simple. we wish to spread all that is agape . we make stuff, sell stuff, do stuff, teach stuff, and then give all of the profits to our favorite charities (it also helps offset the stress of our lives).
Tery brought a group of women connected by family vocations, experiences, and philanthropic interests.
we’ve made cards for Operation Write Home and Card Care Connection, put together care packages for Packages from Home, raised funds for Best Friends, collected hygiene products for disaster relief, walked many miles for breast cancer, solicited big companies to help adopt a platoon, donated profits from handmade crafts to Chicago Canine Rescue, helped schools apply for grants, foster a dog (or 3), train milspouses valuable career skills, participate in CrossFit competitions, climb mountains, build someone a house through Habitat for Humanity, volunteer at shelters, peddle baked goods, write grant proposals for local community projects, or get up in front of big groups of people to help garner support for other charities
where it goes
100% of any money, services, materials, gifts, or goods collected for anything we do or make goes directly to the charity itself (we’ll specifically call them out in any of our postings). Any extra costs usually come out of our own pockets. If we run races, we pay for our own fees and training; if we climb a mountain, we’ll personally cover all of our own costs; if we make cards, bake, or sew, we’ll supply our own materials. anyone else who participates in the fun does so at their own expense (and risk. ha!)
we don’t get paid anything, we don’t own or keep anything, nor do we profit in any material or financial way. (see above about karma)
so if we ever ask for a donation of any kind (grant, in-kind, endowment, gift with donation, or sponsorship), it goes directly to the group we’re helping (cardstock to make cards for deployed troops, wishlist items for a dog rescue, hygiene supplies to make care packages, online money donations to the charity itself, etc). in fact, you can choose which charity your donation goes to. here’s our current list of beneficiaries:
- Steve’s Club: http://www.stevesclub.org
Steve’s Club and its participating members provide a national network of programs through which at-risk or underserved youth of any socioeconomic background can join in the CrossFit Community at a reduced, low or no cost structure
- Green Beret Foundation: http://www.greenberetfoundation.org
The Green Beret Foundation provides immediate financial assistance to Green Berets who are injured in the line of duty, to their families, and to the families of our fallen brothers. We also distribute funds to support the extended care an injured Green Beret requires in the event the Veteran’s Administration is unable or unwilling
- Operation Homefront http://www.operationhomefront.net
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. They are a national nonprofit leading more than 2,500 volunteers providing emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors since 2002.
- Chicago Canine Rescue http://www.chicagocaninerescue.com
CCRF was founded in 2001 to help find permanent, loving homes for over 3000 homeless dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens in our city. CCRF assists the MOST vulnerable: dogs and cats that are slated for euthanasia because they are too old, too young, too injured, have disabilities, or have simply been overlooked for too long by potential adopters at other shelters.
- 100 Club: http://www.100clubchicago.org
100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. The Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education
- Animal Anticruelty Society: http://www.anticruelty.org
An open-admission shelter that does not turn away any animal, no matter what their condition. They provide Adoptions, Affordable Spay/Neuter, Charity Veterinary Clinic, Free Behavior Hotline, Humane Education, Humane Investigations, Owner Requested Euthanasia, Pet Loss Support, Short Term Accommodations for Emergencies, School of Dog Training, and Volunteer Opportunities.
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research: http://www.fredhutch.org
FHCR mission is the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death. Fred Hutch conducts research of the highest standards to improve prevention and treatment of cancer and related diseases.