Making the World a Better Place…One Woman At A Time
A rotating philanthropy board made up of Spanx employees helps allocate funds to various organizations and causes that support women through entrepreneurship, education and the arts.
Check out a few of our highlights!
The Atlanta Film Festival
The Sara Blakely Foundation sponsored the Atlanta Film Festival in support of the New Mavericks, a program that highlights female directors and crews that create films focused on female leads and empowerment. During the festival, Sara presented a New Mavericks director Elisa Paloschi with an additional grant, recognizing her inspiring work: “Driving With Selvi”.
Inspired by Malala’s incredible journey, the Sara Blakely Foundation gives $150,000 to support The Malala Fund.
The Sara Blakely Foundation supports Rainbow Village, a transitional housing community for homeless families with children in north metro Atlanta. Most of the heads-of-household at Rainbow Village are women who have fled lives of domestic violence and poverty.
Global Village Project
The Sara Blakely Foundation supports The Global Village Project with a 3-year commitment to help launch an educational STEAM Program, which exposes female refugee students to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This program opens up a world of opportunity and provides a safe environmnent for these girls to realize their potential.
Women for Women International
The Sara Blakely Foundation connects Spanx employees to international “sisters” via Women for Women International, an organization that supports women in countries affected by conflict and war. In addition to notes of encouragement from their Spanx family, the partnership provides these marginalized women training, resources and support to create sustainable change for herself, her family and her community.
The Giving Pledge
Sara is the youngest self-made, female billionaire to join Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s Giving Pledge, a commitment made by the world’s wealthiest who have dedicated the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
The Harold Robinson Foundation
The Sara Blakely Foundation provides its fourth year of support to the Harold Robinson Foundation whose mission makes it possible for Los Angeles’ less fortunate children to attend camp in a safe and nurturing environment. HRF strives to create a sense of purpose and accomplishment in each individual by providing a safe haven to explore fears and dreams while learning leadership skills and applications.
The Empowerment Plan
The Sara Blakely Foundation donates $100,000 to Veronika Scott, founder of the Empowerment Plan: a non profit that hires previously homeless women to make sleeping bag coats for homeless people. “Without your support at that crucial moment in time, we would not have been able to grow into the company we are today. Your gift and early belief in our mission encouraged other donors to follow in your footsteps,” said Veronika Scott.
Leadership Academy for Women
The Sara Blakely Foundation gives $150,000 to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in Africa. The academy provides a nurturing educational environment for academically gifted girls in grades 8-12 who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated academic talent and leadership potential.
Atlanta Women’s Foundation
To celebrate Spanx’s 10th anniversary, The Sara Blakely Foundation gives $10,000 grants to 10 Atlanta organizations that support women: Cool Girls, Drake House, Dress for Success, Edge Connection, Our House, Quality Care for Children, Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, Partnership for Community Action, Atlanta Children’s Shelter and All Grown Up.
Atlanta Girls School
The Sara Blakely Foundation gives $100,000 to the Atlanta Girls School to support their Entrepreneurship Program and its business plan completions. Finalists are awarded up to $1,000 in venture capital to continue research and development of their business plans.
Habitat for Humanity—
Marist Women Build
The Sara Blakely Foundation partners with the Marist School to help fund and build a Habitat for Humanity home for single moms in Atlanta.
African Women’s Development
Fund / Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund
Sara hosts a premiere of the powerful documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which honors the strength and perseverance of Liberian women who came together to end a civil war. The Sara Blakely Foundation pledges to match donations to support women and help build a medical clinic in Liberia.
CIDA Women on the Move
The Sara Blakely Foundation, alongside Virgin Unite, helps launch CIDA’s Women on the Move program. This program offers mentorship and leadership training to empower underprivileged South African women to develop economic independence and become agents of change in their communities.
Launch & “Give a Damn” Party
Sara launched the Foundation in 2006. Each VIP ticket provided a one-year scholarship to the CIDA (Community & Individual Development Association) City Campus in Johannesburg, South Africa. With $600k raised, the Sara Blakely Foundation sent 278 women to college!