4Legz All Natural Dog Treats is a Deaf-led business known for its allergy-friendly ingredients and for becoming the first full line of dog treats to receive 100% non-GMO recognition. The healthy pet brand, founded by Deaf entrepreneur Cynthia Murray, offers a wide variety of human-grade dog treats made with every dog’s health in mind.
“Pets are such an important part of a person’s life,” explains Cynthia. “They deserve to be rewarded with high-end and healthy treats. We spent years perfecting a menu of cookies that pets love and are safe for them to eat.”
“While working in education for over 20 years it was clear that job opportunities for my Deaf and disabled students just weren’t there,” said Cynthia. “When we were finally able to start hiring 4Legz employees, it was important for us to create those missing opportunities. Through our connections in the local community, we’ve given countless individuals the experience they needed to get jobs in fields they are passionate about.”
Along with its allergy-friendly products, 4Legz prioritizes social good. The company has partnerships with Morningside, an organization that works to advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities, local schools in Washington that offer one-on-one job training, and employment opportunities for young professionals. Learn more about the program Cynthia and her partner established to create work experience opportunities for teens with disabilities on 4Legz’s website.
Cynthia’s efforts to give back to her community through her entrepreneurial success is a major reason why CSD Social Venture Fund entered a partnership with 4Legz in 2021. CSD Social Venture Fund (CSD SVF), was founded by Communication Service for the Deaf in 2017. CSD SVF is the first-ever social impact fund developed specifically to invest in Deaf-owned businesses in the United States.
CSD SVF’s mission aligns with Cynthia’s. Both organizations are addressing gaps in employment and financial independence by supporting Deaf-owned and led businesses, expanding job opportunities, enriching the Deaf ecosystem, and ensuring positive Deaf representation.
CSD Social Venture Fund has an open funding cycle, meaning we are always accepting applications for funding. We seek applications from Deaf-business owners whose business is scalable and inspires widespread impact on Deaf communities. Learn more about our existing portfolio and partnering with CSD SVF to see if this opportunity is right for you.