Since Day 1, before we could really afford it, Catbird has always been a charitable company. (See below for The Catbird Mets!) We vote as a company on what organizations to support.
At least 1% of all sales, year round, are donated to non-profits aligned with our core beliefs of equality and helping others. (We choose to focus on the percentage of sales - as opposed to profits or proceeds - so there is full transparency.)
Here is a list of some of the organizations we have been giving to recently. This list - and the amounts - are always growing thanks to your support.
$997,490.25 and counting!
The Catbird Scholarship for Diversity in Jewelry Arts will award an annual $25,000 to an incoming undergraduate student in the Jewelry program with a demonstrated need, and from an underrepresented population. We are proud to partner with Pratt, an arts institution with a rich history within our Brooklyn community who has shown commitment to recruiting students with diverse perspectives and backgrounds, and active inclusion for everyone.
The Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY offers a state-of-the-art safe haven, with programs that take place in a biology and STEM lab, design studio, rooftop farm, culinary kitchen, radio journalism studio (WGRL NYC!), and planetarium - to name a few of the remarkable spaces they have created for girls in middle and high school. Catbird is proud to have partnered with Girls Club as our nonprofit partner at the opening of our Soho store, and continues our partnership with 20% of all Full Heart pendant sales funding their soon-to-open Center for Wellbeing & Happiness.
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
The Women’s Prison Association works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement. The WPA promotes alternatives to incarceration and helps women avoid arrest or incarceration. WPA is a source of support to women and a resource to them as they plan for release, and after incarceration, women come to WPA for help to build the lives they want for themselves and their families.
As a progressive and women-led company we openly support Planned Parenthood as they stand at the forefront of advocacy for reproductive rights and provide quality, compassionate healthcare to those most in need.
The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute protects and defends the human rights of Black transgender people, by organizing, advocating, creating an intentional community to heal, developing transformative leadership, and promoting collective power.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
Citizen's Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change using a consistently respectful, non-partisan approach designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations.
From 2014-2020, 20% of all sales from our Full Heart benefitted Girl Up - an organization working with the United Nations Foundation to unite girls to change the world. As a woman-based organization we are committed to supporting the education of girls throughout the world.
$56,798.65 donated and counting
Since 2017, Catbird has supported the training of local female leaders to become health care agents in Uganda and Kenya, earning an income and caring for the people in their community. Starting in 2020, we are proud to announce a 10 year commitment to helping TAP expand their community health program into the Kéran district of Togo, where less than 10% of the population has access to healthcare. Our goal is to help build clinics across the district and train community health workers throughout this coming decade.
She's the First fights gender inequality through education. STF supports girls in low-income countries who will be the first in their families to graduate high school by providing need and merit based scholarships.
We are New Yorkers - either native or transplant - and we are passionate about our city. Food Bank For New York City helps feed more than 1.5 million people per year citywide. For every $1 donated 5 meals can be provided to New Yorkers in need. To date Catbird has provided 100,000 meals citywide.
The NWLC have been on the frontlines of virtually every advance for women for more than 40 years, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation. We are proud to help an organization champion policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives.
LOCAL CHARITIES, SCHOOLS & ORGANIZATIONS - Since Day One, we have been committed to supporting our community and recognizing that other local communities need support. Our entire operation - manufacturing, retail, shipping, design - is in Brooklyn and we support local schools, teams, hospitals and other local organizations.
$126,574.27 donated and counting
From Hurricane Sandy and the earthquakes in Nepal to more recently human rights violations at our border and COVID-19, we act fast to find efficient organizations on the ground as devastating events unfold. We are currently working to provide funding for supportive housing, food, and essential services in New York City during the pandemic.