Slidebean is rooted in our passion for design; we believe that great design can be applied to almost all aspects of life: from how people share and absorb information to everyday interactions with our environment, and experiences with other people. 

 

CONTRAST is our commitment to aiding projects and initiatives that, like us, believe in great design as a way to transform the world we live in.

 
 
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An important part of our team resides in Costa Rica, birthplace of our founders. Having team members from Latin America makes us sensitive to impactful causes from the region.

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Every month, we invest 1% of our subscription revenue, towards people or organizations that are using design to generate impact in their communities and countries.

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The institutions we support come from all over the world, but we pay special attention to efforts focusing in North America and Latin America. The projects we support are nominated by our customers.

Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

How can we help

September-2017: $555 PLEDGED

6 months ago we launched our Slidebean Contrast initiative, where we commit to sharing 1% of our revenue with organizations that are using design to make a difference, and create impact.


While design-related projects have been a rule of sorts, for us, the natural disasters that hit the Americas over the past few weeks simply can’t be ignored. We’ve been in touch with users, friends and even some of our team members that live in these affected areas, and have decided to break our rules and use this month’s Contrast grant to help communities in these countries.

This month, we are sending all our aid to Puerto Rico through Unicef, and encourage you to do the same. Puerto Rico was hit hard by Hurricane Maria and most of the country still has no power. Aid has been slow, and that is why, we felt, we could create more impact by calling your attention to them, and by helping out. If you can spare today’s coffee, send those $3 -$4 through Unicef or the Red Cross, or the NGO of your choosing.

 

Global Peace Film Festival

 Using the films as catalysts for change

AUGUST-2017: $530 PLEDGED

Our August pledge is The Global Peace Film Festival. Established in 2003, it uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.

 
 

AzuKo

Empowering communities through design

JULY-2017: $545 PLEDGED

Our July pledge designs with disadvantaged communities, and empowers them to create the world they dream of. The architecture charity, AzuKo, uses design as a tool for sustainable development and provides opportunities for people to be involved in creating a more just world. AzuKo’s projects range from housing, sanitation and playspace in Bangladesh to holistic placemaking and design education in the UK.

 
 

Girls Garage

Fear less. Build more.

JUNE-2017: $574 PLEDGED

Our June pledge teaches young people to design and build their future using heart, hands, and hammers. Their program, Girls Garage, is a one-of-a-kind design and building workspace for girls 9-13.

 
 

Innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastics

MAY-2017: $485 PLEDGED

Our May pledge is committed to creating solutions to keep harmful waste out of the ocean. Bureo makes skateboards from recycled fishing nets thus preventing harmful materials from entering the ocean and; with recycling programs like Net Positiva and support to The Wahine Project they’re able to fuse environmental consciousness with the adventuresome spirit of skateboarders and surfers worldwide.

 
 

Sustainable art meets innovative technology

Feb-2017: $198 pledged

 

We fell in love with this project from a fellow New York team. A few days ago, they launched their LED table light powered by the sun on Kickstarter.

The project reached its goal in May 2017 and raised a total of $12,217 from 78 backers. 

 
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The Alpha Workshops

Creating beauty and changing lives

APRIL-2017: $425 PLEDGED

 

We got to visit the Alpha Workshops and absolutely fell in love with what they do. They’re a unique organization that works with creative HIV-positive individuals with industry-specific training and employment in the decorative arts.

 
 

Since February 2017, we have committed to investing 1% of our subscription revenue, to the initiatives that we handpick for CONTRAST. 

 

This required us to commit to a new level of transparency about our user base and our growth that makes us accountable to the initiatives we support, and to our own customers. 

 
 
 

Where your subscription goes

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Our current userbase

 
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*We invest 1% of our subscription revenue, that is, 1% of our MRR.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Nominate a project

Do you have a project in mind that you'd like us to promote?

Do not hesitate to reach out to us at: contrast@slidebean.com