Category Archives: Inspiration

TOMS Celebrates International Women’s Day

We are so excited to celebrate International Women’s Day and some truly incredible women! We asked a few women around TOMS HQ to tell us a little bit about the women who inspire them daily. Malala Yousafzai — Activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate “In 2014, I heard Malala speak for the fist time during the Women in the World conference in New York City. I was fascinated by her story, stunned by her eloquence and in awe of her fearlessness. What I love about Malala is that she does her best to lead an ordinary day-to-day life….

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BEARS FOR HUMANITY ~ A Bear That Cares

My name is Renju, Chief Giver and Founding Mama Bear at Bears For Humanity.  Four years ago my husband Vijay (Chief Giver and Papa Bear) and I were planning to start a family.  Naturally, we scoured the internet looking for organic and safe toys for our future children. I quickly learned that the majority of toy manufacturers are focused on maximum profits, have little or no interest in organic and safe toys, and don’t care about creating jobs for Americans.  We were dismayed to read and learn how small children between the ages of 5 to 18 are working in…

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What it Means to Give at Four Years Old

Nearly one year ago, while reading through questions and comments posted on the TOMS Facebook page, we were made aware of a blog post written by TOMS supporter and Peace Corps volunteer, Gina Althoff. In her post she shares one of the greatest results one could hope for as an employee at TOMS – that of a child learning about how One for One works and making the decision to take action and help other children in need. We are so inspired and grateful for the opportunity to share this story of giving just in time for the holidays: Christmas…

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5 Things I Learned from Big Cats

Meet today’s guest author, Aleksandra Orbeck-Nilsen, a friend of TOMS and Founder of Nanofasa, a conservation organization working to preserve the San communities and wildlife of South Africa (the world’s oldest culture). Several years ago Aleksandra left a supermodel career to discover the country of Namibia. Within the first few months in her new home she found herself working with a wildlife foundation to save animals, including leopards and lions. In honor of National Geographic’s Big Cats Week, we asked Aleks to share with us some of the things she learned from her furry yet fierce companions. I went to Africa…

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Take a Virtual Giving Trip

Our Giving Trips are an amazing opportunity for TOMS community members to visit our Giving Partners around the world, experience first-hand the incredible work they do and spend time with the people who receive our support. Now, with our first-ever Virtual Giving Trip you can take the journey at home for a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to give shoes to children. From soaring over a Peruvian village to playing on a school playground with kids, you’ll truly feel as though you are on a Giving Trip with the TOMS team. Experience the TOMS Virtual Giving Trip online Want…

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TOMS Marketplace Feature: Introducing Hand in Hand

We’re so thrilled to announce our new TOMS Marketplace partner, Hand in Hand! Founded in 2011, Hand in Hand crafts beautifully designed products (think soaps, salts, scrubs and more) using the highest quality ingredients. And, for every product purchased, Hand in Hand provides a social giveback that reflects the causes they are most passionate about. Read on to hear more from the co-founders, husband and wife team Bill Glaab and Courtney Apple. TOMS: How did the idea for Hand in Hand come about? Hand in Hand: We always knew we wanted to start a social business together. One day, Bill…

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Doing Good: The Story of a Yearbook, a Username and a Heavy Dose of Determination

This past year we met an incredible person when we unveiled our newest One for One give in support of bullying prevention, the TOMS StandUp Backpack Collection. Konner Sauve, a Class of 2015 high school graduate from Washington, spent his entire senior year inspiring positive self-esteem and friendship throughout his school in the most humble and authentic way we’ve seen (and graduated Valedictorian, too). Konner anonymously posted photos of nearly all his classmates to an Instagram account he created called @thebenevolentone3. For each yearbook photo he posted, Konner composed a caption to highlight and show appreciation for his classmate’s best…

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TOMS MARKETPLACE FEATURE: INTRODUCING WILDLINGS

We’re so excited to announce we’ve added a collection of yoga mats to TOMS Marketplace! The mats come from our new partner Wildlings Yoga, one of the latest brands we’ve added to TOMS Marketplace. Wildlings offers high-quality yoga mats and partners with nonprofits to help improve the lives of children experiencing abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness. Read on to hear more about this like-minded company from owners Deborah Bridson and Casey Sullivan. TOMS: How did the idea of Wildlings come about? Wildlings: In 2013 we were working together to develop a line of athletic wear that incorporated stylish cuts with…

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TOMS MARKETPLACE FEATURE: INTRODUCING KICHEKO

This week we would like to introduce you to one of our newest TOMS Marketplace partners Kicheko Goods. Kicheko is a socially conscious brand that designs and makes distinct pieces that invest in education. Each purchase of a Kicheko Goods product sends one child in eastern Congo to school for one month. Read on for the full Q&A in the words of the founder Sarah Bayot. TOMS: How did the idea for Kicheko come about? Kicheko: I began making jewelry in 2012, primarily simple and functional pieces like fabric covered studs. Since I wore my earrings on a daily basis,…

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