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 2018 / 2019 Causes

Impact Docs AwardsInternational Rescue Committee – The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and in 26 U.S. cities, IRC provides clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.  There are many ways you can help. https://www.rescue.org/how-to-help

Take Me Back – an Italian organization that aims to create a global network of solidarity couriers, combining the journey with solidarity through an innovative form of charity, using any communication channel to document the act of solidarity, involving and inspiring as many people as possible.
The focus of the project revolves around the education of children in need. Last missions were made in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand.
Our mission is to start an unstoppable chain reaction, awakening the primordial beauty of solidarity in humans.” https://www.takemeback.eu/en/

Nothing Down – An international organization dedicated to changing the way the world views Down syndrome, and eliminating the negative stigmas often associated with disabilities.  Our mission is to provide support, advocacy, resources and opportunities for individuals and families touched by Down syndrome. www.nothingdown.org

Impacts Docs AwardsMwelu Foundation – Kenya: Empowering slum children from Mathare, Kenya by providing training in creative arts, photography and essential life skills. http://www.mwelu.org

Impact Docs Awards Documentary film festivalKetermaya Refugee Camp – Lebanon: Supports 50 Syrian refugee children by bringing education and sponsoring the local school. https://www.globalcommunities.org/node/38167

Impact Docs Awards Documentary film festivalTouching Lives – India: The organization works towards Learning and Healing of children and people of slum communities, supporting them to become independent learners. Child of Nature sponsors a media production training.  https://www.touchonelife.org

Impact Docs CompetitionBaan Unrak Children’s Home – Thailand: Provides humanitarian aid to abandoned children. https://www.baanunrak.org

Impact docs awards documentary film festivalBillian Music Family – Kenya: The organization’s purpose is to tap and nurture potential talents in the community of Mathare and its environs.  https://www.facebook.com/TheRealBMF/

Impact Docs Documentary film festivalChampioning Community Children – Philippines: Organization that brings humanitarian aid, capacity building programs and leadership training for street children in Philippines. https://www.facebook.com/C3FarmPH/

Impact Docs AwardsAsylum Access Mexico – forms part of the global Asylum Access family. AAMX was founded in July 2015 to improve due process and access to justice for refugees seeking asylum in Mexico. Through the use of legal services, community legal empowerment, and policy advocacy, AAMX empowers refugees and asylum seekers to demand their own rights. AAMX works to improve refugee integration through the Hospitality Route initiative, creating communities across the country where refugees can access safety and rights instead of facing arrest, detention, and deportation. https://asylumaccess.org/

Impact Docs Documentary CompetitionThe Bishop Simeon Trust in South Africa – Works to support over 2000 vulnerable children and young people living in townships in South Africa every day, providing them with a warm meal and a safe space to do their homework and develop life skills. Have developed an arts and film programme, aimed at helping to develop leadership skills, and how to use film to raise awareness of issues important to them. These young people are generally ignored by society, their voices not heard. Through the use of film and other arts the Bishop Simeon Trust not only shows the world that these young people have something important to say, it also helps the young people themselves to see this too and to help them effect change in their lives. http://www.bstrust.org/

RAJ AcademyRaj Academy – a nonprofit music school that builds stronger communities through musical engagement. Using music as a universal language to connect people across all boundaries (faith, language, politics), to remember how important it is to express our human emotions. Globally rooted Raj Academy has been working since 1994 to spread mental and emotional wellness through music education, performance and experience, changing lives one person at a time. www.rajacademy.com

Impact Docs Documentary Film FestivalRAINN, Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network – Is the nations largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, hope survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. In 25 years, RAINN has helped 3 million survivors and their loved ones.  https://www.rainn.org

Impact DocsBlum Family Foundation – We are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. We are a family-run nonprofit whose specific purpose is the betterment of all humanity via global educational initiatives. The primary focus of this organization will be to provide educational services to acutely under-served populations, especially the children of stateless refugees, in order to provide the skills and opportunities they need to work as they reach adulthood.  https://www.blumfamilyfoundation.org/

Impact docs awardsNAACPThe vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. Through initiatives such as the Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century documentary highlighting a distinguished veteran and a tireless volunteer with the Kinston/Lenoir County Branch, they work to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. https://www.naacp.org/

impacts docs awardsLegacy of Our Veterans’ Military Exposures (LOVME) –  Legacy of Our Veterans’ Military Exposures advocates for the services, support and rights on behalf of our veterans’ children and their families affected by the veterans’ military exposures to Agent Orange. http://lovme.org

Impact docs film festival documentaryThe 93rd Bombardment Group — This not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization carries on the traditions and memories of the 93rd Bomb Group after the veterans of World War II have deceased. The offspring of the generation which fought in World War II participate as full members with voting privileges in all activities of management. The organization perpetuates the friendships and memories of service together in the 93rd Bomb Group and recognizes similar groups that memorialize the efforts by veterans during the war. www.93bg.com

spectrum designsSpectrum Designs Foundation – Spectrum Designs is a custom apparel business with a social mission – to help individuals with Autism lead productive and meaningful lives through the world of work. http://www.spectrumdesigns.org/

Great Old Broads for wildernessGreat Old Broads for Wilderness – A national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. Conceived by older women who love wilderness, Broads gives voice to the millions of Americans who want to protect their public lands as Wilderness for this and future generations.  We bring knowledge, commitment, and humor to the movement to protect our last wild places on earth.  greatoldbroads.org

Athletes Without Limits –  Athletes Without Limits provides athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to compete at their highest level — from mainstream sport to the US Paralympic Team — and is the US member of the international federation for athletes with intellectual disability, INAS. http://www.athleteswithoutlimits.org

Bear-O Care was founded to help care for individuals with multiple disabilities, who are often turned away from other facilities because of the nature and severity of their physical disabilities.  Bear-O Care provides a community approach to caring for individuals with multiple disabilities by building on and supporting the existing strength of families and caregivers.  https://www.bearocare.org/

Impact documentary film festivalWithout Warning® of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center –  Inspired by someone with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Without Warning was started by the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in April of 2004 to support and empower individuals and their families who face Alzheimer’s disease early in life. Directed by an Advisory Council, of both people with Alzheimer’s disease and their family members, Without Warning’s specifically tailored programs offer opportunities for education, support, and community.  With the knowledge that others are on this same journey, we hope individuals and their family members find purpose, dignity, and the opportunity to live each day with meaning and grace. http://www.without-warning.net/

Unite BVI – A not-for-profit foundation based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The organisation’s vision is to create opportunities that inspire and empower a generation of arising world-changers, starting in the BVI. They work on a range of projects, and have been focusing on helping the islands heal following the devastation of Hurricane Irma in 2017. https://www.unitebvi.com/

Impact Docs Documentary Film FestivalThe Jeneba Project – A non-for-profit dedicated to providing Sierra Leonean youth, and especially young women, with a high-quality traditional and civic education. The organization focuses both on promoting the knowledge and skills needed for workforce readiness as well as on developing leaders with a strong sense of civic responsibility who are committed to transforming their society for the better. http://www.jenebaproject.org/

http://www.pdhre.org/Peoples Movement for Human Rights Learning – Founded by Human Rights Award Winner Shulamith Koenig, PDHRE is an independent, international, non-profit organization promoting, enhancing and providing learning about human rights as relevant to people’s daily lives at all levels of society, that leads to action. Established in 1988 to respond to the unmet need for Human Rights Learning at the grassroots level as a powerful tool for action.  http://www.pdhre.org/

Project LoCo –  Non-profit sports organization that builds stronger communities through sports focused programming in Colorado and abroad. Since 2016, Project LoCo has supported incredible local and international projects including the first mini skate ramp build in Havana, Cuba. http://www.projectloco.org/   ………………………………

Kalemba Radical – Non profitable sports association that searches to improve the standard of living of disadvantaged Angolan youngsters through extreme sports.  https://www.facebook.com/Kalemba.Radical/              ………………………………………………………………………………………………
The Foundation for Survivors of Abuse – T0 provide hope, encouragement and empowerment to survivors everywhere by leveraging advocacy and education to eliminate the statute of limitations for crimes of childhood sexual abuse. The effects/scars are lasting and profound. All survivors need the opportunity to heal in their own time, at their own pace and on their own terms. http://survivingabuse.org

Elephant Orphanage Project — A project of Game Rangers International, the orphanage raises defenseless elephant calves which are the tragic victims of ivory poaching and human-elephant conflicts in Zambia. As the young elephants overcome the tragic loss of their herds and learn to fend for themselves, they are reintegrated back into the wild.  http://gamerangersinternational.org/index.php/elephant-orphanage/

Friends of Tibet (New Zealand) – NGO dedicated to raising awareness for the general public and government about issues relating to Tibet and the Tibetan people, and providing assistance to Tibetans. Produces a Newsletter and  promotes sponsorship of Tibetan children’s education in exile,  sponsorship over 300 children through the Tibetan Children Relief Society of New Zealand. http://www.friends-of-tibet.org.nz

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network – A national voice of  individuals, organizations, and provincial/territorial associations, proving support and advocacy for Aboriginal people living with HIV and AIDS – in a spirit of wholeness and healing that promotes empowerment, inclusion, and honours the cultural traditions of all First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.  http://caan.ca/

2017 Causes

Planet Indonesia  – Provides community-based services to reduce socio-economic inequalities in rural communities in exchange for protecting and restoring critical ecosystems. Their goal is to promote culture identity and sustainable resource management by providing community-led services that result in resilient communities. http://www.planetindonesia.org/

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) ‘Silent Forest’ campaign – Conservation campaign focused primarily on songbirds of Southeast Asia. This campaign aims to save a growing number of birds by increasing knowledge, awareness and commitment to do action within and beyond the zoo community. https://www.silentforest.eu/

Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) – A collection of films, musical instruments, scores, field recordings and other cultural materials gives voice to performing artists from around the world and aims to educate about little known cultures and their arts from around the globe. http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/music-archive/

OKIPE –  A co-operative effort to develop and implement a long term strategic plan for the security and advancement of the “The Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave” orphanage village in Haiti –  home to 84 orphans and includes more than 200 additional students  who can not afford an education. http://www.okipe.org/

Citizens Commission on Human Rights – A charitable organization who acts as a Watchdog for Psychiatric Abuse in the World… seeking to protect the public and pass legislation which will abolish Mental Health Abuse globally. CCHR fights to restore basic human rights to the field of mental health http://www.cchr.org/

Oxfam Intermon – NGOs working in development, humanitarian action, fair trade and awareness raising, with the aim of eradicating injustice and poverty.  We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Our mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions. https://www.oxfamintermon.org/

Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH) – Platform against evictions in Spain.  Platform of People Affected by Mortgage or PAH is an association and social movement for the right to decent housing that emerged in February 2009 in Barcelona and is present throughout the Spanish geography.  http://afectadosporlahipoteca.com/

Sanford Health: Roger Maris Cancer Center’s Cancer Survivorship Program – Brings together patients, family and caregivers to address the emotional, physical and financial effects of cancer. We embrace life, each other and the future as we find connection and empowerment  in our journey forward. http://focus.sanfordhealth.org/cancer-survivorship/

Brain Chemistry Labs – located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming they are dedicated to discovering new treatments for serious illnesses – for human clinical trials and research into a cure for ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and  ongoing work with the environmental toxin BMAA. http://ethnomedicine.org 


Family Court Reform – Americans for Equal Shared Parenting is actively lobbying for Federal policy reform so that children can have equal access to both parents. http://americansforequalsharedparenting.com/

San Francisco State University / Con el Alma de Atoyac Por el Cancer – A cancer support group  started in the small  town Atoyac Jalisco Mexico in 2017.  Assists with raising funds to pay for medications cancer patients can’t afford.  A small group with a great impact.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Con-el-Alma-de-Atoyac-Por-el-C%C3%A1ncer-1493173820776311/posts/?ref=page_internal

Sight For All – Started 15 years ago three South Australian ophthalmologists it fills a gap in the provision of eye health services in developing countries. Sight For All empowers communities to deliver comprehensive, evidence-based, high quality eye health care through the provision of research, education and equipment. https://sightforall.org

We Are Not Numbers –  An international project that links Palestinian youths with mentors from around the world to help them share the human stories behind the numbers in the news. http:// WeAreNotNumbers.org

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota – EFMN leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives. Our vision:  A world where people with seizures realize their full potential. http://www.epilepsyfoundationmn.org/

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CitySquare – CitySquare fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship.  Our 17 programs that fight poverty in different facets fall into the four pillars of hunger, health, housing, and hope.  More information about our programs and how to get involved int he fight against poverty can be found at CitySquare.org.  https://www.citysquare.org/

SINAI Schools – Operating inclusive special education schools for children with  range of complex learning, intellectual, and physical disabilities for over 30 years, tailoring a highly individualized program and integrated within a mainstream  Jewish school impacting  students in their partner school. www.sinaischools.org

Potoroo Palace: a native animal education centre dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and breeding native Australian animals, to enhance public awareness. Purchased by conservationist/philanthropist Alexandra Seddon, the centre is run as a not-for-profit charity and manned largely by volunteers. Donations are desperately needed to secure its future. www.potoroopalace.com

Sea Shepherd Australia  – a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans to conserve and protect ecosystems and species using innovative direct-action tactics to expose and confront illegal activities. Safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems. Seashepherd.org.au

THE GOOD GRIEF PROJECT – Supporting families grieving after the untimely death of a loved one, particularly  a child.  The only bereavement charity in the UK dedicated to understanding grief as an active and creative process.  With workshops, courses and retreats all designed to help you find your way of expressing grief.  http://thegoodgriefproject.co.uk/

DEFENSE FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONALDefense for Children International (DCI) is an independent non-governmental organization that has been promoting and protecting children’s rights on a global, regional, national and local level for 30 years. https://defenceforchildren.org/dci-lebanon-2/  . ……………………….
The Kansas Aqueduct Coalition – The Kansas Aqueduct Coalition believes that Kansans must act to secure and develop the unused and undervalued waters of the state for the benefit of the present and future people of Kansas through legislative action to avoid a water crisis that is almost certainly on the horizon.  http://www.kansasaqueductcoalition.com

Timbisha Shoshone Village, Death Valley, CA – The elders of the Timbisha ancestral homeland are struggling to save their ancient language, fine basket making art, and culture from the neglect of the the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the lack of support from their own outsider tribal government located 150 miles away. TheWomenInTheSand.com

One Billion Rising  – is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in history. 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With world population at 7 billion, that means more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. We are creating a new kind of consciousness  where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable. www.onebillionrising.org/

The Center for the Secret of Peace – Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga is the Director of the Center for the Secret of Peace – in Rwanda owhere people come for healing and peace after the horrors of war, poverty, trauma and genocide.  Fr.  Rugirangoga works in the areas of peace, forgiveness and healing through a variety of programs, retreats and trainings.  www.frubald.com.

BYkids –  Inspiring action by providing kids around the world with training and video cameras to make  documentaries about their lives mentored by renowned filmmakers. Reaching over 100 million people through PBS and Discovery Education with  fresh perspectives on issues from poverty, disease, displacement, civil war,  to access to education and tolerance. www.bykids.org

2016 Causes

Voice for Asian Elephants Society – Giving voice to Asian elephants using  media and powerful narratives to highlight the plight of these amazing creatures and the treatment that they receive.  http://www.voiceforasianelephants.org/

S.H.A.D.E. ProjectSurvivors Healing Advising and Dedicated to Empowerment empowers survivors of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and domestic violence.  http://www.shadeproject.org/

Misophonia Awareness – Brings awareness and support to people with misophonia –  a disorder related to the processing of specific sounds in the brain – resulting in a life of anxiety, rage and isolation. http://www.misophonia.com/

ADDAD MaliThe aim of ADDAD  is to empower and defend the rights of young girls aged between 10 and 16 and earning between 10 and 15 dollars a month as domestic workers in Mali (Africa) .  http://addad-mali.blogspot.fr/

Spare Some Change – To engage, enlighten, and empower homeless youth to create change in their lives and to provide direction toward a stable future and to use the power of media to create a wake-up call for America. http://www.sparesomechange.org

Web of Life Foundation – utilizes educational outreach that includes videos and photography to illustrate and foster our interconnectedness on this planet. www.weboflifefoundation.net

Lifebox Foundation – For millions of people in low-resource settings, there’s no such thing as a ‘routine operation’.  Surgery is urgent, life-saving – and often unsafe.Lifebox makes surgery and anesthesia safer on a global scale.  http://www.lifebox.org/

Vets With A Missiontakes Vietnam Veterans back to that beautiful land to love, serve, and care for the poorest of the poor. Bringing healthcare to those who can afford none is a major part of of this ministry of reconciliation. VetsWithAMission.org

Impact documentary film festivalSPANA – The leading charity for the world’s working animals.  Passionate about protecting and caring for the world’s working animals. An amazingly dedicated group of people work tirelessly to help those animals that are always overlooked.   https://www.spana.org/

Impact documentary film festivalThe Gorilla Foundation – Our mission is to learn about gorillas by communicating with them, and to apply our knowledge to advance great ape conservation, education, care and empathy.  http://www.koko.org/

 

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Kupu-Kupu Foundation – Improves the lives of people with disabilities in Bali, Indonesia.  Serves them with education, socialization, activities and much love.
http://www.kupukupufoundation.org/

 

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