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Worthy causes supported by our award winning documentarians:

Race for RP
  – is a partnership with race car drivers, teams, owners, sponsors, and enthusiasts to drive awareness and accelerate research for relapsing polychondritis (RP) and related autoimmune diseases. RP is a severe, chronic autoimmune disease marked by inflammation and breakdown of cartilage. This potentially fatal disease can affect any part of the body with cartilage.

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OHANA ONE International Surgical Aid & Education
, based in Los Angeles, is a non-profit dedicated to establishing sustainable surgical training programs in developing regions globally. Unlike traditional missions, we prioritize long-term impact through mentorship and advanced technology, empowering surgical providers to handle complex cases and elevate safe surgical care. By fostering collaboration across borders, we create a ripple effect, enhancing surgical education and bringing hope to communities in need. Join us in reshaping the future of surgical aid, uniting professionals, and making a lasting impact on global healthcare.

The International Network for Aid, Relief, and Assistance (INARA)
, founded in 2015 by then CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon, fills in the gaps in access to life-altering medical and mental health care. INARA focuses on children who have complex injuries due to war or natural disasters and who have not received the physical and psychological treatments that they require, which is often years of treatment. At the core of all of INARA’s programs is the child and the child’s ability to regain agency over their own life, to believe in their capabilities to chart their future without being held back by their injuries. INARA works with children from Syria, Ukraine, Lebanon, Turkiye, Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Reserva: The Youth Land Trust – The world’s first entirely youth-funded nature reserve, Reserva: The Youth Land Trust is empowering young people to make a measurable difference for threatened species and habitats through conservation, education, and storytelling. Help Reserva create a world in which young people inherit and help maintain a biodiverse planet.

The Pardon Project
– Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity’s Pardon Project provides free information, advice and representation to qualifying individuals, and is creating a network of “Pardon Hubs” throughout Pennsylvania where you can get information and help applying for a pardon.

Circulars 4 the Future (C4F)
is an association made up of a group of professionals from various areas committed to promoting circularity in the economic, social, ecological, health, and all areas, emphasizing the need to promote cycles. Regenerative within the framework of a dimensional concept of Sustainable Development.

NatureBridge –
The largest education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge connects over 35,000 students and 700 schools each year to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet. We operate in Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California, Olympic National Park in Washington, and Prince William Forest Park in Virginia

The Coral Resilience Lab –
The Legacy of Ruth Gate, the Coral Resilience Lab seeks to understand coral resilience in the face of changing climate. Our research aims to develop a better understanding of the drivers and consequences of variation and how we can leverage this understanding for conservation and management.

The Portico Cafe (Coffee on a Mission) – A social enterprise that offers people transitioning from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration, job training, employment ladder, and connections to safe, affordable housing.

A PERFECT LOVE – is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles that focuses on helping financially strapped American families who adopt children with special needs from China. To date, there are over 30,000 families in the United States that have adopted over 110,000 children with special needs from China. Financially, there isn’t much assistance from our government, and therefore organizations such as help to fill in the gap.

Presidio Bay Ventures

Presidio Bay Real Estate Development Scholarship Program – The Presidio Bay Real Estate Development Scholarship program is an innovative and collaborative initiative that gives young people from underrepresented backgrounds an opportunity to gain a foothold in the commercial real estate industry. The goal is to maximize the level of access, awareness and intake of diverse professional populations within the real estate industry at a national scale in the United States.

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St. Joseph Center – to provide working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community. From their roots in a Rose Avenue storefront in Venice, they have grown into a multifaceted social service organization offering Outreach & Engagement, Housing, Mental Health, and Education & Vocational programs at multiple sites across Los Angeles County. Today they reach more than 10,000 men, women, and children annually.

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SEEK Museums –  are comprised of 6 historic buildings that have been restored to tell the unique and buried stories beginning with the arrival of Revolutionary War Major Richard Bibb and the people enslaved by him in Russellville, Ky.  Bibb eventually emancipated nearly 100 enslaved people, and the museums tell the stories of their struggles for equality and justice over the last two centuries.

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Wilderness Society
– powered by thousands of Australians from all walks of life. We work to support the living world that makes all life possible. (Including our own.) Together, we’re taking on transnational corporations, rogue operators, and the armies of lobbyists and politicians who defend them. From the corridors of Canberra to the streets of your town, we’re here to change the system.

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Susan and Charles Berghoff Foundation
– our mission is to defeat Lewy body dementia (LBD), the second most common yet one of the least well known forms of dementia. We collaborate with medical and healthcare partners to achieve our mission through education, research funding, and caregiver resources for families living with LBD.

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Brettacorp Inc
– A registered charity based in Tully, Tropical North Queensland – Australia, that builds forests for endangered species such as the Southern Cassowary. Their goal is to create a Miyawaki Forest network and inspire the global community to plant more native trees for a greener world. Since 2016 they have planted 80 000+ native trees across their region.

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WAFA Forest Alliance
– We represent our member groups and supporters and organise a grassroots community campaign to deliver strategic and effective advocacy for the protection of WA’s South-West forests. We are founded on the principle of working for the forests. Our mission is to see WA’s native forests fully and securely protected and managed to maintain and restore their ecological values, and to empower the next generation to successfully defend them against future threats.

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Extension for Community Outcomes (ECHO) – WHO’s global hepatitis strategy, endorsed by all WHO Member States, aims to reduce new hepatitis infections by 90% and deaths by 65% between 2016 and 2030. Let’s cure Hepatitis C together. Extension for Community Outcomes (ECHO) has been bringing specialist care to remote and Indigenous communities in Alberta since 2015

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Keep Bali Beautiful- Keep Bali Beautiful is a grassroots recycling program that partners with local schools and villages to build a sustainable recycling network, as well as to change the beliefs and habits that lead to pollution.

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Structural Integration in the tradition of Ida P. Rolf Ph.D. – At the heart of the European Guild’s basic training program lie the principles and structural techniques expressed in Dr. Ida Rolf’s series for ten Structural Integration sessions, without additions or modifications from other modalities. The training is conducted in a modular format on 20 extended weekends.

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Make Art Not War – The specific purpose of this corporation is to support original content from artists and creators from Los Angeles, CA and around the world in Art, Music, Cinema and Television. Focusing on cultural interest projects and freedom of speech initiatives. –

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CancerBlows – Through exciting & unique musical events featuring the talents of brass musicians worldwide, The Ryan Anthony Foundation and CancerBlows raise awareness and money for cancer research and patient support programs with a focus on blood cancers & multiple myeloma.

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Wild Sheep Society of BC – dedicated to the protection  of wild sheep and wild sheep habitat throughout British Columbia – home to the largest and most diverse populations of wild sheep of any other province, state or territory in North America. From the dry desert-like climate of the southern interior to the glacial northernmost corner along the Yukon border, you can find 4 sub-species of sheep spread across this province.

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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), –  A coalition of non-governmental organizations promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty.  ICAN’s goal is to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.  They won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

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Council of Korean Americans (CKA) –  a vibrant national membership community connecting and aligning Korean American executives and trailblazers in multiple sectors. Our members represent a wide range of industries — from law and finance, to medicine and academia, to the arts and media. As a movement, CKA’s aim is to transform our community and the national culture around how Korean Americans are viewed.

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Little Sisters of the Poor – an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. Together with a diverse network of collaborators, they serve the elderly poor in over 30 countries around the world. Their mission is to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed.

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Addiction Federation – whose goal is preventing, reducing risks and caring. We especially support international programs such as “Unplugged” base on sof tskills (self-confidence, team spirit…) to prevent teenagers from drugs and alcohol.

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Elevate Kids-  a nonprofit organization based in Grand Junction Colorado was formed in 2022. Their mission is to raise money to help educate and feed kids. Elevate Kids raises funds in unique ways to help raise awareness and funds at the same time. The organization was founded by Doug and Melinda McCaw with their first project, running the entire 490 mile Colorado Trail in 18 days to raise funds and awareness.

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Listening for a Change – a Sonoma County, California nonprofit that finds meaningful ways to respect and understand community needs and works to collaborate to address shared challenges. Promoting public awareness about the climate crisis is critical to public engagement and action. We are committed to awakening communities, especially youth, to the urgency of climate justice.

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More Kids on Sailboats – Their “Program Provide” has lead a crew of kids to raise funds and awareness for cancer by volunteering our time and efforts on and off the water for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Kids at Risk Action / Invisible Children –  Our financial literacy program is aimed at specific populations of at-risk youth and foster care children. 80% of aged out foster children lead dysfunctional lives. Much of the violence & crime today stems from youth living with a lethal absence of hope. KARA’s one year peer group program gives them life skills, tools, hope, future resources and money to earn and build wealth and lead a productive life.

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YouCanMakeADifference,inc – Serving the second poorest county in Florida, YCMAD is a non-profit that prevents animal neglect, abuse and abandonment, by helping guardians afford preventative care for their pets. It also actively helps dogs in Puerto Rico and other countries, bringing them back to health and relocating them to safe homes. Info:

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Zootropion Humane Education – Zootropion Education Team is a non-profit that delivers educational presentations throughout Cyprus, encouraging children to have compassion towards stray dogs, promoting responsible dog guardianship, safe animal handling and mentoring students to take an active role in their communities. Info:

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Animal Life Sibiu – Working against tough legislation when it comes to the handling of strays in Romania, this non-profit organization for animal and nature protection is working on raising awareness, providing humane education, while at the same intervening in the case of animals (both domestic and wild) in urgent need of help. More info:

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Takis Shelter – After the financial crisis that rocked Greece, this non-profit animal welfare organization, run by a single man, started rescuing and caring for abandoned dogs and cats on the island of Crete and placing them for adoption in Greece and abroad, without any financial support from the Greek authorities. More info:

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Phyllis Sortor Schools for Africa – Phyllis Sortor was building schools in Nigeria for Fulani children who otherwise would have no opportunity for an education. She was kidnapped and held hostage in the bush for twelve days at the hands of a gang who were threatening to kill her and sell her remains to a witch doctor.

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Oca dos Curumins
– founded by Elisabete Dias da Silva in 1977 with the main objective of supporting children who were out of school and illiterate adults. Today, at Alvorada in Complexo do Alemão, it serves an average of 150 young people and adults with education, dance, capoeira, chess and crafts, in addition to lectures for families, without any sponsorship.

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EDUCAP:  Offers tutoring, robotics and theater classes, English and computer courses without any financial support, relying only on donations from friends. All teachers are volunteers. The NGO was founded in 2008 by Lucia Cabral, initially in her living room and in 2011 transferred to a LOCAL site, provided by the Odebrecht company, located in Campo do Sargento and operating inside containers.

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Vidancar Project – Created by lawyer Ellen Serra in Complexo do Alemão to help change the lives of children over 6 years old through access to dance. She believes that lives won’t be transformed just through social assistance, because culture and education must be aligned. To attend dance classes, students need to be enrolled in schools and have good grades.

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Creche Estrelinha – A daycare that has been serving approximately 100 children aged 0 to 6 years in a situation of social vulnerability for 31 years with activities to develop sociability and psychomotrocity. Founded by Rosângela Marinho, the institution relies only on the help of the children’s parents, who contribute what they can, as it has never received any government support.

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BOM DE BOLA, BOM NA ESCOLA – encourages children from 6 to 17 years old to access the sport, teaching the basics of soccer to boys and girls who live near the Fazendinha soccer field in Complexo do Alemão. Some of his students became professional football team players. Created by former soccer player Renato Lopes, without any government support, it provides classes three times a week with the help of volunteers for 142 children and adolescents.

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The Uncuffed Project helps formerly incarcerated individuals navigate their freedom. Their program includes immediate essentials, educational tools and long term services to provide a smooth and healthy transition from prison to home.

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Camp Bentzon –  Providing an outdoor facility for NZ Youth where they can experience challenges to enable them to grow and become valuable members of society.

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Hope to the Future Association (HFA) – HFA  supports domestic  through diverse educational programs. Through partnerships and collaborations with several international organizations such as the UN DGC and World Federation United Nations Associations, the organization has arranged not only global citizenship educational training sessions but also international conferences to promote the awareness of global issues among future generations.

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The Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society (CAUDS) –  A national not-for-profit organization that aims to provide hope and improve quality of life by advancing proven and effective treatments for Alcohol Use Disorder. By positively transforming attitudes, beliefs and behaviours, it also advocates for a more compassionate perception of this disorder amongst care providers, patients and society as a whole.

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(Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) A nonprofit organization that empowers families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.  With the right support gifted people can accept themselves and fulfill the potential of their capabilities – and most importantly, they can learn to work with their high sensitivities to feel balanced, happy and at peace.

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– Raises awareness about the importance of dance as advocacy and  social justice including understanding about how racial and gender inequality is a form of violence towards girls and women. #BeTheBeat  invites dancers and non-dancer to dance for social change while deepening understanding about cultures, and raising their overall wellbeing, mind-body and spirit.

Impact Docs Awards Documentary Film FestivalSamburu Youth Education Fund – Located in the matriarchal women’s village “Unity”, the efforts of SYEF are to provide education scholarships to youth in Samburu, Kenya. The women of “Unity” fund their livelihood through their beadwork, and the filmmakers have sold the beadwork from Unity at screenings of The Connected Cup. More information and ways to purchase the beadwork is available on the film’s website.

Impact Docs Awards Documentary Film FestivalAnti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) – The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) works to end mass incarceration in California. To ensure our communities are safe, healthy, and whole, ARC empowers formerly and currently incarcerated people to thrive by providing a support network, comprehensive reentry services, and opportunities to advocate for policy change. Through our grassroots policy advocacy, we are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system so that it is more just and equitable for all people.

Impact DOCS Awards Documentary film festivalSTOMP Out Bullying™- A leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educates against homophopia, LGBTQIA+, discrimination, racism and hatred and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. STOMP promotes civility, diversity, inclusion equity and equality.  It teaches solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online.  It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide and raises awareness through programs.

Impact DOCS Awards Documentary Film FestivalThe Forgotten Children of War Association – Founded in 2015, 20 years after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina their objective is to represent the sensitive narrative of war consequences concerning its most innocent victims: the children born of war.  These are children born out of wartime rape, sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and girls in conflict. They experience stigmatization, discrimination, identity and attachment issues, emotional difficulties, lack of legal rights and difficulties in facing the process of finding out the truth and their biological origin.

Impact DOCS Awards Documentary Film FestivalThe Women Victims of  War Association, Sarajevo –  The association “Women-Victims of War” brings together sexually abused and raped women from 67 municipalities and men from 21 municipalities from the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The database shows that over 20,000 were raped and sexually abused women at the time of war crimes, aged 12-65 years.

Impact DOCS Awards Documentary film festivalA Greener Future – An environmental nonprofit based in the Greater Toronto Area.  A Greener Future works hand-in-hand with local communities to promote environmental preservation through organized litter cleanups, educational programs, and events. Our expanding family of volunteers are committed to creating a clean, healthy environment that can be sustained for generations. To date, A Greener Future has picked up more than 2 million pieces of litter.


Impact Docs Awards Documentary Film FestivalSeeing for Ourselves is a non-profit that equips and trains marginalized Americans to document their lives photographically, in the interest of taking back their own public narrative.  The practice has been successfully applied to New York public housing residents, as documented in Project Lives: New York Public Housing Residents Photograph Their World (powerHouse, 2015) (royalties declined in favor of the program participants); and New Yorkers serving a term of probation, as documented in the documentary In a Whole New Way, 2020. The marketable skills imparted have led to opportunities for participants to sell their work.

Impact DOCS Awards Documentary film festivalLegally Insane Films Fund – The mission of Legally Insane Films is to expose extreme corruption and celebrate those who fight it. Therefore, the goal of the L.I.F. Fund is to help victims of civil or human rights abuse tell their stories, even if they do not have the financial means to pay for production costs. For more information, visit

DMD Pathfinders: Pathfinders Neuromuscular Alliance –  is a user led charity, run entirely for and by people with neuromuscular disorders. We provide social and support services, a range of informational guides, events and outreach, and campaign on issues that matter to adults living with neuromuscular disorders.

Harrison’s Fund – Harrison’s Fund has one goal.  To get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  It sounds like a horrible condition. And it is. Which is why we want to eradicate it.

Impact Schools Nepal – The primary objective of Impact Schools is to build impact-driven schools and support them to be sustainable and innovative in the world’s most remote locations. Our school buildings are low-cost, earthquake-resistant, and well equipped with classroom infrastructure and resources. Each school is equipped with modern solar power systems to provide electricity for computer labs and IT equipment.

Umoja Nia Doula Collective -A Rhode Island collective of  diverse Community Based Full Spectrum Doulas who provide perinatal services. Their mission is to provide education and awareness through best practices in peer support services to those seeking assistance with maternal health decisions. They center those that are most impacted by poor maternal outcomes including vulnerable populations, teen mothers and low income families. Reproductive justice is a cornerstone of the collective’s framework to dismantle negative determinants of health, biases and racism that continually manifest themselves in poor birth outcomes and mental health issues.

Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH) – A network of Canadian families impacted by substance-use related harms and deaths. We advocate to change failed drug policies and provide peer support to grieving families and those with loved ones who use or have used substances.

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Impact Docs Awards Film Festival CompetitionAutism AwarenessAutism Society of Colorado’s mission is to improve the lives of all touched by autism. This includes families, providers, educators, and members of the community.  At ASC, we work to advocate, inform, and share the journey with thousands of Coloradans.

Impact docs awards film festival documentaryPave the Road – Our mission is to pave in front of schools that are exposed to bacterial road dust by using environmentally clean solutions to solve a serious problem impacting the health and well being of future generations.

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Impact Documentary awards film festivalFriends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument – Is a non-profit that promotes the protection, restoration, and conservation of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management.

Impact Documentary Awards Film FestivalContemporary Heroism Initiative Foundation, Inc. – Is an undertaking to refresh outmoded social values with values focused on a new reverence for the common good.  CHI is based on modern social scientific thinking, including the ideas of the late Ernest Becker, one of the most profound thinkers of the 20th Century.  It redirects what it means to be a good citizen with common goals including:  – Protecting the environment, –  Promoting peace and security –  Increasing economic equality  and – Improving mental health. CHI works to find a place at the table of public discourse on these primary issues, and presents a choice for healthy, non-destructive heroism.

Impact Docs Awards film festivalPacific Whale Foundation- With a mission to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and to inspire environmental stewardship, Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) conducts Research, Education, and Conservation programs for the communities in which it serves. Founded in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the world’s whales from extinction. For more information please visit

Impact Docs Awards Holistic Health Community, Inc. is a non-profit corporation that has offered free holistic healthcare and education since 2012.  During monthly Community Holistic Healthcare Days, practitioners offer a wide range of modalities including acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic, massage, Reiki, Matrix Energetics holistic medical doctor and more. Donation based or a pay-it-forward by doing something kind and loving for someone else. No one is turned away.  Sharing the model we have created with other communities and, so far, two have opened sister organizations.

Impact Docs awardsUbumi Prison Initiative –  Ubumi works with health and human rights for inmates and their children in Zambian prisons.  Focus on  children aged 0-4, mothers, pregnant women, juveniles and the seriously ill patients. We also support education and reintegration.  Prisoners in Africa live under harsh condition: Overcrowding, unhygienic facilities, social isolation, lack of access to health and sufficient food put them at risk of disease and death. Ubumi focuses on the particularly vulnerable in prison – hand in hand with Zambia Correctional Service and the inmates themselves.

Impact Doc AwardsNapoli Eden –  Highlights environmental protection through the theme of transforming recycled aluminum into works of art. Conveys a vision of redemption, social inclusion and the ethical and cultural rebirth for the city of Naples, Italy through the eyes of artist Annaluara di Luggo.

Impact Docs Awards Film Competition FestivalDOGWOOD ALLIANCE has worked for more than 20 years with diverse communities, partner organizations and decision-makers to protect Southern forests across 14 states. We do this through community and grassroots organizing, holding corporations and governments accountable and working to conserve millions of acres of Southern forests. Forests are life-sustaining. Forests provide us with the very air we breathe, clean our drinking water supply and are home to millions of plant and animal species. They protect us from flooding. Forests are one of the greatest forces for helping us survive the worst effects of climate change. They are our connection to nature and can help us cope with stress, fatigue and anxiety. Learn more:

The wilderness societyThe Wilderness Society – One of Australia’s oldest Environment NGO’s, is powered by over 30,000 Australians from all walks of life. They work to support the living world that makes all life possible – including our own.

Tin Soldiers FOP Outreach ProgrammeFibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a catastrophic sabotage of the body’s muscular skeletal system. It is a devastating genetic condition that slowly turns muscle, ligaments and tissue into bone, sending its victims into a spiral towards immobility.  Our vision is to identify every person with FOP who is currently undiagnosed and deliver education to those living with a diagnosis. The program provides education and support for patients, medical professionals and the general public to raise FOP awareness and offer access to resources, a network of support and information on medical care.

Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project (PDAP) –  PDAP started its investigations in 2008. What began as a formalised attempt to pool the collective experience, knowledge and data of the Punjab conflict steadily evolved into a systematic, investigation of enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and the secret disposal of dead bodies in cremation grounds across Punjab in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Today the PDAP advocates on behalf of thousands of victims across Punjab.

26 Seconds – Over 40 non-profit organizations are featured in the 26 Seconds Documentary. To raise awareness for the NGOs, Crisis Intervention Teams and Committed Law Enforcement in the fight to eradicate global sex trafficking. Their work includes prevention, rescue, restoration and reintegration for victims and survivors from the sex trade, and also prosecution of traffickers worldwide. You may click on this link below where ALL of the NGOs websites are available for review…

Why We Rise is part of a national movement to transform the mental health care system. We demand that easy access to quality care be recognized as a civil right. Everyone deserves to be well.  TOGETHER, WE RISE is the centerpiece of Why We Rise, a yearly social impact event.

impact docs awardsNational Black Women’s Justice Institute – NBWJI is an organization that works to interrupt school-to-confinement pathways for girls, reduce the barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated women, and increase the capacity of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in African American communities.

PATH – Across California – PATH helps people find permanent housing and provide case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes stably. Since 2013, we have connected more than 7,500 people to permanent homes.

Safe Place for Youth – Founded in 2011 by a group of dedicated volunteers and Founder/Executive Director Alison Hurst, offering hot food, clothing and socks to homeless youth in Venice Beach from their cars. Since those humble beginnings, we’ve been driven to give youth opportunities to transform by multiplying our services, building our programming and strengthening our partnerships. With incredible support from Board Members, donors, volunteers and partner organizations, SPY has grown from a 100% volunteer-led organization to a professional staff of 55 employees, whose skill set have strengthened our programs.

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.

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.”

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.

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

Impact Docs Awards Documentary film festivalKetermaya Refugee Camp – Lebanon: Supports 50 Syrian refugee children by bringing education and sponsoring the local school.

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.

Impact Docs CompetitionBaan Unrak Children’s Home – Thailand: Provides humanitarian aid to abandoned children.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.   ………………………………

Kalemba Radical – Non profitable sports association that searches to improve the standard of living of disadvantaged Angolan youngsters through extreme sports.              ………………………………………………………………………………………………
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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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://

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  . ……………………….
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

S.H.A.D.E. ProjectSurvivors Healing Advising and Dedicated to Empowerment empowers survivors of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and domestic violence.

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.

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) .

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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.


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