The Häagen-Dazs Brand Commits to $1.5M to Support Marginalized and Underrepresented Creators and Tastemakers

31-Mar-2021 - USA

Today Häagen-Dazs ice cream, with the help of multi-hyphenate creator, Lena Waithe, announces a $1.5M commitment over the next 3 years to uplift a new generation of diverse tastemakers and creators. Häagen-Dazs is launching its #ThatsDazs campaign to ensure these new voices have a platform where their passion, art and definition of luxury can be experienced by many. Waithe’s Hillman Grad Foundation, Inc. is the first organization to receive a donation from the brand.


The new campaign is inspired by the creativity and passion of the Häagen-Dazs brand founders who emigrated from Poland to the Bronx, where they transformed the finest ingredients into a luxury for all to enjoy. The Häagen-Dazs brand is building upon this heritage of bringing luxury to the many, asking creators, tastemakers and consumers to share their own interpretation — because whatever luxury means to you — #ThatsDazs.

“#ThatsDazs aims to redefine luxury through many different points of view. We believe that luxury is found in moments large and small, and that these luxuries can be enjoyed by everyone,” said Elizabell Marquez, Chief Marketing Officer at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream. “As a writer, producer, director, actor and now record executive, Lena is the ultimate creator and the perfect partner for this campaign. She is the embodiment of #ThatsDazs, constantly defining what luxury means to her through her numerous projects and by helping others create their own interpretation of luxury through her mission-driven work.”

Waithe will not only serve as a creator for the campaign, but also is helping the brand identify and cultivate additional partners, including up-and-coming content creators and organizations to support. As part of the $1.5M commitment, the Häagen-Dazs brand is starting with a $100,000 donation to Hillman Grad Foundation, Inc. to support its Mentorship Lab, which Waithe started this year. The Lab provides opportunities for marginalized storytellers to connect, grow, and accelerate their careers in television and film. The tuition-free, 10-month program grants fellows the unique opportunity to enhance their creative skillset through personalized instruction from industry professionals, creating additional pathways to bring more people from diverse backgrounds into the entertainment industry. The Häagen-Dazs brand donation will aid all facets of the program including classroom needs, curriculum development, lessons and teacher support.

I’m always challenging myself to think outside of the norm and when I learned about the new spirit and essence of #ThatsDazs, I knew I had to be a part of it, said Lena Waithe, xxx.”As a fellow creator, I can relate to the Häagen-Dazs founders, and I’m excited that my Hillman mentees will be among one of the communities supported.”

The #ThatsDazs campaign is launching on social media with content from a mix of talented creators - artists, street photographers, dancers, chefs and more - sharing their personal definition of luxury. Forthcoming campaign elements to rollout over the next few months include a new television spot, print advertising, social and digital advertising, out of home advertising, public relations and broadcast integrations.

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