DID YOU MISS OUR ANNUAL APPEAL AND REPORT? HERE IT IS!
To Our Dear Footage Supporters,
Once a year we run this Appeal to keep Footage Foundation programs thriving. While I generally take this opportunity to describe pressing social issues, this year feels different. That is, our Appeal feels more urgent and crucial. We know the world needs help and healing, and so I ask you:
Help us to help young people rise up. Help us to equip them with the skills and capacities to create positive social change through their powerful voices – change that will enable all of us to live in a more peaceful, just, and tolerant world – a world we at Footage believe can be created with love, with compassion, with community, with you.
In 2015 Footage has grown exponentially in both our programming and impact, and yet we remain a small group of intensely passionate individuals with a grand vision. In fact, we are an anomaly: we are an internationally recognized non-profit run purely by the unlimited heart and soul of a select few, including primarily young women that grow with us, as they know they can be the instrument of change.
While our distinctive model ensures we can foster major change on the ground, running international programs cost a great deal – and therefore we would not exist without your donations. We ask you look at our websites and our programs, and if you agree with us on the significance of our impact, donate (www.footageyouth.org).
Your past donations have enabled us to make a major impact. We were proudly at the United Nations in May supporting the global agenda for youth participation and development. Our award-winning work on the Girl-talk-Girl Program, which supports young women in New York City and St. Petersburg Russia in creating and sharing their stories of violence, received a further award from the U.S. Department of State to scale in the USA and Russia (www.girltalkgirl.org). Last week our work was featured in the international press (see The Guardian here) during the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women. And, most importantly, we have demonstrated measurable impact where young women taking part on our programs report increased levels of awareness on social issues, empathy, compassion, self-worth, and healing.
In 2016 we are preparing to launch a global initiative, which will help break inequalities in education for girls and young women. Our goal is to engage young women, many facing violence and poverty, through storytelling and advocacy in taking up their right to education in whatever form that may come, and in melting the barriers to education through their voices.
We urge you to stick with us, and to support us in having this impact seep into innumerable communities around the globe. A generous donation now will enable us to continue our important work.
I close with this Appeal as I began -- with urgency, in earnest, impassioned, and with added, and immeasurable, gratitude for your trust in our mission. Please do not let down those brave souls who appear on the video(s) you can find on (https://vimeo.com/143673185) as well as the countless others who are our inspiration.
I ask you again: Please help us to empower youth so that they can change themselves and our world. Help us grow so our impact can spread throughout the world – a world that is seemingly ever closer and yet so painfully divided. We implore you, if you believe in our work, and want to make a change in the world, donate generously.
We have so much to do. As most of you know we rely primarily on you to thrive. As such, and as ever, I know that there are countless deserving charities you might support, I also know we would not be in the position we are in today without you as our partners. In fact, we would not exist without you. And, for this, and for so much more, we deeply thank you.
Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton
Executive Director and Co-Founder
The fine print:
As always, your donations are US tax-deductible to the extent permitted by applicable law as we are a registered 501(c)(3) organization. We accept checks or money orders (in all currency) made out to: “Footage Foundation, Inc” and sent to the address below. You can also pay through our website (www.footageyouth.org) by clicking on the “Donate” button and using your credit or debit card.