If you’ve been around See Beautiful for awhile, you probably know by now how important giving is to us. We’ve given away over $123,000, including all of our sales on Giving Tuesday, and we’re not stopping anytime soon. We know giving matters, but it’s nice to have a little reminder. That’s why we so often share stories and testimonials about giving from our incredible non-profit partners.
Sometimes, hearing from others why giving makes a difference, and what it means provides us with a little dose of needed motivation. So, if you’re looking for a bit of giving inspiration, bookmark these quotes and read them often.
To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. — Mark Twain
We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. - Winston S. Churchill
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. - Pablo Picasso
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. - Maya Angelou
You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make life a wonderful adventure. - Charlie Chaplin
It’s not about how much we give, but how much love we put into giving. - Mother Teresa
If you have much, give of your wealth. If you have little, give of your heart. - Arab Proverb
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. - Aesop
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. - John Bunyan
Which one of these quotes most resonates with you? What’s your favorite quote about giving?
When it comes to giving, never stop.
We're changing the giving game and taking a loss. This loss is your gain.
Here's the skinny:
On Giving Tuesday (November 28, 2017)
See Beautiful will donate 100% OF SALES
to our Giving Initiative: Girls Grow.
Yes, you read that correctly: We're donating 100% of sales. Not 100% of profits or 100% up to a certain number. We're going all in.
Yes, this means we'll take a loss in sales this day, but is it really a loss if Girls Grow gains? This is a loss we're willing to call a win - for you, for people who will receive See Beautiful items from you this holiday season, and for all the girls who will go through Girls Grow's program to empower them as leaders in their community.
How special will owning an ethically-made item from See Beautiful be when you know we gave it all away to do the most good we could? Every cent goes to a beautiful cause. Your shopping list just became a way to give.
So, add it to your calendar. Spend to give. Visit us next Tuesday and love on Girls Grow with every item you will give (or own).
P.S. Feel free to spread the news and show us what you bought (read: GAVE) with the image below and the hashtag: #IGaveAll
Get to know the cause: Girls Grow
Something (s) New!
On November 28th, 2017, 100% of every sale will be donated to Girls Grow
We recently received the most beautiful, thoughtful thank you card and gift from our friends at Just One Africa. Now, this is not the first thank you card we have received, and we are grateful for each and every one!
But in this season of Thanksgiving, it was a perfectly-timed reminder of the importance of saying thank you. Your acts of kindness and thanks do not go unnoticed. We cherish them!
So, in case we haven’t said it enough lately, THANK YOU, See Beautiful family. Thank you for all that you do and give. Thank you for being the beautiful-creating, love-giving, thanks-giving, shiner of brightness that you are.
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. - Rumi
This quote exemplifies the See Beautiful community, especially our non-profit friends whose work is a labor of love. Thank you for inspiring us to do what we do, as you all make the lives of those around you just a little (or a lot) better.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Giving to others helps us feel more connected and compassionate toward one another. But, it’s a big world out there, and we cannot personally interact with everyone who needs more compassion. So, how can we continue to increase and cultivate compassion in ourselves and others, especially to those that we do not meet in person?
With a foundation in the Buddhist tradition, Loving Kindness Meditation is a practice to harness feelings of pure unconditional love toward ourselves first, and then toward others. Have you tried this practice? Here is the abbreviated version, adapted from The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society:
Take a few deep breaths.
Focus on the area surrounding your heart, while continuing to breathe and saying or thinking the following traditional words, or words that most resonate with you.
“May I be free from inner and outer harm and danger. May I be safe and protected.
May I be free of mental suffering or distress.
May I be happy.
May I be free of physical pain and suffering.
May I be healthy and strong.
May I be able to live in this world happily, peacefully, joyfully, with ease.”
As you continue the practice, replace the word “I” with the name of someone who you love, then with someone who is more difficult for you to love, and then to “all beings.” Hold the image of that person or beings in your mind as you are practicing this act of compassion. Practice daily or whenever you feel the need or desire.
Here are a few more stories of See Beautiful Milestone Grant’s impact. We are humbled by the kind words and thankfulness shared by our friends at these organizations. But, the truth is, we are so grateful for them!
Love Not Lost
See Beautiful's support has continued to help us grow our photographer program so we can serve more people. Without the support of our community and incredible organizations like See Beautiful, we would not be able to carry out our mission to photograph people facing a terminal diagnosis to preserve memories and support people in grief. Thank you See Beautiful - you have helped us show up for people and love them better. Your gift makes a difference!
We are using the grant for spreading hope through stories on our website. Last month we were able to publish this story of a little boy who was given a 5% chance to live and who is now cancer free and growing stronger each day. The next story that we used the grant for will be published next month! :)
Little Lambs of Foundation
We are truly so grateful to See Beautiful for everything they have done to help these precious children in foster care and escaping domestic violence. Because of the milestone grant we were able to purchase 200 backpacks (each child representing a child) to fill with supplies for when the children are transitioning into foster care and emergency shelters. Thank you for all you do to help people all over the world!
Jannan Poppen, Giving Coordinator
At See Beautiful, it probably goes without saying that we are inspired by all the beautiful you create everyday. But, we’ll say it again anyway. YOU inspire us. Teachers, students, non-profit dreamers and doers, people making a difference, you inspire us everyday. That’s why the Milestone Grant applicants and recipients truly ignited our passion and reminded us why we do what we do.
We hoped that the funding would go toward creating a lasting impact of beautiful, and the outcome has far exceeded what we imagined. Stories about how the grant support has encouraged or helped individuals and organizations have started coming our way, and we are overjoyed to start sharing those with you, a few at a time.
Every story is different, and these first two stories are told in numbers.
The camp was a HUGE success, and I can't imagine us not being able to have this program. It has such an impact on the children and the volunteers that come with us to be camp counselors. Here is a nice breakdown by the numbers for camp this year!
Number of campers: 36
Months of planning: 7 months
Lessons taught: 6 (Science of flight, Nutrition, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Malaria Prevention, Oral Hygiene, Leadership through Rugby and Cricket)
Volunteers: 8 (4 first timers!)
Knowledge improvement from pre-camp to post-camp: 11%
Hours of Travel: 32 hours!
Hope Shines Staff: 15
Medical Staff: 1 US based doctor, 1 Registered Nurse
Health check ups: On 36 children (Fluoride treatments, HIV and Malaria prevention, Height, Weight, Vision (4 kids identified for glasses), Blood Pressure, malaria frequency in the last year for all kids and shoe sizes).
Meals cooked and served: 180 nutritionally balanced meals prepared and served!
(50 KG rice, 50 KG beef, 30 KG fish, 10 KG eggplant, 5 KG green beans, 5 KG beans, 60 KG potatoes, 50 KG carrots, 5 KG garlic, 8 KG onions, 20 liters oil, 10 KG tomatoes, 10 KG green peppers!
Water: 100 Liters of filtered water consumed!
Supplies: 13 - fifty pound suitcases FULL of camp supplies
Partner Organizations (for supplies, curriculum, sponsorship): 6
Professional Athlete Mentors: 6
Hours of teaching and mentorship: 100
Number of (happy) tears from children (and staff and volunteers) impacted by an amazing camp experience: Countless!
Love Beyond Walls
1) The Documentary launches in less than a month, and we have had 7 screenings. We’ve also had over 200 people walk through the workbook that the grant funded.
2) We were offered an airing spot on AIB from November-January (the reach is 2 million people) so after people watch, they will be instructed to walk through workbook.
3) We are going to use the film to start another film in 2018.
Wow! Thank you Hope Shines and Love Beyond Walls. You’re giving us all the feels. Stay tuned for more stories to come...
Jannan Poppen, Giving Coordinator
If we want to truly change the culture of our country we need to begin having meaningful conversations. And so the theme of this tour is focused on listening and sharing. It’s not about everyone believing the same thing, but rather everyone respecting the beliefs of the other. “For all the violence to cease we must agree to disagree.” - Orly Wahba
Listening and sharing. That is the theme of the 6-week Kindness Boomerang Cross Country Tour spearheaded by our friend Orly Wahba, author of Kindness Boomerang and Founder of Life Vest Inside. In response to the rift in the United States, the Kindness Caravan seeks to inspire dialogue and connection.
Starting in Vancouver, Washington on October 29 and zigzagging across the country from West to East, so much kindness will be spread. Orly and her crew will engage in kindness talks in schools, participate in a Run for Kindness in Vancouver, visit Children’s Hospitals, and distribute Acts of Kindness cards along the way. Some 2,000 cards will be passed out from Vancouver to San Francisco. The crew will also be volunteering their time to provide meals for the homeless with the help of Meals on Wheels.
Although so much kindness and goodness has been planned and is about to be underway, there is still so much to do, and you can help! The crew hopes to distribute kindness books to teachers, pay it forward with random acts of kindness, and deliver joy and flower bouquets to senior homes. Join in the movement, and if you feel so inspired to do so, you can give to their Indiegogo campaign.
All the while, the experience will be documented to be made into a film showcasing the amazing, transformative moments that will certainly be shared, and of course, all the fun! If the Kindness Caravan is coming to your city, you do not want to miss them, but regardless, this is an opportunity to be a part of an incredible kindness boomerang - give a little kindness and it always comes back to you.
Jannan Poppen, Giving Coordinator
Cultivate Union creates beautiful by spreading the practice of yoga in the community. Yoga means union, and Cultivate Union fosters that union through sharing a practice of presence and healing. By encouraging change “from the inside out,” Cultivate Union contributes to positive social change in Atlanta, in the studio and beyond.
As a Giving Initiative partner, Cultivate Union and See Beautiful are a perfect match. Cultivate Union does a lot to share the benefits of yoga, like supporting trauma sensitive training for yoga teachers. But specifically the Giving Initiative funding will go toward placing teachers in yoga classes at City of Refuge. Homeless women, as well as women coming out of sex trafficking, will now have the opportunity to practice yoga for free. Hopefully, the will find peace, relaxation, and perhaps experience the healing power of the practice.
Rachelle Knowles, the Founder of Cultivate Union, shared these kind words about working with See Beautiful on the Giving Initiative:
Being a part of See Beautiful’s Giving Initiative was a huge honor because I knew that I was in good company. The best part was knowing that connecting my community to See Beautiful was knowing they would become repeat customers who are excited to support organizations doing good through their future purchases.
Many thanks to Cultivate Union, and all of the yoga teachers who share their gift of teaching through this organization.
Jannan Poppen, Giving Coordinator
One of the best parts of completing a Giving Initiative is seeing the impact it makes. The support from a Giving Initiative leaves a positive influence on the organization as well as the people or cause the organization serves. Recently, we received these kind words from our friend Amy Churchill at Just One Africa.
We are incredibly grateful for your support and are so grateful for your partnership in supporting the important work we are doing around sustainability for Hope Beyond Transitional Center! The cow will be a blessing so many ways and with the milk it will provide it is a blessing that will keep on giving! That really is beautiful!
Thank you to the Just One Africa and See Beautiful communities for supporting this initiative. And thank you to Amy for all of her hard work!
Jannan Poppen, Giving Coordinator
When we came up with the idea to donate See Beautiful Milestone grants we had no idea the magnitude of beautiful encompassed in the applications we received. What felt like a wish & a prayer that we could create more beautiful in the world revealed a very real, tangible need that could impact thousands upon thousands as we selected each of the organizations to support.
Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville was one of the See Beautiful Milestone Grant awardees and their work is beautiful. They provide "residential services, in-home supports, personal assistance, day services, a Saturday therapeutic recreation program; community based activities focusing on lifelong education, job skill development and community integration; and also host a social group for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome." Breakthrough also serves as a community for adults with autism and their families. One of the cornerstones of Breakthrough is a residential neighborhood where adults can live together in community, with social activities and staff nearby as well.
Through our grant, they will be able to enhance training of paid staff to increase knowledge of autism/sensory/language issues and behavior. This training will allow the staff to better empower the adults they serve. We have a feeling this is going to leave so many seeing, feeling and creating more beautiful and we are honored to support your work.
See beautiful in yourself.