Imagine this: You head out for some garage sales on a Saturday morning and discover two lemonade stands, one block apart. The lemonade and fresh cookies look good ... but one stand's wares look particularly fresh and appealing. The kids at both stands are happy and eager.
Which one would you patronize?
What if you knew that the children with the fresher cookies also went out of their way to respect their mom? They cleaned up the kitchen after the morning's cookie baking and lemonade mixing. They wisely saved some of the money they earned and donated a lot of it to worthwhile causes.
Perhaps you, like many, would be delighted to share your fifty cents with that stand and those young proprietors. And, you'd feel pretty good about that, right?
It's true that Sonlight customers tend to love our curriculum. But did you know there are even more things about Sonlight you might find appealing?
Sonlight goes to great lengths to be an ethically responsible company with an enduring commitment to generous missions giving.
Sonlight seeks to steward its resources and influence prayerfully, courageously and wisely. This means we participate in God's Kingdom work by embracing our responsibility and privilege to:
We'll expand on each of these below. To read a whole article about Sonlight's missions giving, click here.
You may not be as familiar with our second, more "behind the scenes" commitment. In a nutshell, Sonlight believes that Christian companies should lead their field in excellent business practices.
Therefore, Sonlight has the confidence and courage to conduct business according to the highest standards among companies. Here are a few key principles that keep us functioning with integrity:
Our third responsibility and privilege—to support missions endeavors through giving generously from our profits—gives us particular joy.
When John and Sarita started Sonlight, they did so with the primary goal of helping missionaries stay on the field one more year by connecting them with the homeschool resources they needed.
As Sonlight has continued to become an increasingly profitable company, John and Sarita hold it close to their hearts to continue supporting missions in strategic ways. In addition to creating curriculum that helps parents cultivate a love of God, others and missions in the hearts of their children, Sonlight gives a large percentage of its profits to four strategic missions organizations.
In 2009, Sonlight donated nearly two-thirds of post-tax profits to missions organizations. After we pay our employees a fair market wage plus benefits, after we pay our bills "on time at the latest," and after we cover our taxes and obligations, we seek to donate as much of our profits to missions as possible. (Of course, we do reserve some profits for future projects and growth. This lets us strive to increase our value to you and our impact for His Kingdom.)
Read more about the heart behind this commitment here.
So enjoy Sonlight's refreshing homeschool curriculum and know you're also supporting significant endeavors behind the scenes and around the world.
Sonlight utilizes solar power to help save money and reduce our dependence on outside, non-renewable energy.
Homeschool families give one quarter million dollars for Bible translation through the Sonlight | OneVerse project.
Learn about the many things Sonlight recycles as we strive to sustain the resources we've been so graciously given.
From our inception, Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd. has donated a minimum of 10% of gross income to missions organizations, and since 2005 we have been able to increase our missions giving to more than 50%.