Last week, we held our big annual fundraiser for the Compliment Scholarship: BUILD. When all was said and done, we raised a little over $6000 for the scholarship program.
Grateful doesn't even begin to describe how I've been feeling all week. It's more like awe.... awe of all the goodness that came from this community event.
Here's the thing:
When Americans talk about educational causes, we often focus on organizations that support school programs for kids in Africa, South America and the Middle East.
In fact, you may have heard that just a few weeks ago, a 17-year old girl from Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai, became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Her cause? Equal access to educuation for girls around the world.
I encourage you to read up on Malala and her remarklably inspiring story.
And while these international causes are essential and completely necessary for global reform and democracy for all, what often goes unnoticed here in America is that there is still a very large achievement gap between those who have and those who have not.
Here. In our own country. In our own cities.
Talent is Divinely given. Equal access to opportunities is not. Equal access to opportunity varies within school districts, even within neighborhoods.
That discrepancy is what fuels our mission at Compliment.
We believe that every one of us deserves to be fully seen, that our talents and gifts must be recognized and nurtured, and that if a young woman works hard, she deserves access to opportunities.
Regardless of where she comes from.
Regardless of her story.
We believe all our dreams are valid. And so in every piece of jewelry we make and send from our workshop in Sacramento, in every heartfelt, personalized compliment we stamp out, we are operating for a larger cause.
Compliment, as a brand, has always been about much more than just the jewelry.
We are women for women--encouraging those who come up after us with kindness and opening whatever doors of opportunity we can for our sisters.
The problems we face are vast, systemic, and bigger than any one of us on our own can solve. But together, we can get closer. We can start by making a difference in one person's life. And then another, and then another. And like Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, "Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put all together that overwhelm the world."
Thank you for supporting our mission, for cheering on our girls, for believe in service, and for doing your part to build our kids, our community and our future.