Philanthropy

Temple St Clair believes in living life beautifully. Central to this commitment is our on-going dedication to philanthropy. We focus our efforts on funding the arts, species conservation, and community uplift within our own neighborhood in downtown Manhattan.

Personally and as a company, Temple and her family have long been supporters of the arts, with a particular focus on dance, literature, and arts education. Temple also advocates for protecting our planet’s wildlife. Her acclaimed Golden Menagerie collection was an investigation of our complex relationship to animals through the lenses of mythology, fantasy, and extinction. Whether it’s partnering with nonprofits leading the fight against poaching, or promoting sustainability in our own production, Temple St Clair is dedicated to keeping our planet beautiful, wild, and green.

 

LAND

From the Tree of Life collection, to Nature Deconstructed, Temple St. Clair has long found inspiration in the plants and animals that live beside us. As climate change and industrialization continue to threaten our planet, Temple St. Clair has doubled down on our efforts to fight mass extinction.

Lion Guardians

Protecting animals is a cause close to our hearts. Temple St Clair is donating a portion of all proceeds from our Lion collection to the Lion Guardians. 

Lion Guardians is a Kenyan-based conservation organization devoted to protecting the king of beasts. Combining cutting-edge research with community participation, the Lion Guardians work with local Maasai tribes, giving them the tools to “effectively mitigate conflicts between people and wildlife, monitor lion populations, and help their own communities live with lions.” These animals are as crucial to the environment as they are the local economy; by keeping them alive, Lion Guardians ensures a critical stream of revenue (through tourism) continues to reach and empower these tribes. To learn more about Lion Guardians click here.

The Big Life Foundation

Temple is honored to serve on the advisory board of the Big Life Foundation. Dedicated to community uplift and environmental conservation, the Big Life Foundation protects over 1.6 million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa. The Big Life Foundation safeguards wildlife and wildlands by partnering with local communities, and specifically, with Maasai rangers. From cheetahs and lions, to East Africa’s largest population of elephants, this organization fights tirelessly to preserve the integrity and biodiversity of the natural landscape. 

The Big Life Foundation plays a fundamental role in the local economy. In addition to compensating farmers for vital livestock lost at the hands of predators, this organization is also the single largest employer of people in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro area. Most importantly, The Big Life Foundation is responsible for funding over 200,000 students’ primary, secondary, and tertiary education. They are currently sponsoring 205 students. The Big Life Foundation has also set up two boarding schools and one elementary school, which provide education for an additional 300 students a year. 

As a company, we believe in preserving Earth’s natural beauty, and making sure that every child has an education. We are dedicated to providing whatever aid we can to help make this possible. To learn more about The Big Life Foundation, or to donate click here. Please stay tuned for events we will be doing to support Big Life.

 

SEA

A true lover of marine life, Temple has spent hours snorkeling, scuba diving, and rendering the luminous sealight in gems of equal splendor. As a brand, Temple St. Clair is partnering with non-profit organizations who are dedicated to protecting our oceans.

International Marine Mammal Project

Temple St. Clair supports the International Marine Mammal Project, an organization that has led the fight to protect dolphins, whales, and the ocean environment. One of their many efforts is ending the tragic slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, which was featured in the Academy Award–winning movie The Cove. The International Marine Mammal Project campaigns tirelessly to stop all trading of live dolphins, and to end the capture of whales and dolphins for circus performance.

To aid their fund-raising efforts, Temple St. Clair is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each of our Dolphin Pendants to this worthy cause. As a would-be-marine-biologist, and a lifelong lover of all things under the sea, Temple is devoted to keeping the oceans full of diverse and beautiful life. The International Marine Mammal Project is an organization that is particularly close to our company’s heart. 

For more information about the International Marine Mammal Project, please click here. Help the Cause. 

Coral Advocacy

Temple St Clair participated as a jewelry industry spokesperson for Seaweb's Too Precious to Wear campaign. The campaign worked to raise awareness about the threats facing corals due to over-harvesting, and rising ocean temperatures and acidification. 

Coral is the foundation of the ocean’s ecosystem; about 25 percent of ocean life depends on coral reefs. Unfortunately, the planet has lost a dangerous amount of reefs do to human activity. Between 2002 and 2006, the United States alone imported an estimated 26 million pieces of red coral for jewelry. In order to protect these reefs and the animals who depend upon them, Temple St Clair has pledged not to use coral in any of our jewelry. 

 

THE ARTS

As an artist, story-teller, and appreciator of all things beautiful, Temple St. Clair has made consistent funding of the arts a pillar of our philanthropy. Since the inception of our company, we have been dedicated to providing like-minded artists with whatever funding we can.

Dance

Temple’s life and work partner was a professional modern dancer so being involved with dance has been a natural passion. Since our company’s founding nearly 30 years ago, we have been devoted to artists that inspire. We were honored to support the New York City Ballet, Douglas Dunn Dance Company, The Yard, New York Live Arts, and The Joyce Theater to name a few. Funding dance remains an integral part of our philanthropy, and we are always looking to promote the places and choreographers we love.

Narrative Magazine

Temple’s creations always embody story as inspiration, and her devotion extends to a deep and abiding love of literature. She is a proud supporter of Narrative, the leading non-profit publisher of fiction, poetry and art. Narrative has launched the careers of many of today’s finest writers, and its Narrative in the Schools programs provide in-class resources and a free, digital library of literature to teachers and students in underserved communities all over the world. In her advocacy for arts education, Temple supports Narrative’s work with a specially designed Tell Me A Story Pendant, of which one-hundred percent of profits go directly to Narrative. 

Temple’s Tell Me A Story Pendant is a wonderful talisman not just for bookworms, but for storytellers everywhere.  

 

CLOSE TO HOME

Temple St. Clair is a New York City-based brand. As such, we are devoted to helping the place we call home. A portion of our philanthropy goes to organizations that uplift our community.

Food Bank

Temple St. Clair supports various local and national charities including Services and Food for the Homeless (SAFH)–– a non-profit organization that has been providing food and assistance to the homeless for more than 20 years. To aid their fundraising efforts, Temple St. Clair has created a special edition pendant in yellow and white gold. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to SAFH. 

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