Fighting 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 also a member of 1% for the Planet, which means we're committed to donating at least 1% of annual revenue toward a healthier planet for all.

Sustainable Ethics

Our Focus

We concentrate our efforts in Latin America’s poorest communities, investing in health, education, and livelihood—categories identified by MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-Pal) to have the highest potential for addressing systemic need.

About the Cotopaxi Foundation

Serving as the impact arm of our company, the Cotopaxi Foundation is a Utah-based, private 501c3 nonprofit organization through which we’re able to distribute 1% of our revenues in the form of multi-year grants.

Advances our mission

The foundation boosts our grantmaking, democratizes our impact, and helps us make a bigger difference in the communities we touch.

Personalizes our impact

It allows us to run our own programs, such as our card-writing and repairs programs, providing refugees with hands-on employment experience.

Helps us stay focused

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.

1% for the Planet® Member

We're proud to be a business member of 1% for the Planet, a global collective of companies and individuals committed to donating 1% of sales to causes that support a healthier planet for all.

Our Impact Partners

Our outstanding nonprofit partners are carefully selected for their track records of improving the human condition. We select these grantees based on extensive internal research, awarding multi-year grants that allow these organizations to carry out planned investments using proven models. We do not accept grant applications.

Bataan, Philippines

Escuela Nueva

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES THROUGH EDUCATION

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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Tianjin, China

IRC

RESPONDING TO THE WORLD’S WORST HUMANITARIAN CRISES

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, their teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education, and empowerment to refugees and displaced people. We support IRC efforts in Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Denver, as well as in Colombia. We also plan to help fund their expanding work in Ecuador in 2022.

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Chinnakarai, India

Mona Foundation

PROVIDING EQUAL EDUCATION ACCESS

Founded in 1999, the Mona Foundation is a global community of individuals and organizations that believes the key to alleviating poverty and sustaining 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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Shanghai, China

Mercy Corps

EMPOWERING PEOPLE RECOVERING FROM CRISIS

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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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

United to Beat Malaria

A NEW ERA OF NOTHING BUT NETS

A campaign of the UN Foundation, United to Beat Malaria (previously Nothing But Nets) is on a mission to eradicate malaria. United to Beat Malaria's (UBM) campaign has evolved to provide a full suite of innovative tools and strategies that meet the greatest needs of the communities they serve. We've teamed up with UBM to expand its work to end malaria in Ecuador and other parts of Latin America.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Chain Collaborative

INVESTING IN LOCAL LEADERS FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE

With the firm belief that lasting change comes from community driven strategy and buy-in, the mission of The Chain Collaborative is to invest in the capacity of Change Leaders in coffee-growing regions and accompany them as they drive grassroots, sustainable development in their own communities, according to their own visions for change. We've partnered with The Chain Collaborative to support the collective livelihoods of coffee growing communities in Manabí, Ecuador.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

ROMP

IMPROVING ACCESS TO PROSTHETIC CARE

The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) is a global nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for people with amputation through high-quality prosthetic care, follow-up services, community-based rehabilitation, and product innovation. Our funding directly supports the organization's efforts in Ecuador, where amputation often coincides with poverty and loss of livelihood. ROMP Ecuador partners with local community leaders, prosthetists, and clinics in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to meet the needs of Ecuadorians with amputation.

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Ending youth homelessness

True Colors United

ENDING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

True Colors United (TCU) aims to prevent and end homelessness among LGBTQ youth, youth of color, and other highly impacted groups. They utilize advocacy and education to create a long term solution to an issue that disproportionately affects LGBTQ youth. Because nearly 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, True Colors makes it their mission to learn directly from affected youth in order to create accessible programming and provide them with leadership opportunities. We have partnered with TCU to support their programming both in Latin America and here in the US.

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2021 Outcomes

poverty alleviation

Aided 1,255,490 people directly through poverty alleviation programs

supply chain

Assisted 63,300 workers across our supply chain

masks

Donated 202,000 masks (total value: $707,000)

malaria treatment

Provided 67,000 malaria treatments benefitting 403,416 families

refugee assistance

Assisted over 89,100 refugees in Ecuador and Venezuela

sponsored education

Sponsored education for over 24,000 children

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.

Corporate Donations

For its work supporting both people and planet, the Cotopaxi Foundation is a nonprofit member of 1% for the Planet, so if your business is a member of 1% for the Planet, you'll receive credit toward your membership when you donate.

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Gear For Good

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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