Five15 was created with the intention to give back, which is why part of my product proceeds will always support different non-profits such as animal rescues and female advocacy groups.
Every three months or so, I try to donate products to different organizations for charity auctions and/or anywhere from 5% - 10% of the product proceeds. Whenever possible, I try to 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).
I also try to rotate so all causes get a little love. That said, given the current state of the world, I often make donations outside of the 3 month period based on need (like the ACLU, Red Cross in Mexico, Houston relief, etc) or during special collaborations and fundraisers.
Below are a few of the non-profits I’ve supported since 2016.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. We provide a safer space for LGBTQ/2S people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included. Our building serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and collective strength.
The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS) is a British Columbia non profit organization. The mandate of the centre is to meet the needs of the urban Aboriginal People making a transition to the urban community. The centre provides programs in health and welfare, social services, human rights, culture, education, recreation and equality for all genders of Aboriginal People of all age groups.
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 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.