The Republic of Tea’s Commitment to Good Will and Social Responsibility – Impacting social change on a global scale

In 1992 The Republic of Tea sparked a Tea Revolution and has since grown to become the leading purveyor of premium teas. With that growth comes the responsibility to contribute positively to society on a global scale.

The Republic of Tea embraces the ancient Chinese philosophy of Ta shun – the Great Harmony. Ta shun is alive when people naturally care about the world and depend on one another for the well-being of the whole. It manifests itself in collective concern and the aspiration to seek opportunities, initiatives and actions that will better the conditions of both humans and the planet. In short, to provide good works, render goodwill. We are honored to render goodwill by developing teas and tea-inspired items to support impactful nonprofit organizations, transforming everyday purchases into a force for good around the world.

Explore our collection of tea and tea-inspired items benefiting our non-profit partners.

Our Partners and Impact

The Republic of Tea was the first international member of the Ethical Tea Partnership and is committed to the goals of improving tea sustainability, the environment in which tea is produced, and the lives of tea workers. Recently, The Republic of Tea is providing additional funding to support the efforts of the Ethical Tea Partnership to protect and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in tea-growing communities. Learn more
Feeding America The Republic of Tea has donated to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response by donating ready to drink teas to food banks throughout their network. Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States

Our impact since 2020: $93,000

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GAIN, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, is driven by a vision of a world without malnutrition, in which all people have access to and consume nutritious and safe food. This partnership will improve the nutrition of people working at the tea gardens in India, Kenya, and Malawi. Learn more
Republic of Tea - Women of Tea (TM): Sri Lanka Working with the international nonprofit, the Ethical Tea Partnership, and a local nonprofit, the PALM Foundation, we have crafted a program in Sri Lanka focused on nutrition, hygiene, and financial literacy, with the goal of elevating thousands of women and their families. Learn more
Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation supports brain cancer research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and pediatric initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Our impact since 2001: $485,000

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Japan House is a teaching facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, which focuses on teaching traditional Japanese arts, focused particularly around the time-honored art form of Chado, the Way of Tea.

Our impact since 2008: $210,000.00

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Whole Planet Foundation® is a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide where the company sources products. Whole Planet Foundation¹s Poverty is Unnecessary Fund provides expansion funds for new microlending projects through a $25,000 annual donation to change the lives of 150 impoverished families for generations.

Our impact since 2012: $193,737

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay helps children realize their potential and build their futures. They inspire children to achieve and strengthen their communities through volunteer activism. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 40 years, this agency has provided carefully screened, trained volunteer mentors to our community’s most at-risk youth – breaking cycles of poverty, drugs and violence.

Our impact since 2015: $27,500

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Keep Memory Alive Logo_GoodWillWebpage Care for today. Research for tomorrow. 

Keep Memory Alive supports the mission of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, providing enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s frontotemporal dementia, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy.

Our impact since 2008: $79,000 in in-kind donations

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Disability to Possibility™ – Community Link is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in the communities they serve. With a mission to challenge, teach and inspire both participants and the community, they hope to realize their vision of seeing people with developmental disabilities, and other difficulties, live and participate in a community that values their presence and contributions.

Our impact since 2015: $105,000

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Ending Homelessness with housing, training and hope – Homeward Bound of Marin is committed to “opening doors to safety, dignity, hope and independence” coupled with a vision that “everyone deserves a place to call home.” They are the chief providers of shelter and residential services for homeless families and individuals, serving over 1,300 people per year. In 2014, 88% of families served and 84% of adults completing their programs moved into stable housing.

Our impact since 2015: $45,000

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The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation was founded in 2015 to drive lasting change in the health of our communities. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $8 million to health and wellness related causes.  The Republic of Tea’s donation will support the Foundation’s youth nutrition education programs nationwide.

Our impact since 2019: $30,000.00

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The Republic of Tea has donated to the American Red Cross’ relief efforts for the Northern California Wildfires, Japan Earthquake, Pacific Tsunami Disaster and Hurricane Sandy. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters in the US and worldwide. Learn more
DIG feeds logo The Republic of Tea is supporting the efforts of Dig Feeds to bring meals to over 100,000 hospital workers, senior centers, homeless shelters and food banks in its local communities of Boston, New York City and Philadelphia during COVID-19.
Seeds of Learning Logo Seeds of Learning is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in rural Latin America. SOL works closely with North Americans and Central Americans to build and equip schools in Nicaragua and El Salvador, educate children and adults, and promote cross cultural understanding. Approximately 350 volunteers from all over North America participate in the SOL work group program each year.

Together, USA and Canadian volunteers and Central American community members have built 216 educational rooms with 64 partner communities. SOL also offers comprehensive scholarships to economically impoverished rural students who, without this program, would be unable to continue their studies. The Republic of Tea is proud to support the efforts of Seeds of Learning and their hard-working volunteers in the pursuit of quality education for all.

Past Partners

Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing the science to find cures. The Republic of Tea is the first specialty tea company to donate over one million dollars.

Our impact: $1,320,501.53

Prostate Cancer Foundation Accelerating the world’s most promising research – Firmly committed to curing prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research globally.

Our impact since 2005: $675,708.25

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World Change Starts with Educated Children® – Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments to develop literacy skills among primary school children and supports girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.

Our impact: $218,390

Sip for Clean Water – Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, working in more than 46 countries to save the lives of malnourished children while ensuring families have sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. In 2014, Action Against Hunger (ACF-International) served more than 13.6 million people: 5 million treated for malnutrition and illness; 6.6 million accessed safe water and sanitation; and 2 million gained economic self-sufficiency.

Our impact since 2013: $160,000

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Sunny Hills Services is a regional welfare organization dedicated to protecting, serving, nurturing and healing at-risk children and adolescents.

Our impact: $100,000

The Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars Program recruits motivated students from low-income public high schools and provides them with the academic support and preparation they need to get into and graduate from competitive four-year colleges. The SEO Scholars Program serves nearly 600 high school college students in New York City and San Francisco.

Our impact: $20,000

XS-type-tagline-b The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For over forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. Pollinators, like bees, are essential to our environment and the ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s crops.

Our impact since 2015: $15,000

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Totals last updated: 7/01/2020

The Republic of Tea is proud to assure our Citizens that we are mindful of honoring special concerns and acting in a responsible manner for all by partnering with the highest-level certification organizations. Please click here for more information regarding these partners.