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Created to Fight Extreme Poverty

Giving is core to who we are. We tie our earnings to impact by allocating a percentage of annual revenues to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which then provides targeted grants to nonprofits dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty. Cotopaxi is part of Pledge 1% and is committed to giving at least 1% of revenue towards ending poverty.

Our Focus

To concentrate our efforts, we center our giving in Latin America’s poorest communities and focus on health, education, and livelihoods. These areas of focus stem from findings taken from MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-Pal), which provides evidence that investments in these categories have the highest potential to address systemic need.

About the Cotopaxi Foundation

The Cotopaxi Foundation is a Utah-based, private 501c3 nonprofit organization and is the impact arm of our company. Each year, we give 1% of our revenues to the foundation, which then distributes those funds in the form of multi-year grants.

The foundation boosts our grantmaking, democratizes our impact, and helps us make a bigger difference in the communities we touch. It allows us to run our own programs, such as our card-writing and repairs programs, which provide refugees with hands-on employment experience.

100% of the funds we direct to the foundation support our grantees and impact programs. Likewise, 100% of customer donations directly support these same causes.

Pledge 1% Member

We’re proud to be a member of Pledge 1%, a global movement of corporations that have committed to giving at least 1% of revenue towards philanthropy.

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Our Grantees

We award multi-year grants to outstanding nonprofit partners who are carefully selected for their track records at improving the human condition. We select these grantees based on extensive internal research, and we make long term commitments that allow these organizations to carry out planned investments using proven models. We do not accept grant applications.


Escuela Nueva

As its name suggests, Escuela Nueva’s focus is education. More specifically, the organization seeks to provide student-directed education models to communities affected by conflict and limited opportunity. With over 86 schools throughout Latin America, Escuela Nueva empowers students to be active participants in their education and brings schooling to those without access.

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International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. The IRC has offices across the country, but we work specifically with its Salt Lake City office to support Cotopaxi’s local refugee community. With the IRC SLC, we host educational events for refugee youth, offer bridge employment through our card-writing program, and contribute to the Cotopaxi Refugee Scholarship Fund.

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Mona Foundation

Founded in 1999, the Mona Foundation is a global community of individuals and organizations that believes the key to alleviating poverty and achieving sustained community transformation lies in education and gender equality. It supports grassroots initiatives around the world that educate children and empower women and girls, thereby helping them to transform their own communities. We work with the Mona Foundation specifically to provide education access to girls in Brazil and Panama.

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Mercy Corps

One of the most recognized global humanitarian organizations, Mercy Corps empowers people recovering from crisis. Currently, Cotopaxi supports Mercy Corps’s efforts to meet the urgent needs of Colombian and Venezuelan refugees through cash assistance, medicine, and small business grants. Over the next 18 months, the organization will lead a consortium to provide emergency cash assistance to nearly 90,000 Venezuelan refugees.

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UN Foundation - Nothing But Nets

A campaign of the UN Foundation, Nothing But Nets (NBN) is on a mission to eradicate malaria. Since its creation in 2006, NBN has delivered more than 13 million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria intervention services such as diagnosis, treatment, and training for healthcare workers. We’ve teamed up with Nothing But Nets to expand its work to end malaria in Ecuador and other parts of Latin America.

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Our Outcomes

Advances our mission to support global poverty alleviation by directing grants to selected nonprofits.

Allows individuals and businesses to better support the Cotopaxi cause.

Ensures that Cotopaxi will remain a dedicated B Corp forever.


Donate Directly

One of the goals of the Cotopaxi Foundation is to provide our customers with a way of giving responsibly. When you give directly to the foundation, the proceeds go to vetted, respected poverty alleviation programs.

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Gear For Good™

As our company scales, so does our ability to reach communities in need. Gear For Good is our promise to continue to make durable, sustainably designed products and to use our revenues to fight extreme poverty, no matter how large our company becomes. We hope you’ll help us in our efforts to make a bigger impact one person at a time.

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