Meet Our Artists & Charities
Shawna Ohm, Founder
Shawna Ohm is the founder of Que Linda and its first artist. The organization is named after her mom, Linda Ohm, who died in 2012 after a 5-year battle with breast cancer. She hopes Que Linda will do her mom's memory justice, while raising money for organizations that her family is passionate about.
She basically makes things she wanted to buy but couldn’t find in stores (often, this is jewelry).
You can read about her favorite charities below, including Breast Cancer Research Foundation, First Love Kenya (where she was staying first had the idea for this site) and the Book Trust.
See Shawna’s products here.
Caroline is a local Chicago artist who is passionate about giving back to causes close to home. While the media might focus on Obama or our sports team, CJB knows that a dollar can feed 8 people here, and is passionate about getting them fed. That’s why she’s selected the Lakeview Pantry as her charity of choice. Located in Buena Park (near Que Linda’s home base) this charity delivers more than 1 million lbs of food, has distribution centers across Chicago, and relies on individual donors like you fore more than 75% of its fundings. Read more about Lakeview Pantry and read more about Caroline (and buy more of her art!).
First Love International, Kenya
First Love International is a Christian charity operating orphanages around the world. In Kenya they operate an orphanage, run a sewing program to teach single women skills to support their family, and are working on expanding their outreach. First love programs are operated locally, with a focus on helping children learn and flourish within their communities. These items are sold on-site in Kenya with all proceeds reinvested into the charity. Everything they do is done with an eye toward self-sustainability, from growing their own food to making their own furniture, but they still depend on donations from the U.S. and people like you!
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Every 2 minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer—it is the most common type of cancer in the country. It's no surprise that there is a great deal of focus on finding a cure. Breast Cancer Research Foundation is the country's highest-rated breast cancer charity, with 4 out of 4 stars from charity navigator. They donate 91 cents of every dollar straight to programs (88 cents to research and 3 cents to awareness program). BCRF supports 275 researchers across six continents to make sure that these women can go on to live long and healthy lives. The organization has allocated nearly 60 million in the 2017-2018 fiscal year and they sponsoring the largest privately-funded research project into metastasis in the world.
Anna Flickinger is a Des Moines-based artist who spends her days working as a professional graphic designer and illustrator, and her free time creating beautiful illustrations that you can buy on Que Linda. She gets her inspiration from everything around her, including nature and food.
"First and foremost, I'm a maker," she says. "Creating brings me joy and is therapeutic."
Anna was the first artist to contribute to Que Linda when Shawna started the organization, and proved to be an integral part of getting the site off the ground. Find her pieces by searching Anna on the All Products page, and support her favorite charities: American Humane Association and the National Park Foundation.
See Anna’s products and find more of her work, including pieces not featured on Que Linda, on her instagram: @annabflickinger.
Joyful Heart Foundation
Joyful Heart Foundation was created by actress Mariska Hargitay, most famous for her role on Law & Order: SVU. In this role, Hargitay’s eyes were opened to the staggering prevalence of sexual assault in this country, and the devastating affect it has on its victims. She created Joyful Heart Foundation, a 4-star charity, to help end domestic violence and sexual assault. The foundation offers therapeutic and support services to survivors, and also supports concentrated efforts like End the Backlog — intended to end the backlog of untested rape kits in the U.S. To date, the organization has helped more than 18,500 survivors and professionals who work with survivors.
American Humane Association
Our mascot, Sweetness (left) has worked tirelessly to ensure Que Linda does its part to support animals. For that, there is no better choice than American Humane. The 4-star charity has been working to help animals for more than 100 years. Their work spans from rapid response to national disasters (from Pearl Harbor to Katrina) to their no animals harmed initiative in Hollywood.
Like all good animal charities, they encourage and support adoption of dogs and cats. They also train volunteers, and work with lesser known populations, like farm animals and on conservation efforts.
National Park Foundation
The official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, this 4-star rated charity works to protect and enhance our national parks for future generations. For example, the Foundation recently worked with the Trust for Public Land to help preserve 35 acres in Zion national park that will ensure uninterrupted views for future visitors.
Reading has long been a passion of founder Shawna Ohm’s, as well as her mother (the site’s namesake). It was very important to us to find a charity that supports literacy and the Book Trust is a great candidate. This 3-4 star charity works to get books in the hands of kids who wouldn’t otherwise have access. In particular, Book Trust works closely with teachers to make sure they have the books they need to support their students and improve kids’ reading skills. Because every child should get to discover the magic of books.
Your favorite charity goes here ...
Remember, at Que Linda, we donate to any charity with a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, and some that don’t (we’'ll always do a review). Unless a collection was created to specifically benefit one of the above charities, you can plug in your preferred recipient instead of our recommendation. We love your passion, and we want to support it!
Have a suggestion for a charity you’d like us to feature or partner with? Send us an email at QueLindaNFP@gmail.com