A Closer Look at How We Give Sight

The loss of sight can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life, affecting a person’s family and community. To help alleviate that burden, we launched TOMS Eyewear in 2011, with a One for One give helps restore sight to people in need, and contributes to the long-term sustainability of eye care organizations around the world. Though we don’t claim to be eye care professionals, we do know how to find strong, responsible partners who help us deliver the One for One promise that we’ve stayed true to from the beginning. Through partnerships with organizations that delve deep into communities,…

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Meet the Game Changer: Iris Andrews, Senior Strategist at Purpose

Meet Game Changer Iris, senior strategist at Purpose, a social enterprise that helps build movements. From her profession to her lifestyle and daily habits, she’s changing the game one decision at a time. Read on to learn more about how she’s making a difference in the world. TOMS: Describe what you do, and the core idea behind it. Iris: I’m a climate campaigner and a strategist working for a new incubation called Here Now, which is looking to help the climate movement test new approaches, new narratives and new message frames for climate change. I’ve worked in the climate movement…

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What’s it like to work at TOMS? Q&A with a Giving Account Specialist

Name: Justin Wong Hometown: Sacramento, CA Job at TOMS: Giving Account Specialist Years at TOMS: 4.5 years Favorite pair of TOMS: American Flag TOMS (Summer 2014) TOMS Giving Trips: El Salvador, Shoe Giving with Save the Children (2012) and Peru, Shoe Giving with Coprodeli (2014) TOMS: How did you end up working for TOMS? Justin: I had been working at a nonprofit at the time. Someone I knew at TOMS asked if I knew anyone that was interested in a position in the Giving Department working with nonprofits. I had heard of TOMS back in 2007, so the idea of…

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In Thailand, Tanawan receives new TOMS

Name: Tanawan Age: 13 Location: Surin Province, Thailand Giving Partner: EDF Thailand Tanawan, fondly nicknamed Nink by her friends and family, lives in the Surin province of Thailand, situated in the country’s northeast, along the Thai-Cambodian border. Known as the “Province of Elephants” to tourists, it is a quiet town, but densely populated and one of the most impoverished in the country. In the Khwao Sinrin district, where Nink lives with her family, most villagers rely on farming of rice paddies and silk, due to the extreme climate and geography of the land. Every day, Nink and her friends ride…

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Meet the Game Changer: Eden Full, Founder and CEO of SunSaluter

Who runs the world? GIRLS! Meet Game Changer Eden Full, Founder and CEO of SunSaluter. Read on to learn more about this twenty-something who is changing the world, one idea at a time. TOMS: What does the term game-changer mean to you? Eden: I think a game-changer is someone who really values making a difference. In a small or a big way, I don’t think that matters, but what matters is that the intention is there and that they really want to do their part and using their skill set and their passion to really help someone else. TOMS: Okay….

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BACK TO SCHOOL INSPIRATION: 15 TIPS FROM OUR FAVORITE PHILANTHROPISTS

In 2013, TOMS partnered with several other socially minded businesses to form the TOMS Marketplace. Each of our 43 partners are using business to positively impact the communities they empower, whether they’re creating jobs or facilitating progress in health, nutrition, hygiene and education. With many of you heading off to college soon, who better to take advice from than the people who inspire us everyday here at TOMS? Read on for 15 inspirational tips and tales from some of our partners on how to stand out, stand up, and do something impactful throughout the coming school year (and beyond): 1….

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Helping Nepal to Her Feet with Laura Roehrick

We had the opportunity to chat with Laura Roehrick, an RN and Certified Foot Care Nurse, about her passion to help those in need. She is a foot nurse who started a non-profit that provides hands on training in preventive diabetic foot care skills. She recently expanded her efforts to Nepal where there is a drastic need to help those affected by the earthquakes earlier this year. Learn more about Laura and her work: TOMS: What inspired you to go beyond nursing and venture into starting a non-profit? Laura: I was the first nurse in California to have an independent…

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Darin’s Giving Trip in Paraguay

Darin is our product category director for TOMS Eyewear and TRAVELER by TOMS. Day in and day out, you can find him sitting at a long, wooden table checking out eyewear samples and studying the latest trends in eyewear to make sure our collection is as cool as he is. Last year, Darin had the opportunity to visit a Sight Giving Partner on his Giving Trip and see how a cataract surgery happens. He retells his story here. My first Giving Trip was to Paraguay where I was able to meet the founding members of Fundación Visión, one of our…

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Meet the TOMS HQ Barista

Here at TOMS, we know our baristas put the soul into our TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee. Whether you’re grabbing a cup at the HQ coffee bar, our Los Angeles Flagship or one of our stores in Austin, Portland or Chicago, these TOMS employees have a lot to talk about when it comes to coffee. Read on for some tips and tales from HQ barista, Brandon. TOMS: Tell us about yourself! Brandon: I’m 28 years old born and raised in sunny Southern California (Long Beach native). I’m married to my best friend and we have a 7-month-old daughter named Makayla. I’m…

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