Toggle Menu Toggle Menu
27 Aug 2020

Giving Gifts of Gratitude That Serve a Greater Purpose

By Beth Meyer

In June, we committed to re-evaluate who we are as an agency and how we can make a positive change in the world as it pertains to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Change takes time, but more importantly, it takes dedication. We want any change to be meaningful and impactful. While we work on various aspects of our strategy, we realized there was an opportunity to begin making a small difference right away.

We sometimes send our clients a symbol of gratitude for choosing and trusting us with their work, and often this gratitude comes in the form of a gift or donation. We know people have a lot of choices when it comes to partnering with an agency, and we are grateful for the clients who align with our work, values, and approach. We recently created a company policy stating that any gifts of gratitude must meet, at minimum, two criteria.

 

Gifts of Gratitude Criteria

We are building a list of vendors that meet these requirements, the start of which is below. We’ve incorporated our gratitude process into our Company Handbook to ensure we continue to build upon this practice into the future. If you have similar policies or ideas for other businesses and organizations we can support, we’d love to hear from you!

We believe gratitude and support is a good kind of contagious and we look forward to supporting this growing list and continuing our journey for being a better ally to Black, Brown, Indigenous and other people of color.

 

 

List of Vendors, Organizations and Businesses we support:

 

GiftsofGratitude Blog InlineImage 800x520 copy 5

Abbey Creek Vineyard 

Abbey Creek is a Black-owned vineyard whose founder became the first recorded Black winemaker in Oregon in 2008.

 

 

2 Blog InlineImage 800x520 copy 6

ClientJoy

ClientJoy is an online shop founded by a woman of color, specializing in locally-sourced client gifts.

 

 

GiftsofGratitude Blog InlineImage 800x520 copy 3

Deadstock Coffee

Deadstock Coffee is a Black-owned, sneaker-themed coffee roasting shop in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

GiftsofGratitude Blog InlineImage 800x520 copy 6

Goodee

Goodee is a Black-owned global marketplace that fosters transparent sourcing, upcycling, ethical treatment of its employees and more.

 

 

2 Blog InlineImage 800x520 copy

Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries is a nonprofit gang-intervention and rehabilitation organization based out of Los Angeles, CA.

 

 

GiftsofGratitude Blog InlineImage 800x520 copy 2

Maison Noir Winery

Maison Noir is an award-winning Black-owned and operated winery by sommelier André Hueston.

 

 

2 Blog InlineImage 800x521

The Little Market

The Little Market is a women-owned 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic self-sufficiency of women worldwide through dignified income-earning opportunities.

Close Contact Form Hello

Hello.

We’re always looking for new projects, whether it's reimagining your brand, website design + development, writing + strategy, campaigns, marketing, and more. 

Tell us about your project!

 

(503) 313-6791
hello@smithandconnors.com

Thanks! We'll be in touch shortly.