Donations

Each month, I donate 15% of my profits to an organization or mutual aid network led by Black, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Latine, or other Colonized Peoples. I do this because, as a white person, I understand the privilege that being white in the US affords me. I support the US movement for reparations, and while I understand that it is a national call for the government to redistribute wealth and power, I also think that white people should be doing what they can to redistribute wealth on an individual level. Maddy Sprout is a sole proprietorship, meaning no one else is tied to the business. When I donate 15% of the profits from Maddy Sprout, it is as a personal form of wealth redistribution.

I calculate Maddy Sprout's profits by taking the amount that I make in sales and subtracting the amount that I spend on operating the business and producing products. Often when businesses start out, they are not profitable for months to years. At Maddy Sprout, there have been some months since I started where I have not been profitable. This means I am not able to donate those months because my profits are at or below zero. As Maddy Sprout grows, the goal is obviously to be profitable on a monthly basis, and with that business growth, the donations will grow as well. I am committed to continuing these donations as long as I am in business, and I hope that I can afford to raise the percentage amount at some point. This is a long term commitment that I am making in order to help shape the more equitable world I want to see. 

I keep updated information about my donations on this page. Listed below the donation information are blurbs about every organization I have donated to. (The blurbs are taken directly from their websites.) It would mean a lot to me if you checked out these organizations and considered donating to some of them as well!

If you have any questions about my donation process, or if you have suggestions/improvements for me, please don't hesitate to reach out to maddysproutdesigns@gmail.com! I will always be open to feedback!

 

May 2021 - Did not make a profit.

 

April 2021 - Donated $15 to Bed Stuy Strong @bedstuystrong

"Bed-Stuy Strong was founded in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis, as an online community and a mutual aid network. We are a group of neighbors helping care for each other and organize to meet each other’s needs in a spirit of solidarity. Bed-Stuy Strong is not a non-profit or government agency or food pantry. We are a network of people committed to each other and to a set of guiding principles, and together have built a series of community initiatives, from food and PPE provision, to voting and vaccine access, to political education reading groups and support for incarcerated neighbors."

 

March 2021 - Did not make a profit.

 

February 2021 - Did not make a profit.

 

January 2021 - Did not make a profit.

 

December 2020 - Donated $130 to Anti Police Terror Project @antipoliceterrorproject

"The Anti Police-Terror Project is a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. We support families surviving police terror in their fight for justice, documenting police abuses and connecting impacted families and community members with resources, legal referrals, and opportunities for healing. APTP began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee.

APTP es una coalición multirracial e intergeneracional, liderada por gente Negra. Buscamos construir un modelo replicable y sostenible para erradicar el terror policial en las comunidades de color en los Estados Unidos. Apoyamos a las familias que están sobreviviendo el terror policial en su lucha por justicia. Documentamos los abusos policiales y conectamos a las familias y miembros de la comunidad con recursos, ayuda legal, y oportunidades para la sanación. Anti Police-Terror Project comenzó como un proyecto de Onyx Organizing Committee."

 

November 2020 - Donated $125 to Black Women Exhale @blackwomenexhale

"Exhale is a community organization running mutual aid for black women, femmes and gnc individuals from all walks of life here in NYC. We aim to offer sustained aid to marginalized individuals, so that they may be able to empower themselves - and claim a better future and life."

 

October 2020 - Donated $170 to Black Women Exhale @blackwomenexhale

"Exhale is a community organization running mutual aid for black women, femmes and gnc individuals from all walks of life here in NYC. We aim to offer sustained aid to marginalized individuals, so that they may be able to empower themselves - and claim a better future and life."

 

October 2020 - Donated $130 to Don't Shoot PDX @dontshootpdx

"Don’t Shoot Portland is a Black-led human rights nonprofit that advocates for community and accountability. Since 2014, we have implemented art, education and civic participation within our programming to create social change. Our organizing and activism work include educational workshops to support the outreach of our continued advocacy as critical response and has helped community members contribute through direct engagement and legislative value. There are a vast amount of policy based assets influenced and being harnessed in our strategic building of relationships and networks used toward the shift in culture and systemic discrimination. Activists from the front line need to be encouraged to continue frank and honest conversations about our connection with Ferguson, race in America and its influence within politics."

- The donations start in October 2020 because it was the first month I began working on Maddy Sprout full time -