A Company That Helps: TOMS

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You know TOMS, the shoe company? They’re a philanthropic business that gives back like it’s their only business. The company, started in 2006, was founded on the premise that for every pair of shoes sold, they donate a pair of shoes to someone in need. The business’ model was literally built on helping.

TOMS’ Foundation of Philanthropy *

It all began with a simple pair of slip-on shoes. Founder Blake Mycoskie created TOMS with the idea that the company would match every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes for a child in need. Thus began the One for One campaign, which evolved into an even bigger business model that helps advance health, education and economic opportunity for kids around the world. TOMS has put shoes on kids all over South America, Asia to the Middle East. This awesome endeavor eventually extended to multiple products. (And make sure you don’t buy imposter TOMS who don’t give back!)

Leveraging Growth To Make More Change

After the success of TOMS’ One for One shoe campaign, the company focused on doing even more. TOMS Eyewear launched in 2011, helping restore sight to over 400,000 people in need so far in 13 countries. This includes prescription glasses, medical treatment and sight-saving surgery with each purchase of eyewear! Check out this story of one person TOMS helped!

Buying A Cup Of Java Goes A Long Way

TOMS also makes coffee on the side. Every purchase from TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee goes to providing a week’s supply of safe water to someone who needs it. More people than we realize can’t access clean water. By partnering with an organization, TOMS can add water sanitation to its incredible portfolio of helping.

The coffee segment of the business also donates a portion of its proceeds to support maternal and infant care with the goal of reducing mother and infant mortality during the childbirth process. They provide clean facilities, proper equipment, and trained assistants all around the world. Over 175,000 mothers delivered babies safely thanks in part to the work TOMS has done.

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