Aritzia is committed to supporting organizations that help women and girls succeed at work and in life. We do so through three pillars of impact: poverty alleviation, mentorship and job readiness. To date, we have contributed more than $32 million in product donations, financial support and volunteer hours to non-profits and Aritzia Community™ partners that share our values. This has positively impacted more than 300,000 women.
We created the Aritzia Community™ Care Program to recognize and thank frontline healthcare workers in Canada and select US locations. Our custom-developed clothing packages (t-shirts and leggings) were created as an easy-to-wear outfit pre- and post-shift to keep up with sanitation standards. Aritzia invested $10 million into the program, resulting in gifts to 100,000 frontline health care heroes — licensed doctors, nurses, health care aides and respiratory therapists caring for COVID-19 patients. Every Aritzia Community™ Relief Package included two custom printed t-shirts and two pairs of leggings. Loyal Aritzia customers also helped extend the gifting program by purchasing their own Aritzia Community™ Sponsor Package on aritzia.com, where every package purchased funded the gifting of additional Aritzia Community™ Relief Packages to health care heroes.
Aritzia Community™ partners
Aritzia is proud to be a founding sponsor of the Black Journalism Fellowship program with CBC/Radio-Canada and The Canadian Journalism Foundation. The fellowship will amplify Black voices, improve coverage of Black issues and grow future Black media leaders.
Founded by women to help women, the Cause We Care Foundation (CWCF) strives to provide assistance to disadvantaged single mothers and their children. In addition to donating product to the CWCF and our Cause We Care t-shirt collaboration — where all proceeds went directly to the organization — the Aritzia team regularly volunteers at fundraising events. As well, in 2014, Aritzia Community™ launched the Full of Heart social media initiative, making a donation to Cause We Care for each photo tagged #FullofHeart on Instagram.
Good360 — a global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving — has a mission to transform lives by helping families and communities find hope, dignity and a sense of renewed possibility during challenging life circumstances. The Aritzia Community™ partnership with Good360 supports us in expanding our reach and delivering product donations to women in Canada and the USA.
Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a support network and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life. Aritzia Community™ supports Dress for Success with both product donations and financial contributions. Our leaders also provide guidance and mentorship to the organization.
The Minerva Foundation is focused on changing the face of leadership by helping women and girls reach their full potential. For several years, Aritzia Community™ has sponsored the Minerva Foundation’s Learning to Lead™ weekend for Grade 11 girls by providing executive speakers, mentors and financial sponsorship.
The Shoebox Project collects and distributes gift-filled shoeboxes to women impacted by homelessness in communities across Canada and the USA. Each thoughtfully created and decorated shoebox is filled with items that enhance self-esteem and reduce feelings of isolation for women in need. Aritzia Community™ supports The Shoebox Project through financial sponsorship and employee shoebox drives.
The Union Gospel Mission (UGM) works to overcome poverty, homelessness and addiction — one life at a time. Aritzia Community™ donates product directly to women in need who participate in UGM programs. In addition, we support the Sew to Earn Program, which offers meaningful training and work opportunities to women with employment barriers. We previously supported UGM’s Teen Girl Program, which teaches life skills to girls. Throughout the year, the Aritzia team regularly volunteers to serve meals at the UGM.
The Good Soup Truck is a mobile soup kitchen providing comfort and hunger relief to single parents, children and others in need. Aritzia Community™ directly supports families in need by sponsoring a night of dinner service from The Good Soup Truck each week, providing both financial support and volunteers to serve meals.
The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) energizes, educates, mentors and connects women entrepreneurs in an effort to promote strengthened economies and thriving communities. Aritzia Community™ supports FWE through executive mentorship and financial sponsorship.
As a diversified non-profit organization, the YWCA provides holistic, integrated programs and services that help women to lift their families out of poverty. Aritzia is honoured to be recognized as a YWCA Leadership Circle member in recognition of our regular support of their High School Mentorship and other programs.