This may be the season when most businesses think about giving back to their communities, but for Scot and Jacqueline Tatelman, co-owners of STATE Bags, giving back isn't a seasonal consideration. It's a business model.
Like Toms, the godfather of the "buy one, give one" charitable model, STATE Bags hand-delivers a backpack to an American kid in need for every STATE backpack purchased. Scot recently described their company to OPEN Forum as a "a for-profit company with a nonprofit pedigree."
Along with new bags, the kids also get "Value Badges," to encourage them to make a positive impact on themselves and the world. The six Badges represent the core values STATE was founded upon: acceptance, leadership, knowledge, conservation, courage and health.
“To buy a bag and feel [like] that made a difference in the life of a child [is] an incredibly powerful experience, and a sentiment that's been voiced by so many of our customers,” Scot told OPEN Forum.
The next STATE bag drop is planned for early December, at a school in Brooklyn, where STATE Bags will deliver approximately 200 backpacks. The goal of these bag drops is, as STATE Bags puts it, to "propel [the kids] to be agents of change in their communities and beyond."
Photos: Courtesy Christine Hahn, Veanne Tsui