As many of you already know, one of the guiding missions of barley & birch has always been to use our success as a means of improving the lives of others around the world. So I’m extremely excited to share some news with all of you.
This summer, the children’s home in Haiti that we have been planning and researching for the past year will become a reality. This home is located in Port Au Prince and will serve as the home for 15-20 children of various ages and histories.
We are working on launching our own nonprofit organization, the barley & birch foundation, and are now finalizing our strategy as a foundation and getting all of our legal ducks in a row. The barley & birch foundation is not starting with any large endowments or seed money. We are starting the foundation the same way that we started barley & birch…. with nothing but our own funds, a desire to make a difference, and confidence in our work ethic and ability to do big things.
We are starting the foundation with the goal of raising enough money to support this initial children’s home and, eventually, a school and free health clinic nearby. We plan to grow the foundation, well, organically. We have a super talented board and a large network of friends in the children’s industry (and outside it) that we are preparing to reach out to and speak with about partnering with us to fund the monthly costs of the childrens home (and school.) I see this as an incredible opportunity for all of us to come together in an effort to make a tremendous impact in the lives of those in a community and country that so desperately needs any relief that it can get. I’m confident that this collaborative funding will again reinvent how business can and should be done and what each of you can do with your purchasing power.
We hope to soon be able to accept tax deductible personal contributions, and you all will of course be the first to know when that happens.
Thank you all so very much for enabling us to take this next step in our mission to change the world. We are excited to be able keep you posted over the next few weeks and months with photos and videos of what your support has directly translated to– saving lives, changing the world.
We truly could not have done this without you, and I am so so so very grateful for each of you. Thank you SO MUCH.