FASHANTHROPISTS: KAY MCDONALD
Kay McDonald is the matriarch of philanthropic based jewelry. Her foresight has ushered in an era where it is chic to wear charms showcasing ones support for their charity of choice. Her creativity and giving demeanor has spawned an awakening of cause consciousness. And thanks to her we now find a plethora of choices to outwardly display our internal philosophies. Learn more about Kay McDonald.....
How do you describe what you do:
My company, Charity Charms, creates custom branded charm and jewelry programs that help organizations worldwide raise funds and awareness, while engaging their community with a wearable message piece.
What is the mission for your businesses’ giving:
Changing the World through the Power of Charms
How do you give back to society through your business:
We help important causes engage, recruit and retain their supporters. When organizations re-sell the items we create for them they keep 100% of the profits. To date our custom products have helped raised over ten million dollars worldwide.
Charity or Charities of choice:
We don’t have favorites as we have worked with over 500 fabulous causes and organizations since we started in 2004.
Why have you supported these causes:
There are so many worthy causes in the world. I feel it’s my privilege and responsibility to share my experience to help them engage their supporters through a custom charm.
Who influenced your spirit of giving and how:
My parents, especially my father who was a veteran. He always helped those in need and really stretched the importance of giving back.
How do you believe fashion can aid philanthropy:
I am actually writing a book about “The Impact of Jewelry as a Force for Good.” In the last 15 years cause jewelry has become a major force and almost every jewelry company has a give back product that supports a cause. It’s a huge movement now, and one that shows an industry can make a difference.
What is your biggest philanthropic accomplishment:
I am so proud that thousands of Charity Charms are on wrists around the world…helping people spread the word for the causes they care about. Our goal is a “Charm on Every Arm”. There are 1,800,000 charities in the USA….we are just getting started.
Favorite philanthropic quote:
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank: the play
Learn more about Charity Charms here