How does GEAR work?

What is GEAR Give and GEAR Enterprise?

  • The charitable division of GEAR The World.
  • Provides donors a way to give money and new products to charities in the United States.
  • It distributes cash, food and new products (including shoes, clothing and toys) at scale to organizations having the highest impact.
  • The philanthropic division of GEAR The World.
  • Collects excess inventory, unsold, damaged, and returned products from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.
  • Products are then repurposed in developing nations where they provide small business owners, micro-entrepreneurs, with economic opportunity.
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GEAR Give

GEAR Give is the charitable division of GEAR the World. We have a lot of needs in the United States. GEAR Give provides donors an opportunity to give to American charities in a variety of ways.

New products are distributed to high-impact charity partners across the United States. In our own country, there is enormous need. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 47 million Americans live in poverty. 1 out of every 5 children lives in a family that collects food stamps.

Extreme poverty is recognized by international standards to be a family that lives on less than $2 a day. In the U.S. 1.5 million children live in families in extreme poverty. Each night 1.6 million children sleep in homeless shelters.

These statistics are a reality because although the U.S. has been in an economic recovery, families are now dealing with new work realities in the digital age, technology and economics. 51 percent of Americans earn less than $30,000 a year. 25 percent of Americans have a negative net worth.

GEAR Give seeks to alleviate this through charity. In partnership with leading nonprofits across the U.S., GEAR Give is a bridge between donors and charities. It distributes cash, food and new products (including shoes, clothing and toys) at scale with organizations having the highest impact.

GEAR Enterprise

GEAR Enterprise is the philanthropic division of GEAR The World. GEAR works to give families in 12 developing nations around the world a hand-up, not a hand-out.

GEAR recognizes that in many developing countries, systemic poverty exists and prevents the building of sustainable infrastructure as exists in developed countries. Additionally, families in countries such as Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, India, Colombia and Pakistan want to develop their own opportunities without outside charity. That’s where GEAR Enterprise enters.

GEAR Enterprise collects excess inventory, unsold, damaged and returned products from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers and gives them a new purpose in developing countries. Products such as cash, household goods, tools, shoes, clothing, clothing accessories, food, sports equipment and other items are contributed by companies in North America. These products are collected by GEAR, consolidated and shipped to 12 developing nations.

Once the products arrive at their destinations around the world, GEAR sells the products, through our distribution network, to micro-entrepreneurs for a fraction of their original price, and sometimes on credit. The reason these products are sold is because micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations are in business. That means they are looking for product to sell. Through GEAR, companies and businesses across North America have the opportunity to re-purpose their products for good instead of destroying them or disposing of these products in landfills, which is not good for the environment.
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