The Giving While Living Campaign
In 2019 we launched a new merch campaign to raise funds for nonprofits addressing specific death positive issues within their communities.
We worked closely with each partner and an artist from the community to design a limited edition piece of merch, which tied into each organization’s mission.
Trans Lifeline (2019)
A national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of their community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.
The Design: Santa Muerte: Loved For Exactly Who I Am
Folk saint Santa Muerte serves as guardian and protector of her followers who she loves fiercely and unconditionally. For this reason the Bony Lady has become an unofficial patron saint of LGBTQ persons. Our featured design was created by So Lazo, and illustrator who lives in El Salvador whose work revolves around themes of magic, feminism, diversity, and queer representation.
Self Help Graphics (2020 & 2021)
Founded in 1973 in the heart of East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics and Art is dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists. SHG played an integral role in the revival of the indigenous holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in the U.S.
The Design: Como te ves, me vi. Como me ves, te verás.
(As I see you, I used to be. As you see me, you too shall be.)
Inspired by the well known Aztec mask depicting the three stages of life, this version uses prints by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada whose art often addressed political and social issues of the day. This design was created by Daniel González, a printmaker and graphic designer from Boyle Heights whose work carries strong ideals of social justice and community.
Como te ves, me vi. Como me ves, te verás is currently available in our store.
Financial Support to Other Nonprofits
As part of The Order’s mission to make a good death accessible to all, throughout the years we have provided substantial financial support to other nonprofits addressing urgent death related issues within their communities. A number of our donations were made possible by viewers of the Ask a Mortician webseries through YouTube ad revenue and sponsored advertisements.
The Colibri Center For Human Rights promotes healing and change by working with families of disappeared migrants to identify and honor those who have lost their lives at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The INN Between
They work to end the tragic history of people dying on the streets of their community, by providing end-of-life care and medical respite to people experiencing homelessness.
First Nations Development Institute’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund
First Nations are supporting Native nations and Native-led organizations as they respond to and recover from Covid-19. This includes support for frontline or other essential services, along with long-term strategies to weather the pandemic.
Pet Peace Of Mind
A national network of support that makes it possible for critically ill hospice patients to keep and care for their beloved pets at the end of life.
The Okra Project
The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People. The Order contributed to their Nina Pop and Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund, an emergency mutual aid program that gives Black Trans Community Members free access to appointments with qualified Black therapists.
An advocate for human rights and social justice, with a special focus on issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they provide life saving water, food and medical supplies through their Water Drop program.
Not Your Momma’s History
Not Your Momma’s History, consults with and aids museums, historical sites, historical societies, private businesses, etc. in developing specialized programming about slavery and the African experience within 18th and 19th century America. Learn more in this video featuring founder Cheyney McKnight, that includes a visit to the Harlem Burial Ground.
The Collective For Radical Death Studies
Rad Death Studies was formed by a collective of death academics, practitioners, and activists who view their work as synonymous with anti-racism work. Their work seeks to decolonize death in study and practice and centers the experiences of people who have historically been marginalized.
The Bonne Mort Conference
The conference, created by community death care and education initiative A Sacred Passing, is an educational death and dying seminar dedicated to helping us better care for and honor the autonomy of the dying.