Shopping at Philanthropy yields some great clothing, shoes and gifts. But the mission of Philanthropy, located at 432 Main St. in Franklin, is deeper than that. It’s a business built on the idea that offering great style can help others and allow women to shop consciously for good. Those very same items also support health initiatives, provide education, and build and fund struggling communities in South Africa, the Caribbean Islands and here locally.
Many times well-intending people want to negate holiday gifting and, instead, give all the monies otherwise spent on gifts to charity, an intention that is sometimes easier said than done. But shopping at Philanthropy satisfies that desire by allowing you to purchase a great scarf for your sister, while at the same time providing educational opportunities for the children in Peru who crocheted the scarf.
If you’re looking for a gift that gives back this holiday season, here are five great items currently available at Philanthropy:
Handmade luxe leather flats that are uber-comfortable and wear-with-everything classic, Sseko shoes and accessories allow women in Uganda to go to university or earn a fair wage. Sseko trains women to craft shoes, sandals and other leather goods with half of their pay earmarked for a college fund. The savings are matched by Sseko Designs, a process that has enabled nearly 50 women to attend university year-to-date, according to their website.
Scarves, gloves, headbands and even crossbody bags are all part of the charming collection of handmade knits from the nonprofit Krochet Kids, available at Philanthropy. Three young high school friends learned to crochet and sold their wares to earn money for prom. Post-high school, they went to separate colleges and between surfing, traveling and volunteering in developing nations, they hatched a plan that was pretty simple: teach women to crochet and help them earn a living to lift them out of poverty. Today, more than 150 people are working and creating a cycle of employment and empowerment by offering gifts that give back.
Imprinted with the word Worthy, each of these necklaces is designed to remind us that everyone is worthy. With 100 percent of the proceeds going to Lambscroft Ministries in Nashville, an organization that works to shelter and teach the homeless skills needed to restore lives, the Giving Key necklace is a perfect gift for sharing this holiday.
Everyone loves a vintage-cool T-shirt that looks great layered or solo with everything from jeans to a pencil skirt. Except this line, Wearable Compassion, one-ups that affection. Wearable Compassion tees sport motifs for a variety of charities, including Walden’s Puddle, Harlinsdale Farm in Brentwood, Nashville Rescue Mission and more. Designed and printed in Franklin, 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the charities.
Give Them Wings
The Give Them Wings tree at Philanthropy is decorated with tiny scrolls. Choose a scroll for $20, which goes directly to Lambscroft of Nashville, an organization that shelters and trains the homeless. So even if you cannot find a gift that works for everyone on your list, you can still give back.
To top off all of the gifts that give back at Philanthropy? The store donates 10 percent of its total yearly sales, or at least $50,000 a year, to designated charities. Gifting and giving at Philanthropy? They make it easy.
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