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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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Photo Journal: Heather Mycoskie x TOMS Animal Initiative

June 6th, 2014 by TOMS

This past month we launched our newest project, the TOMS Animal Initiative. Sparked by the passion and love for animals, Heather Mycoskie, TOMS Chief Animal Lover, has created the TOMS Animal Initiative, which is an overarching platform to drive awareness and monetary funding for global animal conservation. TOMS is proud to be able to support the Virunga National Park and its efforts to save the mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who are threatened by poachers and habitat destruction. Here, Heather shares her some of her favorite photos from her journey to Africa last Fall.

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We were supposed to travel to the DRC last fall but due to its current state of conflict we had to cancel the trip. We extended our time in Rwanda and fell in love with the gorillas there. Through our time in Rwanda, specifically with the gorillas, we learned more about how they were being affected in the DRC and knew we had to help. Here, we are getting an early start on our adventure- as your can tell by my smile I was so excited!

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All of the gorilla families are named and the family we went to see is named Agashya. Here we meet our guides led us on our trek. Our guides were definitely experts on this particular gorilla species. The gave us background information about the Agashya Gorilla’s habitat, and basic gorilla behavior that we should be on the lookout for.

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To get to the base of the trailhead we had to hike about an hour. Along the way we passed farms and homes and stopped to take this photo.

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We were very lucky to be able to spend time with this family of 24 gorillas. Blake and I were captivated by their stoic nature and how they were so protective of their family. We were so excited to be able to have this opportunity. This photo is of Blake and I seeing the gorillas for the first time.

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This momma and her child quickly became my favorite. They were hiding in the vines but absolutely loved to get their picture taken.

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This group fell into a food coma after they had eaten so much bamboo. In this picture, you can see the big silverback sleeping in the background.

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This photo was taken as we came back down the mountain after our time with the Agashya family. You can see part of the Virunga Mountain range in the background.

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The TOMS + Virunga National Park Initiative collection features Vegan Earthwise Classics with Virunga’s logo, an embroidered version of one of the mountain gorillas we’re fighting to save. To here more from Heather on how the Initiative came to be click here.

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Save the Children: Running to a Healthy Future with TOMS

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with Save the Children, an international development organization and Shoe Giving Partner, since 2011. Read on to learn about how Save the Children’s Healthy Choices program will keep children active this coming school year: In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 children lives in poverty — that’s 15 million kids who know what it means to go without important things like healthy food and opportunities to play and exercise — things they need to grow, learn and…

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No Bully: Creating Bully-free Campuses

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. TOMS has partnered with No Bully®, a U.S. based social change organization and Bully Prevention Giving Partner. Read on to learn more about No Bully’s methodology of preventing bullying in the school system from their Founder and CEO: Pablo was one of the most beaten down kids I have ever seen. This was his second year of middle school and Pablo was outgrowing his peers. Yet he stooped like an old man. Avoiding eye contact, he told me a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian

Employee Name: Rose Jones Title:  Senior Designer, Women’s Footwear  Tomorrows Project: Ears for Julian Tagline: Ears for Julian  What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project was to get Julian, a spirited seven-year-old boy, external ears. Julian is the son of my close friends Lisa and Dan and was born with a condition called Bilateral Microtia and Artresia. This is a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in 25,000 births. His external ears, ear canals and much of his inner ear anatomy did not develop in utero. Not only was he born without ears, but also with moderate hearing loss. He…

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The TOMS UK Secret Garden Stage

With the festival season upon us, we wanted to take you back to our fifth TOMS UK team’s Secret Garden Stage at a one-day festival in London, UK, Bushstock, Saturday 18th June, organised by our friends at Communion. Words by Charlotte, UK Marketing Tucked away on a residential road in Shepherd’s Bush, think rows and rows of town houses, wondering ‘where is this TOMS Secret Garden Stage’, and then you spot a small but organised queue outside someone’s house. Could this be it? There’s a chalkboard with the line-up on it, so it must be the right place. The queue…

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Locals who give back: Bastien | Paris

Giving back to society and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Today, here is some inspiration to help you do the same. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to his daily life, in his own individual way. Meet Bastien of Bar Romain in Paris, who shares his story. Name: Bastien Lives in: Paris Occupation: Manager of the Brasserie Bar Romain, in Paris Hobbies: Sport What makes the Paris neighbourhood where you work special to you? What I…

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BRAC: She’s Saving Lives

BRAC’s network of more than 300,000 community health promoters is one of the largest in the world. Volunteers from local communities, like Ruth in Uganda, are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care to pregnant mothers and refer them to nearby clinics if they have pregnancy complications. Community health promoters also treat children for malaria, tuberculosis and malnutrition and host health forums to educate community members about how to stay healthy.   To learn more about BRAC and its Community Health Promoter Program, please visit bracusa.org.

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BRAC: Fighting poverty with community-led change

We have the privilege of working with over 100 Giving Partners around the world to help give to those in need. BRAC, an international development organization and Safe Birth Giving Partner, was recently ranked the number one NGO in the world for 2016 by NGO Advisor. Today, we are excited to share with you what makes them different. Bangladesh 2012. ©BRAC BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and today is a global leader in creating opportunities for people living in poverty. Its founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, was an executive with Shell Oil; but he left his job to…

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