These are trying times, without a doubt. As one of the goals of our company is to bring people together, I cannot imagine a more important time for us to be thinking about how we can unite to help each other through this difficult time. At this point, everyone has been impacted by COVID-19 whether directly or indirectly and I fear that many of the challenges that we will confront are still ahead of us.
I've given a lot of thought as to how to respond to this. Moving forward, I'm doing two things. First, 5% of all sales (that isn't 5% of profits--that's 5% of all sales) will go to the COVID-19 Response Fund that is being managed by Change Commerce. I chose this Fund because it has impact on people both in the US and globally. It also has the power to impact the virus itself through contributions to the CDC and to the impacts of the virus, such as through Feeding America (see below for a complete list.) As we know, the impacts of the virus are not just on our health, but also on the economy as many people have lost their jobs already as a result of this.
Second, I am offering cotton masks for sale at the Noname Nerd with 100% of the sales going to the COVID-19 Response Fund. Let me be clear, I don't make any money from importing and selling these masks. These are meant to help raise money for the COVID-19 Response Fund only. My goal is to raise $10,000 for this fund. Hopefully, the masks will also put at least a few more masks out there to make a dent in the shortage that the US faces. They aren't the medical-grade masks, but they can help reduce virus spread. I would encourage you to buy one and give it away to someone in a vulnerable population or a healthcare worker. Or keep it for yourself and use it to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Masks will begin shipping after April 1 and will be limited to one per person.
**As of June 1, we are no longer donating 5% of all sales, but we will continue to provide masks free of charge and donate 100% of kawaii mask sales.**
Recipients of funds from the COVID-19 Response Fund:
ATLANTA, GA 30308 | EIN: 58-2106707
The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work. We are a catalyst for unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC and philanthropies, private entities and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.
new york, NY 10038 | EIN: 13-1760110
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF does not endorse any brand, company, product, or service.
Chicago, IL 60601 | EIN: 36-3673599
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger.
United Nations Foundation Inc.
WASHINGTON, DC 20006 | EIN: 58-2368165
We advance human dignity and protect the planet through our work on transformative issues critical to humanity’s shared future. We strive to defend progress already made and unlock the collective promise of the Sustainable Development Goals across interconnected issues, including climate, health, gender equality, human rights, data and technology, peace, and humanitarian response.