Thursday May 23, 2019

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A Look at Five NY Startups Giving Back

In the new Spring edition of Observer Philanthropy, a seasonal publication from The New York Observer, they looked at five startups in the NY community that make it their goal to give back. The companies are the following:

  • KeyWifi – co-founded by Adam Black, the company hopes to give Internet access to the 30% of the world that still does not have it, lowering the existing inequality in information sharing
  • Warby Parker is an online frames retailer which partnered with VisionSpring, which aims to supply glasses to underdeveloped communities by providing training to low-income individuals to sell glasses at affordable prices in their neighborhoods. They have already sold over 125,000 pairs at these competitive prices. For every frame Warby Parker sells, they donate funding or materials to VisionSpring
  • WebThriftStore allows individuals to list unwanted goods on a WebThriftStore page corresponding to their favorite nonprofit organization. Once the item is bought, it is shipped to the buyer, whereby the nonprofit receives the money, and the seller receives a receipt for taxes.
  • ioby allows users to browse local community projects and donate, give ideas, or volunteer for the particular initiatives they are most interested in. The site also allows for users to create new projects, which range from caring for the trees to holding youth cooking classes

Observer Philanthropy (pg. 20)