Backstory & Why Donate?
When starting CandleMonster, we had a 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 decided to 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 really great to have such a community focused pillar of the business, I wouldn't have it any other way.
From our very first candle sold, right up to this moment, we have donated a portion of the money to a charity, and will continue doing so forever. Sometimes we produce a batch of limited edition products and pay it all up front, or typically we run reports every month or so and make a bulk donation. How much, and which charity depends on what candle you bought.
Our Primary Charity
For Signature and Botanica Collection candles, we donate $3 from every candle sold to our primary chosen charity. Our primary charity is Share the Dignity, who 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.
Our Charities for Limited Editions
If you bought a limited edition, donations are more, and each go to a different charity:
- Breathe candle - $5 goes to Share the dignity
- Rainforest candle - $5 goes to the Rainforest Trust
- Pride candle - $5 goes to Thorne Harbour Health
- Diwali candle - $4 goes to Yatra Foundation
- Christmas candle - $5 goes to Headspace
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 responsibilites 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 olds, 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.
Future Planned Recipients
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
Suggest a Recipient
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 new charities planned and ready to go. Feel free to suggest your favorites, we'd love to hear about them.