When starting CandleMonster, we had a stark realisation. Candles are consumable objects, and their primary function is to burn. The parallels of burning money are somewhat close. So we figured if people can afford to burn money, then they can afford to donate too.
Rather than make it complicated and optional, we make it all happen behind the scenes and just tell you about it so you get the nice moment from doing something good. It's feels great to have a community focused pillar of the business.
From our very first candle sold, we have donated a portion of the profits to charity, and will continue doing so. We typically run reports every second month and make a bulk donation. How much, and to which charity is elaborated below.
OUR PRIMARY CHARITY
Our primary charity is Share the Dignity, and we donate $3 from every candle sold from our Signature and Botanica collections. They do great work in our community for homeless women and victims of domestic violence. Their primary function is to provide sanitary items to people unable to buy them. This small donation makes a big difference to these women's dignity.
LIMITED EDITION CHARITIES
For limited editions, the donations are more, and each go to a different charity. Our products, pledge amounts, and assigned Charites are as follows:
- Breathe - $5 to Share the Dignity
- Rainforest - $5 to Rainforest Trust
- Pride - $5 to Thorne Harbour Health
- Diwali - $4 to Yatra Foundation
- Christmas - $5 to Headspace
- Lounge Lizard - $5 to Wildlife Victoria
- Native Australia - $10 to Elizabeth Morgan House
CHARITY MISSIONS & VISIONS
Rainforest Trust offer an alternative approach to conservation that many others and governments can't match - they buy the forest land parcels and turn then into conservation areas which become untouchable to developers. They also often give jobs to the locals who were going to be displaced maintaining the lands.
Thorne Harbour Health has assumed the responsibilities held previously by the Victorian Aids council, which was formed in response to the HIV epidemic many years ago. The continue to assist those living with the disease as well as offering health services to GLBTI communities.
Yatra Foundation is an Australian Organisation that raises money to use to get Indian children and in some cases women into education programs that they would have otherwise missed out on.
Headspace provides tailored and holistic mental health support to 12-25 year old's, with a focus on early intervention. Their goal is to offer support, help them get back on track, and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.
Wildlife Victoria helps and protects wildlife through their rescue, education, and advocacy activities. They respond to community reports of distressed wildlife and facilitate the care needed. They promote community knowledge and care of wildlife and advocate for the protection and welfare of wildlife. They also aid significantly during bushfires.
Elizabeth Morgan House (EMHAWS) is an Aboriginal community controlled organisation that provides refuge accommodation and specialist family violence services to Aboriginal women and their children. They're also a peak body for Aboriginal women and family violence, advising Peak Aboriginal Organisations, Government & NGO sector on issues affecting victims and families.
The following organisations represent our immediate road-map to start donating to shortly. Once we have initiated contributions this page will be updated and the active organisation will be moved above with the others.
- Fred Hollows Foundation
- Asthma Foundation
We're always on the lookout for remarkable organisations to donate to. Each limited edition is linked to its own charity, so we prefer to have a few charities ready to go. Feel free to suggest your favorites, we'd love to hear about them.