Penn State alumnus Daehee Park, along with co-founder John Thomas, founded the company Tuft & Needle that not only makes mattresses out of eco-friendly and sustainable material; they also set up a charity that allows you to donate money to buy a bed for an underprivileged child.
The fundraiser will begin this January where anyone can help the cause by donating online at the bottom of this link. The beds being donated should cost under $100. If you cannot wait until January to help out, you can join their non-profit program here by signing up children who are eligible for the charity.
Daehee graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Information Science and Technology. After college, he moved to Silicon Valley to help start up Mulu with John Thomas. Mulu is an online social network that allows users to recommend products, in which a portion of revenue can go to a charity of your choice.
After the two were inspired by working with Mulu, they decided to look toward another non-profit style company. This time they aimed at improving the comfort of impoverished children. Tuft & Needle sells the ShikiBed, which is uses “natural cotton fibers that are eco-friendly and sustainably grown in the fields as a renewable resource.”
Although the pair is just starting out in Tempe, Arizona, they want to expand, not for profit gain, but social impact. The next time you are thinking about buying a bed, you can kill three birds with one stone: helping out a PSU alumni’s company, being eco-friendly, and giving underprivileged youth.