GIFt Partnership with PFC: Compassion without Borders
Giving It Forward Together (GIFt) is an important value with us as we strive to build a higher level of conscious capitalism and #LeadWithGratitude. We believe in the 3Ps of "doing well by doing better" - People, Planet and Profits. And we know that organizational development around social responsibility is a journey, a continuous process of self-improvement with an eye on building a culture that drives greater impact in and on the world around us. As our starting point, AlikiDesigns is committed to:
- transparency and accountability: our GIFt program is calculated on the price you pay, not on the proceeds of any given transaction (which are customarily undisclosed to consumers). As an AlikiDesigns customer, we want you want to know exactly how many dollars are being given to our worthy partnership endeavors. We want you to feel like you are a partner on the front-end... and the back-end! Strategically, we make business decisions that keep overhead low. Much of what we do is just-in-time, and we are picky with our business/retail partners.
- the environment: we strive to minimize waste and excessive packaging. Yes, the extra big box -with all the stuffing, wrapping, bows, bells and whistles- does look nice. We agree. But is it worth the cost to the environment when too often all that packaging ends up in the trash and in a landfill? Not to mention, you pay for all that packaging in the price of the product. Our packaging is simple: One card with the essence/meaning/intention of the design, which we hope you keep as a reminder of what you put out in the world; and a small and reusable organza baggie.
- people & society: as we build our staff, we are striving to honor equality, diversity of thought, and merit-based growth, period.
And as for our partnerships, well, we think they are awesome - impactful, thoughtful, hardworking, efficient and making a difference - right here, right now. We strive to carry three partnerships at a time. Why three? Three is a lucky number. Also, we believe in the power of adding up 1 + 1 = 3. Yes, there is exponential gain when we collaborate to make a difference! We give a percentage of the price you pay for our designs; we do not take any administration fee or percentage share. 100% of the calculated amount goes to our partnerships.
Partnerships for Change's Lama Tenzin Choegyal orphanage
21% GIFt on retail sales of products in the Aliki One collection.
Lama Tenzin Choegyal from the Dolpo Region of the Himalayas is an unassuming hero for lost and forgotten children. He is known to trek 10 hours/day for 20 – 30 days while climbing over altitudes of 18,000 feet of treacherous conditions. He finds the children who have been cast from their homes due to spiritual beliefs or neglect and brings them to his orphanage. There, he has created a safe and loving home where they grow and flourish, and have access to private school education and professional opportunities. He is embarking on a new project called the “PinkPad.” Women in the villages are often sent away during their menses and have no access to any comforts. He is raising money for the equipment to manufacture and package supplies that the girls at the orphanage will help design and distribute. Each PinkPad will be a kit that includes one year’s worth of monthly supplies for each girl or woman in the villages, and an environmentally-sensitive disposal program. Each GIFt goes toward the production of PinkPads.
Note: All of our GIFts are processed at year end. (Also note: not in fine print.)