We think giving back to the community is always worth our time. Still, when we're insanely busy, the often tedious task of researching local organizations to get involved in makes it harder than it needs to be. That's why we decided to speak with five fearless women who are fusing their stylish brands with community outreach by donating portions of their profit to charities. After speaking with each of these chic, brilliant, and generous women, we felt inspired to narrow down the best charities to give to in March to streamline your research process.
If you want to donate, volunteer, or simply get informed on some of today's pressing causes, our list of options is a great place to start. Many of the featured organizations take a holistic, actionable approach, but we broke them down by topic to make it easier to navigate and identify which program speaks to you. From on-the-ground advocacy work to material donations to community-minded consumption, every approach helps. While you scroll through to discover the cause that speaks to your passions and beliefs, get inspired by these fearless women and shop their fashionable clothing, jewelry, and more.
Do you have a passion for education? Fight for equal access to education and help increase literacy rates with the nonprofits below. Read their mission statements below to take your pick.
Reading Partners: "Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade."
The Malala Fund: "We advocate—at local, national and international levels for resources and policy changes needed to ensure all girls complete 12 years of school."
The Beat Within: "To provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community."
Social Justice and Civil Rights
If you believe that our court system is the best way to make social change, consider donating to a legal fund that defends and advocates for a cause you believe in. Read their mission statements below.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund: "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."
Council on American-Islamic Relations: To "enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."
American Civil Liberties Union: "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."
Designer Spotlight: Lola x Theory
Meet Jordana Kier and Alex Friedman of Lola, a brand that delivers customized feminine care products. Not only is the Lola concept beyond convenient, but it's also sustainable and healthy. When they learned that many shelters don't stock feminine care products, they decided to step in with nonprofit partners, Support the Girls, Distributing Dignity, and Simply the Basics. Through their initiative Lola Gives Back, they bring "tampons, pads, and liners to homeless women, domestic violence survivors, and foster care children."
Kier and Friedman explain to MyDomaine that beyond the practical service, Lola is also "building community, raising awareness, and creating meaningful conversation by destigmatizing the topic of menstruation." If you're a budding entrepreneur who also wants to give back and do social good, Kier and Friedman say, "The key is to find something you're truly passionate about."
Sustainability and conservation are key issues today, so if you want to protect the earth, check out these three organizations advocating for environmental justice, reform, and protection. Read through their mission statements below.
Greenpeace Fund: "Greenpeace is a diverse, multicultural movement of ordinary individuals determined to bring about the extraordinary change necessary to realize a greener, more peaceful future."
We Act for Environmental Justice: "We Act has been working to end environmental racism and injustice in New York City."
Earthjustice: With more than 100 attorneys in offices across the country, Earthjustice pursues three key goals to secure a "just, flourishing world": protecting wildlife, keeping communities healthy, and investing in clean energy.
Designer Spotlight: AUrate
When Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui couldn't find high-end, fine jewelry that wasn't ridiculously expensive, they decided to shift from finance—Ezzahraoui was a trader at Goldman Sachs, and Kahn was a consultant at BCGs—to start their jewelry line, AUrate. From the very start, "the charitable component was a no-brainer as we wanted to bring change not only to the jewelry market but to the way businesses should promote corporate responsibility," they tell MyDomaine. Plus, they believe that the social impact is a lot bigger when more people are involved.
To promote education, they decided to implement a program called A Book for Your Look, partnering with Mastery Charter. Their wisdom doesn’t stop there. Sharing their words of encouragement, they say, “Building something from scratch brings a lot of joy and seeing it coming to life while doing good makes it even more meaningful.”
Criminal Justice Reform
In the era of mass incarceration, there are many programs fighting to reform our justice system. If you believe that our criminal justice system is broken and should be based on rehabilitation, retribution, and dignity, look into this roundup of organizations. Read their mission statements below.
Homeboy Industries: “Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.”
The Beat Within: “To provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community.”
Innocence Project: “Exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.”
Designer Spotlight: von Holzhausen
Based in Malibu, von Holzhausen is an über-chic accessory brand that exudes a California ease, and the designer, Vicki von Holzhausen, is no different. Beyond the style factor, her brand is also founded in ethical consumerism. “I choose to give back through von Holzhausen because it allows our customers a way to get involved with us on a deeper level and … allows commerce to be more than a one-way transaction,” she tells MyDomaine.
von Holzhausen gives a portion of each purchase to a regional community called Hope Gardens. Vicki chose to work with this program in particular because it is “right in the trenches of the homeless community and provides immediate and practical help to women and their children facing homelessness in Los Angeles.”
Health is a human right. To make that vision reach more people, find out about the work of these organizations, from mental health to cancer research and global outreach. Read their mission statements below.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: To “create a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develop suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provide support for those affected by suicide.”
WomanCare Global: To meet “the vast unmet demand for modern contraception, by providing access to reproductive health solutions for women and girls around the world.”
Breast Cancer Research Foundation: To “prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.”
Designer Spotlight: DONNI.
Accessory line DONNI. is not only insanely stylish but also innovative, both aesthetically and ethically. Founder Alyssa Wasko believes “if you’re going to be successful, you have to share it with other people.” When we asked her which charities she works with, she said DONNI. chooses “a different charity each season because honestly there are a lot of issues that need attention.”
For its newest collection, DONNI. will be donating a portion of its profits to the Downtown Women’s Center. She chose this organization because it provides women with housing and healthcare, but it also empowers women “to capitalize on their own creativity to support themselves.” As she points out, fusing commerce, creativity, and community can be a transformative approach as well a sustainable response.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, and 9 out of 10 victims are women. Those staggering numbers speak for themselves. One way to help is by supporting these organizations that serve survivors and initiate educational programs to dismantle the cultural epidemic. Read through their mission statements below.
Take Back the Night: To “create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse, and all other forms of sexual violence.”
The Brandon Teena Project: “Our mission statement is to assist transgender people in need, any way we can by sending out ‘care packages’ full of material trans people may be in need of (binders, make up kits, etc.) while educating the new generation on the spectrum which is gender.”
Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network: “Operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline … in partnership with more than 1000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”
There’s no question that poverty rates are high, and homelessness is a widespread issue. So whether you want to help folks living below the poverty line or you want to provide underserved communities with more opportunities, these programs will make that possible. Read their mission statements below.
Dress for Success: “Empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”
Downtown Women’s Center: “DWC’s mission is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women.”
National Alliance to End Homelessness: “The Alliance provides communities across the country with best practices, how-to kits, and technical assistance trainings to help them implement solutions developed through policy, research, and practice.”