Throughout the years, Hope Smith has made giving back to the community a core focus of her life. Strengthened by her career and life experiences, Hope was inspired to support nonprofit organizations that offer aid to struggling or vulnerable women and children all over the world.
Furthermore, working with and changing the lives of these vulnerable populations makes Hope feel more powerful and fulfilled than with any other work she does. Some organizations that are most near and dear to her heart include the International Medical Corps, Together We Rise, and Unlikely Heroes.
While supporting organizations that help women and children continues to be a cornerstone of her philanthropic work, her philanthropic giving over the years has grown into other areas as well. For example, Hope, who has seen the effects of racism on her own family, also works with organizations that help fight for equality and against racial injustice, including The Bail Project and The Conscious Kid.
International Medical Corps
Since 2016, Hope has been working with the International Medical Corps for the betterment of women, infants, and children all around the world. As a first responder, the International Medical Corps works to provide emergency relief to those struck by disaster, working with them to rebuild and survive.
Through MUTHA™, Hope is also providing monetary relief to the International Medical Corps to help further the efforts of the organization. A portion of MUTHA™ profits are donated directly to the organization. In 2018, Hope Smith and her husband Robert F. Smith were bestowed the Humanitarian of the Year by the International Medical Corps. She also remains a part of the organization’s Leadership Council.
Together We Rise
In the fall of 2015, the Fund II Foundation and Together We Rise partnered together to launch The Family Fellowship Program, which offers financial, educational, and emotional support to foster youth who have aged out of the foster care system and want to attend a university, community college, or trade school. When the program launched, Hope, an Ambassador of the program, and Robert greeted the initial 10 Fellows during a lunch, where they swapped stories of resilience and ambition. The Fellows were also presented with new MacBooks and the assurance of financial and emotional support throughout their time in the program.
Through Unlikely Heroes, an organization that provides safe homes and restoration for victims of human trafficking, Hope helps rescue, restore, and rehabilitate child victims of sex slavery around the world. In 2016, Hope and her husband attended the Unlikely Heroes 4th Annual Recognizing Heroes Charity Benefit. And each summer, Hope and Robert host survivors that are part of Unlikely Heroes at their ranch for a week. One of her favorite activities to enjoy with the survivors is rafting.
Support For Other Organizations
Beyond supporting the International Medical Corps, Together We Rise, and Unlikely Heroes, Hope supports organizations and initiatives that better the lives of women, children, and members of underrepresented groups, including:
The Bail Project
The Bail Project is on a mission to combat incarceration and challenge a system that criminalizes accused based on race and poverty. The organization aims to end cash bail and create a more humane pretrial system. Hope and her husband, Robert, have personally donated to the nonprofit organization to support those who need help with bail.
As a committee member, Hope provides support to BeautyUnited, which mobilizes its network of brands, celebrities, and consumers to address urgent social issues that impact the Beauty community at large. Formed in 2020, BeautyUnited’s main objective has been to support doctors, nurses, and all the healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Hope, and other beauty-brand entrepreneurs have also donated personal-care supplies to front-line healthcare workers.
The Conscious Kid
A mother of four Black children and committed to ending racial injustice, Hope made a conscious decision to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement and provide support towards fighting racial injustice. Through MUTHA™, she developed the F* Racism candle, in which 100% of the proceeds are donated to organizations like The Conscious Kid. The non-profit organization provides support to educators and organizations who help to disrupt racism in children and foster a positive identity in youth.