The Giving Keys

B R A N D   S T O R Y

It started with a New York hotel room key. The Giving Keys founder, actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, wore the key as a necklace and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realizing that in a way we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded – she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again. Caitlin began selling the keys while on tour, encouraging people to wear the key for a while and then to pay it forward to another person needing the message more than them. Wanting to add a charitable dimension to the business model, it wasn’t long before Caitlin’s vision became clear. She found the missing link on a rainy day when she saw a homeless couple Rob and Cera on Hollywood Blvd, who became the first transitioning homeless employees to be employed by The Giving Keys. Today, The Giving Keys are carried in over 1200 stores in the US and internationally. We are busier than ever making keys for you  our community. Our products are worn proudly and intentionally by individuals from all walks of life who want to be inspired and touch others with their words.

C H R Y S A L I S   P A R T N E R S H I P

As the business started to develop, The Giving Keys partnered up with various reputable transitional homes in Los Angeles, These valuable partners helped the Giving Keys build their team through their in-depth screening process, ensuring that those employed were truly determined to reset the course of their lives. In March of 2013, The Giving Keys began their partnership with Chrysalis to help find more employees. Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. The Giving Keys has now employed 15 people experiencing homelessness, providing opportunities for the team members to move into permanent housing.

M A D E  I N   T H E   U S A

Each of our products are uniquely engraved, handcrafted and produced in Downtown Los Angeles.

O U R   M I S S I O N

The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward.

T E L L   U S   Y O U R   S T O R Y We collect the stories of the keys being passed on and shared all around the world. Once you’ve given your key away, we encourage you to submit your story at

The Giving Keys Vendor Image 2015