Our core values are an expression of what makes us The Giving Keys. They’re our DNA. These values were birthed from our origin story, our Founder, Caitlin Crosby, and the words on our keys – which we send out into the world every day through our products.
‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ is not a saying we take lightly. And it begins within the four walls of our office.
Our three core values are: DREAM, CREATE and INSPIRE.
DREAM: Who we’ll be tomorrow is not defined by who we were yesterday. We’re motivated by the hope that our biggest dreams and best selves are yet to come. By affirming the good we see in each other, despite our different paths, life experiences and worldviews, we create an atmosphere that challenges our future to be brighter than our past.
At The Giving Keys, we are part of a cause that is bigger than ourselves.
We employ people transitioning out of homelessness, to make products with different words of hope or inspiration.
What makes us different in this company is because when we walk into these doors, we’re not defined by our past.
If you want to make the change for yourself, you can do it. They support you and they also let you know what you’re doing wrong. They’re like family.
CREATE: The space between intention and greatness is filled with hard work. To have an idea is one thing, but to grow it into a thriving reality takes much more than the idea itself. Hard work, accountability and a like-minded team of why we’re confident that we believe in the expression ‘If you dream it, you can achieve it’.
Even if it’s a cup of coffee, or if it’s making a spreadsheet, or if it’s shipping out packages, from the big to the small, everybody’s kind of on board – all hands on deck.
You might get help from people that you least expect it.
When I was telling everybody that I was going to build my own housecleaning business, just Bentley came one day real excited and told me, “I have your first customer.” And I said, “You do? Who?” And she said, “Me.” Anything that I ever dreamed was just a dream since I was a child. Now those dreams are becoming a reality because of The Giving Keys.
I can see the effects of what I do when I put the hard work and how it affects other people. And that makes my ability to do what I want to do later on much more achievable.
INSPIRE: Paying it forward is the ripple effect that will change the world. Our commitment to paying it forward is what sets us apart and defines our impact. Wearing our word is meant to inspire us to keep our eyes open to the world around us, and be a source of hope and inspiration to the people we meet.
Wearing my word is really a great reminder for me just to be present, and think about the word I am wearing – love, hope, courage – how am I embracing that word and who around me might need it? Just that simple act of love and kindness, of taking something that’s really of value to you, something that’s precious, and giving it away - it rocks people.
This place has so much hope. And if we can bring that hope, even a percentage outside of these walls and into the world, then we’ve done a good thing.
Dream. Create. Inspire.