After leaving their prolific careers and six-figure jobs to dedicate their lives to making a difference, Dale Partridge (right) and Aaron Chavez founded their socially conscious firm, Sevenly, in March 2011. The philanthropic entrepreneurs confronted their own lack of activism and the need for social change, and dreamed of motivating people to care about the plight of those less fortunate.
Convinced that people would take action if given the means, Partridge and Chavez established Sevenly to address seven causes: hunger, water, slavery, aid, disaster, medical and poverty.
Their company donates $7 from every fair trade T-shirt purchase to its charity partner of the week; it raised $175,000 in its first six months of operation. Every week, Sevenly partners with a different charity, creating a special T-shirt that represents their cause. Eighty-five percent of its sales are driven from social media, which Sevenly credits with its success.
Partridge refers to his passion for his business as a calling, and he aims to raise more than $1 million this year. He says his biggest accomplishment is, “Leading a generation toward generosity. By creating a business model that helps people to give, we have seen thousands of individuals transform into a people of genuine love for others.” sevenly.org
Best business advice: “Speak to people how they need to hear it, not how you want to say it.”
OC METRO's 2012 40 UNDER 40
Lily Knowles ≈ Ashleigh Aitken ≈ Jeremy Yamaguchi
Kevin Willson ≈ Megan Lavender ≈ Jason Lucash
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Kelly Lewis ≈ Justin Choi ≈ Marissa Gerlach ≈ Josh McCarter
Brian Davis ≈ Patrick Strader ≈ Quy "Q" Nguyen
Carla Vargas ≈ Patrick Rue ≈ Jennifer Tucker Klein
Brandon Burton ≈ Lauren O’Gorman ≈ Inna Kassatkina
Tom Reimers ≈ Jackie Ferlita ≈ Eric Bender
Dale Partridge & Aaron Chavez ≈ Danny Sonenshine
Russell Bendel ≈ Sandra Jones ≈ Balaji Krishna
Saimah Chaudhry ≈ Dan Nasitka ≈ Laura Hess
Kohl Crecelius ≈ Larry Labrado Jr. ≈ Melissa Beck
Jeremy Linehan ≈ Stephen Silver
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