These Brands Make It Easy To Shop Small And Give To Worthy Causes At The Same Time

Chelsea Peng

The last few months have made it absolutely clear: While uplifting our communities should be an everyday priority, people need our help more than ever in times of unrest and uncertainty.

If you're in the position to do so, Shopify makes it easy to shop small and give back when you support the indie brands the all-in-one commerce platform powers. These small businesses' efforts to pay it forward span from producing masks for medical personnel combatting COVID-19 to donating to organizations fighting racial injustice.

Ahead, we've rounded up 16 standouts you can feel good about buying from. And if you're a business owner (or looking to turn a side hustle into your own socially minded operation), the platform is offering a 14-day free trial for all new members. Whichever side of the shopping cart you fall on, it's a great time to make a difference.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518854&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zandra" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zandra</a></strong> <br><br>When you shop this line of natural beauty products founded by 19-year-old Zandra Azariah Cunningham, you support a Black-owned business <em>and</em> girls' education, with up to 10% of profits going toward workshops for youth in underserved areas.<br><br>
Zandra

When you shop this line of natural beauty products founded by 19-year-old Zandra Azariah Cunningham, you support a Black-owned business and girls' education, with up to 10% of profits going toward workshops for youth in underserved areas.

<strong><span>Corey Moranis</span></strong> <br><br>The jewelry designer, who's known for her amorphous lucite baubles, has been making donations to a variety of charities since March. This month, she'll <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5387824014&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:donate" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">donate</a> 10% of online sales to Black Lives Matter. <br><br>
Corey Moranis

The jewelry designer, who's known for her amorphous lucite baubles, has been making donations to a variety of charities since March. This month, she'll donate 10% of online sales to Black Lives Matter.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5387824746&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Biko" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Biko</a></strong> <br><br>If you're on the hunt for a <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518392&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chain à la a certain character from a certain book-to-TV adaptation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chain à la a certain character from a certain book-to-TV adaptation</a>, this Canadian jewelry brand has some very nice options — <em>and</em> 15% from all proceeds go to Second Harvest, a charity that helps feed the food-insecure. <br><br>
Biko

If you're on the hunt for a chain à la a certain character from a certain book-to-TV adaptation, this Canadian jewelry brand has some very nice options — and 15% from all proceeds go to Second Harvest, a charity that helps feed the food-insecure.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5391513813&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bohten" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bohten</a></strong> <br><br>On top of the eyewear brand's standing partnership with <a href="https://bit.ly/2XGSYW3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sightsavers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sightsavers</a>, an organization that works to prevent blindness and advocate for social inclusion for people with disabilities, Bohten has pledged to donate five masks to homeless shelters for every frame purchased.<br><br>
Bohten

On top of the eyewear brand's standing partnership with Sightsavers, an organization that works to prevent blindness and advocate for social inclusion for people with disabilities, Bohten has pledged to donate five masks to homeless shelters for every frame purchased.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518536&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Llani" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Llani</a></strong> <br><br>For every purchase of $50 or more, this globally inspired shoe brand will donate $50 to COVID-19 protection efforts in India. What better reason to hit "buy" on a pair of tasseled satin slides? <br><br>
Llani

For every purchase of $50 or more, this globally inspired shoe brand will donate $50 to COVID-19 protection efforts in India. What better reason to hit "buy" on a pair of tasseled satin slides?

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518866&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Misha Nonoo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Misha Nonoo</a></strong> <br><br>Known as much for her celebrity fans as she is for being an early adapter of sustainable business practices, the designer will donate $3 from the sale of every <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518533&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:MN mask" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">MN mask</a> to the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Response, equivalent to the cost of a high-grade medical mask. <br><br>
Misha Nonoo

Known as much for her celebrity fans as she is for being an early adapter of sustainable business practices, the designer will donate $3 from the sale of every MN mask to the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Response, equivalent to the cost of a high-grade medical mask.

<a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5391518052&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kyra Shea Medleys" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Kyra Shea Medleys</strong></a> <br><br>Every purchase is a donation. Through its KSM Gives Back program, the skincare brand donates 200 products at a time to a homeless shelter, clinic, charity, or nonprofit. Customers can fill out a form to nominate worthy causes <a href="https://bit.ly/2MGGPu4" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a>. <br><br>
Kyra Shea Medleys

Every purchase is a donation. Through its KSM Gives Back program, the skincare brand donates 200 products at a time to a homeless shelter, clinic, charity, or nonprofit. Customers can fill out a form to nominate worthy causes here.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5387824026&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:No Fun" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">No Fun</a></strong> <br><br>The Canadian clothing brand will donate 100% of profits from this week’s sales to Black Lives Matter and <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518863&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet</a>. <br><br>
No Fun

The Canadian clothing brand will donate 100% of profits from this week’s sales to Black Lives Matter and Justice for Regis Korchinski-Paquet.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518386&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nomad Goods" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nomad Goods</a></strong> <br><br>From charging cables to hand sanitizer, this phone accessories brand has converted production to make and deliver medical supplies to frontline responders globally. <br><br>
Nomad Goods

From charging cables to hand sanitizer, this phone accessories brand has converted production to make and deliver medical supplies to frontline responders globally.

<a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5392586339&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Phenomenal Woman" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Phenomenal Woman</strong></a> <br><br>Like a social-awareness supergroup, this brand's Action Campaign brings awareness to various social causes, including nonprofits working to increase the political presence of Black women. <br><br>
Phenomenal Woman

Like a social-awareness supergroup, this brand's Action Campaign brings awareness to various social causes, including nonprofits working to increase the political presence of Black women.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518530&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sam & Lance" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sam & Lance</a></strong> <br><br>It's a two-for-one deal: Buy one sustainably sourced <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5387824023&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:care package" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">care package</a>, and the brand will donate another to a healthcare worker. <br><br>
Sam & Lance

It's a two-for-one deal: Buy one sustainably sourced care package, and the brand will donate another to a healthcare worker.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518527&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Smash + Tess" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Smash + Tess</a></strong> <br><br>In a company-wide effort, this sustainable fashion brand brought together its design, operations, and supply teams to produce non-surgical scrub caps for frontline healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.<br><br>
Smash + Tess

In a company-wide effort, this sustainable fashion brand brought together its design, operations, and supply teams to produce non-surgical scrub caps for frontline healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5391516438&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:BeeLove" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">BeeLove</a></strong> <br><br>Every purchase of honey-infused skincare from this Chicago-based brand helps employ individuals with criminal convictions in their pasts.<br><br>
BeeLove

Every purchase of honey-infused skincare from this Chicago-based brand helps employ individuals with criminal convictions in their pasts.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518860&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Summersalt" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Summersalt</a></strong> <br><br>This online swimwear start-up has launched a free texting service called Joycast, which encourages customers to reach out if they need their mood lifted. Text "JOYCAST" to 24321, and the retailer’s "customer happiness" team will respond with a 10-minute meditation video, self-care ideas, or puppy GIF. And for every <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518524&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:three-pack of face coverings" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">three-pack of face coverings</a> — made from recycled swim fabric — sold, the brand will donate one to a philanthropic organization (they're taking suggestions via Instagram DM). <br><br><br>
Summersalt

This online swimwear start-up has launched a free texting service called Joycast, which encourages customers to reach out if they need their mood lifted. Text "JOYCAST" to 24321, and the retailer’s "customer happiness" team will respond with a 10-minute meditation video, self-care ideas, or puppy GIF. And for every three-pack of face coverings — made from recycled swim fabric — sold, the brand will donate one to a philanthropic organization (they're taking suggestions via Instagram DM).


<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518857&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:This T-Shirt" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">This T-Shirt</a></strong> <br><br>You've definitely seen the namesake shirt all over social media. Now, the brand's second drop features custom apparel and merch that supports a relief fund for hospitality and service workers across 20 states.<br><br>
This T-Shirt

You've definitely seen the namesake shirt all over social media. Now, the brand's second drop features custom apparel and merch that supports a relief fund for hospitality and service workers across 20 states.

<strong><a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5387824020&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Veles" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Veles</a></strong> <br><br>Due to COVID-induced supply-chain issues, farmers and ranchers are having a difficult time getting their products to consumers, leading to <a href="http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/clk?id=5388518521&iu=/16916245/R29/click_tracker" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dumped milk and destroyed crops" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dumped milk and destroyed crops</a>. Veles' greenhouse-gas-reducing cleaner provides an alternative by deriving 97% of its ingredients from food waste. <br><br>
Veles

Due to COVID-induced supply-chain issues, farmers and ranchers are having a difficult time getting their products to consumers, leading to dumped milk and destroyed crops. Veles' greenhouse-gas-reducing cleaner provides an alternative by deriving 97% of its ingredients from food waste.

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