Philanthropy, Travel, and Books; Trifecta of a Good Life | Tresors Beaux Art
Through our vast travels over the years, we have come across many people in need, and an equal amount of people helping people in need. One of the big reasons for creating Tresors Beaux Art is to give back and help the people we meet while traveling. For Tresors that means buying products people make, then importing and selling those products here in the US and over the internet. From there we take a large part of the profits and give it back to charitable groups that work directly with the people we originally purchased product from. Basically, we support the people by buying their products, and we then give back a portion of the sales to groups that can help them even more.
What started all this is the countless times we visited orphanages in Egypt or adopted a family in Peru, now we want to be aggressive in the help we give. Many of these wonderful countries do not have available social services as we do here in the states. Most often the charities we work with are grassroots efforts and not grand programs of change. We will always strive to report who gets our funding and why they do. Currently, we are working with just such groups in Egypt and Peru, keep watching here for showcase updates and detailed information about the work they do.
Sacred Sites Journey’s Recommended Books
In addition to all this, we are very pleased to announce that we are hosting books for sale (through Amazon) for all of Sacred Sites Journey’s (SSJ) trips. We’ve mentioned them and what they do, now we get to go toward a step further and effect change with them. In the menu bar above you will see “Books”, and under that you will see the lists of recommended books for each trip they have. When you buy your books for the trip through us, 50% of all commission from those sales will be put into a money market fund. Those funds will then be used by SSJ and the various grassroots charities they work within the countries they visit. The cool part, if you go on those trips, is you get to go meet the people and see the work your money is helping support. And it’s not just the recommended books of SSJ, anytime you see us link a product through Amazon. Those as well are eligible for this program. So, buy your books, mala’s, meditation benches, notebooks and other items from us and know where the profits go.
A group we are just starting to work with yet we have known for a long time is Nomad Charities. My friend, Jenn Hofmann, started Nomad with her sister with the focus of doing what they love, helping others. From their website (www.nomadcharities.org):
The story of Nomad Charities & Nomad Films is ultimately that of its founders, twin sisters Janette and Jenn Hofmann. Both are longtime veterans of charity work who have devoted much of their lives and endless energy to helping others. The idea for what would eventually become Nomad Charities was inspired by their work in various orphanages across the world and their continual desire to do more for those they wanted so desperately to help. So, in 2002, the sisters decided to shift all their priorities and focus on what was most important to them. Janette gave up a corporate career in Alaska and Jenn started to focus more of her work as a documentary filmmaker on Alaskan and African culture, and thus Nomad Charities & Nomad Films was born.
Soon we will be working more closely with Nomad but for now, do take a look at what they are doing to affect change. Keep your eyes open here for more on how you can support us and in turn support Nomad. www.nomadcharities.org
We first met World Pulse and its founder Jensine Larsen years ago through a mutual friend. At the time, Jensine was just starting up her vision of providing a voice for and supporting women across the globe. From the minute, we saw what World Pulse was doing, we knew we wanted to support them and be a part of their vision. Through World Pulse, we hope to link up to artists and makers of fantastic products, which in turn we can import for you to buy, with a large percentage of the profits going back to World Pulse. Do go look at World Pulse’s website and consider subscribing to their fantastic magazine, then spread the word! www.worldpulse.com
Last but not least is Kiva, although we have no formal working relationship with Kiva, we want you all to know about them and the great work they do. Kiva basically works with small lending institutions across the globe, offering micro-loans to those who need money for a myriad of things. I’ve personally been a member and have donated for years. I urge you to do the same. A simple $50 donation and you can pick specific people to help with their micro-loan needs. More than that, you get to learn about the people you are helping to finance. www.kiva.org
So….buy stuff and support Tresors, all the while knowing you are helping other’s across the globe!