This article was published as part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who give back in their communities.
Stacey Chang is the Founder and Chief Warrior of VEERAH, a mission-driven luxury shoe company founded for women to conquer the world in impeccable style and make a positive impact. Their shoes are always responsibly sourced with cruelty-free materials. They are committed to “Do Good Look Incredible.” Read the full interview with Stacey below to learn more.
Q1: How do you give back?
A big part of our company ethos is giving back and we are currently partnered with She’s The First, an incredible organization supporting girls’ education. We have also created our “1-10-100” battle plan”. This means that we donate at least 1% of our proceeds to social impact causes, 10 hours are paid to our employees per month to volunteer or take self-improvement courses, and for every 100 feedback forms we receive we will support a full year of a girls’ education with She’s the First. We aim to grow together and give back!
Q2: What inspired you to start giving?
I am fortunate to be able to do what I do because of my education. Back in high school in Indiana, my roommate Durga was from Nepal and I heard her story and learned how fortunate she was to be get an education in the U.S. Growing up, she learned English by watching British TV shows. She answered a call in English from her family’s business contact and the person was so impressed by her English and intelligence they decided to sponsor her coming to the US for school. Seeing this, I was amazed at how one act can truly change a person’s life. Now she is a Dentist who gives back by going to her home country to provide dental care for those in need. She inspires me and I am always interested in finding a way to support girl’s education. Now, through VEERAH and our partnership with She’s The First, we are supporting girl scholars in developing countries to be the first in their families with a high school education.
Q3: What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?
Giving is caring and sharing. It means sharing what you have - whatever that may be. I give back because I have been given so much in my life and I am grateful. I want to help lift others up so that we can all be stronger together. Empowering women is always my goal both in business and philanthropy.
Q4: What would you tell others (women and men) who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
Just do it. There are many forms of giving: time, talents, money and more. Everyone has something to contribute. Nothing is too small. Say hello and thank you, volunteer this weekend, shop conscientious brands, donate $5 to the cause that you believe in and recognize the humanity in us all. Each small piece adds up to a greater whole and lifts us all.
Q5: Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
We received a letter from our first She’s The First girl scholar Sunita from Nepal who said she wanted to be a doctor when she grows up and give back to her community - bringing things full circle and reminding me of my dear friend who was able to better her education, become a doctor, and give back to Nepal herself. I hope in my way and with VEERAH I am making a difference where I can too.