The time has come to put my money where my mouth is.
I'm going to donate 6-10% of StyleWise's annual proceeds to two charities that are near and dear to my heart. I would love to give more, but as this blog becomes a more essential source of income in the next few months (my husband's about to lose funding for his graduate degree with at least a year left to go), I can't commit to more at this time.
So, what are the charities?
Xerces SocietyThe Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. We take our name from the now extinct Xerces Blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces), the first butterfly known to go extinct in North America as a result of human activities.
Now that I have a bee tattooed on my arm, it only makes sense to go the next step and monetarily support insect conservation to the best of my ability. The Xerces Society works with scientists, land managers, policy makers, farmers, and citizens to provide resources, advocate, and create long term solutions for conservation. They're well respected and established, having been operating since 1979. Learn more here.
ACLUFor almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The ACLU, or the American Civil Liberties Union, has tirelessly fought for equal rights - and against policies and people who would threaten them - since 1925. Their recent work in opposition to the Trump Administration's Muslim Ban was/is absolutely remarkable, a definitive example of justice prevailing. In this political climate, I find it particularly important to support the ACLU and organizations like it, fighting the good fight with knowledge, dedication, and passion. Learn more here.
There are lots of other organizations I could donate to, and I'm sure some align a little better with the ethical fashion premise of StyleWise. But I think starting where I'm led is a good first step. I'll review this topic at the end of the year, or when something significant changes either in my income level or in terms of greatest need.
What charities and organizations are you passionate about supporting?
Would you be interested in supporting charities through a group fund? I'm not sure how to do that (yet), but it might be fun to see how much this community is able to raise throughout the year.