We are excited to see that you are interested in CAUSEGEAR! Please see below for some Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a question that is not listed below, please email us at email@example.com.
WHAT IS CAUSEGEAR?
CAUSEGEAR Designed in Chicago. Made in India. CAUSEGEAR’s mission is to transform the lives of one million people trapped in unfathomable poverty & injustice to become self-sustaining through 5X JOBS that provide for life’s essentials. Most items include the name & face of one of the crafters who made your gear. CAUSEGEAR is an L3C social enterprise with 90% of profits benefiting crafters.
IS CAUSEGEAR A BUSINESS OR A NON-PROFIT?
CAUSEGEAR is a “low-profit” for-profit business. We believe businesses may very well be the most powerful force on the planet to make a lasting, sustainable, scale-able impact for good. We are an L3C.
WHY FORM A FOR-PROFIT INSTEAD OF A NON-PROFIT?
We want to lead by example. Not relying on “hand-outs” or donations, we want to survive and thrive on market forces. We also want to be an example for many businesses to come – that you can do radical good in the world while making a profit. In fact, more and more, we believe that doing well and doing good will become one in the same.
WHAT IS L3C & WHY DID YOU GO THAT ROUTE?
L3C is a new legal entity type in Illinois and other states that puts purpose ahead of profit. We still make a profit (that’s how we accomplish the purpose!). The 3rd L essentially stands for Low-profit. Technically, L3C = Low-profit limited liability company.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS BUSINESS MODEL?
Our founder, Brad Jeffery, was convinced that an L3C was the best model for our company because: 1) he tracked the increase in consumer demand for cause-related goods, 2) slavery is at an historic high, and 3) data proves that many existing charitable models are not solving the global poverty crisis.
HOW DO I BECOME AN ADVOCATE?
CAUSEGEAR is grateful to have individuals, businesses, or non-profits advocate For Human Justice. As an advocate you will make a sustainable impact on the lives of our crafters while increasing awareness for justice and earning valuable income. More information is available on our ADVOCATE page.
HOW CAN I SPEAK UP FOR THE CAUSE?
HOW DO YOU FIND THE CRAFTERS THAT YOU WORK WITH?
We work with trusted partners on the ground in India who already work extensively with the poorest of the poor. They are our eyes and ears, and can qualify potential crafters for us. They share our vision, values, and commitment to serving the poor.
The most slavery is in India (40% of the world’s total), and the most poverty. So, that’s where we wanted to start.
HOW MUCH ARE THE CRAFTERS PAID?
The CAUSEGEAR model supports a sustainable solution with jobs that pay 5X the norm, providing the potential to pay for essentials and ending the need for hand-outs. Aside from emergency aid, hand-outs, while intended for good, can feed a cycle of dependency. When jobs don’t provide for life’s essentials, many end up in slavery. The CAUSEGEAR 5X Jobs Model is a sustainable alternative to hand-outs and a dignified pathway out of poverty.
WOULDN'T IT BE BETTER IF I JUST DONATED MONEY TO THE CRAFTERS?
It’s a well-intended idea, but it actually backfires in many ways. One-time giving (especially outside of a longer-term relationship) just makes them more dependent. We believe in empowering people and giving them the dignity to work themselves out of poverty.
WHAT IS YOUR RETURN/EXCHANGE POLICY?
Visit our RETURNS page for information about returns and exchanges.
Your purchase is supported by one of the best guarantees in the industry. All CAUSEGEAR purchases carry a lifetime guarantee to be free of defects in materials and workmanship. This does not cover reasonable wear and tear and abuse. We stand by the quality and workmanship of our products. We will replace, free of charge, any item that is found to be defective in materials and workmanship right away.
Covered: defective sewing/stitching, defective zippers, attachment hardware, and/or clips
Not Covered: reasonable wear and tear such as rips, tears, peals, and fading
HOW DO I CARE FOR & PROTECT MY GEAR?
Spot clean with plain water. A fabric or leather water repellent / protector can be applied to canvas, fabric, or leather to help guard against elements and staining.
DO YOU OFFER VOLUME OR WHOLESALE DISCOUNTS?
Yes! If you are interested in purchasing in volume or wholesale, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to discuss pricing options for large orders or wholesale partnerships.