Six for Kicks

 

Photo provided by Six for Kicks
Photo provided by Six for Kicks

 

Six for Kicks is a fledgling web startup aimed at helping small charitable organizations kick start their funding. Each week, Six for Kicks partners with such an organization to raise funds through the sale of upcycled climbing rope bracelets. After launching on December 31st, Six for Kicks welcomed their first week of fundraising on February 3rd and have been donating the profits each week  to a different organization in the U.S.

Though the team at Six for Kicks has only had one organization reach out to them thus far, they have clearly outlined the criteria for their selection process, including the company’s not-for-profit status and, most importantly, their size and cause. By selecting only companies who have a net operating revenue of under one million dollars per year and who contribute to a cause that might otherwise be unknown in the U.S., Six for Kicks is able to do the most good with smaller, lesser known organizations. As founder Brandon says, “As we grow, our contributions may change and grow with us, but our core mission to help small organizations will remain.”

It’s not just smaller organizations that Six for Kicks aims to please; Zavala, who worked his way through two college degrees and is no stranger to being tight on funds, notes that one of the key idea behind Six for Kicks was making a product that the average person would be able to afford without breaking the bank.

Photo provided by Brandon Zavala
Photo provided by Brandon Zavala

Zavala and co-founder Alex Brown, who holds a BBA and handles product operation, decided that campaigns they had seen with bracelets had been successful and could allow anyone to contribute to an organization in what Zavala calls a “small yet significant way”.  And after adding Director of Charitable Contributions Devin Visser into the mix, the ideas for producing bracelets soon moved from the white board into reality.

Each bracelet is made in the United States of upcycled climbing rope sourced from a recycled product manufacturer in Colorado. The company uses rope, which would typically end up in a landfill, while Six for Kicks also works to provide additional scrap rope from the eastern United States, re-purposing and “upcycling” even more.

Photo provided by Six for Kicks
Photo provided by Six for Kicks

Selling for only $6, a Six for Kicks bracelet is something almost anyone can afford. Each bracelet purchased yields $1.20 to the featured organization. This 20% of each purchase price actually equates to 50% of the net income after the expenses are accounted for. Thus, your money goes directly toward kickstarting each week’s charitable organization (hence the name Six for Kicks).

Though still in its infancy, Six for Kicks is off to a good start. Zavala says that the team has been a great fit thus far, and that, though it’s been a tough road, the outlook for Six for Kicks is bright. On what the future holds, he says, “Bracelets are our foundation to get moving, but we will have a few surprises popping up in the future in terms of new products that span varying cost levels.” With each sale, Six for Kicks raises valuable funds for smaller charities, and the word is spreading fast, which only serves to benefit future partner organizations. So pick up your own Six for Kicks bracelet today and be part of the movement!

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