Ada Diamonds Supports Six Causes for Giving Tuesday 2018
Every #GivingTuesday, Ada Diamonds donates a portion of our proceeds to six outstanding non-profits. We call these donations the Sixth Element Program in honor of the sixth element of the periodic table, carbon.
Last year, we donated to 6 highly effective NGOs and also pledged to donate 1% of Ada Diamonds to the Tides Foundation, a philanthropic partner and nonprofit accelerator.
This year, we are donating to many of the same organizations as prior years, but adjusting the focus of our donations to locations of acute need such as the fires in California and the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Natural Disaster Relief Efforts
We are supporting two disaster response organizations that are actively working to help those affected by fires in California and the hurricanes in the Southeast.
Direct Relief equips doctors and nurses with life-saving medicines and supplies to care for the world's most vulnerable people.
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to communities affected by natural disasters.
Improving Health, Livelihoods, & Sustainability in Africa
We are also supporting organizations working to improve health in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fairtrade gold mining in the Central African Republic, and ocean health off the coast of Namibia, where DeBeers is strip mining ocean floor.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) works throughout the work responding to diseases outbreaks, conflict and displacement, and health problems.
IMPACT Just Gold Project traces conflict-free artisanal gold from mine to market while applying international standards applicable to conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
Namibia Nature Foundation promotes the conservation of African biological diversity and natural ecosystems as well as the wise and ethical use of natural resources.
Promoting STEM Education
Lastly, we seek to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math education. This year, we are continuing our support for the non-profit that puts on Ada Lovelace Day, a global celebration of female engineers, scientists, doctors, teachers, and more.
Finding Ada aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers.
Whether you read this on Giving Tuesday or any of the other 364 days of the year, I encourage you to support a cause you believe in with a donation of your time or financial resources. Guidestar and Charity Navigator are great resources to find organizations worthy of your support.
-Jason Payne, Founder, Ada Diamonds