New Campaign // Worldwide Amphibian Conservation

1% for the Planet (1% FTP) is all about coming together to help make the world a better place. There’s no better example than WorthWild and Quantum Rush, 1% FTP member businesses  that are partnering with Amphibian Survival Alliance to protect amphibian habitats around the world.

Last month 1% member WorthWild went live with their crowdsourcing website—a resource designed to help individuals and organizations get funds or feedback for environmental initiatives—and they launched with collaboration as a priority. One of the first organizations to WorthWild aligned with was the Amphibian Survival Alliance, the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation. Don Church, Executive Director of the Alliance said “When we joined the 1% for the Planet network we were looking for a truly mutually beneficial partnership. As an Alliance we believe that if a partnership is equally beneficial both parties will get a lot more out of the experience and the outcomes will be much greater, hence when we saw that both WorthWild and Quantum Rush had joined 1% FTP we jumped on the opportunity to work with them”.

“Our brand, our operation, our mission…” says Evan Grinde, Founder of Quantum Rush, “…it all hinges entirely on partnerships. We know we can’t do everything on our own, and we don’t try to. So, naturally, when the Alliance reached out to us and proposed that we work together to raise funds for worldwide amphibian conservation, we agreed wholeheartedly. Their mission really resonated with us, aligning perfectly with the exact kind of differences that we wanted to be making. So before long, we got to work on not only a campaign to be launched through our own website, but also a t-shirt to be given out as a reward for supporters donating at the $250-level through another campaign-driven, 1% for the Planet company: WorthWild. And that all right there is the beauty of 1% for the Planet: it creates collisions. It’s a magnet for like-minded forces and it creates dynamic relationships that might never have otherwise been established… and truly great things can come about because of it.”

“It’s a trifecta.” says WorthWild cofounder Kyle Pribish. “By partnering with 1% for the Planet, Amphibian Survival Alliance and Quantum Rush, we hope to ‘Give Back to Blue’ in a way that stretches beyond ourselves and inspires change the world over. I love that we all found each other through the 1% network. We’re in the business of inspiration, influence and change and the organizations we work with are aligned with these goals as well. We really hope to see some generous traffic to our platform so that all 1% causes and parties may benefit. We’re just starting out and we want to send a loud message about coming together to accomplish great things.”

In order to maximize impact, efforts in conservation should be concentrated. Participation in these efforts, however, should not be. There truly is strength in numbers, and getting as many individual members of society as possible involved in the collaborative efforts of the Amphibian Survival Alliance, Quantum Rush, and WorthWild is the key to success for our conservation campaign. You, as a passionate and concerned individual, are presented today with greater, more transparent opportunities than ever before to contribute to real causes. The struggles we face in amphibian conservation are representative of the struggles we face on a wider ecological basis. The loss of amphibian biodiversity sets out of balance the ecologies that these sensitive creatures belong to, and these ecologies are not systems in which humans have no place. Any harm we inflict against these animals is harm we inflict against ourselves and our children. Any measure of action we take to protect these animals are measures of action we take to secure a happier, simpler, more natural future for ourselves and our loved ones.

Interested in collaborating? Each new organization brings value to the table in a cooperative partnership through their mission, audience, perspectives, and ideas. We can achieve far more together than any of us could alone. The Amphibian Survival Alliance, Quantum Rush, and WorthWild would like to extend an invitation for collaboration to any fellow 1% for the Planet companies or NGOs who feel that their missions align on any level with our own. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you feel that there exists some potential synergy between your organization and any of our own individually or all of ours collectively.

Ready to leap to the rescue? Here’s how you can make an impact right away:

  • Until January 29th 2014, the Amphibian Survival Alliance will triple every dollar raised through the “Leaping to the Rescue! Hop to it!” campaign on WorthWild. To support amphibian conservation through WorthWild please visit their website.
  • Indefinitely, you can also support by purchasing an eco-friendly, USA-made Amphibian Conservation artisan t-shirt from Quantum Rush at quantumrush.com/amphibians.

Together we can save amphibians and the habitats upon which they – and we – depend.

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1% for the Planet

Welcome to the Rush

quantum: a required or allowed amount // a share or portion

rush: a sudden thrill

Quantum Rush: a platform that motivates consumers to make small investments in worthy causes by purchasing quality t-shirts and works of creativity for the thrill of creating a better world.

A social enterprise based out of the hustling’ and bustlin’ college town community of Charlottesville, Virginia, Quantum Rush has withstood the test of months of unending development and relentless refinement. As a result, we have emerged a focused startup with a clear vision: we want to get you excited about humanity’s finest and empower you to play a role in progress.

Going forward, Quantum Rush plans to partner with a variety of individuals and organizations — namely select nonprofits, non-governmental organizations, startups, artists, and authors. Through these partnerships, we will create campaigns to primarily do two things: generate awareness for the project behind the campaign and allocate the funds to help make that project happen successfully.

Funds will be raised for these causes via product sales. Most campaigns will revolve around an organic, California-made, artisan t-shirt — each imprinted with a unique design that captures the essence of the partner’s project. These campaigns will focus predominantly on environmental and wildlife conservation, creative endeavors, and community-improving initiatives.

That’s what Quantum Rush does and that’s how we work.

But why? What’s our ethos? Our vision? Our ultimate purpose?

This is about empowerment. Shifting the ability to act and make a difference from giant monoculture conglomerates to the little guy — to the underfunded nonprofit in town, to the new startup with ideas and vision but no audience, and to the struggling writer down the street. To people like you and me.

Enough with the conventional donation model of free handouts and giveaways. In too many cases it’s impersonal and unsustainable. When you buy from Quantum Rush, you’re delivered a tangible product. Something to touch and feel and treasure. 20% of that sale directly funds the project behind the product, and 100% goes to good causes. On the other end, the partner earns the support they deserve for the work that they’ve done. A total win-win, no?

The future is bright and the potential is endless for Quantum Rush. You know now what we do. You know why we do it. You know what we believe in. If you believe in our vision, if our passion is your passion, you know what you have to do.

Quantum Rush is for the dreamers. It’s for the storytellers and those curious enough to listen. It’s for the doers and adventurers who can never squeeze enough out of life. It’s for those with the imagination and will to actively craft a future we can look forward to and a present we can enjoy while we live it now. It’s for those who can’t wait for tomorrow, but don’t forget to live for today.

So take today and go forth. Make a ruckus. Break some rules and make a difference. Do something that matters.



written by //

Evan Grinde

Founder / CEO of Quantum Rush

evan@quantumrush.com