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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 August 30, 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 50 emerging brands, artists, creators, and purpose led organizations;

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

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

  • joined by our first Chief Content Officer;

  • joined by our first Community Care Manager;

  • joined by our first Community Program Manager; 

  • joined by our first paid summer college intern. 

Before the end of the summer 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 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. 

 

WHO IS THE TAKE CARE SPACE TEAM?  

Ji Bowlus

Take Care Space role: Founder & Chief Care Officer

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

Bennett D. Bennett

Take Care Space role: Chief Content Officer

Additional roles: Principle of Aerialist | Co-Founder of 600 & Rising

Adrianna Gluck

Take Care Space role: Community Care Manager

Additional roles: Owner of Adrianna Gluck Jewelry

Sophie Salvatore

Take Care Space role: Community Program Manager

Additional roles: Members Services & Innovations Professional

Cameron Cavness

Take Care Space role: 2020 Summer College Intern 

Additional roles: Computer Science Major and Astronomy Minor College Student 

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 fees or commissions from our community. When you purchase from them, 100% of the revenue goes directly to that business or organization. 

You may choose any one brand or organization for the spending credit thank you gift. 

The following brands have offered a one time 30% discount with the spending credit: 

  • Adrianna Gluck Jewelry
  • Golden Goddess Botanicals
  • Hola Hermanas : BIPOC Woman
  • Joshua Tree Desert Rose
  • Katia Yoga (apparel and prints only)
  • La Tinta (prints only) : BIPOC Woman
  • Lather and Light Co. 
  • MNMAL : BIPOC Woman
  • Mur by Ayca : BIPOC Woman
  • Old Salt Merchants : BIPOC Woman
  • Paul Lowe Ceramics
  • Take Care Space : BIPOC Woman
  • Taylor Jay (Kotton collection only) : BIPOC Woman
  • Untold Rebel : BIPOC Woman

Non-profits you may donate to who are part of the Take Care Space community: 

  • Black Boys Om : BIPOC Man
  • Reclamation Ventures : BIPOC Woman
  • Yoga Foster : BIPOC Woman
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
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50.00 USD
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$10 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. 

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$20 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. 

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Monetary Contribution

The most grateful of hearts <3

 

1 Supporter
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50.00 USD
MOTIVATOR

$10 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. 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
100.00 USD
ADVOCATE

$20 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. 

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