I’m currently reading through the book EntreLeadership with some business owners here in Nashville. It’s been fun and rewarding, and it’s caused me to do something I should have done a long time ago: create core values for our business. They’re not finished yet, but I’d like to share one of them with you today.
We are generous. Kimberly and I try to live generous lives personally, and we want our business to reflect that. If and when we add team members, we want to compensate them well. We also want to use the business to help others.
This particular core value sparked an idea on how we can be more generous with our business. Beginning this spring, every MADE SOUTH shipment will benefit a non-profit organization doing great local work in the South. We will use space inside our Maker Notes to tell the organization’s story, and a percentage of our sales from that shipment will go directly to that non-profit. We’re still figuring out what percentage makes sense, but we know that we want to be generous with our growing platform and sales, and this seems like a natural way to start that.
We need your help though. We already have wonderful non-profits selected to benefit from our Spring and Summer shipments, but we’re looking for great organizations to partner with beginning in Fall 2015 and beyond. If you know of an active and thriving non-profit doing great local work in the South, we’d love to hear about them. Just leave us a comment here.
UPDATE (January 29, 2015)
We’ve decided that every one of our Spring 2015 shipments will benefit Nashville’s own Thistle Farms. We will dedicate space in our Maker Notes to help tell their wonderful story, and a portion of our sales will be given to them to help continue their great work. If you’d like to receive our Spring shipment, be sure to sign up here.