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#365daysforchange

The idea is simple, really. Each month we share the story of an organization that’s making a difference in their community. Now it’s your turn. Share your good deeds using the hashtag #365daysforchange on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Then follow along as we devote this month to honoring those good deeds and the people behind them.

Below you’ll find a note from founder and CEO, Andrew Newsom, explaining the history of our commitment to honoring those who make the world a better place:

“From the beginning of Wisteria, we wanted to honor people all over the globe who do amazing things in their communities. Shannon and I both started our careers in the nonprofit world after graduating from college and, while we now work in the for-profit world, we’re still inspired by these incredible works and want to tell the stories of those people in every thing we do.

In June, we’re highlighting a Burmese organization that helps support orphanages in their area. When we first met them over a year ago, we were so inspired by their story that we decided to give 10% of all our Burmese Rattan sales to them. That means, the lives they impact are all a result of the people who make these beautiful products, the hard workers at Wisteria who get them out there, you, the customer who purchases them, and the selfless people who work for the nonprofit.

It’s a global collaborative effort where everyone wins. Thank you!”

Every day is a great day for good deeds. Big or small, they all make a difference. We hope you’ll join us by sharing yours. 365daysforchange

  
  
  • Elaine Turner

    VERY VERY COOl. I admire your commitment to giving back and bringing awareness to these causes across the globe. I Love feeling educated and inspired and using your platform as a vehicle to change lives. I’ve been a Customer of wisteria for a long time and also have my own business where charity is at the heart of who we are and why we exist. Many many blessings to you! Elaine

  • Candace

    Thank you Elaine!

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Nonprofit Friend: Grace Ministry

Decades of poverty and oppression have resulted in orphaned and abandoned children in certain regions of Southeast Asia. Grace ministry supports four orphanages in the region. The children arrive at to the orphanages from a range of circumstances. Seldom a smile is seen in the first few months, and for Aye Tin, it was almost a year. While working in a field, her mother received a fatal snake bite. It’s unclear what happened to her father but he is deceased as well. Before her third birthday, Aye Aye went to live with her maternal aunt, uncle, and seven cousins. As is the case with many orphaned children, her extended family took her in but treated her like a slave. While the family slept in a bed, she was made to sleep on the floor. The entire family verbally abused and struck her often, denying her proper food as well.

Win La, Aye’s Sunday school teacher, visited various families in the village each Wednesday. What she found on this visit was more than she could bear—the uncle picked up Aye, now five years old, and threw her to the ground. As if to mock Win La’s protest, the aunt lifted Aye and threw her to the ground again. Warding off another strike, Win La laid her own body across the now unconscious Aye. Win La brought Aye to Bethel orphanage where she has been for over two years. The adjustment was slow but she is now quite joyful. Aye performs well in school and plays with the other children at Bethel.

Grace Ministry

We would like to partner with you, our customer, in an effort to provide necessary resources for Grace Ministry to continue their endeavors. On June 10, 2015, Wisteria will Give 10% of your entire purchase to Grace Ministry and you will Get 10% off your whole purchase. Use promo code GRACE2015 at checkout. Help Out!

To learn more or make a donation of your own, please contact Wisteria Customer Service: customerservice@wisteria.com

  
  
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Nonprofit Friend: Visible Music College

In 2000, Founder and President Ken Steorts established Visible Music College. While touring worldwide with the Grammy-nominated Christian band Skillet, Ken observed young musicians with great promise but little instruction or guidance. His vision became clear, and Ken pioneered an educational center built on traditional and vocational models.

Visible Music College | Wisteria Non Profit Friend

Visible Music College is an independent, accredited Christian music industry and worship arts college. Specializing in the areas of music, media, business, and ministry, students get industry experience by recording through the school’s record label, booking artists, writing for movies, and touring the country. Through a mix of academic music study, technical skill development, and character-building mentorship, Visible Music College strives to produce qualified, creative, and passionate world-changers.

Visible Music College | Wisteria Non Profit Friend

Over the last 15 years, Visible Music College has followed its mission to train and equip individuals in both skill and character, so that they may provide effective service in the music industry, as well as in the Church. With approximately 150 students per campus, they focus on establishing intimate, Christian artist communities. In addition to their existing campuses, located in Memphis and Chicago, and through partnering with Highland Park United Methodist Church, Visible Music College plans to open a third location in Dallas this fall.

We did it! With your purchase on May 10th, we were able to raise enough funds to help provide scholarships for students interested in ministry and music. We are excited that you joined us in helping Visible Music College and their efforts to provide a spiritual and artistic environment for their students. The lives of these people will be impacted because of your purchase. Thank you!

To learn more, or make a donation of your own, visit www.visible.edu

  
  
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Nonprofit Friend: Thai Christian Foundation

Lawa-Wa Ministry is a project supported by the Thai Christian Foundation. Currently, Pastor John is the administrator of the Lawa-Wa student hostel and is a founding member of the Wa Christian Fellowship (WCF). Medical care has been a central focus for the Lawa-Wa Ministry and helps individuals who cannot afford their medical bills. Wa pastors and church members travel across the Thai-Burma border to bring supplies of warm clothing, blankets, and medicines to treat the most common illnesses in that area.

Thai Christian Foundation

In 2012, with the help the Prosthesis Foundation in Thailand, the Wa Christian Fellowship (WCF) helped 58 patients from Burma and 10 patients from Thailand receive new prosthesis. 54 were land mine victims. In 2014, the WCF organized help for 119 patients to come across the border to receive prosthetic limbs and walk once again. The Prosthesis Project hopes to help more people in need by training technicians from Burma and Thailand in an effort to continue to assist land mine victims.

Thai Christian Foundation

We would like to partner with you, our customer, in an effort to provide necessary resources for the Lawa-Wa Ministry to continue their endeavors. On April 10, 2015, Wisteria will Give 10% of your entire purchase to the Lawa-Wa Ministry and you will Get 10% off your purchase. Use promo code THAICHRISTIAN2015 at checkout. Help out!

To learn more or make a donation of your own, visit www.thaichristianfoundation.org

  
  
  • Amy Sullivan

    Lets connect!. I am a fine artist who’s originals are purchased by many interior designers. My galleries are in Palm Beach, Atlanta, and Charleston. I would love to talk about doing posters or prints for you in the fashion that Ballard Design does.

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Nonprofit Friend: Akola

Akola is a nonprofit fashion brand that empowers women in poverty to become agents of change in their communities. As a college student, Brittany Merrill Underwood spent a summer in Uganda and met Sarah: a young woman caring for 24 orphans off the street. Brittany’s 10-minute meeting with Sarah changed her life. In 2006, she founded an organization to build an orphanage. After the orphanage was complete in 2007, Brittany launched the Akola Project to economically empower women like Sarah so they could have the resources to care for disadvantaged children in their communities.

Akola | Wisteria Non Profit Friend

100% of Akola’s jewelry profits are reinvested in their social mission. Over the past 7 years, Akola has constructed 2 vocational centers, drilled 23 water wells, and employed over 400 poverty-stricken women in five rural Ugandan villages. Through these women, Akola cares for approximately 3,000 disadvantaged children.

Handmade, every material used has a unique story. Akola’s finely crafted jewelry is also featured at our store, located in Dallas.

We did it! With your purchase on March 10th, we raised the funds to continue our partnership with Akola Project and its mission to transform the lives of women and children in Uganda. We are excited that you joined us in empowering women in extreme poverty to become agents of transformation in their families and communities. 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Akola | Wisteria Non Profit Friend

To learn more or make a donation of your own, visit www.akolaproject.org

  
  
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