Making the World a Better Place…One Woman At A Time
A rotating philanthropy board made up of Spanx employees helps allocate funds to various organizations and causes that support women through entrepreneurship, education and the arts.
Check out a few of our highlights!
Kode with Klossy
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation sponsored a Kode with Klossy camp, hosting 25 young women from the Atlanta Girls School at the Spanx headquarters for a weekend of girl power, coding and fun.
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation partnered with Spanx and the PowHERful Foundation to host the first ever PowHERful Enrichment Summit in Atlanta. The PowHERful Foundation has been successful in getting women to and through college and provides women with the services necessary to thrive in their education and professional choices. The organization provides financial assistance, mentorship, and wraparound support to help their scholars achieve their highest potentials.
Center for Civic Innovation
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $250,000 to 10 local, social entrepreneurs through the Center for Civic Innovation. The grant provided the women a year of wrap-around services, leadership development training and attracted additional investment opportunities for these world-changing businesses. To kick off this exciting initiative, the Maverick1000 team joined the Sara Blakely Foundation and the Center for Civic Innovation at Spanx for a mentorship intensive and business-pitch competition. The Maverick1000 awarded the four winning women in-kind services around marketing and communications.
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation sponsored Akola’s launch event at Neiman Marcus in Atlanta, GA, proudly supporting founder and past SPANX Leg Up Winner Brittany Merrill Underwood as Akola became the first full-impact social brand in the luxury space. Akola is a female-owned non-profit jewelry company that has employed more than 500 women living in poverty, empowering them to break the cycle and transform their lives.
Let Girls Learn
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $100,000 to Let Girls Learn, a Peace Corp initiative that seeks to elevate and expand educational opportunities for adolescent girls—including girls in areas of conflict and crisis.
In conjunction with the launch of her new book, the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation hosted a baby shower for expecting and new mothers at Grady Hospital, a 125-year-old Atlanta institution with a long history of serving the community’s most vulnerable and underserved populations. Blakely and team gifted more than fifty women with new strollers and car seats.
Every Mother Counts
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation sponsored Every Mother Counts (EMC) annual fundraiser after Sara launched the Belly Art Project: Moms Supporting Moms and committed 100% of author proceeds to support EMC and raise awareness for maternal health.
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation became the anchor sponsor of the Grameen American Social Business Fund (GASBF), a unique U.S.-focused social impact investment opportunity that aims to raise up to $25 million in loan capital for Grameen America’s microloan portfolio. This gift will enable Grameen America to empower more than 100,000 low-income women entrepreneurs through microloans, credit and asset-building services.
The Atlanta Film Festival
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation sponsored the Atlanta Film Festival in support of the New Mavericks, a program that highlights female directors and crews that create films focused on female leads and empowerment. During the festival, Sara presented a New Mavericks director Elisa Paloschi with an additional grant, recognizing her inspiring work: “Driving With Selvi”.
Inspired by Malala’s incredible journey, the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation gives $150,000 to support The Malala Fund.
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation supports Rainbow Village, a transitional housing community for homeless families with children in north metro Atlanta. Most of the heads-of-household at Rainbow Village are women who have fled lives of domestic violence and poverty.
Global Village Project
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation supports The Global Village Project with a 3-year commitment to help launch an educational STEAM Program, which exposes female refugee students to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. This program opens up a world of opportunity and provides a safe environmnent for these girls to realize their potential.
Women for Women International
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation connects Spanx employees to international “sisters” via Women for Women International, an organization that supports women in countries affected by conflict and war. In addition to notes of encouragement from their Spanx family, the partnership provides these marginalized women training, resources and support to create sustainable change for herself, her family and her community.
The Giving Pledge
Sara is the youngest self-made, female billionaire to join Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s Giving Pledge, a commitment made by the world’s wealthiest who have dedicated the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
The Harold Robinson Foundation
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation provides its fourth year of support to the Harold Robinson Foundation whose mission makes it possible for Los Angeles’ less fortunate children to attend camp in a safe and nurturing environment. HRF strives to create a sense of purpose and accomplishment in each individual by providing a safe haven to explore fears and dreams while learning leadership skills and applications.
The Empowerment Plan
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donates $100,000 to Veronika Scott, founder of the Empowerment Plan: a non profit that hires previously homeless women to make sleeping bag coats for homeless people. “Without your support at that crucial moment in time, we would not have been able to grow into the company we are today. Your gift and early belief in our mission encouraged other donors to follow in your footsteps,” said Veronika Scott.
Leadership Academy for Women
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation gives $150,000 to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in Africa. The academy provides a nurturing educational environment for academically gifted girls in grades 8-12 who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated academic talent and leadership potential.
Atlanta Women’s Foundation
To celebrate Spanx’s 10th anniversary, The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation gives $10,000 grants to 10 Atlanta organizations that support women: Cool Girls, Drake House, Dress for Success, Edge Connection, Our House, Quality Care for Children, Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, Partnership for Community Action, Atlanta Children’s Shelter and All Grown Up.
Atlanta Girls School
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation gives $100,000 to the Atlanta Girls School to support their Entrepreneurship Program and its business plan completions. Finalists are awarded up to $1,000 in venture capital to continue research and development of their business plans.
Habitat for Humanity—
Marist Women Build
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation partners with the Marist School to help fund and build a Habitat for Humanity home for single moms in Atlanta.
African Women’s Development
Fund / Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund
Sara hosts a premiere of the powerful documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which honors the strength and perseverance of Liberian women who came together to end a civil war. The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation pledges to match donations to support women and help build a medical clinic in Liberia.
CIDA Women on the Move
The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation, alongside Virgin Unite, helps launch CIDA’s Women on the Move program. This program offers mentorship and leadership training to empower underprivileged South African women to develop economic independence and become agents of change in their communities.
Launch & “Give a Damn” Party
Sara launched the Foundation in 2006. Each VIP ticket provided a one-year scholarship to the CIDA (Community & Individual Development Association) City Campus in Johannesburg, South Africa. With $600k raised, the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation sent 278 women to college!