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 $36 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 350,000 women.
ARITZIA COMMUNITY™ CAPSULE COLLECTIONS
She’s our big why, and cause grand gestures are our love language, this Mother’s Day Aritzia Community™ is collaborating with Cause We Care to launch a limited-edition capsule collection. 100% of proceeds from this Cause We Care collection will be donated to the Cause We Care Foundation (CWCF). CWCF was founded in 2007 with a purpose of empowering single mothers and children living in poverty in our community. Proceeds are calculated as the retail selling price less variable costs. The total donation amount from this limited-edition Cause We Care capsule collection will be $150,000 CAD, if the entire collection sells at full price.
For International Women’s Day 2021, we designed a limited-edition capsule collection to celebrate an equation at the heart of it all: WomenWomen. 100% of proceeds from this limited-edition WomenWomen capsule collection are being donated to Aritzia Community™ partner organizations to empower girls and women, including Cause We Care Foundation, Big Sisters BC Lower Mainland and Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. Proceeds are calculated as the retail selling price less variable costs. Please see below for our current list of Aritzia Community™ partner organizations, which may change from time to time.
ARITZIA COMMUNITY™ PROGRAMS
To help keep our community warm at the coldest time of the year, we partnered with YWCA and Big Sisters to distribute 1000 Super Puffs to women and girls across Canada. We’re talking all the way from Vancouver, to Halifax, to Nunavut — the communities on our list span far and wide.
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 120,000 frontline healthcare heroes — licensed doctors, nurses, healthcare 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 healthcare heroes.
Aritzia Community™ partners
Founded in 2007 by women to help women, the Cause We Care Foundation (CWCF) strives to provide assistance to disadvantaged single mothers and their children. Aritzia supports Cause We Care through product capsule collaborations, with 100% of proceeds donated directly to the organization. In addition, Aritzia donates product gifts annually to the Mother’s Day and Holiday Hamper Drives and regularly volunteers at fundraising events. 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.
On a mission to change lives, Big Sisters connects young people with strong, positive mentorships in order to ignite their power and potential. Aritzia supports Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland with financial donations to support the Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy minds program and was pleased to extend the partnership to include Big Brothers Big Sisters Calgary & Area and Big Brother Big Sisters Toronto within The Super Puff™ gifting program.
Aritzia is proud to be a founding sponsor of the Black Women’s 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.
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.
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.
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.