Happy almost Friday y'all! Today we are headed about 3 hours north, hubby is presenting at a conference Friday morning. After he's done, we are headed the rest of the way up to visit my Dad just outside of San Francisco. I can't wait to see him, and home. Standby for lots of pictures, I love being up north!
Before we drive away this morning, I'm excited to share an amazing website with you guys. If you follow my Instagram, you may have seen some of the amazing jewelry pieces I've been styling lately. I've teamed up with Shopfunder to style a few of the pieces that they sell on their site….and to give one of you a $50 shop credit!
Shopfunder allows shoppers to buy clothing, jewelry and much more and donate a portion of each item to a charity of their choice. I got a chance to chat with Amy, the VP of Community & Designer Relations for Shopfunder, and learned a ton more about the company!
bracelet c / o Allie M Designs and Shopfunder
What is the history behind the site? ShopFunder is actually the evolution of an idea that began years ago as Hybrid Mom (and later Hybrid Her), a website recognized by Forbes Woman in 2010 and 2011 as one of the “Best Websites for Women” and that brought together a community of savvy, socially conscious, and creative entrepreneurs in various fields, including design and fashion. In 2013, thanks to the support of our amazing community, ShopFunder launched as an exclusive crowdfunding site where both large charities AND individuals can raise money in a brand new way for life-changing causes by inviting their communities to shop from our curated site of socially conscious artisan and designer goods. We like to call it crowdfunding with STYLE!
How does ShopFunder work? How are charities selected? There is no fee to either our designers or our charities to use our site. And THIRTY PERCENT OF EVERY purchase goes directly to the campaign chosen by the shopper.
We allow large organizations, small grassroots causes, and even individuals to set up campaigns through our site. Since our ShopFunder launch last fall, we have teamed up with over 50 campaigns to raise money. And some of our FAVORITE recent causes have simply been championed by motivated individuals wanting to make a difference. The Baby K Hero Fund was a campaign initiated by the mom of Baby K – a baby born extremely prematurely – to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House and a Topeka NICU who played a huge part in supporting and caring for Baby K and her family. (Who are all doing wonderfully, we are happy to report!) Another impressive campaign was the Chris and Carly Animal Fund, where two MTV personalities teamed up to raise money for North Shore Animal League, the largest no-kill adoption and rescue organization in the world! We do research and recruit campaigns whose stories tug at our heartstrings, but we also encourage individuals and organizations to set up valid causes on their own (for free!) by registering here.
How are artists and vendors selected? We are so proud of our hand-picked designer community. Each and every designer has a compelling story to tell. Something special that has inspired and shaped their journey to create and share. By selling through ShopFunder, our designers have committed to being part of a one-of-a-kind crowdfunding experience, but many of our designers already gave back to causes of their own, before they even came on board with ShopFunder.
Our community includes fair trade cooperatives hailing from places like Rwanda (Songa), Uganda (Beadforlife), and Cambodia (Mekong Blue) and also includes American-made celebrity designers like Veronica Rose, a former fashion model turned healing gemstone artisan after studying with a Native American shaman. And Jill Donovan, a corporate-lawyer-turned-designer, whose unique Rustic Cuffs have graced the wrists of more celebs than we can count, including Miranda Lambert, Matt and Luciana Damon, Harry Connick, Jr., Giuliana Rancic, and more!
(By the way, interested designers can apply here. We are always looking for new designers with special goods, especially in the categories of eco-apparel, jewelry, mens’ items, and gifts.)