Special-edition, Congolese-inspired TOMS Shoes
We're teaming up with Giving Partner Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), an advocacy and grant-making organization founded by Ben Affleck, on two Congolese-inspired designs with an additional give. Read More >>
TOMS x charity: water - An Eyewer collaboration
TOMS and charity: water, an organization founded in 2006 (like TOMS!) that’s dedicated to to helping bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, join forces for the first-ever TOMS Eyewear collab! Read More >>
Giving TOMS Shoes in the DRC
Founded by Ben Affleck in 2010, ECI is an advocacy and grant-making organization that works with and for the people of DRC, the third most populous country in Africa, and one that struggled under a cycle of violence for nearly 20 years – particularly in the east. Read More >>
TOMS is evolving every day, with each new fan, customer, friend and Giving Partner that joins us. And in paving the way for what lies ahead, we think it’s important we remember how we got here.
In the early days we called our firsthand shoe-giving experiences Shoe Drops. Our founder Blake, the small TOMS staff, and some their family and friends, traveled back to Argentina to distribute the very first One for One shoes to children in need. For the next few years, the TOMS family was an essential part of every pair of shoes given to children in need.
As the One for One movement gained support and the company grew, we learned more about international development, and strategies and solutions to eradicate poverty and create opportunity for communities, families and children. We began to change how we gave shoes. Humanitarian organizations, with deep roots in the communities they serve, became a crucial part of our Giving strategy. We found that our shoes had greater impact – and better matched our ideals for responsible giving – if we integrated them into these Giving Partners’ broader strategies in health, education and economic development. Eventually, Giving Partners were giving all of TOMS Shoes.
But, we still have a lot to learn, and we want our family and community to learn with us. We continue to travel to the field for firsthand giving experiences, this time as visitors and volunteers of our Giving Partners. In the spirit of this new approach, TOMS Shoe Drops have become TOMS Giving Trips.
A TOMS Giving Trip today is a unique experience. We invite TOMS family and community members to visit one of our Shoe Giving Partners for a week or so. Those travelers help distribute shoes to children in the communities our Partnersserve. They also experience and learn about both the TOMS shoe-giving model and the wider world of international development.
You can experience TOMS Giving firsthand, too. TOMS Ticket to Give is coming soon. Click here http://toms.sh/WN38dC to learn more, and check back on the blog in the weeks to come as we share more stories from the field.