How We Give Back
Chicken Soup for the Soul is a socially conscious company dedicated to improving the world around us. We give back a portion of all our revenues and we work with various charitable partners on issues ranging from animal adoption in the United States to fighting poverty in less developed parts of the world. All of our efforts support our mission to share happiness, inspiration and wellness through everything we do.
Humpty Dumpty Institute
Our main charitable partner is the Humpty Dumpty Institute. Humpty Dumpty works with the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, the U.S. State Department and other organizations to tackle global and domestic issues in innovative ways. Its initiatives include removing landmines in Asia, animal conservation efforts, literacy programs for women and girls in the developing world and a school breakfast program in the U.S. Chicken Soup for the Soul works closely with the Humpty Dumpty Institute on a number of initiatives and we donate a portion of all our sales to them. You can learn more about the Humpty Dumpty Institute and Chicken Soup for the Soul by clicking here.
Giving Back with Books
Every year we use a few books specifically to support non-profit organizations. For example, in 2014, we published the bestselling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias, in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association. The royalties from that book will go to the Alzheimer's Association for the life of the book and, in addition, we allow the local chapters of the Alzheimer's Association throughout the country to sell copies of the book and keep the profits. The Alzheimer's Association and its chapters have already earned tens of thousands of dollars from this book.
In 2014, we also published several other new books that support good causes. The royalties from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Did What? and Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?, for which Miranda Lambert wrote the forewords, support the American Humane Association. A portion of the royalties from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, for which Lee Woodruff wrote the foreword, goes to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and a portion of the royalties from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength, for which Fran Drescher wrote the foreword, go to her Cancer Schmancer organization.
In 2013, we published books that support autism treatment and research, after-school programs for at-risk kids, children's literacy programs, and a number of other programs.
Pet Adoption Support
We publish books about pets and produce a line of high quality dog and cat food because we understand the special bond between people and animals. We also believe that some of the most meaningful owner-pet relationships begin with adoptions from shelters. That's why we've partnered with animal shelters to support their mission to find permanent homes for as many homeless dogs and cats as possible.
In July 2014 we partnered with the Animal Foundation in Las Vegas to promote the adoption of dogs and cats from their shelter. Everyone who adopted a dog or cat in late July and August went home with not only a new family member, but also a copy of one of our bestselling dog or cat books. We also helped to raise awareness about the Animal Foundation and pet adoption through TV appearances, newspaper interviews, and online columns and articles. The program was such a success that every single cat in the shelter was adopted in one week—all 255 of them.
Since then, we've taken the same program to other shelters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Stockton and San Diego. But in the case of the California shelters, we gave away 60,000 pounds of dog and cat food as well, feeding the animals in the shelters and also sending adoptive families home with a big bag of dog or cat food for their new family member!
We plan to continue this program.