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Making for Good to Create Brighter Futures

Feb 6, 2017

by Sigourney

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For a second extraordinary year, Etsy’s community of makers, designers and curators came together to Make For Good and create brighter futures for girls around the world.

Inspired by Plan International Australia’s Because I Am A Girl campaign and its mission to empower girls worldwide, hundreds of Etsy sellers around Australia and New Zealand got creative for a cause. They created a bespoke collection that reflected the theme of ‘creating brighter futures for girls around the world’ and donated at least 20% of proceeds to Plan’s Because I Am A Girl campaign, an initiative that supports projects to help girls everywhere learn, lead, decide and thrive.

The goal? To beat our first Make For Good fundraising total (an impressive $30,000) and help support an economic empowerment program that provides skills and entrepreneurship training and seed funding for young women in Sri Lanka (see the program in action here).

The results? Pretty extraordinary. More than $38,000 was raised during the 2016 Make For Good campaign, which will go towards helping young women in Sri Lanka create brighter futures for themselves. The effect this will have on their lives is immeasurable, and will create a lasting change not only in their own futures, but in their communities.

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The team at Plan International Australia is – once again – awed by the results asked us to share this message:

We thought last year’s incredible effort by Etsy’s generous Make for Good supporters was big, but we had no idea of the success and enthusiasm we’d see for this year’s campaign; creating Brighter Futures for Girls. Our second year into Plan International’s relationship with Etsy Australia’s community of like-minded souls and we are smitten. To all of you who made and sold a product from the goodness of your own heart – thank you! Thank you for using your talent and craft to help grow opportunities for young women in Sri Lanka and for girls around the world, so that they can lead a life of independence and economic security.

Seeing bright futures in action

And the good news continues: two of this year’s Make For Good sellers will be travelling to Sri Lanka to see firsthand how Plan’s work is helping create new opportunities for young women in the region. They’ll be visiting a training centre in Batticaloa on Sri Lanka’s east coast and taking part in a skills exchange program with local women.

We invited the top 20 Make For Good fundraisers to apply to take part, asking them to tell us why they got involved in the campaign and what they hoped to share with the community visited.

After much deliberation, we’re excited to announce that Catherine Badcock from Cat Rabbit and Kirralee Robinson from Kirralee & Co have been selected to represent the talented and passionate Make For Good community on this adventure.

Cat and Kirralee will be heading to Sri Lanka in March, visiting a Plan International program to meet the local community and exchange skills with entrepreneurial women just like them. We’ll be sharing more of their extraordinary journey so stay tuned!

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I am Happy Print by Happy Puku

Thanks also to the team at Intrepid Travel whose generous support will give the Make For Good skills exchange participants a chance to explore and learn more about Sri Lanka. Here’s what they had to say: We’re proud to support Etsy and Plan International Australia’s Make for Good campaign. Intrepid has been a long-time supporter of Plan International’s work to empower women and communities in the places we visit. For 28 years we’ve helped local communities through local and immersive small group travel experiences. We believe businesses can be a force for good.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who got behind the Make For Good cause in its second year. Whether you made, bought, donated, encouraged or helped spread the word, it was the passion and hard work of the entire Etsy community in Australia and New Zealand that brought this campaign to life.