Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
— Barack Obama

Five15 was created with the intention to give back, which is why part of our proceeds will always  support different non-profits such as animal rescues and female advocacy groups. We have a soft spot in our hearts for smaller, indie operations where we know our dollars can have a bigger impact.

We donate anywhere from 5% - 10% of all our proceeds, and we select the non-profits depending on the products sold (for example, all dog + cat products support animal rescues, all feminist products support female advocacy groups) during a 3 month period. We try to rotate so they all get a little love. From time to time we will make donations outside of the 3 month period based on need (like the ACLU) or during special collaborations and fundraisers.

Animal Rescues

PB & Chi Dog Rescue

A small, privately funded rescue in Vancouver, BC that pulls dogs from the overcrowded California, Arizona and Texas high kill shelter system and brings them up to the Pacific Northwest to foster to adopt homes. This is the organization that rescued our Meatball, and we'll forever be grateful for saving her from death row and bringing her to us.

Mountain Girl Rescue

This rescue saves dogs in Arizona from the kill list, dogs abandoned by owners, abused and neglected and transports them to NO-KILL SHELTERS in other states and Canada. They work hand in hand with PB & Chi and help transport pups from Arizona to BC to meet their potential fosters and adoptive families.

Vancouver orphan kitten rescue (vokra)

A volunteer-driven non-profit dedicated to the rescue of cats in Vancouver, BC. VOKRA has a no-kill policy and does not operate a traditional shelter. Instead, they have more than 350 individual foster homes. In a home environment, the cats are safe and well socialized, with lots of love and attention. VOKRA covers all of the costs and provides ongoing support to foster families.

Female Advocacy Groups

Girlvana Yoga

This is an organization we love for many reasons, especially because of it's focus to mentor and empower teen girls (ages 13 - 18) through yoga and meditation. It's an organization I wish I had access to in my teens. It's mission: 'The world needs you to be you. Find your unique voice, your truest self and share that with the world. We need you.' And yes, we need the next generation of women to be strong, centred and empowered.

Women's Health Collective

The WHC is a non-profit women's organization servicing our community since 1971. They provide free medical services (checkups, prescriptions, HIV testing, birth control options, etc), counselling, professional guidance, yoga, pilates and acupuncture to any women regardless of age, race, culture, religion, sexual identity or sexual orientation. We chose the WHC not only because of the great work they do 'helping women help themselves', but also because they function almost entirely thanks to donations and volunteers. We know our dollars will have a meaningful impact in our community in the Downtown East Side.

Planned Parenthood

We stand with our neighbours down south and support 'the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits'. We're disheartened by the threat of having these basic human rights removed, and will continue to support PP whenever we can. 

Human Rights & Social Justice

ACLU

The America Civil Liberties Union works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. We believe in human rights and equality and will continue to support the ACLU for as long as we need to. 

The Compassion Collective

The Compassion Collective was born as a response the Syrian refugee crisis, the worst humanitarian emergency the world has seen since World War II. They do not use any donations to cover overhead, so 100% of the money they receive goes directly to feed, shelter, warm and save refugees in need. Within 31 hours of being founded, the 5 communities of the founding members of the collective came together to raise one million dollars to care for Syrian refugees in Europe, and their work continues. 

 

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