When we started Brooklyn Creative League, we set out to create a company that embodied our conviction that we’re all better off when we’re all better off. We’ve spent the past three years building an organization whose economic value was rooted in community, collaboration, and mutual benefit. Now that we’re out of the start-up phase, it’s time to start giving back to the broader community. That’s why, beginning in 2012, we will allocate 5% of BCL’s profits to nonprofits and mission-driven investing. Here are the issues we’re focusing on—and why we’ve chosen them:
Human Rights. We aspire to a world where the civil, political, and economic human rights of all people are respected and protected. Recipient organizations will likely include larger human rights organizations, but we also plan to target funds to smaller NGOs who are doing important on-the-ground work around the world.
LGBT Rights. We believe that all people should have the right to love whomever they choose, and that the rights and privileges of marriage—which have been the cornerstone of our success as business-owners and as people—should be available to all, regardless of sexual orientation. Our giving will focus on legal advocacy and public policy, and also on organizations working to ensure that young people are safe from bullying and harassment because of their sexual identity, or perceived sexual identity.
Local Nonprofits. We want to give to nonprofits that are working to improve our local community. We have a preference for service organizations (food pantries, women’s shelters), but will likely support educational, environmental, and arts organizations as well.
Social Investing. We strongly believe that patient capital and social investing can be powerful levers of change. That’s why roughly a quarter of our “charitable” allocation will be targeted towards for-profit social investments in micro-enterprise, small-business development, and entrepreneurship.
We invite you to join us. Best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2012!
Erin & Neil, Co-Founders
Member since: January 3rd, 2012