The belief that COMMUNITY IS QUAY and that all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love is central to everything we do at Quay. We are nothing without the unique, diverse group of individuals internally + externally who have allowed us success over the years.
We believe in our inherent duty to spread the Quay vision far + wide through philanthropic + cause programs, amplifying + nurturing the self-expression, confidence, and wellbeing of our global community.
See all the ways YOU helped us give back in 2020:
IN THE FIGHT TO END HUNGER
With more people than ever feeling the extraordinary strain of food insecurity, this year we partnered with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organisation in the US + Foodbank Victoria, the largest hunger-relief charity in Australia—donating over $145,000 USD. $1 USD helps to provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks
IN THE FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
HELPING BREAK THE GLASS CEILING
We believe education is Quay, which is why we donated over $6,000 USD to Girls Out Loud, helping to fund mentorships for five girls. This UK-based orginisation works to educate, inform, and inspire girls to step up, believe in themselves, and walk tall with confidence, self-respect, and purpose.
HONORING AUSTRALIA'S ABORIGINAL + TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES
To celebrate Australia's NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week, we donated almost $10,000 USD to Common Ground—an aboriginal-led organisation that works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia, capturing + sharing their stories. Plus, over $25,000 USD this year to Change the Record, The Healing Foundation, and The Aboriginal Literacy Foundation.
We still are, and will always be, in action in the fight for racial justice. This year—on 26 January 2021—we’re using our voices + committing our dollars with a $15,000 AUD donation to The Healing Foundation—an Australia-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by the impact of colonisation and actions like the forced removal of children from their families.
ACKNOWLEDGING THAT REPRESENTATION MATTERS
Voter education matters. Voter access matters. Representation matters.To coincide with the second QUAY X LIZZO collection launch, we teamed up with The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) + The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to lift barriers to voting in the US. Committing $100,000 USD to help fund the LDF’s Prepared to Vote initiative to protect voting rights and support Black political engagement + The Lawyers' Committee's Election Protection program anchored by the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline—the nation's premier voter protection program working year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count.
PROMOTING LBGTQ MENTAL HEALTH
To coincide with the launch of our Pride Collection, Quay donated over $63,000 USD to The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organisation for LGBTQ young people + Minus18, which aims to improve the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth in Australia through life-affirming events, education, and empowerment.
CREATING VISIBILITY INTO THE BLACK EXPERIENCE + ENDING RACIAL INJUSTICE
We stand in solidarity with the fight against the systematic oppression of the black community. This year we donated $37,500 USD divided among organisations that support the fight for racial justice in America: The Equal Justice Initiative, The Loveland Foundation, The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. We believe in the power of representation and are committed to expanding diversity in everything that we do. We don’t know the answer to everything, but we are committed to continuing to learn + have honest discussions with our community about how we can amplify black excellence.
We shifted a portion of our manufacturing efforts in April 2020 to produce certified medical-grade protective goggles + safety glasses for frontline healthcare workers supporting communities impacted by COVID-19. With the help of our squad, we donated 30,000 certified, medical-grade PPE + blue light glasses for healthcare + frontline workers with a Buy One, Get One, Give One campaign that donated one pair of eyewear for each purchase, totalling about $123,000 USD.
Our hearts ached as we watched devastating bushfires tear across communities in Australia. In January of 2020, we committed to donating 100% of the proceeds from our Australian website and, with your support, raised over $39,000 USD for WIRES Wildlife Rescue + Vinnies.