The Nifty Dogs vision is a more socially conscious and environmentally sustainable community of dogs and their owners. The drivers of change in this industry and for this community are its people: the treats and products are just the vehicle to get us there! Nifty Dogs and their people make this whole movement possible.
Who are Extra Nifty Dogs?
Our community lives both online and in real life, but the place we connect with the most with people and dogs is on social media. Extra Nifty Dogs are folks who are particularly engaged with Nifty Dogs in the world of social media and act as brand ambassadors, creators, activists and connectors within their own communities. We currently have a team of 8 Extra Nifty Dogs.
Each person on that team chooses a local, grassroots organization that is meaningful to them and focuses on social and/or environmental justice. They then get a code to share with their friends and family, and that code is for an 8% discount on the order AND an 8% donation towards their chosen organization. This is our way of supporting initiatives that are important to our community while growing it at the same time. Learn more and hang out with us all on Instagram!
Here is a list of our Extra Nifty Dogs and the organizations they support:
Genvironment's mission is to create accessible and empowering learning spaces where Canadian youth are encouraged to use their unique qualities and interests to make positive changes in their communities. They do this through their educational and interactive programs for youth aged 4-14+ and their magazine, Uproot, for youth and by youth.
NWAC works towards representation of Indigenous women, 2SLGBTQ+ and gender diverse people through policy reforms. They are founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women within their respective communities and Canadian society.
Frontlines Toronto is a community-based organization in Weston that gives children in the immediate and nearby communities a safe place to learn, build relationships and experience true value. They offer programming including sports, music, and culinary classes. They also have homework clubs to assist children and youth with their studies, camp and after school programs.
Working for Change is built by community members to create their own solutions to poverty, stigma and marginalization. They focus on the social impact of employment and use a social enterprise model to tackle social issues, improve people’s lives, and support communities. They offer leadership, pre-employment training programs and run a speakers bureau.
Stella's Place is "THE place for young adults in Toronto who are experiencing mental health challenges to get the support they need." They provide peer support, clinical services, employment support, wellness, art and recovery programs and fill a much needed void of mental health services in the city. Their vision is a community of healthy, resilient young adults living the lives they choose.
From their origins as one of Canada’s first food banks in the 1980’s, The Stop has blossomed into a thriving community hub where neighbours participate in a broad range of programs that provide healthy food, foster social connections, build food skills, and promote civic engagement. They believe that nutritious, sustainable, and culturally appropriate food is a human right for all.
The Bitove Method is a space of creativity, engagement, learning, and connection for older adults living with memory loss. They work with a relational caring philosophy which focuses on the power of connecting, and of challenging the deep stigmas of dementia and aging. Their virtual classes explore a plethora of arts and are designed for older adults living with memory loss, their care partners, artists and students.
Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. Their equitable programs and services enable women and trans people to take greater control over their lives. Programs include a low barrier 24/7 Drop In, Housing and Case Support, Harm Reduction, Peer Outreach, On the Path to Employment, Spun Studio social enterprise, and individual and systemic advocacy.
A Special Shoutout!
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