TOMS and Journeys communities open up and share their experiences with bullying and thoughts on what it means…

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In Malawi, Annie Operates a Water Kiosk

We’d like for you to meet Annie, a single mother in her late 40s, living in Mwanyowe, a low-income area just outside of the central business district of Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial city. It’s the start of a new working day for Annie, a water seller at one of 40 water kiosks in Manyowe. Annie used to be a seasonal farmer with very little income and even less things to do. Since her husband died, she found life particularly difficult. “I depended on him for almost everything,” Annie explains. “He would go to town and find piece work which brought food…

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Proud of Ya, Kid

Leadercast Now believes in the core value of “Beyond You” leadership – putting your team first and letting them know every day that you respect and value them as people. In collaboration with Leadercast, TOMS Global Brand Ambassador Bethany Joy Clark shares a moving story about an amazing “Beyond You” leader who has forever influenced her own leadership journey – her grandfather, Major General George William Smith… Last week I attended my grandfather’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. It was one of the most profound experiences I’ve witnessed as it wasn’t just a funeral, it was truly a celebration of…

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Community Supporter of the Month – Angela

The TOMS Community Team works with individuals who aspire to create positive change. Each month, we feature a supporter from the TOMS Tribe who is inspiring others in their life through their efforts for good. This month, Angela shares her story. Seven years ago, I became a human rights activist. I was thirteen when I discovered the term, ‘trafficking.’ My best friend had been wearing a beautiful pair of pajamas at a weekend sleepover, and I had to get my hands on a pair for myself. She showed me a website that sold – what were donned – Punjammies, and…

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