Kendra Scott is marking March 8, International Women’s Day, with the launch of the Kendra Scott Foundation, committed to empowering women and youth in the areas of health and wellness, education and entrepreneurship. Philanthropy has been part of the business model at Kendra Scott since its founding, and establishing the Foundation, which will be a component of the 501(c)(3) Austin Community Foundation, will allow it to serve as an overarching platform to deepen the brand’s investment in changing the lives of women and youth.
Since 2010, the company has donated more than $50 million to local, national and international causes. “My intention when I started this business was always to do good first and sell jewelry second, and the launch of the Kendra Scott Foundation will allow us to continue to do just that for decades to come,” said Scott, Founder, Designer and Executive Chairwoman of the brand in a statement. “I have always strived to use my talents to improve the lives of others, especially women who need to be connected to sources that will help them flourish.”
Some of Kendra Scott’s existing charitable initiatives include:
- Yellow for Pink by Kendra Scott supports the day-to-day lives of breast cancer patients, thrivers and their families;
- Kendra Cares, a creative arts program that gives pediatric patients and caregivers a break from their everyday to design their own customized jewelry at no cost;
- Education programs focused on scholarships, literacy and library beautification; and
- Women in Entrepreneurship, including the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin and the recently created Founders Market, which will seed grants to diverse women business owners.