When we first launched Awesome Adventure Chick, our goal was to do that whole ‘we donate a percentage of our profits to these awesome causes’. There was only one problem: there were no profits. When you open you digital doors, you have a whole lot of bills, and not a whole lot of customers. In fact, you start with so much debt, who knows how long it will be before you officially make any profit. So for now, rather than say this many dollars, or this much percent goes to this particular cause, we’ve just decided to donate money to our favorite causes, regardless of whether we make money or not.
Those causes are:
We are a Graduation supporter of One Girl. We first heard about this organisation at the She Went Wild expo in Sydney, and we knew we had to support them. One Girl is an incredible community of doers and dreamers on a mission to educate one million girls. So far they’ve rebuilt school classrooms and toilets, empowered thousands of girls and young women with training on entrepreneurship and life skills, supported 425 girls with education scholarships, and educated thousands of women and girls on menstrual health and hygiene, as well as WASH. They’ve now reached over 29,462 women and girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda. They are also the organisation that runs the Do it in a Dress fundraiser that helped one local South Australian school raise an awesome $300,000+ (a little more their original goal of $900!!!!) after being criticised by Senator Cory Bernardi. So awesome.
Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition. 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors. If you make a loan, you can join our team here.
When we first started, it was all about women. Now we’ve decided to branch out and do our bit for the environment and non-humans of the world – starting by sponsoring a Pangolin Ranger Station in Cambodia. We have a special connection with Cambodia, having spent some time there, and sourcing some of our product from there, and the pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world. Wildlife Alliance is the leader in Direct Protection of Forests and Wildlife in tropical Asia. They deliver a comprehensive approach for tropical rainforest protection through direct on-the-ground interventions with government rangers and local communities directly addressing the causes of deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade.
We also work directly with individuals, predominantly in Bali in Cambodia, sourcing products and using locals to help with our adventure tours.