Thanks to you, in 2018 we donated $170,936.22 to these great organizations
When we started Dissent Pins back in 2017, we figured we'd spread RBG's message of respectful dissent and make a few donations to some organizations we admire. We had no idea how many people we would reach. We appreciate every purchase, because every pin, necklace, sticker and set of earrings we sell means we get to donate more to organizations that are doing the hard work of bringing us all closer to justice and equality.
Below is a full list of the organizations we made donations to in 2018. We've included a link for to each organization which will bring you to their site and allow you to make a direct donation of your own. (We've also included a link to a proof-of-donation letter for each organization.)
The Bronx Freedom Fund
Proof of donation Poverty is not a crime, but every day thousands of New Yorkers await trial in City jails because they cannot afford bail, which is often as low as $250. In the South Bronx, “innocent until proven guilty” does not apply, and with one of the most backlogged court systems, people can wait over two years before going to trial. Even one night in jail can cause someone to lose their job, their housing, and time with their families.
The Bronx Freedom Fund is a charitable bail organization with a revolving fund to pay bail for people charged with low-level offenses. Their goal is keep people in their jobs, with their families, and out of jail while they await trial.
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
Proof of donation The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) at the Urban Justice Center organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. We are the first organization dedicated to providing comprehensive legal aid to refugees seeking resettlement, providing representation for those who have none and helping vulnerable families and refugees navigate the complex rules and processes of the international resettlement system.
IRAP has been organizing legal aid at airports across the country, but they've been in this fight for years and are in it for the long haul.
Proof of donation For more than 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. CRR is working for a world where every woman is free to decide whether and when to have children; where every woman has access to the best reproductive healthcare available; where every woman can exercise her choices without coercion or discrimination.
CCR's groundbreaking cases have expanded access to reproductive healthcare, including birth control, safe abortion, prenatal and obstetric care, and unbiased information.
Proof of donation Planned Parenthood is one of the nation's leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation's largest provider of sex education. PPFA offers quality health care, backed by medical experts and over 100 years of research in reproductive care.
Proof of donation The Reproductive Health Access Project is a national nonprofit organization that works directly with primary care providers, helping them integrate abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care into their practices so that everyone can receive this essential health care from their own primary care clinicians.
SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
Proof of donation The mission of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to secure their human rights, and thus achieve reproductive justice. The Collective has 80+ women of color member organizations and individuals, and hundreds of white women and male allies.
Proof of donation coming - we'll post soon! When Kimberly Bryant founded Black Girls Code in 2010, her goal was to ensure that her daughter would never again be the only black girl in the room at computer science summer camp. Today, BGC nurtures a passion for computing among African-American youth through hackathons, summer camps, and programs through chapters across the US.
Proof of donation DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. DIY Girls offers after-school and summer programs that provide hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) experiences for girls.
Proof of donation ChickTech was founded in 2012 to engage women and girls of all ages in the technology industry while working to create a better technology culture for all. ChickTech has made a direct impact on tens of thousands of participants, including girls, women, and men. Their programs include summer camps, ChickTech: High School, Meetup groups for adults in tech, and conferences.
Proof of donation The Attic creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.
Proof of donation The Ali Forney Center's mission is to provide LGBTQ young people housing and a continuum of supportive services to help them thrive and prepare them for independent living. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country.
Proof of donation Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community. Trans Lifeline fights the epidemic of trans suicide and improves overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.
Proof of donation Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation.
Proof of donation Founded in 1920, the ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Proof of donation NVCF identifies emerging challenges in our region and addresses them by bringing together diverse groups of problem-solvers, mobilizing resources, and equipping community leaders. Community-benefit projects sometimes need a place to incubate their ideas without having to become independent nonprofit organizations. We support, champion, and provide services to unincorporated nonprofit projects that benefit the community.
Common Practice LLC is the parent company for Dissent Pins, so letters confirming our donations are addressed to "Common Practice LLC."
We are often asked to donate merchandise or services to organizations for fundraisers. We're happy to make these donations, but they do not count toward our 50% of profits policy. All donations listed above are monetary donations made directly to the organizations listed.
*In response to the Trump administration's announcement that they would consider narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, we made a bonus round of $1,000 donations to the Attic Youth Center, the Ali Forney Center, Tran Lifeline and the Transgender Law Center. These donations were beyond our standard 50% of profits donations policy – we just felt it was the right thing to do.
‡In November 2018, one of our customers placed an order with us and then was unable to receive it because she was displaced by the Camp Fire in California. We refunded her order, but USPS was eventually able to deliver her package successfully. When she offered to pay for it, we suggested she choose a local charity working to support her neighbors and send the money to them, instead. We then matched her donation ourselves.