Dec 30, 2008

A Great Time Was Had by All

Maria Giudice's picture
Maria Giudice
CEO & Founder

No doubt about it, we live in challenging and uncertain times as we move into 2009. Will the inauguration of our incoming president, Barack Obama, bring in a much needed wave of hope and optimism for the future? With the economy tanking, the war ongoing, and the stock market acting like a pogo-stick, there is something in the air that is clear; we are all in this together and we need each other more than ever before.

At Hot Studio, we are privileged to work with organizations that are creating real positive social change in this world. We wanted to celebrate another great year at Hot Studio, and we also wanted to raise awareness of some great organizations. This gave us the idea of "Philanthroparty."

Here are some great organizations we would like you to know about:

Mercy Corps,
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Genocide Intervention Network,
The Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.

UMCOR's mission is to alleviate human suffering "whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster" with open minds and hearts to all people.

Women's Foundation of California,
The Women's Foundation of California is the only statewide public foundation that is investing in women and girls throughout California to create a more just and equitable society.

Heifer International,
Heifer International has helped families who for generations had only known poverty and hunger obtain a sustainable source of food and income by providing them with farm animals purchased by caring individuals around the world.

The Teacher Salary Project,
The Teacher Salary Project is a feature-length documentary film, interactive online resource, and national outreach campaign that delves into the core of our educational crisis as seen through the eyes and experiences of our nation's teachers.

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired,
The LightHouse promotes the independence, equality and self-reliance of people who are blind or visually impaired through rehabilitation training and relevant services, such as access to employment, education, government, information, recreation, transportation and the environment.

Architecture for Humanity,
Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bay Area,
For 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area has been empowering at-risk youth to achieve their full potential by matching them with a caring adult role models as a mentor & friend.

With programs in animal aid, advocacy, and education, they are the voice for wildlife throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

San Francisco Food Bank,
The San Francisco Food Bank provides food to over 132,000 people every year through 600+ community food programs.

826 Valencia,
826 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Glide Memorial Church,
With over fifty programs, from hot meals to high-tech job skills training, Glide is committed to helping and empowering the whole person.

El Museo Del Barrio,
The mission of El Museo del Barrio is to present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States.

Pie Ranch,
Pie Ranch has operated as a working farm, hosting youth from regional high schools to participate in farm-based programs and activities.

World Camp,
World Camp is an international nonprofit organization that provides in rural schools and street shelters in Malawi, India, and Honduras on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention, caring for those infected or affected by HIV, nutrition, gender empowerment, and environmental stewardship.

Art21 introduces audiences to today's visual artists through its Peabody Award-winning documentary series Art:21. Art in the Twenty-First Century on PBS, as well as free curricular materials, screening-based public programs, and web-based resources for teachers, students, and general audiences around the world.

Using the practices of venture philanthropy, REDF creates job opportunities for those who are most disconnected from the workforce. REDF supports social enterprises that help people gain the skills to help themselves.

For the evening finale, we raised $1,000 in a raffle whereby the winner gets to decide where the money gets donated. Winner Susan Skarsgard donated $500 to Pie Ranch and $500 to the Friends of Calligraphy. A fun time was had by all. Let's welcome the new year with hope and optimism that the world will become a kinder and gentler place for all in 2009 and beyond.

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Matt Carlisle's picture

The work of social change isn't always a popular choice. Thank you for seeing the need and making the tough choice to get your hands dirty.

Kei Hoshino's picture

Thanks for the shout-out! You put us in a lot of great company.

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