'Tis the Season to Give - 2020 AspireColor Giving Report
Giving back has been part of AspireColor's mission from the very beginning. We admire companies who place socially responsibility as one of their pillars; companies who want to leave their communities and the world a little better. We want to join them in giving back so are committed to donating a portion of our profits to promote art programs in under-served schools and communities.
At AspireColor, we believe the process of creating - whether drawing, sketching or painting; writing poetry, blog posts, or journaling; dancing; singing or playing a musical instrument; cooking or baking; sewing, quilting, or knitting; building a piece of furniture or a physical structure; or even building a business - invites joy. Creating is an essential human need.
Unfortunately, funding for the arts is often among the first programs to be cut when budgets get tight. We want individuals, and especially children, of all income levels to benefit from creating art.
AspireColor is a young company. We were founded in August 2018 and launched our first product in March 2019. Like most new companies, we're not currently operating at a profit. Keeping up with the cost of inventory, product safety testing, launching new products, Amazon selling fees, and advertising is expensive. While not yet profitable, we still want to give while we're growing.
Although we cannot yet provide monetary donations to promote the arts, we can donate product. Below are some of the individuals and organizations we donated product to in the calendar year 2020:
Elida Field - Professional artist and local youth art teacher
Enpire Arts - local nonprofit that believes in the power of creativity to empower youth and enrich our communities
Child who lost their home in Oregon Wildfires
Stage Four cancer patient
Vancouver School District speech therapy teacher
Camas School District teacher
High school online teacher
Home school family
As we continue to grow, we will give more and more. For now, we're starting close to home and giving what we can.
We wish you and your loved ones a happy and prosperous New Year! We truly appreciate your support that has made our company possible.