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Giving Thanks by Giving Back

Nov 27, 2014

by Karen Brown

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When it comes to giving back, one person can truly make a difference. That’s because individuals, not corporations or foundations, are the overwhelming source of charitable giving every year, providing more than 70% of all contributions.

Many Etsy sellers have included giving as part of their way of doing business, and the ways they do it are as unique as their talent an craft. Often, contributions are based on sales of specific items rather than every item in a shop. Some sellers donate a percentage of sales from items she has chosen as part of her charitable giving program. Others donate a fixed amount per sale, rather than a percentage. Some contribute in kind, by making and donating handmade items.

For Jennifer Raish of rosetung, the idea of giving occurred to her as she worked to restructure her pricing with the goal of selling to retailers. “It dawned on me that if I can sell my work at a higher price, I’ll share the extra earnings. I wanted to go with that good feeling,” she says. Today, she contributes a portion of her sales to The Africa Vulnerable Children Project, whose mission is to create a sustainable community and environment in a destitute area near Ndola, Zambia. Jennifer’s contributions help with nutrition, safe housing, health care, employment, clean water, and education. “It’s really a heartfelt joy for me to have an opportunity like this,” says Jennifer.

For Lorna Watt of Knits For Life, the natural world is her inspiration for connecting with others. “I studied as a biologist out of a passion for biodiversity,” says Lorna, who donates to The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization. Lorna’s contributions help to plant trees in Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest, a threatened ecosystem. “I plant one tree for every handmade item I sell. I realized that the trees my customers donated were, in effect, creating a handmade forest. What if I dared to dream big? Could I organize a group of people to plant a whole forest?” So far, Lorna has planted hundreds of trees through her Etsy sales. “It makes biological sense to help one another if together we can reach things we couldn’t reach alone,” she says. “It’s no exaggeration to say that only together can we reach the moon.”

Not all forms of giving are financial. “After seeing a friend’s family go through the extended experience of caring for a preemie, I wanted to give something handmade to them,”  says Laura Prill of lauraprilltoo. “Handmade items say, ‘You matter, you are unique, you are so worth the time and effort.” Laura feels deeply that handmade baby items help to make a hospital experience more humane and loving. Now, with each preemie hat she sells in her shop, Laura donates a hand-crocheted or knitted item to Stitches from the Heart,  a California-based nonprofit whose 17,000 members have donated over a million knitted, crocheted, and woven baby items to newborns nationwide. “It is tremendously satisfying and I hope to do much more in the future,” she says.

There are thousands of Etsy sellers who make giving back part of their business, and it’s a gift to be part of a community that cares so deeply about so many issues in the world. Have you discovered any Etsy sellers who give back in extraordinary ways? Share your stories in the comments.

Editor’s note: If you are interested in learning more about charitable giving on Etsy, Etsy’s guidelines are a great place to start.

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124 comments

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers from FluffyFlowers said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns said 3 years ago

    Great article!

  • carolwagner1

    Carol Wagner from VintageBettyLuke said 3 years ago

    Lovely ideas. Lovely thoughts. Have always thought about doing this. It seems right.

  • Laladesignstudio

    Lala Jewelry from Laladesignstudio said 3 years ago

    It's so wonderful to give back!

  • artisticdrama

    Joy Boardman from artisticdrama said 3 years ago

    It's so exciting and beautiful to think of what we can do for the world around us: planting forests, helping animals, teaching widows a trade so they can earn money, educating impoverished children, proving water purifiers....a friend of mine has even started a scholarship for a local school. I pick a different charity every month and donate 10% of my income to help them. This month it's Amnesty International. They fight violence against women. I am a small business but little by little we can all make a BIG difference.

  • Blucha

    Erika Price from Blucha said 3 years ago

    Great article - it's good to give back. I donate all my profits, from this shop and from my ErikaPrice shop. Sometimes customers express a preference for a particular cause close to their hearts - such as the tsunami in Japan and the tornado in the Phillipines - but the majority of my donations over the years have gone to support cancer research charities

  • VintageBeach

    VintageBeach from VintageBeach said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving! My shops enable me to afford to do a lot of volunteer work with impoverished mom's through http://www.circlesusa.org/ The 5 year plan is to have them completely supporting a life of full time philanthropy. Nothing feels better than serving others...

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 3 years ago

    Happy-happy thanks giving, my awesome Etsy friends.

  • SchneiderGallery

    Magdalena from SchneiderGallery said 3 years ago

    I love Ugly Kitty shop, bless them! https://www.etsy.com/shop/UglyKitty

  • scrapsmakethenest

    Kimberly Heath from scrapsmakethenest said 3 years ago

    ~ Happy, & Thankful!~ I am also honored to be able to give a portion of my sales on a few items in my shop! I started the "Give a Dog Wings Project" so that a portion of my sales could benefit my local shelters adoption program for dogs. I would truly like to thank Etsy for allowing me the opportunity to do this.....This is a wonderful marketplace with so many unique features for personalization.............Thank you~

  • bpdmso

    Mary from MarySanzJewelry said 3 years ago

    Great article :) Happy Thankgiving !

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios from MerCurios said 3 years ago

    What a wonderful story! I am so pleased to share that together with our AMAZING clients, MerCurios has donated over $1,000 to various disaster relief causes including the Australian Flood Relief, and the American Red Cross. It is a personal goal to have a portion of every sale go to charity, I prefer it to be a charity of my customers choosing - this personal goal is still in it's infancy as we work out the kinks. xo, MJ

  • vintagejane

    Stacey from vintagejane said 3 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • PrairieSmokeJewelry

    Kim from PrairieSmokeJewelry said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving! What a great article!

  • JaniceCordeiro

    Janice Cordeiro from WoolSculptures said 3 years ago

    “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ― Kahlil Gibran

  • mvmayophotography

    Mary Mayo from MVMayoPhotography said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  • mvmayophotography

    Mary Mayo from MVMayoPhotography said 3 years ago

    Great article ...

  • Themissingtagvintage

    Caroline and Brandon Matey from TheMissingTagVintage said 3 years ago

    I've been looking to volunteer in my neighborhood because I cannot give any other way, just me and my helping hand.

  • lani136

    Lani Degen from BlissfulThingsbyLani said 3 years ago

    Loved and thankful

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 3 years ago

    Loved this! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  • laurastark

    Laura Stark from laurastark said 3 years ago

    Fantastic thoughts on this Thanksgiving!

  • aostudio9

    Adrienne from DabAndDabble said 3 years ago

    Be Thankful & Give! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • BootsandBelle

    Mary Mayo from BootsandBelle said 3 years ago

    During my husbands long illness, I sat by him and crocheted, for hours. It was my therapy. After his passing I found a bag of baby afghans I had forgotten about. Hearing about a town near by with lots of migrant workers and babies, I donated that bag of afghans, 27 of them! It felt SO good!! Happy Thanksgiving all.

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 3 years ago

    I regularly donate to several charities, but don't feel comfortable using it as a sales pitch. "Buy from me because I'm a better person than other sellers" seems less honourable than "Buy from me because I make the best items I can & sell them at a price that's fair".

  • AmandaJHoffman

    Amanda Hoffman from AJHStudio said 3 years ago

    Awesome! There are so many ways to show gratefulness!

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 3 years ago

    What a beautiful thing to give back! Kudos to all of these shops, and all of the others who give of themselves. Thank you etsy for honoring the spirit of giving today.

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery said 3 years ago

    What a great post again. I think in general Etsy sellers and buyers are interested of the life of an artist. I am always surprised when I get a convo after reading my About page, that they appreciate the way we live with my husband. I also love to read about people here, and sometimes I even convo them for a chat. It is always exciting to get know more people here.

  • BeadingTimes

    Zeynep from ZeyJewel said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    Annette from TheLeveretsNest said 3 years ago

    thank you for this article - it is good to give, and nice that these sellers feel strongly about something meaningful to them. I give too, to stray doggies and soldiers, so it is good to share the love :) though I never forget my customers - they always get a little more than they pay for when they stop by my shop and for that I am so very appreciative. Love is abundant and giving is just an emotional/physical extension of love, no matter what you give. Happy Thanksgiving xxx

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 3 years ago

    Wonderful to hear how these sellers are giving back. Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating today!

  • windshine

    dana milton from windshine said 3 years ago

    100% of the proceeds from my shop goes to the morris animal foundation to fund canine cancer research! so thankful to them, and to YOU! happy thanksgiving!

  • SendASmooch

    Send-A-Smooch from SendASmooch said 3 years ago

    Wonderful story! We have so many awesome Etsy sellers. We give a dollar to charity for every item sold in our shop!

  • LedaDesign

    Leda Design from LedaDesign said 3 years ago

    Great article!

  • CoutureByAyca

    Ayca Hoser from CoutureByAyca said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Joliejye

    Julie Duchesne from Joliejye said 3 years ago

    Delightful !

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 3 years ago

    Warm & Cozy & Fun!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez from rebeccasanchez said 3 years ago

    Thought-provoking article. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  • KnitByCoutureStudio

    Rachida Selvidge from KnitByCoutureStudio said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Wonderful to read this article, and to read the tips. In the honour of the Victorian Christmas Spirit, I have created some Christmas decorations from which all money will be donated to the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf Charity here in the UK. They provide training to puppies to become a service dog for deaf persons. The name of the buyer will also be listed as the donator to the charity. Please visit my Twitter feed for links to the Charity's website @CoutureKnit

  • CellarWoodworking

    Trevor Pratt from FrogInThePlane said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 3 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring post. Thank you for sharing!

  • rescuecandle

    Dave and Katie from RescueCandle said 3 years ago

    We donate 15% of our soy candle sales to various animal rescue charities. We're proud of our candles and the joy it brings to animals in need. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • lypakiskostas

    Konstantinos Lypakis from XyloDesignArt said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 3 years ago

    to all Etsy sellers who share/donate to others... THANKS for GIVING ! well done!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 3 years ago

    PS... the Vintage Etsy Society Street team has a " red paperclip fund" money is pooled from sales, to help our own members in need! people who have fallen upon hard times have benefitted... . I love the compassion that shines through from many etsy sellers!

  • nlbgrammy

    nlbgrammy from Qt2t said 3 years ago

    I am so excited to be reading this on Thanksgiving Day!!! I am definitely going to do this!! Thank you, thank you for providing this awesome link!!!!!!!

  • dreamfreelivefree

    Ashley Piszczatoski from dreamfreelivefree said 3 years ago

    I am trying to do something such as this! on my shop I have a donation post - I want to make red scarves to donate to the Red Scarf Project for foster care. My goal is to donate 100 scarves

  • ShuliDesigns

    Shulamit Raanan from ShuliDesigns said 3 years ago

    Great article! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone !

  • taliladesign

    Talila from TalilaDesign said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  • beachbabyblues

    Susan Wagner from beachbabyblues said 3 years ago

    ~ Thanks for the article ~ and the REMINDER ! I had started the process of donating a percentage, to an organization that helps young girls get "off the streets ". Then , as always, I got busy ~ and forgot ! Today , on this day of remembering what we are THANKFUL for ~ is the perfect time for me to finish that process !!! So, thank you for the article . I find that,Giving to others changes my perspective and INCREASES my GRATEFULNESS ! I am truly BLESSED , what could be better than sharing it with others!!!! ~ ~ ~ Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone , no matter where you are , in your life ~ You ARE important and You are LOVED !

  • DreamJewelrySupplies

    DreamJewelrySupplies from DreamJewelrySupplies said 3 years ago

    Fantastic! Happy Thanksgiving Everyone :)

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 3 years ago

    All it takes is one person to make a difference. Great ideas!

  • JTribeCreations

    Rhonda J from JTribeCreations said 3 years ago

    Great article! I worked for a non-profit for years and saw that it was more often people that had "less" that gave than those who were well off. Time (volunteers) and money are the 2 things most needed by non-profits. Every month we give a bit of our profits to different charities locally in our community or people in need (via gofundme) and various others. I allow my kids to help pick who we "help" at the end of the month from the list we've made. My 7 year old even collects cans to crush for cash to donate- his idea. :)

  • Southlakesmom

    Kelley Westenhoff said 3 years ago

    All of my profits go to a local after-school "Earn a Bike" program that gives kids life skills (they learn to repair bikes, keep inventory, interact with customers, etc) and helps them do something productive. In the area where Phoenix Bikes is located, the good programs compete with gangs for the kids' attention, so this is a great way to help my local community and promote bicycling for life!

  • lauraprilltoo

    Laura Prill from lauraprilltoo said 3 years ago

    Thank you Karen, what a beautiful post! I am grateful for the generous hearts of so many here on Etsy. Happy Thanksgiving everyone:)

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 3 years ago

    I give back by volunteering at my old job the City of Dallas at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Social Services I always volunteer throughout the year helping them with their Holiday Projects signing people up for Thanksgiving baskets we used to give a Turkey and can goods but now we give citizens a food voucher to help out with their Thanksgiving Dinner we always sign up 300 or more families for Thanksgiving and then I help with the Christmas Toys Project signing up families for toys. I love going back to help them and a lot of the people that come over there know me from when I worked there I love my volunteer work because I love helping people.

  • shellseye

    Shelley McElhiney from shellseye said 3 years ago

    It's inspiring to see so many sellers giving back, thank you for the lovely article! I share a portion of sales from my shops (samsstuff & shellseye) with Autism Speaks, an important organization that sponsors research & advocates for the autistic community, their families & their teachers.

  • helenbobelen

    Helen Lee from helenbobelen said 3 years ago

    I do what I love, I love what I do. I am a charitable business. Happy Thanksgiving Etsy!

  • FeatherSisters

    Feather Sisters from FeatherSisters said 3 years ago

    happy thanksgiving everyone!

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  • judymekkes

    judy mekkes from SewPictureThis said 3 years ago

    Blessings to all.

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 3 years ago

    Great post! Small businesses can have a big impact! We donate to Global Medical Relief Fund, which helps injured youth heal and live a life with dignity. We are thankful everyday for what we have and it feels even better to use our talents & work to give back to someone who has experienced extreme hardship. We are also thankful to be part of a community like Etsy that cares about giving back.

  • MsCutenCurly

    Amanda from CuteNCurlyBowtique said 3 years ago

    Wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets said 3 years ago

    We have 3 "Stitches From The Heart" knitted baby caps (from when were back in CA) and it was so special and such a gift to receive each one. That is an amazing organization. Love this post, Karen! And even if we find ourselves on more of the receiving end, we still all have something to give :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  • PatMcWhorter

    Pat McWhorter from PatMcWhorter said 3 years ago

    Wonderful Topic. on Thanksgiving! There are so many of us Etsians who try to help. I give 100% of my note card sales to Red Cross Disaster Relief. My customers like that they send an e-card thanking them for the donation. It reassures them that the money is going where I say it is.

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 3 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • SabrinaBJewelry

    Sabrina from SabrinaBJewelry said 3 years ago

    perfect story for the holiday season. I try to pay it forward as much as I can. Mainly because you never know what someone is going through. Kindness alone could even be the break someone needed. Happy Holidays!

  • BLCouture

    Bernadette Rothlisberger from BLCouture said 3 years ago

    This is great. So many givers. BLCouture gives 10% of October profits to Susan G Komen every year and this year we are giving 10% of November profits to Wounded Warrior. We love to see so many thinking of others. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

  • FireIslandSoap

    Billy Bubbles from FireIslandSoap said 3 years ago

    this is awesome! giving is living!

  • lisamckenney

    Lisa McKenney from LoveSquaredDesigns said 3 years ago

    I have had the amazing honor of donating over $11,000 this year to organizations that fight human trafficking. This December I have a new line of necklaces releasing with proceeds will benefit domestic human trafficking organizations.

  • katherinedooren

    katherine Lenz from 214EVER said 3 years ago

    THANKS GIVEING DAY. I ALMOST MISSED IT. SUCH A GREAT PITY:(

  • snowflakesara20

    Sara from UrbanFarmhouseTampa said 3 years ago

    There are so many great charities out there. Find what you love and support that cause. Even something as simple as paying for the persons coffee in front of you makes a difference! Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  • therustyhummingbird

    JoAnn Hartwell from rustyhummingbird said 3 years ago

    Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with being a blessing. Too busy to look yesterday......feast at Grandma's keeps Grandma plenty busy.

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 3 years ago

    Very interesting articule

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago

    Great article!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 3 years ago

    that chair.... incredible ♥♥♥

  • MyGreenBottoms

    Kelly Ellis from UniqueApplique said 3 years ago

    Great article

  • CubicoLeatherCo

    Cubico Leather Co from CubicoLeatherCo said 3 years ago

    Our shop made up a program called "Buckles for collars", which means for every buckle donated we make a leather collar and donate a portion of the profit to the humane society. I also like BLCouture's idea of donating each month to a different charitable organization. December will be a great month to give back to a children's organization. We are considering St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. Great Article!

  • peternottrott1

    Peter Nottrott from abstractpaintingshop said 3 years ago

    so interesting - congrats on your feature and wishing you continued success!

  • BrigetteMe

    Brig from NotSeenOnTV said 3 years ago

    I enjoy making baby caps for new mothers. Currently waiting for additional yarn to arrive for more caps. Moms can pick the color they like and I'm glad they can make a choice.

  • katherinedooren

    katherine Lenz from 214EVER said 3 years ago

    IT IS A GREAT SHAME THAT I FORGET THIS IMPORTANT DAY IN CHINA. BUT I WILL REMEMBER IT NEXT TIME AND I BELIEVE I WILL BE DIFFERENT THAT TIME.

  • YearsAfter

    Sharon from YearsAfter said 3 years ago

    that's so nice! happy thanksgiving all year round!

  • TheresasGourmet

    Theresa Ryales from TheresasGourmet said 3 years ago

    Very nice Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 said 3 years ago

    This is a very inspiring article. We enjoy giving back to the community, by donating our handmade wine racks.

  • EstateAurora

    AuroraHorton from EstateofAuroraHorton said 3 years ago

    This is a wonderful article, I try to remember to be giving as well <3

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls from GemdropsoftheFalls said 3 years ago

    This is one of the many reasons why Etsy is so wonderful. We are grateful to be part of such a caring community. <3

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    interesting article~

  • WildRoseAndSparrow

    Liana from WildRoseAndSparrow said 2 years ago

    Great article, I think that a bit of generosity can go a long way. I my case I am greateful for the awesome country I live in, and now in return I am involved with a lot of charities around the world taking action for child solders. I know of a great shop on etsy DOTTO that has a great stance for charities.

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    ACR from IntoTheBluePaintShop said 2 years ago

    Really nice... Happy Thanksgiving all !!

  • marylovrien1

    Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said 2 years ago

    So thankful for this inspiring read

  • MackinacIslandInk

    bm from MackinacIslandInk said 2 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone, thanks for the inspiring post!

  • WoodsyWools

    ACR from WoodsyWools said 2 years ago

    Very inspiring and lovely shops! Happy Thanksgiving...

  • allwood1

    allwood1 from AllWoodToo said 2 years ago

    Very nice...Thanks so much for sharing!

  • MariahKGreen

    Mariah Green from MariahFotografia said 2 years ago

    "No one ever became poor by giving." Wonderful read, I'm happy to see that some Etsy shops give a portion of their proceeds away. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  • DivineOrders

    DivineOrders from DivineOrders said 2 years ago

    Blessings to all... Peace.

  • PastelFeatherStudio

    Monika Dudikeni from PastelFeatherStudio said 2 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  • indigocanyonsoaps

    Indigo Canyon Soap Co. from INDIGOCANYONSOAPCO said 2 years ago

    We firmly believe in planting seeds...not just the tangible kind, but the kind that grow into other seed planters. Doing something good for others is how we make a difference, one seed at a time. After working in a residential home for brain-injured military vets, I learned how these homes always need toiletries, e.g. shampoo, soap, etc. So we donate a good portion of soaps to children's homes, abuse shelters, and similar group homes around our community. It's a small gift, but it makes a big difference in someone's life, and that's our seed.

  • ecumbess

    E Cumbess from RetroArtGroove said 2 years ago

    I am so inspired to do this! I have so many charities I believe in!

  • MokiMinis

    Mo and Ki from MokiMinis said 2 years ago

    Yay, great article! Happy thanksgiving everyone :)

  • Mlopezthings

    Mónica López from Moniquesthingsshop said 2 years ago

    Happy thanks giving, my awesome Etsy friends¡¡¡¡¡ .

  • UnAirDeParisByAlbane

    Albane L. from PHOTOFORWALL said 2 years ago

    Happy thanks giving from Paris !!!!!

  • Dorinavdbrandeler

    Dorina van den Brandeler from DoriKri said 2 years ago

    Very inspiring! Grazie

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 2 years ago

    Great ideas. We usually donate many jewelry to cancer research charity, animal shelter... we are very grateful for all the business that we have. Thank you.

  • cooljewelrydesign

    Pam Robinson from cooljewelrydesign said 2 years ago

    I support local feral feline activities and organizations ... and my jewelry is always donated to silent auctions, etc. Storm Sandy was a big one for me and the $3K donated was not related to the shop but benefited someone who also has a shop here. It feels good to "give" without even discussing it ... whether it's on behalf of a catastrophic event or a local charity ... I put myself in the other person's shoes ... to the degree possible. So happy to see so many involved.

  • VintageBeach

    VintageBeach from VintageBeach said 2 years ago

    A $5 donation from every sale in all my shops is made to the Rockhouse Foundation to feed one Jamaican school child breakfast for one week. :)

  • TwinAntiques

    Debbie Krusen from TwinAntiques said 2 years ago

    I am thankful for my health, my family and my boyfriend! I have done many things to give back through the years. My favorite project was helping a retired African American woman who raised 3 children on a cleaning woman's salary to learn to read -- she wanted to read the religious information from her church. Giving is far better than receiving!

  • ourvintagestore

    ourvintagestore from OurVintageStore said 2 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. This is a very inspiring article. There is no better feeling than giving of yourself knowing you have helped someone.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 2 years ago

    Great article! Much to be thankful for!

  • Exaltation

    Jen from Exaltation said 2 years ago

    Every month 5% of sales from my shop go to a charity that I rotate every month... Last month it was the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, this month it will be World Vision International. In addition I also have two specific custom/personalized jewelry listings where 100% of profits go to charity. I think it's so important to be able to give back! I feel blessed and grateful that my success on Etsy has allowed me to do so :)

  • TheGemGirl

    TheGemGirl from TheGemGirlJewelry said 2 years ago

    We all have something to give. I have donated Jewelry and crocheted items to different organizations over the years. Long before I was a seller on Etsy. My hats have been given to children in foster care and to cancer patients receiving treatment. It makes me feel good that I have been able to do this.

  • rosealley149

    Rose Alley said 2 years ago

    What a wonderful, wonderful way to pay it forward....I am so glad I found this article. I plan to shop these special shops. Thank you all for sharing your love of creating, with others who aren't that fortunate...Keep up the good work and continue making a difference...Happy Holidays...Rose Marie in Virginia...

  • saraermisch

    Sara Ermisch from LeosLovelyTreasures said 2 years ago

    what a great post! Thank you for sharing the awesome ways that Etsy sellers give back to the community!

  • natafish67

    RoyalCrownHandmade from RoyalCrownHandmade said 2 years ago

    Happy Holidays everyone!

  • natafish67

    RoyalCrownHandmade from RoyalCrownHandmade said 2 years ago

    Great finds! Thanks for sharing.

  • ninnisshop

    Cocomillo Gift from Cocomillo said 2 years ago

    Great article ...

  • rystorteboom

    RY Storteboom from KnitGoodWomanKnit said 2 years ago

    One of the things I love about this article is that all three examples are knit/crochet shops! There is a long history of picking up the needles on behalf of others. And among all hand-craft artists. It's inspiring to be in their company. They certainly give me something to aspire to.

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 2 years ago

    ♥︎♥︎♥︎ these stores and their giving hearts!

  • MrsFroitz

    Hillary from KnotEKnits said 2 years ago

    I started knitting as a hobby; something to do in my "down time" from my day job and my Bible-based Deaf education volunteering. I try to secularly work less than 20 hours per week and volunteer an average of 70 hours per month. As a support to the volunteering, I opened my Etsy shop and all profits go back into supporting the Deaf community and my volunteering therein.

  • bflirty

    Linda from FlirtyDivaTees said 2 years ago

    It feels even better to give than to receive, doesn't it?And this time of year there are so many in need

  • lisaramirez1

    Lisa Ramirez from AFlowerforRose said 2 years ago

    I am donating 20% of Holiday sales to St.Jude's Children Research Hospital at my shop A flower for Rose!

  • omabina70

    Sabine Miner from StudioSabine said 2 years ago

    I am an Artist - I am a PANCREATIC cancer Survivor ----- I am almost 9 years cancerfree --- I am so darn lucky and grateful ---- so when I first opened my Etsy shop in 2012 I wanted to show my gratitude and contribute 10% of all my ORIGINAL Art Card Sales to Pancreatic Cancer Research -- however - I was not very successful with it - view views and fewer sales - maybe customers didn't want to hear or read or.....? about pancreatic cancer --- so I stopped mentioning this in my listings --- any advise on How to do this successfully and legally?????? I really like the idea and would love to do it...........but it has to be worthwhile......

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    thanks for sharing!

  • nanamom23

    F M from TheLittleBrownPurse said 2 years ago

    I have a question... I am selling all of my shop items for women in Uganda. Do I need to include tax? All of the sales go back to these women and I only keep exactly what my expenses in wiring money back to them and ETSY costs. I keep no money as profit for myself!!

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