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This week we are featuring one of our favorite Etsy teams (if you're not familiar with the 'Team' concept from the online sales venue, check out the information here):

Basically, it's a community-building feature of Etsy that allows sellers to interact with other Etsy sellers, learning from each other, collaborating, supporting each others' marketing efforts, and more.

So our featured team is the Etsy Giving Prototype Team:

The team is for sellers who are interested in the potential to donate a portion of their sales to non-profits, or for those who are already doing so. They're exploring new ideas to help sellers donate a portion of their sales to charity. Any Etsy seller who is curious about -- or fully committed to -- donating through their shops, should contact them to join!

We are hoping eventually Etsy will have a feature that works like the "Ebay Giving Works" feature. In the meantime, many Etsy sellers are voluntarily donating a portion of all proceeds to various charities, having specials on certain items throughout the year with larger donations, or designating particular items as fundraising venues throughout the year.

Here are just a few of the sellers we've met through this team who are doing great things for society through their business. We've included samples of their great work adjacent to their information below -- and encourage you to visit them -- and buy!

butterfly sundriesRebekka Van Der Does from ButterflySundries

Rebekka donates to four charities (she has a year-long rotation program):

Butterfly Sundries' Charity Spotlight (Adult Education & Literacy) - 10% of all sale profits for a designated time period

Knights of Veritas (Character Development & Education) -10% of all sale profits from items in the Knights Collection (original jewelry liine inspired by their programming)

Spokane Humane Society (animals) receives 10% of sale proftis from all the items in the Fur Babies Collection (original jewelry line inspired by their programming).

GirlVentures (girl empowerment, activity & leadership programming) receives 10% of sale profits from the Triskelion Collection (original jewelry line inspired by their programming) and 20% from their etched logo designs (developed in partnership with the organization).

emma bullet necklaceEmma from LamplighterJewelry

Emma chooses a different charity each month. One month's pick was the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) -- interestingly, most of Emma's sales come from her line of bullet jewelry.






MJ Lee earringsMJ Lee from EdgedElegance

MJ donates to the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation in Houston, Texas. The Foundation has given over $3.5 million to MD Anderson for Brain Tumor Research and Clinical Trials for adult and children initiatives. They are also the only foundation in Houston, Texas that donates to Brain Tumor Research at MD Anderson.


Mandee necklaceMandee from CloudNineDesignz

Mandee does a different charity a month and writes about it on her blog and in her shop announcement. She was on a previous Etsy team, The Etsy Angels. Each month the team members donated a percentage of their sales for the month to the same charity.

That team has closed, but Mandee still donates each month. Last month was Operation Smile. This month, Jason Ritter, from the show Parenthood, had a fundraiser in Los Angeles for Huntington's Disease. She donated to the event and is also donating 10% of her sales as well.


shakti ringShakti Ellenwood from ShaktiEllenwood

Shakti has donated 10% of her profits during selected months to Amazon Watch.

Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. They partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems.

We are so inspired by these women! What are your ideas about leveraging your business to do good in the world? We hope to hear from you!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like Beaders to the Rescue, Serene Wright of TemplesTreasureTrove, Vernon of Panama, and Beads of Courage.

Until next time,

Sheila & Shannon


0 # Rebekka Van Der Does 2014-08-21 12:58
Thanks for including information about my jewelry lines in your blog! I truly appreciate any and all exposure I can get for my art and the work of my Featured Charities!

Butterfly Sundries' latest collection is actually in honor of Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority- so everything in the "Sirens & Sailors Collection" is inspired by sailors, nautical tales, siren myths, pirates & everything else maritime. :) Through the end of this month GHHSA will receive 10% of all sale profits from all items. Starting next month they'll continue to receive 10% of sale profits from their Inspired Collection for an additional 9 months (and I'll feature a brand new charity in the spotlight)!

Again, thanks for sharing my shop and my work!


Rebekka Van Der Does
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0 # SRM Mclaughlin 2014-08-21 22:20
Thank you, Rebekka!
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