Certified B Corporation™ and impact-driven adventure brand, Cotopaxi welcomes two new impact partners, Water1st, a nonprofit implementing clean water and sanitation projects for the world’s most vulnerable communities; and GlobalGiving, a nonprofit helping the Cotopaxi Foundation reach more people and drive community-led change in Ecuador.
The Cotopaxi Foundation serves as the philanthropic impact arm of the brand, providing grants to vetted nonprofits dedicated to improving standards of living for communities experiencing poverty. Cotopaxi distributes 1% of profits through the Cotopaxi Foundation, supporting partners with multi-year grants so they can create measurable and lasting impacts. Through these two new partnerships, Cotopaxi can further its mission to fight extreme poverty and move people to Do Good.
“Cotopaxi’s investment in humanitarian causes has led us to the incredible work by Water1st,” says Cotopaxi Foundation Director of Philanthropy Charlie Clark. “Their efforts empowering communities through WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) interventions change people’s lives at the core level, and their commitment to community buy-in and the long-term support of their projects is truly world-class. Essential to the survival of numerous communities around the globe, we are thrilled to add Water1st as a Cotopaxi Foundation partner.”
Cotopaxi will be supporting GlobalGiving’s work in Ecuador, empowering communities to tackle food security, workforce training, gender equity, violence prevention, and more. GlobalGiving connects other nonprofits with the donors, tools, and training they need to drive community-led change.
Water1st works with communities around the world to implement and sustain projects that integrate a clean water supply, toilets, and hygiene education. With each project, water is piped to every home, school, and clinic in the community, ending the walk for water, particularly for women and girls. Cotopaxi Foundation will be working with Water1st to fund projects in Honduras that provide piped water to rural families in need.
Cotopaxi is a B Corporation that makes adventure travel gear to empower people to see the world and make it better. Our Gear for GoodⓇ promise is to make our products as ethically, sustainably, and durably as possible, while having a positive social, environmental, and economic impact. We dedicate 1% of revenue to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which supports nonprofit partners with proven track records of alleviating poverty. Through our Foundation to date, we have helped more than 3.8 million individuals experiencing extreme poverty. For more information, visit www.cotopaxi.com.
GlobalGiving is a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits by connecting them to donors and companies. Since 2002, we’ve helped trusted, community-led organizations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) access the tools, training, and support they need to make our world a better place. For more information please visit globalgiving.org.
Water1st was started in 2005 by a group of professionals with solid experience in the water and sanitation sectors. Our focus was simple–to build an organization with the ability to consistently implement the highest quality water and sanitation projects for the world’s most vulnerable communities. For more information please visit water1st.org.