KICKSTART a project today!
We've gotten to know a lot more about Kickstarter this past week and felt embarrassed that we didn't know some really amazing, vital pieces of information about our B-Corp neighbor.
Here are the TOP TEN things we love about KICKSTARTER:
- Kickstarter’s mission is to help bring creative projects to life. They measure success as a company by how well they achieve that mission, not by the size of profits.
Since launching April 28, 2009, Kickstarter has funded over 100,000 creative projects.
- Kickstarter will annually donate 5% of its after-tax profit. Half of Kickstarter’s 5% pledge will be devoted to organizations addressing systemic inequality. Kickstarter will primarily focus such contributions on 501(c)(3) organizations fighting to end prejudices against and increase opportunities for people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals.
- The other half of Kickstarter’s 5% pledge will be devoted to arts and music programs for children and young adults, with a primary focus on underserved communities in New York City. Funds will be distributed to 501(c)(3) organizations, public schools, or via programs developed by Kickstarter.
Kickstarter will provide opportunities and paid time off for employees to provide professional mentorship and skills training to people from groups underrepresented in the worlds of art, business, or technology.
- Kickstarter will always support, serve, and champion artists and creators, especially those working in less commercial areas.
- Kickstarter will not use loopholes or other esoteric but legal tax management strategies to reduce its tax burden. Kickstarter will be transparent in reporting the percentage of taxes it pays and explaining the many factors that affect its tax calculation.
- Kickstarter will seek to limit environmental impact. It will invest in green infrastructure, support green commuting methods, and factor environmental impact when choosing vendors. Additionally, Kickstarter will provide recommendations and resources that help creators make environmentally conscious decisions on tasks, like shipping and packaging, that are common to the use of its services.
- Kickstarter will foster a supportive environment for employees to work on their own creative projects, including time off to pursue them.
- Kickstarter will report on team and leadership demographics, executive and CEO pay ratios, and programs and strategies employed to build a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization.
By the way, we just funded Safia Minney's SLAVE TO FASHION Kickstarter, which shows what modern slavery looks like in fashion and what we can do to eradicate it. Hoping you'll support her too!