Be the difference
Farai Creative is a member of 1% for the Planet. This means that, along with other donations, I pledge to donate 1% of my annual revenue to support non-profit organisations focused on helping the environment.
As I wholeheartedly believe that people and the environment are interconnected, I donate a further 1% of my revenue every quarter to also support global and local communities.
I hope these donations can encourage others to learn more about not-for-profits who are changing our world and to encourage more businesses to donate to causes that speak to their heart. If I can do it, so can you!
Explore below to learn more about the non-profits I support.
Who I support
1% for the Planet is a global organisation that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. They recognise that the current level of environmental giving – only 3% of total philanthropy – is not enough to solve the most pressing issues facing our planet.
As a business member, I support environmental organisations through Farai Creative’s annual 1% for the Planet membership, my further giving prospects, and my everyday actions.
In my first quarter in business, October to December 2018, I chose to donate 1% of Farai Creative’s revenue to this incredible, local foundation. As a fan of edible gardens and passionate about helping remote communities thrive, I’m so impressed with the work EON Foundation is doing in remote Western Australia. According to their website:
“Founded in 2005, EON is a WA based not-for-profit organisation that delivers a food and nutrition focused healthy lifestyle and disease prevention program. The Program is now established and proven in 24 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. We build edible gardens in remote schools and communities for a secure supply of fresh food and partner with them to deliver a hands-on practical gardening, nutrition education, cooking and hygiene program.”
What impresses me the most is EON’s Thriving Communities Program, designed to help schools in remote W.A. build healthy lifestyles. EON Foundation works in partnership with Western Australian communities and schools to grow edible gardens, to deliver nutrition, cooking, and hygiene education, and to provide horticultural training.
Here at Farai Creative, I truly admire EON’s commitment to sustainability and their contribution to the health of communities all over Western Australia.
For the first quarter of 2019, I donated 1% of Farai Creative’s revenue to Valued Lives, a Western Australian peer led support organisation enabling people to live good lives in their communities by providing personalised planning and innovative, responsive, flexible supports and services. According to their website:
“Valued Lives works in partnership through holistic planning with people and families, to develop innovative and flexible supports that best assist you and your family member…Valued Lives’ team has significant experience assisting people and families to plan a vision for their best life and turn this into real life.”
I saw their support for the community come to life at Eco Fashion Week Australia in 2018 and are honoured to have donated what I can to support Valued Lives in their work to help people live good lives in our local community.
Freedom Centre is a peer-facilitated, informal, safe social space to help support young people, families and communities to be healthy, happy and informed about diverse sexuality, sex and gender. On their website, they say:
“At Freedom Centre we hope people learn to accept and respect themselves and others. We aim to empower young people to be themselves, be confident, make healthy informed choices and respect both their own diversity as well as others’.”
I LOVE the difference Freedom Centre is making throughout Perth. I know actions speak louder than words when it comes to allyship and I will continue to support our LGBTQ+ community in all ways that I can!
I first discovered the work End Homelessness WA was doing from a fellow ethical business in 2018. That’s part of the power of giving openly – it can lead to more giving.
In my state, 9,000 people experience homelessness on any given night. End Homelessness WA are working to educate the wider community and end homelessness. On their website, they say:
“We live in a state that is rich in resources and talent. We have everything we need to address homelessness; however, our capacity for richness and talent is made less because homelessness still exists. The fact is, it costs Australia more, on average, to leave someone homeless than to house and support them. As a group of committed CEO’S, executives and community leaders we have come together to say enough! We don’t think managing homelessness is the right way to go. We know that we will need the whole community to drive this forward.“
You can find more info about End Homelessness WA at endhomelessnesswa.com.
The Australian Bushfires at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 were devastating. While we hosted a fundraiser at WA Ethical Collective to help the wildlife affected, I felt a responsibility to do what I also could for affected communities.
So, I remembered GIVIT. In 2017, I completed an internship in social media with this incredible Queensland-based organisation! They were some of the first people to believe that I could make a career in marketing with a purpose, so it is a genuine pleasure to have helped them in their efforts to receive funds and items for bushfire affected communities.
GIVIT has a number of appeals and a list of needed items, all-year-round, for people in need. I always recommend, before throwing “away” anything of use & quality in your home, to check GIVIT’s list to see if somebody could need it. You can do so here.
COVID-19 has been heartbreaking for many communities around the world. In Australia, it has also severely impacted those in events and music. Through Support Act, I was saddened to hear that:
“Thousands of artists, crew and other music industry professionals have lost their entire livelihoods due to the cancellation of concerts, festivals, tours and shows. So far, losses across the sector amount to well over $350 million.”
Music and the music industry is such a deep part of my identity and I personally believe that the work artists do holds value unlike anything else on our earth.
I urge you to do what you can for our musicians – for those who help use move, feel, sing, and create – especially in this financially difficult time. You can donate to Support Act here.