2015 Philanthropic Activity
Soles4Souls is a disaster relief organization founded after philanthropists and shoe executives teamed up to provide footwear to those most impacted by The Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Now Soles4Souls helps bring shoes and clothing to those in need worldwide.
The Incentive Marketing Association Philanthropic Task Force has chosen Soles4Souls, a Nashville, TN based non-profit organization, as our 2015 Philanthropic partner. As part of our annual Executive Summit, IMA is asking members to participate in helping us support this worthwhile organization in the following ways:
Donate new or gently used shoes, for men, women or children. Soles4Souls will have a collection site on location at the IM Summit near the registration desk. Donations will be accepted throughout the conference. We ask that you please box or bag paired shoes so they do not get separated.
Purchase Payless ShoeSource® gift cards – Payless ShoeSource has generously offered to make an additional gift card donation equal to 15% of all gift cards purchased for donation to Soles4Souls on behalf of the IMA fundraising initiative. Gift cards can be purchased via the IMA Silent Auction app at any time (Item #'s 95- 98). All gift cards will be donated directly to Soles4Souls.
Make a cash donation in any amount via the Summit Silent Auction appat any time (Item #1). Non-profit organizations are always in need of cash donations to help cover administrative costs.
We will also have a guest speaker from Soles4Souls at the Tuesday, July 28th Collaboration Lunch, so please join us and help support this local Nashville organization that helps support so many worldwide.
A few things about Soles4Souls:
- Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed 22 million pairs of new shoes in 127 countries and all 50 United States. Half of our distribution events occur in the U.S.
- Used shoes collected and donated by thousands of volunteers go to our micro--Enterprise program that offers the opportunity for thousands in developing nations to create small businesses selling shoes and clothing (a micro--enterprise). This is a powerful and sustainable way for people who are without a traditional job or training to lift themselves and their family out of poverty.
- In many developing countries, walking is a primary mode of transportation. Each day millions face the dangers of cuts, fungus, contaminated soil and insect bites that lead to infection, disease, amputation and death. Providing safe, sturdy shoes could help end this cycle.
- Many children around the world are not permitted to attend school, if they do not have shoes.
- Right here in the United States, 1 in 5 children live below the poverty line. When we can help provide a pair of shoes, we helping bridge the economic gap. For these families, a new pair of shoes provides dignity and hope.