We rounded up some of our favorite photo-related charitable organizations
Photo by Alexander in Cuba. Click here to purchase a print and support 100cameras.
100cameras offers a completely unique approach to photojournalism: By providing children in marginalized communities access to cameras so that they can document their lives. 100cameras then works with its participants to organize gallery events showcasing their work, and offering it for sale to the general public. 100% of profits from the images sold at these gallery events go right back to the community in which to the photos were taken, to help pay for education and healthcare.
The organization not only teaches children across the globe the importance of self documentation and photojournalism, but shares their stories with the rest of the world, all while helping the community; and that's definitely a concept we can get behind.
About the organization:
It was started by four women from New York City who believe members of a community will be more successful documenting their own lives, than an outsider would. 100cameras quickly took off after its initial launch in 2008. According to the site:
"In late 2008, the first photography project was implemented in Sudan. Upon completion, the first photography exhibit was hosted inside a matchbox apartment on the Upper East Side. Over 80 people attended that evening, and interest in the project drastically grew. Two months later, the exhibition officially launched in The Samsung Experience located in The Time Warner Center. By spring of 2009, 100cameras was officially incorporated, and the second project was launched in NYC. By 2010, 100cameras had hosted events across the country, and announced their third project was going to gain inside access to Cuba."
100cameras is always looking for organizations to partner with. Fill out their participation application to suggest an organization or donate to the cause here.
Other great charities:
Shoots for a Cure
Shoots for a Cure organizes charitable portrait sessions for individual with Cancer.
Portraits of Love
Sponsored by PDMA, Portraits of Love aims to create and send 10,000 family portraits to soldiers every holiday season.
Second Chance Photo
Second Chance Photo teams up photographers with pet adoption centers, to photograph shelter pets, in order to better their chances of being rescued.
Tiny Sparrow connects photographers with the parents of children who have life-threatening illnesses, to make uplifting, lasting portraits.