OVERVIEW: The cosmetics company Lush invests in environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights.
IP TAKE: This funder strictly supports grassroots organizations with $25,000 or less. Large organizations are unlikely to secure funding from Lush.
PROFILE: Based in Canada, the cosmetics company Lush began its Charity Pot philanthropic campaign in 2007. For every purchase of its Charity Pot body lotion—which ranges in price from $7.95 to $27.95—Lush donates 100 percent of the purchase price, less taxes, to grassroots groups working in environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights. Since then, Lush has donated over $15 million to over 850 grassroots groups located in 42 countries around the world.
Across all of its giving priorities, Lush supports “non-violent direct action groups” that work to create systematic change over the long-term. Areas of funding interest in the human rights space include groups addressing oppression, violence, and aggression toward others and those that are fighting against organizations that deny human rights.
Grantseekers should note that Lush supports groups with annual incomes of $500,000 or less. It limits grants to $25,000 per project. Organizations based in the North America that work overseas must demonstrate how they involve local communities in the decision-making and implantation of the project.
In addition to Charity Pot, Lush donates 2.5 percent of the purchase price of its FUN bath products to its other charitable vehicle FunD. Grants through this program, however, are limited to organizations working in Fukushima, Japan to create safe outdoor play spaces for children.
Lush accepts unsolicited grant applications throughout the year via its website.
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8680 Cambie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6P 6M9