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Take Care Space

We are an ecosystem built to level the playing field for emerging brands founded by diverse and intentional founders.

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Campaign Ends on December 31, 2020

Project Description

WHY DOES TAKE CARE SPACE EXIST?

On the heels of the SBA loan disasters, and our country’s continued fight against systemic racial injustice, businesses are more than ever called to demonstrate their core values, and how they live these values through actions.

At Take Care Space, diversity and inclusion aren’t values we strive to achieve – they are the very reason why we exist.

Since our founding in April 2019, the heart and soul of Take Care Space have always been to advocate and give voice to emerging brands, artists, and makers, with a mission to give back to the community and creating safe spaces. Since day one, we focused our collaborations with underrepresented women artists and aligned with nonprofit organizations that give back to our community.

Not only has COVID-19 obliterated the face-to face marketplace that was the livelihood of many in the small business community, including ours, it also forced many of us to invest more dollars into “big box” eCommerce tools that already take a LARGE percentage of profits (in certain cases up to an insane 98%!) - all of which dilute our income and make it harder to make ends meet. 

Also, these big box eCommerce platforms don't cultivate community but rely on mass quantity of small businesses from joining them and paying their fees and commissions.

So, even before COVID-19, it wasn't an equal playing field. Isn't it finally time to level the playing field? 

 

WHAT IS THE NEW TAKE CARE SPACE?

To find a solution and provide support during an intensely challenging time, as of April 2020, we pivoted and began building a mission-driven community platform. Aligned with our original core values and company beliefs, we built a platform that functions as an ecosystem that:

  • honors, fosters, and celebrates emerging brands and businesses that offer quality products, and services created by intentional and diverse founders; 

  • engages in socially conscious partnerships; 

  • curates safe and inclusive spaces online and IRL;

  • and creates content and storytelling that inspires healing, joy, and nurturing of the human spirit. 

Our platform will encourage idea and skill sharing, inspiration, and authenticity while giving unique, quality, and in some cases - exclusive, products and experiences (virtual and IRL) to consumers.

Since the launch of our evolution less than three months ago, we have:

  • added over 60 emerging brands, artists, creators, and purpose led organizations;

  • collaborated with our third woman of color artist for our second yoga mat collection in one year;

  • donated an additional 24 blankets to those in need (totaling 60 since January 2020);

By the end of the year 2020, we will:

  • launch a product collaboration between multiple brands on the platform;

  • launch our Take Care Artist program creating additional income opportunities for emerging artists in our community. We're so very excited as this will allow artists to generate much more income than on platforms like Society6 that offers only between 2-10% commissions on their art work while giving consumers something special, unique, and exclusive.

 

WHAT'S NEXT FOR TAKE CARE SPACE?  

We are nowhere near finishing building and need your help. We are raising $10,000 to continue building the next phase. 

Your contribution will go towards:

  • the design and build of the next iteration of our platform with sophisticated technology capabilities including consumer and brand "Squad" memberships, virtual showrooms, virtual events, and ability for brand partnerships - another way for us to create revenue share income opportunities for our community as well as exciting value and experiences for our consumers;

  • and development of a virtual event series working with community organizers and allowing us to compensate them equitably while providing value to our consumer audience hungry for intentional and authentic programming; 

  • renovations and rent for 3 months for an operations space for Take Care Space and its community. 

 

WHO IS ASKING?  

Ji Bowlus (click for LinkedIn profile)

Take Care Space role: Founder & Chief Care Officer

Additional roles: Wife, and mom to 12 year old son + 1 dog + 3 cats + 1 snake + 1 Leopard Tortoise

ji@takecarespace.com

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Please visit www.TakeCareSpace.com for a full list of brands and organizations in our community. 

Unlike other eCommerce platforms, Take Care Space does not require any commissions from our community to be part of the directory. When you purchase from their website, 100% of the revenue goes directly to that business or organization. We only require that they are aligned with the core values of the community: 

OUR BELIEFS

We believe that love starts from within and that everyone is worthy.

We believe that size matters only when it comes to heart or spirit.

We believe in diversity, inclusivity and acceptance.

We believe in the beauty found in all shapes, colors, and sizes. 

We believe that self care is community care.

We believe that kindness and compassion can change the world.

We believe in taking care of ourselves, each other and our planet.

We believe that racism has no place in our #takecarespace. 

Scott Krinsky
08/10/2020
Monetary Contribution
$200
Anonymous
08/03/2020
Monetary Contribution
$500
Tricia Watkins
06/16/2020
SQUAD
$50
Hunter Marckwardt
06/15/2020
Monetary Contribution
$250
Monique Rodriquez
06/12/2020
ADVOCATE
$200
Rick Khan
06/12/2020
ADVOCATE
$200
Xahra Pollard
06/10/2020
ADVOCATE
$200
Monetary Contribution

Most grateful of hearts 🌙 

 

3 Supporters
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2,500.00 USD
INNOVATOR

Retail Squad Membership for 12 months entitling you to perks such as invitations to virtual & IRL events, exclusive collaboration offerings, samples from our independent brand community, free shipping, and discounts. Launching late 2020. 

Permanent mention on the new site launching September 2020 + any future iterations as a "Founding Take Care Innovator".

Choice of a Take Care Space yoga mat + free 30 days of yoga with OM Practice (www.ompractice.com) 🌙 

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0 Supporters
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500.00 USD
CRUSADOR

Choice of a Take Care Space yoga mat + free 30 days of yoga with OM Practice (www.ompractice.com) 🌙 

 

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0 Supporters
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200.00 USD
HERO

$40 spending credit to your choice of Take Care Space emerging brand or donation to one of our heart led nonprofit organizations.

Full list may be found on www.takecarespace.com.

Please see FAQ tab for more details and list of businesses offering our donors 30% off their purchase with this reward. 

3 Supporters
None available

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Most grateful of hearts 🌙 

 

3 Supporters
Select this reward
2,500.00 USD
INNOVATOR

Retail Squad Membership for 12 months entitling you to perks such as invitations to virtual & IRL events, exclusive collaboration offerings, samples from our independent brand community, free shipping, and discounts. Launching late 2020. 

Permanent mention on the new site launching September 2020 + any future iterations as a "Founding Take Care Innovator".

Choice of a Take Care Space yoga mat + free 30 days of yoga with OM Practice (www.ompractice.com) 🌙 

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
CRUSADOR

Choice of a Take Care Space yoga mat + free 30 days of yoga with OM Practice (www.ompractice.com) 🌙 

 

50 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
200.00 USD
HERO

$40 spending credit to your choice of Take Care Space emerging brand or donation to one of our heart led nonprofit organizations.

Full list may be found on www.takecarespace.com.

Please see FAQ tab for more details and list of businesses offering our donors 30% off their purchase with this reward. 

3 Supporters
None available