More than 1% of our turnover goes to charity
Our mission is to unlock the potential of women through high quality content and training. But we don’t only want to help those people with the access to resources to read our site and invest in our training.
That’s why each month we donate at least 1% of our turnover to charities who support women and their families around the world, via organisations like Work For Good. Here’s a brief introduction to Work For Good and the causes we support.
Work For Good
Work For Good is an organisation with a mission is to help charities raise funds from purpose-driven small businesses, like ours.
They do this by making it easy and possible for businesses to donate to charity – legally. Work for Good digitally automates this process, allowing businesses to pledge donations of any size, within minutes. So it’s easy for small businesses to raise vital funds for charities and make a big difference.
If you’re a small business who wants to donate to charity, you can sign up to Work For Good here for free. If your charity isn’t already working with them, you can suggest they join.
MicroLoan’s mission is to provide the poorest women in sub-Saharan Africa with the tools and skills to enable them to work their own way out of poverty. They provide small loans and training to women allowing them to become entrepreneurs.
By providing them with the skills and tools to start small businesses, MicroLoan support women to become self-sufficient. Over time the money the women generate helps to ensure food security, improve housing, access to healthcare, and an education for their children.
MicroLoan also encourages the women to make savings as insurance against future crop failure, family illness and other unpredictable situations. Savings give them confidence in their ability to weather whatever life throws at them. And with up to an impressive 99% of their loans repaid, MicroLoan can use the money again and again to help more and more women.
Children of Sumatra
Children of Sumatra was set up in 2001 with the vision to change the quality of life for children with cleft deformities. Their mission is to find children in desperate need of surgery and to provide much needed help. The charity has been providing plastic surgery, dentistry, financial support and medical care for cleft suffering children across Sumatra to develop a better quality of life for children with this deformity.
Many families in this area of the world are too poor to pay for a simple operation that can transform their child’s future. In Europe and America, we have become quite unaware of this condition as it is corrected within the first year of a child’s life, often leaving behind no trace. However in Indonesia this is not the case and the condition currently affects as many as 1 in every 500 children.
Children of Sumatra’s mission has taken their team into some of the most remote jungles, mountains and isolated islands in and around Sumatra, where transport and simple infrastructure is immensely lacking. They have also funded operations and long term aftercare for some of Indonesia’s poorest urban children, several of whom have been abandoned by families and others left orphaned by a multitude of tragic circumstances.
Baraka Community Partnerships
Baraka Community Partnerships began in 2007 when three friends, who had travelled around the world, had witnessed so much inequality and poverty first hand, they decided to get together with a view of making a difference. Starting with one project in The Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Baraka has since evolved to encompass a multitude of projects concentrating in Zambia and Laos.
Baraka Community Partnerships don’t give cash handouts because they want to look at long-term solutions. They want the changes in communities to come from them – their ideas, their goals and aspirations. By developing schools, promoting healthcare and instigating water and sanitation projects, they try to galvanise communities to build their own sustainable, self-sufficient futures.
All projects are suggested or initiated by locals, so they can help them build their own vision for their community to make it a reality. Where possible they ask the community to contribute in some format such as labour, local materials or part-funding. And where possible they work with local partners or organisations.
PANDAS Foundation is a UK-wide support service for families suffering prenatal/antenatal and postnatal mental health issues. They have a free (in uk) helpline manned by trained volunteers who are ready to offer help and support to all parents and carers. The phone line is open between 11am – 10pm daily on 0808 1961 776.
PANDAS recognises that calling a helpline is not always easy or appropriate, so they also offer an email support service. Email with your thoughts and feelings, and a trained volunteer will respond within 72 hours, often sooner. There are also two closed, peer-to-peer support groups for mums and dads respectively. Details of all of this can be found here.