Sponsors & Supporters

WorldVentures Foundation

The WorldVentures Foundation was created to support organizations which specifically aid children, by helping create strong foundations for education, health and mentorship. The Foundation’s aim is to manifest positive change for children and communities, one experience at a time.

The WorldVentures Foundation has been Hug It Forward’s largest supporter of “bottle school” projects, and has funded bottle schools consistently since April 2010. Hug It Forward is full of gratitude for all WV Foundation’s support!

Lush Cosmetics

Lush North America has chosen Hug It Forward as a Charity Pot partner. Lush started Charity Pot in North America in October 2007 to raise money for worthy organizations and projects focused on animals, people, and the environment.

Hug It Forward featured Charity Pots are in Lush stores across North America. We are honored to be a Lush Charity Pot partner and to be in partnership with such a conscious business.

Advance Guatemala

Advance Guatemala is a organization whose mission is to provide aid to poverty stricken Guatemalans in the areas of education, healthcare, entrepreneurship and housing. Advance Guatemala has two guiding principles which guide everything they do: collaboration and sustainability.

Hug It Forward is full of gratitude for all that Advance Guatemala has done in collaborating with us to empower more communities across Guatemala to build bottle schools.

Rovia

Rovia Travel is an online travel booking agent, that has been in the travel business for 27 years.

Rovia has been an integral part of the growth of Hug It Forward in assisting with travel and airline expenses. Hug It Forward is extremely fortunate to have this partnership which has helped us push the movement forward in Central America and in North America.

O, The Oprah Magazine

O, The Oprah Magazine looks to speak and connect to women in a way no other publication ever has. To help women see every experience and challenge as an opportunity to grow and discover their best self. To convince women that the real goal is becoming more of who they really are. To embrace their life.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude that our organization, our team, the communities of Central America, and our supporters have been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. Thank you to all the exceptional staff that we interacted with at O Magazine, truly a great experience all around.

Burners Without Borders

Burners Without Borders is an organization that sprung from Burning Man, an event every summer where participants gather in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to engage as a community, to celebrate shared values, self-expression and self-reliance. These values unfold in the good work that BWB does in North America, and Latin America, working in Haiti, Peru and Hurricane Katrina, just to name a few projects.

Hug It Forward has always been impressed with the great work that BWB does, and their way of doing things. We are thankful for BWB’s support, and we look forward to working with them further in the future.

Got Your Gear

GotYourGear is a sweet little company right at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. A few employees, warehouse, ping pong table and a website, and over 10 years experience. It’s our favorite place to go to find ski, cycling, sports and other gear at unbelievable prices.

We are very grateful to GotYourGear  for storing, processing, packaging and shipping all our orders for free. Thank you!

Clever Investor

Clever Investor is one of the premier online resources for investing in real estate. Their web site has many great free resources for you to enjoy and learn from like real estate investing education, a real estate social network, and a blog packed with exclusive insider tips and niche investing advice.

We are extremely grateful to Clever Investor for being a conscious business that makes a regular monthly donation towards a portion of Hug It Forward’s overhead. This enables us to ensure that all public donations are spent directly on the ground and not on overhead.

Google

Google Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google’s online advertising tool. Google Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com.

Thank you Google for providing this awesome program to help nonprofits such as ourselves get more exposure. We are also proud to use Google Apps for Non-Profits, another great service that Google provides.

Dropbox

Dropbox is building the file system of the internet. Their service touches over 50 million lives around the world, from individuals to enterprises. They are happy to support the non-profit community with their Dropbox for Teams product.

Dropbox enables our volunteers to share information and documents, wherever they are in the world. It enables us to keep track of bottle school construction, to collaborate on team projects, and to provide the greatest degree of transparency. Thank you for donating online storage space in the cloud to Hug It Forward!

Badger Balm

Badger is a small family-owned & family-friendly company based in New Hampshire. They blend organic plant extracts, exotic oils and butters and beeswax, and make healing balms, lip balms, safe mineral sunscreens and other personal care products.

We are thankful to Badger for donating large quantities of 100% natural sunscreen, bug spray and hand cream for use by our volunteers on the ground in Guatemala. It feels great and smells amazing!

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verynice is a global design, business, and innovation consultancy that dedicates over 50% of its efforts towards pro-bono services. verynice has helped build over 250 brands in every sector and industry across the globe. As of 2012, verynice design studio has also provided $300,000 worth of pro-bono design and consulting services in 6 continents to 125+clients, thanks to their team of nearly 100 international volunteers, collaborators, and partners.

Hug It Forward is very fortunate to be a part of verynice. verynice is working with Hug It Forward to convey through design and innovation how rural communities in Central America are coming together to build their own bottle schools. We are excited to show you what verynice is putting together with Hug It Forward soon.

Green Street Realty

Green Street Realty is an all-encompassing locally owned real estate brokerage based in Phoenix, AZ. Green Street has a plethora of knowledge and experience in all realms of real estate, including short sales, foreclosures, wholesale, and retail buying and selling.

Hug It Forward is very grateful to have had Green Street Realty’s support from the very beginning of our organization’s history. Thank you Green Street for all you have done, and we look forward to working together in future to bring more educational infrastructure to developing countries.

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Kind

Since its founding in 2004, KIND has been on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and act at a time.

All award-winning KIND snacks are made from delicious, wholesome ingredients and are gluten free and non GMO. KIND currently offers six different snack lines including: KIND® Fruit & Nut and KIND® PLUS, two lines of delicious whole nut & fruit bars; KIND® Nuts & Spices, a line of whole nut & spice bars that naturally have only 5g of sugar or less; KIND Healthy Grains® Clusters made from five super grains; KIND Healthy Grains® Bars, a line of crunchy and chewy granola bars; and STRONG & KIND®, a line of savory-flavored bars featuring 10g of protein.

Through its social mission – known as the KIND Movement – KIND, together with its community, is committed to inspiring kindness through acts big and small. It fulfills this commitment through programming like KIND Causes, which helps individuals and organizations bring their socially-impactful ideas to life with monthly $10,000 grants.

To snack happy visit kindsnacks.com, and to join the community visit kindmovement.com.

Hug It Forward is excited and grateful to have Kind donating healthy snacks to our Hug It Forward volunteers. Keeping the team fueled and energized during the bottle school trips is a top priority, and we are grateful to have Kind’s support! It is also a vision of ours to continue to work with conscious companies and we are excited about this partnership.

Dr. Bronner’s

Dr. Bronner’s has over 5 generations and 150 years of soap-making excellence. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are not only certified under the USDA National Organic Program, but also certified Fair Trade. Dr. Bronner’s offers a range of high-quality organic and fair trade personal care products, from lotions to shaving gels – all certified under the same USDA program that certifies organic foods.

We at Hug It Forward have been huge proponents of Dr. Bonner’s soap, something we’ve grown up with and which travels with us to this day. We are full of gratitude to have Dr. Bronner’s be a pioneer for socially conscious business, a true model. Thank you for your donations that will bring awareness about the importance of hygiene to the communities that build bottle schools. We appreciate your support!

Patagonia – 1% For The Planet

Since 1985, Patagonia has pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. Patagonia awarded over $46 million in cash and in-kind donations to domestic and international grassroots environmental groups making a difference in their local communities. 1% For The Planet is an alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment. They understand that profit and loss are directly linked to its health, and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of the industry.

1% For The Planet is a growing movement of more that 1000 companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of more than 3000 approved environmental organizations worldwide. Hug It Forward is proud to be an approved organization under the 1% model.

Sculpt The Future Foundation

The aim of Sculpt The Future Foundation is to promote positive environmental change towards global sustainability by supporting creative, innovative and sustainable action. Sculpt The Future Foundation recognizes that a little money can go a long way with youth driven, grass roots organizations and small initiatives whose biggest assets – passion and commitment – come free of charge.

Sculpt The Future Foundation has awarded Hug It Forward a grant to support our environmental education program. Thanks to the grant, Hug It Forward will continue to educate communities where bottle schools are being built, teaching kids the difference between organic and inorganic trash through creative ways to reuse, reduce and upcycle waste. The environmental education program gets students involved in waste issues that affect them directly and raises awareness of their individual consumption and individual waste output. Thank you Sculpt The Future Foundation for your support in creating positive environmental change!

Smith + Holland

Smith + Holland’s design sensibility and earth-conscious attitudes are apparent in everything they do, from the materials they use, to the impact they make on people and the planet. All of the components of their sunglasses are sourced globally in order to find the most innovative and low-impact materials to produce their goods. The frames and the lenses of the eye-wear are composed of a lightweight bio-plastic material. Smith + Holland also donates a portion of every sale to ecologically responsible projects.

Hug It Forward is excited to have Smtih + Holland as a monthly sponsor of Hug It Forward bottle school projects! Thank you for spreading awareness of these community-led projects, and for your commitment to ecologically responsible projects.

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Trash for Peace

Trash for Peace’s mission is to turn “trash” into “peace”. To educate and spread awareness about the capacity we have as human beings to use our creativity and innovation to replace the concept of trash with resourcefulness and giving back. Trash for Peace strives to encourage people to reduce, reuse, and then recycle for a healthier and more peaceful planet.

Trash for Peace was founded by Laura Kutner, the Peace Corps volunteer who facilitated the first Hug It Forward bottle school in the community of Granados, Guatemala. We are inspired by Laura’s continued dedication to tackling the problem of awareness around trash globally, and we are proud to be able to support her work.

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Stela 9

The Stela 9 label is inspired by a need to preserve vanishing cultural traditions and fill a void in the market for journey influenced accessories and apparel. When you purchase a Stela 9 product, you’re helping to provide a sustainable income for the people of Guatemala.

We are extremely grateful to Stela 9 for launching two collections created with the goal of raising money for Hug It Forward. Profits from the Stela 9 Abrazos Collection will go towards building a bottle school, with the goal of raising $13,000 to fully fund one bottle school.

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Follow Up Then

FollowUpThen provides free and easy email reminders. It allows you to clear out your inbox, shorten your to-do list, and never forget to followup, all with a simple email address. Because FollowUpThen is email-based, it works on any platform from anywhere. A reminder is always just an email away.

FollowUpThen has proved to be a simple yet deceptively powerful tool that has revolutionized our daily workflow. We are grateful to FollowUpThen for supporting our organization by donating Professional licenses of their awesome product to the Hug It Forward team.

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Lucid Chart

Lucidchart’s online diagram application makes it easy to sketch and share professional flowchart diagrams. From brainstorming to project management, Lucidchart supports a variety of communication needs, and is designed for the utmost compatibility with other programs

Diagramming tools always seem to be too slow and complicated, and can’t keep up with the speed of our thoughts. LucidChart bucks the trend, and provides just the right amount of power for organizing our thoughts and planning out projects. Thank you for the donation of Pro licenses for the Hug It Forward team!.