Looking back on 2015, the Young Living Foundation reports more than $1 million in cash and products donated throughout the year.
The philanthropic arm of Young Living Essential Oils LLC advances the company’s mission to bring its essential oils to every home in the world. In doing so, the foundation supports numerous local projects and partnerships across the U.S., as well as five large-scale initiatives in other regions of the globe. Young Living ensures that 100 percent of incoming donations directly support those projects by covering all of the foundation’s administrative costs.
“Young Living’s mission has always been tied to making this world a better place and empowering and improving the lives of others,” Nikki Davis, Executive Director of the foundation and Senior Director of Global Philanthropy for Young Living, said in a statement. “We are proud to be able to provide much needed support to our global philanthropic partners as they work tirelessly to improve the lives of those they serve.”
Among the foundation’s major initiatives is the Young Living Academy in Chongon, Ecuador, near one of the company’s farms. Young Living built the school in 2009 and continues to support it, partly through an ongoing “Sponsor a Child” program. Over the past 18 months, Young Living members also donated more than $250,000 to build a high school at Young Living Academy, complete with classrooms, a library, a teacher workroom, a science lab and bathrooms.
Several ongoing efforts are focused on Uganda, where the Young Living Foundation supports three nonprofit organizations. A partnership with Sole Hope helps to address the sanitation needs of children by providing durable shoes and health education. Young Living also partners with African Hearts to rescue children living in the slums and streets of Kampala, Uganda, and with Healing Faith Uganda to fight malaria in rural villages.