Penn Center

Saint Helena Island, SC

"More than a century since its founding, Penn Center still remains at the forefront in the fight for human dignity." — U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Georgia's 5th DistrictTucked in the heart of the South Carolina Sea Islands surrounded by glimmering marshes and nestled beneath the silvery moss-draped limbs of massive live oaks, is Penn Center. It is the site of the former Penn School, one of the country's first schools for freed slaves. Penn Center is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. We are located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and historically distinct of the South Carolina Sea Islands, and at the heart of Gullah culture. OUR MISSIONThe mission of the Penn Center is to promote and preserve Penn’s true history and culture through its commitment to education, community development and social justice. OUR HISTORYFor one hundred and fifty-five years, Penn Center National Historic Landmark District, located on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, has been at the epicenter of African American education, historic preservation, and social justice for tens of thousands of descendants of formerly enslaved West Africans living in the Sea Islands, known as the Gullah Geechee people.The Gullah Geechee have continued to survive and represent the most tangible living example of one of the outcomes of the Port Royal Experiment, a plan to tutor the freedmen out of slavery and into freedom.Founded in 1862, Penn School was one of the first academic schools in the South established by Northern missionaries, to provide a formal education for formerly enslaved West Africans. After the school closed in 1948, Penn became the first African American site in South Carolina whose primary purpose was to safeguard the heritage of a Gullah Geechee community.Later, in the 1960’s, Penn Center took up the mantle of social justice by ushering in the Civil Rights Movement and serving as the only location in South Carolina where interracial groups, such as Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Peace Corps could have safe sanctuary in an era of mandated segregation.Penn Center continues to thrive as a national monument promoting historic preservation, as well as a catalyst for economic sustainability throughout the Sea Islands. Its far-reaching impact on local, national and international communities has been the greatest legacy of the Penn Center’s history.

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Independent Media Artists of Georgia

Atlanta, GA

HistoryThe Atlanta Film Festival is an initiative of the Independent Media Artists of Georgia. Positioned at the intersection of art, culture and commerce, the Atlanta Film Festival brings meaning to the moving image by championing the shared community experience, fostering the free exchange of ideas, and nurturing the development of a thriving industry. The organization dates back to its founding as IMAGE Film & Video Center in 1977, an outgrowth of the need for equipment access, networking, information dissemination, and support among Georgia media artists and producers. The FestivalNow in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival—one of only two-dozen Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the U.S.—is the area’s preeminent celebration of cinema. The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the largest and longest-running festival in the country, welcoming an audience of nearly 25,000 to discover hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films, selected from 3000+ submissions from all over the world. It is also the most distinguished event in its class, recognized as Best Film Festival by Creative Loafing, Sunday Paper, 10Best and Atlanta Magazine.Atlanta Film Festival screenings often include in-person dialog with filmmakers, providing audiences, artists and industry professionals with meaningful opportunities to network, interact and engage. Recent festival guests have included Josh Brolin (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Michael Ealy (BARBERSHOP), Gary Anthony Williams (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE), Pauley Chris Moore (GOOD WILL HUNTING,), Howard Zinn (The Peoples’ History of the United States), Ray McKinnon (THE BLIND SIDE), Walton Goggins (THE SHIELD), comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Tichina Arnold (EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS), John Sayles (PASSION FISH), Hal Hartley (SIMPLE MEN), Carlos Cauron (RUDO Y CURSI) and more.The Atlanta Film Festival is a membership-based 501(c)(3) arts non-profit with a mission to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. ATLFF presents a diverse slate of year-round offerings for film-lovers, filmmakers, and industry professionals. Year round programs —screenings, parties, panels, workshops, and other educational events –provide a forum for building the community of film lovers and film supporters. By bringing audiences and filmmakers together, the Festival has the opportunity to broaden the perspective of both artists and moviegoers.

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PEN Center USA

Beverly Hills, CA

PEN Center USA’s mission is to stimulate and maintain interest in the written word, to foster a vital literary culture, and to defend freedom of expression domestically and internationally. We are a branch of PEN International, the world’s leading international literary and human rights organization.We are one of two PEN International Centers in the United States. The other is PEN America, in New York City. PEN Center USA is the third largest PEN International Center in the world and was founded in 1943 and incorporated as a nonprofit association in 1981.Through Freedom To Write programming and events, PEN Center USA advocates for imprisoned, censored, and persecuted writers throughout the world, while cultivating and expanding a diverse and engaged literary community in the western United States. In that way we promote freedom of expression in the fullest sense of its meaning.PEN Center USA’s membership of more than 800 writers includes poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists, as well as television and screenwriters, critics, historians, editors, journalists, translators, students, booksellers, and readers....

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James Beard Foundation

New York, NY

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs....

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YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

New York, NY

YIVO is a research institute, an institution of higher learning, an adult education organization, a cultural organization, and a world-renowned library and archives. Our mission is to preserve, study, share, and perpetuate knowledge of the history and culture of East European Jewry worldwide.YIVO is dedicated to fostering knowledge of the ongoing story of Jewish life, with a focus on the history and culture of East European Jewry—the ancestry of a significant proportion of Jews in the world today. This story has played an important role in shaping the times we live in.It’s a story that’s still unfolding and still being told.Scholars continue to uncover new layers of the story in our archives and library, one of the world’s most important resources on Jewish life and history in Europe; Yiddish language, literature, and folklore; the Holocaust; and the American Jewish immigrant experience. YIVO brings their discoveries and insights to you and treasures from our collections through public programs, courses, exhibitions, award-winning publications, and websites.

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Lummi Nation Service Organization

Bellingham, WA

The Lummi Nation Service Organization was chartered by the Lummi Nation as a non-profit organization and adopted into tribal law in 1997. Since this time we have been sponsors of such programs as:Lummi Nation Ventures PartnershipPaddle to LummiLummi Youth Academy, Victims of CrimeCeremonial Houses, Canoe clubsMany other community projectsThe Lummi Nation Services Organization has a unique relationship with the Lummi Nation as it has the ability to apply for funding and create a fiscal sponsorship through mutual agreement between the funding agency and the program requesting funds.MissionOur mission is to protect and improve the health and quality of life for the people of the Lummi Nation by supporting and strengthening programs, projects and special initiatives—especially those organized to promote social well-being, education, culture and civic purposes.We provide Fiscal Sponsorships to programs to leverage the non-profit status; such as the Lummi Ventures Partnership, the Lummi Community Development Finance Institute, Grandma’s Little Helpers, and working with other tribal programs such as the Lummi Victims of Crime to research funding opportunities to provide services to the community and create linkages between funding agencies and existing partners.

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Children of the Setting Sun Productions

Bellingham, WA

The Children of the Setting Sun Productions, founded by former Lummi Nation chairman Darrell Hillaire, is dedicated to marketing Native American themed performance arts, as well as making the culture and the history of Native American people accessible. Drawing upon long family traditions, Children of the Setting Sun Productions is a multi-media, film, and theater arts production company specializing in Coast Salish storytelling.Our organization focuses on projects that enliven the rich history, legacies, stories and historical traditions of the Salish people. We endeavor to create understanding and change perceptions across cultural differences, share history, and educate others....

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Global Voice Foundation

Santa Barbara, CA

The mission of the Global Voice Foundation is to produce educational programs that promote cross-cultural understanding.Our goal is to liberate people from their “isms” and allusions that which holds them culturally, politically, religiously, ancestrally. To break free of a way of thinking, of believing, of patterning that has bound them, held them back from flourishing. We speak and stand up to give voice to the “little people:” the Kalahari San Bushmen, the oldest peoples on the planet, and to women.Global Voice produces documentaries, writes and publishes books and has conducted more than 40 lectures for children and adults. We explore cultural myths to understand how stories hold a society together. There is tremendous value for children to understand and learn from people of different cultures, and Global Voice believes the values and lessons contained in these stories can make a real difference for our children, especially in today’s technology-driven society....

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The Redford Center

San Francisco, CA

We work to address frontline social and environmental issues through relatable stories, impact films, and campaigns that lead to positive change. We get involved where there’s a pressing need for awareness and hope—where public engagement and the right timing can make all the difference.More powerful than rhetoric, politics as usual, or lobbying, we believe in the emotional power of stories to inspire people to engage. We approach each project as an opportunity to learn and listen: looking for storylines and supporting storytellers that will help change the game.We produce and shoot our own films with a growing stable of directors and producers. We are expanding our community by offering generous grants and fiscal sponsorship support to impact filmmakers everywhere who share our sentiment that we need more hope.Founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his children, The Redford Center is led by filmmaker and board chair Jamie Redford. Under Jamie’s leadership, The Redford Center harnesses the power of film, video, and new media to increase public engagement on social and pressing environmental issues.Throughout our process, we collaborate with artists, activists, issue experts, policymakers, business leaders, and philanthropists. We invite issue outliers into the conversation and make sure they understand they are part of the solution.We support movements and community leaders working on the frontlines, so that awareness can truely be the spark that moves people to act. Our goal: to empower people to take part in doing something greater than us all.We make stories that move.

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From the Heart Productions

Oxnard, CA

We are dedicated to helping independent filmmakers with unique films that contribute to society get their films funded. We support narrative films, documentaries, short films, and web series with compelling and powerful stories, told with passion.We love films and want to help them get made. Documentaries, features, shorts, webisodes, and whatever other forms the future holds for the art form.We love filmmakers. We love their artistry and their commitment. We especially appreciate those that take risks and tackle important themes and stories that others ignore.We know that it is often a struggle for filmmakers to produce their films due to a lack of funding. Having been in the film industry ourselves, we understand that having to create while also trying to raise money is a difficult task. Our goal is to make it easier for filmmakers to get funding so they can concentrate on their work.Through our grants and sponsorships, we supply money, services, and goods to filmmakers when they need to keep their project going. Additionally, we offer consultations, hold events, provide film funding resources, and more.Our office is in California, but we assist filmmakers across the country and around the world.

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Love Hope Strength

Denver, CO

Love Hope Strength (LHS) is now firmly established as the world’s leading rock and roll cancer foundation. The organization was created in 2007, registered as a charity in 2008, and co-founded by Mike Peters and James Chippendale. Mike is a 3-time cancer survivor and an internationally acclaimed singer for the Welsh rock band The Alarm. James, a fellow cancer survivor, is a respected insurance executive specializing in the music industry. Together they had the vision that LHS could literally, “Save lives, one concert at a time!”...

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American Documentary Film Festival & Film Fund

Palm Springs, CA

The American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs) is the largest documentary festival and market on the West Coast of the United States. Our main objective is to promote a world vision of film as seen through the eyes of the filmmaker of whomever or whatever their subject matter may be in order to educate and entertain the film-goer.AmDocs operates under the Palm Springs Cultural Center, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. Founder Teddy Grouya desired to create a forum to celebrate and promote documentary film – and the independent filmmakers around the world who bring knowledge and awareness through their stories about real people and issues. AmDocs has grown exponentially each year since its founding in 2011, with annual honorees including Dionne Warwick, Peter Coyote and Peter Bogdanovich. While relatively young, AmDocs has already established important credentials, being recognized internationally as an important venue for filmmakers, being named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the five coolest documentary film festivals in the world! Over 1500 films were reviewed for screening consideration in the past year, coming from Argentina to Zimbabwe and across the U.S.Most recently, AmDocs initiated a new and unique film festival alliance, the North-South Doc Network, in which several important international film festivals provide access to films within each of the participating festivals programs, thereby creating a formal circuit of festivals that select films will get to screen at.In support of its commitment to further documentary film awareness and education, AmDocs also carries out a variety of outreach activities, including the AmDocs Film Fund Pitch Competition. U.S. documentary filmmakers are eligible to participate in the Pitch Competition and submit proposals to compete for financing for new projects, as well as works currently in progress. Film Funds such as this are rare in the U.S. and AmDocs is proud to be able to provide this support. Past recipients included films that went on to be shortlisted for the Oscars as well as win television’s Emmy....

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Rock to the Future

Philadelphia, PA

Our MissionWe are a 501(c)3 organization that provides music education for Philadelphia’s underserved youth at no cost to them or their families. Using music, our programs ignite passion and creativity, support academic achievement, and improve self-esteem. We empower individuals and strengthen communities. We believe that music education supports academic achievement, builds confidence and pride, and creates an appreciation for and participation in the arts. We believe that all youth should have access to music education.Our HistoryGuided by her belief in the power of music education to transform the lives of children, Founding Executive Director Jessica Craft left a job in the financial services industry to begin Rock to the Future in 2010 after being awarded The Turning Point Prize of $15,000 from Women for Social Innovation. Jessica believes in the power and value of music education and understands that sometimes it just takes one caring adult to mentor and motivate a child to stay in school, succeed academically and become empowered to achieve their dreams.Our ImpactFor a child living in poverty, the unique opportunity to learn how to play a modern “rock” instrument at RTTF is life changing. Many program participants never imagined picking up an instrument, let alone learning how to perform their own original songs and songs from their favorite artists on stage. It’s extremely important that youth have opportunities to engage in their passions — experiences that balance (or overlap with) the academic side of school and help students grow their identities and self-confidence.Music provides youth with an opportunity to be creative, to express emotion, and to find a life-long love of culture and the arts. It is not unusual to hear “music saved my life” and to learn that music steered an adolescent away from drugs, gangs, and apathy. Studies show that high levels of arts engagement from students in high poverty areas can improve the likeliness of finishing a Bachelor’s degree and choose a professional career path, as well as improve volunteerism and voter engagement. Our students show improvements in grades, social behavior, mental health, leadership skills, and standardized test scores, as well as musical ability. We believe in the power of music education to inspire and motivate youth to achieve despite the obstacles of poverty. Furthermore, we believe that this type of positive intervention creates young leaders who will enrich their community.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice

Venice, CA

Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice supports over 4,000 kids in the greater Venice area, including Mar Vista, Playa Vista, Culver City, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Carson, Palms, Marina del Rey, Compton, and Westchester. The Venice Club provides a safe haven from negative influences, and positive relationships with trained, caring adult role models. We implement effective program initiatives in five core areas: Character & Leadership Development Education & Career DevelopmentHealth & Life SkillsThe ArtsSports, Fitness & RecreationWe offer well-rounded, constructive, supervised programs that are sensitive to the needs of at-risk youth, and provide opportunities for positive growth and development. Our programs foster strong values, build self-esteem, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate a vision for the future. Combining the framework of successful national programs with the knowledge of the community, the strengths of community organizations, and the dedication and talents of staff and volunteers have created a successful strategy of youth development.

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Arts & Scraps

Detroit, MI

Arts & Scraps is a Detroit nonprofit organization that annually recycles 28 tons of material to help 275,000 children think, create and learn.We reimagine recycled industrial materials, inspiring people of all ages to think, create and learn.Founded in 1989, we are a nonprofit organization located in Detroit, dedicated to connecting business, education and community. Our target audience is children living in low income areas.

Our Core Values • Reuse materials to make creative experiences affordable and accessible to every economic level. • Nurture individual creativity to stimulate learning and encourage independent thinking • Value the unique contributions of our staff, volunteers, funders and business & community partners • Believe financial self-sufficiency is vital to the stability of our organization • Motivate the community to see value in materials that traditionally have no value; to donate materials for reuse that cannot be recycled in a traditional manner.Our VisionProvide quality educational and creative experiences to underserved children in Metropolitan Detroit while minimizing the negative impact on the environmentWhat We Do • Provide recycled scraps for minimal cost to 3,300 organizations/classrooms annually, impacting 275,000 children. • Bring fun to core curriculums by encouraging open-ended thinking and creativity using our unusual materials. • Connect the private and non-profit/educational sectors by recruiting and recycling 28 tons of material. • Provide 12 educational programs for groups and individuals, ranging from infants to senior citizens. • Maintain scholarship funds so we can serve our target audience, underserved children. • Create a neutral place where people from all over the Detroit Metro area can exchange ideas. • Involve people of all abilities; providing service learning for 115 Individuals with Disabilities weekly • Entrepreneurial in nature. This makes us accountable to our clients and not reliant on a few large funders. • Travel throughout the Detroit area bringing programs to those who can’t visit our facility, using the ScrapMobile, a 26’ bus designed by Ford Motor Company volunteers and funded by Humana. • Effectively use volunteers. Our community contributes 10,000 hours annually, the equivalent of 4.8 full time staff people. • Have fun; this attitude flows through all our programs....

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The GRAMMY Museum

Los Angeles, CA

The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE is an educational and interactive music museum in downtown Los Angeles, committed to engaging students, teachers and visitors in the power of music – through education programs, interactive exhibits, workshops, and live performances.We use music as a gateway to learning and a means to empower students to cultivate creativity, critical thinking and self-expression skills. Our education programs include Museum tours, workshops, after-school and summer programs, mentorships, and more.Since our inception in 2008, we have served over 230,000 K-12 students and educators from Southern California and across the country.From workshops created around common core state standards, to our career-based Backstage Pass program, students are offered the opportunity to learn about English, history, science, math and politics through music. In addition to daily school tours and over 180 workshops per school year, the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE offers scholastic, enrichment, career development and outreach programs for students and educators that include: Music Revolution Project, offering some of the most creative young musicians the opportunity to engage in musical discourse and performance with other talented youth; quarterly family programs designed to expose our youngest visitors to different genres of music; the Jane Ortner Education Award that honors academic teachers who use music in their classrooms; and annual programs at the White House co-produced with First Lady Michelle Obama....

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