We rounded up some of our favorite photo-related charitable organizations
"More than 300,000 people in Hong Kong are currently waiting for public housing. And although the average waiting time is three years, many wait in cramped spaces for as many as 10 years. Two residents in their cage home apartment. Landlords charge around US$200 for a cage per month." Photo: Kai Löffelbein on behalf of SOCO.
PhotoPhilanthopy’s original mission when it launched was to team up great photographers with incredible charitable organizations, as a sort of philanthropic matchmaker. However, as the organization and its community of photographers continue to grow, Photophilanthropy is moving in some very cool new directions.
About the organization:
We spoke with Kathleen Hennessy, the Director of Activist Awards and Exhibitions at PhotoPhilanthropy. She explained that the original concept for Photophilanthropy was born out of a desire for non-profits and photographers to better understand each other’s needs.
“Some non-profits are fantastic about understanding the power of photography and the benefit it is for their organization, and some aren’t. We would like to be the organization that helps on all levels, from educating non-profits on the benefits of photography to vetting photographers for them.”
Photophilanthropy also offers photographers all sorts of resources for getting involved in the non-profit world, including access to information about workshops, tips for landing a job with a non-profit, and valuable info for photographer seeking grant money.
“We’re also hoping to offer some grants this year, which would be used to pay for projects. The grant money would be given to a non-profit that could then use it to hire a photographer; we’d then help them to find someone that is right for their project. “
Photophilanthropy offers a list of non-profits looking for volunteer photographers on their site, in addition to a ton of other excellent resources. Check it out here.
Flashes of Hope
Photo: Dan Bracaglia
Flashes of Hope is the first organization I thought of, when I started this round-up. In the summer of 2009, at the suggestion of a professor, I spent two days at a sleep away camp in upstate New York, photographing children with cancer and other terminal illnesses, through my local Flashes of Hope chapter. The experience was unbelievable, and the children I met helped to change my perception on the power of photography forever.
About the organization:
The mission of Flashes of Hope is fairly simple, as the organization’s Website explains:
“Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research. The portraits, taken by award-winning photographers, help children feel better about their changing appearance by celebrating it. For families of terminally ill children, it's especially important to have a portrait that preserves forever the beauty, grace and dignity of their child.”
To date, the organization has photographed nearly 30,000 children.
Flashes of Hope mainly works with professional photographers. To get involved, head to their site and fill out the volunteer form http://www.flashesofhope.org/volunteer/photographer.