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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Soles4Souls is a global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. 

Results: Since it began, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries.  Soles4Souls is a global social enterprise committed to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.  The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.  Please visit www.soles4souls.org for more information.

Programs: Soles4souls collects shoes from the footwear industry, including manufacturing, wholesale and retail oriented companies. These donations will include first-quality new shoes, shoes with minor defects, and customer returns. S4s also collects shoe donations from the general public through shoe drives hosted by individuals, civic groups, schools, churches, and retail businesses. Through our extensive network of qualified charitable partners, as well as through our travel4souls volunteer program, new shoes are distributed to people in need both in the u. S. And internationally suffering from conditions of poverty or the effects of natural disasters. Used shoes are graded and utilized in support of microenterprise initiatives in developing nations. These shoes will provide a livelihood for many impoverished families, spurring local development as well as providing access to low-cost footwear in areas where there may be no alternatives.

clothes4souls receives donations of clothing and accessories from the apparel industry. These donations will include new clothing from first-quality inventories, customer returns, defective products, and items with cosmetic deficiencies. Similar to the utilization of footwear, new clothing is distributed to provide short term relief including crisis relief situations. Clothing either damaged or in need of repair is used in support of microenterprise initiatives in developing nations. As with footwear, this sustainable effort ultimately advances the global fight against poverty.

hope4souls supplements crisis relief distributions through the donations of other suitable donated products received. Items distributed include books, diapers, and toys for children, dvd's, medical equipment, and other relief supplies. These donations have been provided by industrial donors as well as other non-governmental organizations.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just came across this charity and think they are doing an awesome job of providing shoes for those in need!

Anna46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was an Army Medic assigned to one of the biggest Infantry divisions in the U.S. One of the major problems the foot soldier faced were foot diseases. They can be as mild as athletes foot to as traumatic as gangrene from an open sore in unsanitary conditions; which can lead to amputation and sometimes even death. Most people do not realize how a pair of shoes in a poor area can not only save lives; but increase the children's state of health. I applaud Soles4Souls for seeing and trying to remedy this issue. It is also extremely difficult for a child to engage in healthy play; while barefoot. And if you don't believe me; take your shoes off and try kicking a ball effectively! In fact I challenge anyone who reads this to; on their next day off; engage in your normal daily activities; while barefoot! And then do it again this winter. I am confident that after accepting my challenge; you will see how important Soles4Souls mission really is.

Sara74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit is committed to social and economic justice, from the ground-up... literally. Souls4Souls is an inspiration to all of us who wish to connect with people in a real and meaningful way! A great organization!

1 N'kee S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know them from Facebook and am an avid follower of their good deeds. They inspire me to do more and to always remember those in need. I am so grateful for what they do and want to pull together friends to help in their venture to help people in need one shoe at a time. Thumbs up to them and the get the 'Like' buttonfrom me all day every day!

Robin50

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what this charity represents. We did a shoe drive at our church and they made it so easy! The shipping process was also a breeze! I really want to sign up to go on one of the "giving" trips....I hope that I can work that out soon!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I've worked in nonprofit leadership for over 30 years and I am THRILLED to learn that after tons of well-deserved bad publicity and outrageous salary paid to the CEO he was forced out. The board (what is left of it) is truly committed to making this a legitimate organization and rebuilding.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was looking for a charity to help Haiti and came across these guys. As I do with all charities I looked at their 990 long form from 2007. In it there is an extraordinary expense for $2,600,000+ (2.6 million dollars plus) for "Concert Expense"). The question is ... how can that be ? Wouldn't that money be better spent in Haiti ? And it brings into question the rest of their activities. That said, apparently they do collect a lot of used shoes. They must sell them to get the millions of dollars they have on their balance sheet. Something smells fishy here.

Review from Guidestar