This holiday season, we would like to celebrate you, all of our makers — designers, artists, pattern-lovers, DIYers, business owners, gifters, crafters, and decorators — by making a commitment to goodness. Behind every product we sell is a spirit and a story. We’re shining a light on 17 non-profits that also have a story to tell—whether they’re in our local neighborhood or connected to one of our designers from around the world. Over the next four months, we hope you’ll see just how important these organizations are to our global community.
Through this collaboration, our products are not only made for bringing color and style to your home, but also made for a better world. Made for education. Made for clean water. Made for a cure. Please join us as our creative collaborators, because together we can make a difference for those in need.
Each Tuesday from October 1–January 21, we will be donating 15% of our home decor sales to a chosen cause. Follow this post, subscribe to our email or follow us @spoonflower to hear more and to see who we are featuring weekly!
Animal Welfare Society | November 19
The Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization in Kennebunk, Maine, exists to provide humane shelter and care to companion animals in need of housing, to assist in disaster response, and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. They actively promote kindness, the elimination of cruelty to and neglect of all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets.
Located near Kennebunk, Maine?
Get to know the adoptable pets at the Animal Welfare Society!
From cuddly puppies and kittens to the Golden Girls (sweet senior cats and the occasional dog), the Animal Welfare Society has built a safe space for adoptable pets waiting for their forever home. Through programs like Pawsitive Changes, an educational dog training program for at-risk high school aged students, teens learn all about compassion, empathy and valuable life skills from their four-legged friends. At the end of the 6-week program, students use what they have learned to help facilitate the adoption process of their dogs.
See what the Animal Welfare Society means to our designer community:
“I’ve always been a huge animal lover and I honestly can’t imagine my life without at least one fuzzy love in it 🙂 The Animal Welfare society is an incredible organization that not only helps animals find loving homes to be a part of but they also provide a wide array of medical services for animals so they can be healthy & happy. I regularly support my local Animal Welfare Society by donating toys and food and I’d be honored to have the portion of proceeds from Spoonflower go on to help even more animals.”
-Spoonflower designer Heather Dutton
A Lotta Love | November 12
Have you ever had a bad day at work or school and all you wanted to do was go right to your bedroom and get cozy under the covers? As you sink into your bed, all your worries from the day are washed away. Now imagine that same tough day, but when you go to your bedroom, it wasn’t in your own home and all of your favorite details that made it warm and cozy were missing. For many women and children living in homeless shelters, this is their reality. When North Carolina based interior designer Charlotta (Lotta) Sjoelin saw these shelters first hand, she knew there had to be a way to bring joy back into these women’s lives.
A Lotta Love transforms local shelters in Durham, North Carolina by creating dignified, safe and emotionally inspiring spaces for women and children. The organization raises awareness of homelessness and empowers communities to transform shelters into a more inviting “home away from home” for the families temporarily living there, showing that they are deserving of a more hopeful future. A Lotta Love designs rooms especially for the families, with the idea that they can bring the textiles and home decor with them when they leave.
An interior designer by trade, Charlotta (Lotta) Sjoelin had a vision of transformed rooms that would create safe, dignified and inspiring living spaces for the residents.
A Lotta Love focuses on empowering women and their children to reclaim their pride while living in this temporary environment. At the end of a volunteer day, Spoonflower marketing team members witnessed just how powerful a fresh coat of paint and a new set of bed sheets can have on someone living in a shelter.
See what A Lotta Love means to our designer community:
“I am very grateful we can support A Lotta Love through Spoonflower. My heart is touched by how interior designer and founder Lotta Sjoelin turns a somber room into a warm, harmonious and protective home for a mother and children in need, which often represents the first step towards a better future.”
-Spoonflower designer Julia Schumacher
Moab Beacon After School Program | November 5
Providing a healthy, safe, and enriching afterschool environment for children K-8, the Moab Beacon Afterschool Program strives to empower students to discover their innate ability to succeed. From academic support through small group tutoring to fostering the growth of strong families and a supportive community for children and youth, this Utah-based program has been a major part of Spoonflower designer Holli Zollinger’s family and community.
Consistent supportive relationships and exposure to a variety of developmental experiences are the key to contributing to a child’s positive development and are core values at Beacon Afterschool. With programs like Girls on the Run, debate club and mountain biking, students get to take their education from the classroom to the great outdoors.
See what the Moab Beacon Afterschool Program means to our designer community:
Moab Beacon is my charity of choice because it serves my son and community! They provide enriching after school programs that create a wonderful platform for students to engage in to further their education in the arts and sciences, as well as recreationally. Recently, having started homeschooling my 11 year old son, I depend on this program to allow him the extracurricular and social benefits of his teachers and peers. –Spoonflower designer Holli Zollinger
On Tuesday, November 5, Spoonflower will be donating 15% of our home decor sales to the Moab Beacon Afterschool Program.
Bat World Sanctuary | October 29
Founded in 1994, Bat World Sanctuary is on the front line to end the mistreatment of bats. Each year BWS rescues hundreds of bats who might otherwise die and lifetime sanctuary is given to non-releasable bats, including those that are orphaned, injured, and retired from the exotic pet trade, zoos and research facilities. While the Bat World Sanctuary isn’t open to the public, the Spoonflower team has become mesmerized with their 24/7 bat cam!
So, why should we be saving bats?
Bats are clean, gentle and intelligent, vital to the ecosystem and enhance our lives in many ways. Fruit and nectar bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products and over 80 different medicines through seed dispersal and pollination. Did you know up to 98% of all rainforest regrowth comes from seeds that have been spread by fruit bats. Insect-eating bats are literal vacuum cleaners of the night skies, eating millions upon millions of harmful bugs. They protect us by eating insect-pests that destroy crops as well as insects that cause human disease.
See what Bat World Sanctuary means to our designer community:
“Bats are a crucial part of our ecosystem; but are often, and unfairly, villainized. They help pollinate plants, fertilize crops, and eat a huge amount of insects, including mosquitos. I chose to support Bat World Sanctuary because they help to rehabilitate and care for injured, sick, and elderly bats around the globe, then return them to the wild. These beautiful creatures, and those that help them, deserve our support.”
–Spoonflower designer Jeremiah Witting
On Tuesday, October 29, Spoonflower will be donating 15% of our home decor sales to Bat World Sanctuary.
Project Linus | October 22
Project Linus was started after one woman read how a security blanket helped a 3-year-old girl named Laura undergo intensive chemotherapy. What began as a few donations of handmade blankets to the local children’s hospital blossomed into a national movement. Since 1995, Project Linus has contributed over 7.5 million homemade blankets to any child that might be in need of a big hug.
Project Linus’ goal is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Spoonflower has had the honor to partner with our local chapter of Project Linus during sew-ins like the the much anticipated Make-A-Blanket Day where community members get together for the day to sew blankets for Project Linus children. Whether it’s donating unprinted Fleece remnants for quilt batting or helping hands to tie no-sew blankets, we are so grateful to join forces with such an amazing organization. To find a local chapter where you can donate blankets and volunteer your time, please click here.
Did you know Project Linus has donated over 7.5 million blankets since 1995?
See what Project Linus means to our designer community:
“I’ve chosen Project Linus as my charity specifically because I know what a comfort item blankets have been for my own babies. Sometimes all they have to do is to just touch their blankets, and I can visibly see them relax. Project Linus works with volunteers (or “blanketeers”) who hand make blankets and afghans for children who are ill, traumatized, or simply in need of a blanket. I love their mission!”
–Spoonflower designer Elizabeth Ivie
On Tuesday, October 22, Spoonflower will be donating 15% of our home decor sales to Project Linus.
Starlight Children’s Foundation | October 15
Every 30 seconds, a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. These children are often scared, confused, lonely and facing serious medical treatments. That’s where Starlight comes in.
The Starlight Children’s Foundation is a homegrown children’s charity dedicated to the wellbeing of sick children of all ages, regardless of their illness or injury. Knowing there’s more to treatment than just medicine, Starlight works hand-in-hand with health professionals to integrate play, art, games and happy experiences for children undergoing medical treatment so they can keep being kids. For 35 years, Starlight has brought smiles to more than 16 million critically, chronically and terminally ill children in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
“Just because you’re sick doesn’t mean you stop being a kid. And it shouldn’t mean missing out on all the fun of childhood. So Starlight helps sick kids simply be kids. We replace pain, fear and stress with fun, joy and laughter.”
We asked the Starlight team to choose three designs from the Spoonflower Marketplace that best represents their mission. Here’s what they picked:
“These three designs are super relevant to our Starlight mission: They’re happy, they’re bright, colourful and fun – these would certainly bring a smile to anybody’s face in any situation, because #happinessmatters. And some of them are in our Starlight yellow and purple branding too – it’s perfect happiness!”
“Starlight Children’s Foundation is an amazing organisation that brings joy and hope into the lives of sick children to make their stay in hospital a little easier. I think it is wonderful that not only do they endeavor to grant the wish of a child with a serious illness but also support families through what must be very difficult times. The foundation also runs programs to help brighten the lives of children in hospital using imagination and creativity.”
– Spoonflower designer Julie Lynch
On Tuesday, October 15, Spoonflower will be donating 15% of our home decor sales to The Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Keep A Breast Foundation™ | October 8
The Keep A Breast Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower young people around the world with breast health education and support. Since its inception in 2000, KAB has worked with young people to remove the shame associated with breasts and breast health. Through various initiatives and programs such as breast cast art exhibitions, Non-Toxic Revolution, Check Yourself! app and i love boobies! campaign, KAB has opened up the dialog about breast cancer, and has proven to be a doorway to breast self-awareness and education.
Did you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Early detection is the key and knowing what is “normal” for your body is an integral part of that. Keep A Breast developed the Check Yourself! App to do just that: help young women all over the world to develop a healthy life-long relationship with their bodies.
For two Spoonflower designers, the reason behind choosing to support The Keep A Breast Foundation this month hit close to home.
“Knowing I can give back to a meaningful cause with my art and design warms my heart. I chose the Keep A Breast Foundation to be the recipient of the home decor sales charity promotion and sales of my designs because I lost my mom to metastatic breast cancer in 2013. In many ways, my story as a solo designer started with the loss of my mom as a way to keep her alive and connected to her by painting florals and botanicals. She loved gardening and flowers and her personality was like sunshine. There are many organizations that focus on breast cancer-related topics but I chose this one because it is proactive, empowering and education focused.”
-Spoonflower designer Crystal Walen
“Life has more meaning when you can give back and help someone in your family, community or somewhere else in the world. Our purpose on this earth is to help and love each other. We all know someone that has been affected by breast cancer and it is an honor to be able to give back to the Keep-A-Breast Foundation through my art.”
-Spoonflower designer Crystal Manning
On Tuesday, October 8, Spoonflower will be donating 15% of our home decor sales to The Keep A Breast Foundation.
JUST TRYAN IT | October 1
After taking her son to the doctor for leg pains, Mollie Darby’s life dramatically changed: she learned her 6-year-old son had leukemia. As Mollie and Ryan’s friends and family rallied behind them, family-friend Carrie Norry quickly realized that not all families fighting childhood cancer had this type of support and flexibility to spend time at the hospital and away from work and home. She felt compelled to do something. In 2010, with the help of her friends, Carrie established JUST TRYAN IT with the mission to positively impact the lives of families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer by providing them with financial assistance. The organization strives to instill the importance of philanthropy and service, promote wellness, and inspire tomorrow’s leaders to make a difference in their communities.
The foundation for this fundraising initiative is a children’s triathlon. Through triathlons, JTI empowers healthy kids to help other kids in their community by seeking out pledges and raising awareness of the many struggles facing families with sick children, fostering empathy and instilling in them the importance of service to others and the power of shared philanthropy. Concurrently, JTI partners with generous individuals, corporations and foundations that support their mission through the JUST TRYAN IT Family Assistance Fund.
Spoonflower’s connection to JUST TRYAN IT goes far beyond Made for Good. Spoonflower employees and their families have donated nearly 800 volunteer hours—from race day set-up and volunteer registration to photography and racer on-course support. Spoonflower became a sponsor of the race in 2016, its first year here in N.C. In addition to financial support, Spoonflower shows up big on race days with dozens of employee volunteers stationed throughout the race. For Spoonflower’s President, Allison Sloan Polish, JUST TRYAN IT has a special place in her heart. Her sister Carrie Norry was the one who led the charge to organize this movement.
“There are several races around the country at this point but I am always stationed at the Finish Line for the Chapel Hill, N.C. race as a volunteer. It is one of my favorite days of the year—you can’t help but feel uplifted and full of hope on race day. My kids also race each year, so I am also present as a proud mom. The first year my youngest did it, he was a shaky swimmer at best, but he really wanted to TRY it so he jumped into the pool with a kickboard and the volunteers in the pool helped him safely cross his lane. That is what is so great about this race—it is not about being the best, it’s about bringing your best.”
– Allison Sloan Polish, President of Spoonflower