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Causes: Emergency Assistance

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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

There are no words to express how truly wonderful of an experience working with Soles4Souls is! Truly LIFE CHANGING! 3 years ago, I teamed up our small school and small community with Soles4Souls, and successfully collected nearly 10,000 shoes in 2 months! We now are home to one of their largest warehouses and are Ohio's Regional Collection Site, thanks to Keller Trucking! Last year we collected 41,500 books for Hope4Souls, and this year, we have a goal of 50,000 shirts for Clothes4Souls. The staff is amazing and very hands on! I have personally visited their world headquarters in Nashville, and was amazed at their open door policy. We personally met everyone that was at work that day! This organization has changed not only my life, but the life of our school, and our community! Hands down, the best organization EVER!


Rating: 4

Our Director of Field Sales & Marketing (functioning as President of Women in Cable & Television President) got us active along with competing Cable Companies to donate shoes for Soles4Souls. When all was said in done we donated over 80 pairs of shoes. I was responsible for collecting them from Wisconsin Time Warner, packing them and getting them shipped. I received wonderful thank you notes from WICT, Soles4Souls and even Village Northwest Unlimited who received some of the shoes for their clients. It is a most worthwhile charity to donate shoes to.

Review from CharityNavigator

K'Zaynab G.


Rating: 4

As part of a large national walking event, I first learned about Soles4Souls in 2009 when we began recycling shoes post-event to be donated to them. I gained interest in S4S and continued to follow their doings in various ways, mostly online. I can see the difference they are making in the lives of thousands of impoverished peoples. This is an easy and accessible way to make a difference and the results are plain to see in the smiles on recipients' faces as they wear their new shoes with joy.



Rating: 5

Soles4Souls not only does great work, but they do it well, and with integrity. Their organization is filled with people who truly care about those they serve.



Rating: 1

I was informed by people who have been to the Domican Republic that all the shoes and clothing items sent over there are taken by the local citizens and sold on the street corners in Haiti. There was also a show on tv explaining all the scams going on involving donations by good hearted caring citizens of the US. They even showed a rapper singing his song about how the citizens of the US are so stupied and that's with a captial "S". They laugh in our faces and brag about how rich they get off of our good intentions. Why do we keep falling for all these sick scams. Leave me out of this one.