EVERETT, Washington – (BUSINESS WIRE) –Funko, Inc. (“Funko” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: FNKO), a leader in pop culture consumer goods, today announced its new philanthropic initiative, Pops! On purpose, Funko Pop! Characters for issues that are important to employees, Funko fans and the entire community. The program starts with an auction at FunKon 2021, followed by an extensive range of products next year Make a wishÂ®.
âThroughout Funko’s history, the community has been at the center of everything we do,â said Andrew Perlmutter, President of Funko. âIf fans decide, a pop! With Purpose, they show their support for a cause that helps make the world a friendlier and fairer place for everyone. ”
“We know that wishes can help children build the emotional and physical strength they need to fight serious illness,” said LuAnn Bott, vice president of Revenue Partnerships and Services for Make-A-Wish America. âBy selling their wish-inspired Pop! Numbers, Funko will enable even more desired children to experience the life-changing effects of a wish that has come true. ”
Funko’s Pops! With Purpose expands partnerships with new and existing philanthropic organizations. Since launching its Funko Cares program in 2018, Funko has given back to the community through monetary and product donations.
Inspired by its diverse staff and fan base as well as a culture of inclusiveness, Funko entered into a partnership with the It gets better project for the second time in a row by releasing a Pop! With the Purpose Pride collection.
“Funko is a natural, value-driven partner for the It Gets Better Project,” said Brian Wenke, executive director of the It Gets Better Project. âThrough their queer interpretations of iconic characters known and loved by so many, Funko sends all young LGBTQ + people a message that they are not alone – and that there is a broad, diverse community here to support them. Funko’s unwavering commitment to preserving our life-affirming resources while promoting the joy of others is an ideal combination with the ability to positively influence young queer people everywhere. ”
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has been a partner of Funko Cares for two years, with Funko donations funding over 1,500 hours of critical research.
“Although breast cancer cases are increasing worldwide, we have never been closer to eradication of this life-threatening disease,” said BCRF executive director and president Myra Biblowit. âBy partnering with BCRF, Funko supports groundbreaking, life-saving science. Together we will focus on the end of breast cancer. ”
Funko recently learned of the impactful work that young people around the world are doing rivet, an organization that is accelerating the youth revolution. In the fall of this year, Funko will present licensed products that are tied to real heroes: Andrea Bautista Gomez, Tony Weaver and Avalon Jade Theisen.
âRivet is based on the belief that today, not some day, young people have the power to lead social change. We partner with brands like Funko to fund and empower the work of young people who drive social change in their communities, âsaid Eric Dawson, CEO of Rivet. “And we couldn’t think of a better partnership to give these young people the visibility and reach they deserve.”
Inspired by employees and fans who have protected and served the United States, Funko has military families through its partnership with. supports Operation Home Front. Funko employees participate in Operation Homefront’s back-to-school brigadeÂ®, an annual nationwide collection and distribution campaign for school supplies.
“We are excited about our growing partnership with Funko as they clearly share our commitment to helping our military families not only start strong, but stay strong as they serve our great nation and return to their civil communities,” said Brig. General (retired) John I. Pray Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “These collectibles will serve as a special tribute to this well-deserved group of American compatriots as we work to help them for all they have done in the need of our nation.”
Every pop! The With Purpose figure sold will feature a labeled sticker and box art indicating that Funko made a charitable donation to the organization. Fans can stay up to date on Funko’s Pops! With a purpose initiative by following Funko on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @OriginalFunko.
Funko is a leading pop culture consumer goods company. Funko designs, sources, and distributes licensed pop culture products in multiple categories, including vinyl figures, toys, plush, clothing, board games, homeware, and accessories for consumers looking for specific ways to connect with their favorite pop culture brands and characters. Learn more at https://www.funko.com/, and follow us on Twitter (@OriginalFunko) and Instagram (@OriginalFunko).
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading fertility organization serving all communities in the United States and nearly 50 countries around the world. Together with generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 30,000 US volunteers, Make-A-Wish brings hope and joy to children and their families when they need it most. Make-A-Wish aims to instill the power of desire in every child with a critical illness, as wishful experiences can help improve emotional and physical health. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 500,000 wishes worldwide; more than 340,000 wishes in the United States and its territories alone. For more information on Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.
About the It Gets Better project
The It Gets Better Project was launched over a decade ago by syndicated columnist Dan Savage and partner Terry Miller for LGBTQ + youth around the world. Through collaborative partnerships that nurture positive representations of the LGBTQ + community and community-building initiatives, the It Gets Better Project seeks to empower, empower, and connect LGBTQ + youth around the world. The It Gets Better Project received the 2012 Governor’s Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; has received support from President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama; along with numerous celebrities such as Kelly Clarkson, Gabrielle Union, Josie Totah, Hayley Kiyoko and Patrick Starrr and more than 600,000 others who are committed to spreading messages of hope and speaking out against intolerance. Connect with The It Gets Better Project: on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter at @ItGetsBetter; Facebook.com/ItGetsBetterProject; and YouTube.com/ItGetsBetterProject.
Breast cancer is a complex disease with no easy solution. Research is key to stopping it. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, is the world’s largest private donor of breast cancer research. We invest in the best minds in science – from those who investigate prevention through to metastasis – and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. Our approach speeds up the whole field and brings us closer to the much-needed answers. We can’t stop now. Join us in advancing the world’s most promising research. With you we will be the end of breast cancer. Find out more and get involved at BCRF.org.
About Operation Homefront
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national not-for-profit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect – not just struggle for themselves enforce. Ninety percent of Operation Homefront spending is recognized for excellence by leading independent charities and goes directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, temporary and permanent housing, and family support services to help prevent short-term needs from becoming chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support of thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves American military families. Visit OperationHomefront.org for more information.