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Fighting Extreme Poverty

Giving is core to who we are. We tie our earnings to impact by allocating a percentage of annual revenues to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which then provides targeted grants to nonprofits dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty. Cotopaxi is part of Pledge 1% and is committed to giving at least 1% of revenue towards ending poverty.

Sustainable Ethics

Our Focus

We concentrate our efforts in Latin America’s poorest communities, investing in health, education, and livelihood—categories identified by MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-Pal) to have the highest potential for addressing systemic need.

About the Cotopaxi Foundation

Serving as the impact arm of our company, the Cotopaxi Foundation is a Utah-based, private 501c3 nonprofit organization through which we’re able to distribute 1% of our revenues in the form of multi-year grants.

Advances our mission

The foundation boosts our grantmaking, democratizes our impact, and helps us make a bigger difference in the communities we touch.

Personalizes our impact

It allows us to run our own programs, such as our card-writing and repairs programs, providing refugees with hands-on employment experience.

Helps us stay focused

100% of the funds we direct to the foundation support our grantees and impact programs. Likewise, 100% of customer donations directly support these same causes.

Pledge 1% Member

We’re proud to be a member of Pledge 1%, a global movement of corporations that have committed to giving at least 1% of revenue towards philanthropy.

Our Grantees

Our outstanding nonprofit partners are carefully selected for their track records of improving the human condition. We select these grantees based on extensive internal research, awarding multi-year grants that allow these organizations to carry out planned investments using proven models. We do not accept grant applications.

Bataan, Philippines

Escuela Nueva


As its name suggests, Escuela Nueva’s focus is education. More specifically, the organization seeks to provide student-directed education models to communities affected by conflict and limited opportunity. With over 86 schools throughout Latin America, Escuela Nueva empowers students to be active participants in their education and brings schooling to those without access.

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Tianjin, China



The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, their teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education, and empowerment to refugees and displaced people. We support IRC efforts in Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Denver, as well as in Colombia. We also plan to help fund their expanding work in Ecuador in 2022.

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Chinnakarai, India

Mona Foundation


Founded in 1999, the Mona Foundation is a global community of individuals and organizations that believes the key to alleviating poverty and sustaining community transformation lies in education and gender equality. It supports grassroots initiatives around the world that educate children and empower women and girls, thereby helping them to transform their own communities. We work with the Mona Foundation specifically to provide education access to girls in Brazil and Panama.

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Shanghai, China

Mercy Corps


One of the most recognized global humanitarian organizations, Mercy Corps empowers people recovering from crisis. Currently, Cotopaxi supports Mercy Corps’s efforts to meet the urgent needs of Colombian and Venezuelan refugees through cash assistance, medicine, and small business grants. Over the next 18 months, the organization will lead a consortium to provide emergency cash assistance to nearly 90,000 Venezuelan refugees.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Nothing But Nets


A campaign of the UN Foundation, Nothing But Nets (NBN) is on a mission to eradicate malaria. Since its creation in 2006, NBN has delivered more than 13 million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria intervention services such as diagnosis, treatment, and training for healthcare workers. We’ve teamed up with Nothing But Nets to expand its work to end malaria in Ecuador and other parts of Latin America.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Chain Collaborative


With the firm belief that lasting change comes from community driven strategy and buy-in, the mission of The Chain Collaborative is to invest in the capacity of Change Leaders in coffee-growing regions and accompany them as they drive grassroots, sustainable development in their own communities, according to their own visions for change. We've partnered with The Chain Collaborative to support the collective livelihoods of coffee growing communities in Manabí, Ecuador.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia



The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) is a global nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for people with amputation through high-quality prosthetic care, follow-up services, community-based rehabilitation, and product innovation. Our funding directly supports the organization's efforts in Ecuador, where amputation often coincides with poverty and loss of livelihood. ROMP Ecuador partners with local community leaders, prosthetists, and clinics in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors to meet the needs of Ecuadorians with amputation.

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2020 Outcomes

Aided 822,000 people directly (3.2 million indirectly) through poverty alleviation programs

Received 10,000+ individual customer donations, totaling around $65K

Donated 110,000+ masks (total value: $488,600)

Provided 661,000+ people with malaria treatment

Raised over $42,000 for the IRC Crisis Response Fund, plus an additional donation of $7,000 for COVID-19 response

Donated $447,000 over 36 major and community grants

Donate Directly

One of the goals of the Cotopaxi Foundation is to provide our customers with a way of giving responsibly. When you give directly to the foundation, the proceeds go to vetted, respected poverty alleviation programs.

Corporate Donations

Are you looking to donate on behalf of your organization? Connect directly with our Foundation Team to learn more about our corporate programs and how to partner.

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Gear For Good™

As our company scales, so does our ability to reach communities in need. Gear For Good is our promise to continue to make durable, sustainably designed products and to use our revenues to fight extreme poverty, no matter how large our company becomes. We hope you’ll help us in our efforts to make a bigger impact one person at a time.

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