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!
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