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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How We Give Shoes, Step-by-Step

At TOMS, we’re committed to creating the biggest impact possible with the shoes we give, but we recognize that we don’t have all the answers. That’s why we distribute shoes in a very careful and planned out manner with our Giving Partners. Interested in learning more about how it happens? Read on! Make a Match: Everything starts with our supporters’ purchases. Once you’ve bought your new TOMS, we collaborate with our long-term Giving Partners — humanitarian organizations with deep experience and knowledge on the communities they serve — to distribute the same number of pairs that our customers buy. Customize…

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Meet the Game Changer: Nicholas Carlisle, CEO and Founder of No Bully

Meet Game Changer Nicholas Carlisle, CEO and Founder of No Bully. While he’s known for helping prevent bullying in schools, we think you’ll be equally inspired by his passion for eco-friendly living. TOMS: What does No Bully do? Nicholas: No Bully works with schools at many different levels. On one level, we’re helping schools create a culture where all kids feel included. The problem about bullying is that, again and again, kids who are different get excluded. Some kids are particularly at risk. I think you probably know who those are. The kids who have disabilities. The kids who are…

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Congratulations to the Graduates of the Indego Africa Leadership Academy

We are so thrilled to write today with an exciting update from one of the TOMS Marketplace partners, Indego Africa (homewares, jewelry and accessories – all handcrafted by Rwandan artisans). Since 2007, Indego Africa has evolved from 30 partnerships with women across two artisan cooperatives to partnerships with more than 800 women across 23 cooperatives! They have grown from a staff of mostly volunteers and interns to having nine full-time Indego Africa employees (4 in NYC & 5 in Rwanda) who work everyday to drive the organization forward. Most importantly, they have expanded and enhanced their education programs to continue…

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TOMS + Greek Life

Greek recruitment is already around the corner (sorry for the reminder that summer is almost over)! Are you getting ready to welcome potential new members to your chapter? Here are a few simple ways TOMS can help in sharing how your group gives back: • Show your philanthropic spirit by wearing TOMS shoes, eyewear, or bags during recruitment. For every product purchased, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.® Learn about how your group can make an impact and how each of our products gives back here. • Serve TOMS Roasting Co. at your recruitment events. Every…

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The TOMS Ice Cream Man heads to Camp Kindle

When Scott, a Merchandise Planning Manager at our Southern California HQ isn’t busy tracking sales and orders, you can often find him in the kitchen, scooping homemade ice cream for colleagues. This isn’t your standard vanilla chocolate swirl, either; think homemade salted butter caramel, coffee toffee pies and red velvet ice cream cake. If there’s a special celebration in the office, you can count on Scott to have a fresh batch of flavors ready. What could be better than having an ice cream pro as a colleague? Scott spends a full week of his vacation time each year – for…

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