wxnderings asked:

Hi! I'm a 16 year old high school and I recently saw a video of Yeonmi Park talking about her experience living in and escaping from North Korea. I'm extremely interested in being involved in your organization, whether it be through my school or on my own. I sent a message to your website but never received a reply. Please let me know how I can help :))

Hi there! Well first of all, thanks for taking notice in my blog! I appreciate it! Also, I’m actually a 15 year old high school and this blog is NOT the official Liberty in North Korea blog! I think you got a little confused and thought my blog was the official LiNK blog(?) (p.s. It’s not MY organization ahah + and there is no requirement in order to become a “member” or anything) Now the website you probably visited is the official Liberty in North Korea website (libertyinnorthkorea.org) (it’s not my website haha), a nonprofit grassroots organization in which its headquarters are located in Torrance, CA. Anyhow, I would highly recommend that you email to info@libertyinnorthkorea.org or call 310-212-7190 saying that you want to start a club in your high school (if it’s not been established yet)! I’m sure someone working at LiNK will be really happy to help you understand LiNK and answer any questions you have about starting a school club! The best thing you could do as a high school-er could do is probably starting a club at his/her school : )

My name is Sydney, I'm 17, and I'm starting a non-profit organization.

Long story short, I’m starting a FREE creative arts program for teenagers in Atlanta with behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse issues. My organization, The W.R.I.T.E Spot, is going to host monthly workshops led by other Atlanta teenagers that are pros at what they do and are passionate about connecting with others. 

At the workshops, the participants can attend breakout sessions about Creative Writing (poetry, fiction, song-writing), Drawing/ Painting, and Photography. I’m working on getting some local adults involved in leading the sessions, too! I just sent out promotional flyers yesterday and I’ve already got 14 kids signed up! Most of them are in foster care, DFCS custody, or transitional housing… so they’re really excited about this. We’re supposed to host the first workshop in February.  But, I need to raise $6,000 to pay for the art supplies for the workshops and legal fees to become an official non-profit organization.

If you can donate anything at all, I’d be really grateful!! Please reblog this to spread the word! Thank you in advance! There’s a much more detailed story (and pictures!) on my fundraising page, right here

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I had the privilege of doing the film poster for the amazing documentary Imba Means Sing. This film follows the Grammy Nominated African Children’s Choir from their journey from Uganda to America and then back home. It follows Moses, Angel and Nina, three amazing children who dream of a better education, and how they can achieve it through their love of singing. Through my colorful and naive styling the posters represent these three and the journey they go on with the choir. 

All of the proceeds for this movie goes back to the African Children’s Choir and their scholarship program. You can learn more about that here.

http://imbafilm.com/

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Skateboarding is a fairly common hobby— unless you’re a girl in Afghanistan. But Skateistan, a nonprofit that teaches skateboarding to Afghan children, is currently beating the odds with a student body comprised of 47% females. 

Skateistan goes to extra lengths to ensure that females can participate in the sport. Organizers from the nonprofit pick up and drop off female students at their homes, as well as conduct home visits to ensure their family’s support.

The founder and executive director states that the extra effort has been worth it: “I don’t think I would have really started Skateistan if it was just boys skateboarding. The fact that girls were interested in skateboarding when they weren’t doing any other sports made it special.”  

Read more via PBS Newshour.

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The Salvation Army really wants you to know they don’t hate gay people

If you thought the Salvation Army wasn’t too fond of the LGBT community, the charity is praying you’ll think again.

The Christian-based organization is fighting back against accusations that it discriminates against gay people. It released a lengthy post on its chapters’ websites refuting social media postings that it does not serve the LGBT people because of its religious beliefs. 

What the accusations are based on

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Bloomberg Businessweek, "Nonprofits Can’t Afford San Francisco", Nov 13, 2014

I was excited to shoot for this feature, which hits close to home.   Commercial real estate owners are banking on new tech firms moving into the city and non-profits are being evicted or having to completely move out, unable to afford exorbitant rents. The article reports almost 2,000 nonprofits in San Francisco “had to move out of town or shut down from 2011 through 2013.”  The city continues to provide incentives for tech companies but how they will protect the city’s non-profits remains unclear.  Portraits in the series include Nancy Nielsen of Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, which help the poor and formerly homeless regarding their finances; Faye Zenoff of the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions, which has operated for 30 years; and Mark Burns of In-Home Supportive Services Consortium, which provides care for the poor and elderly.  It was a great honor to meet and photograph these individuals. 

Shot on RZ 67 in downtown San Francisco

Hey Tumblrverse I need you help!

My non-profit Fresh Truck is in the running for a $10,000 grant from the awesome folks at KIND! 

We are a school bus turned into a mobile food market committed to promoting food access and nutrition education by making weekly stops in 10 different Boston neighborhoods. Fresh Truck carries over 30 different types of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grain products, and accepts cash, credit and EBT/SNAP.

The TLDR version: We believe everyone should have access to healthy food. Click here if you agree.

Thank you from the bottom of my artichoke heart!

(I’m a sucker for a good food pun)

"Now more than ever, catcalling is something being discussed worldwide, and I am proud of my contribution, even though I did not ask to be the symbol of street harassment," says Shoshana B. Roberts, the New York City-based actress who starred in a viral video for HollaBack!, a nonprofit organization. Despite receiving violent death and rape threats, she says she does not regret her involvement in the video.

Read more via Nicholas Kristof’s On the Ground blog.

We turned 5! Yay! We’re getting so big! We love sharing zines by POC and helping POC creators and activists grow in different ways while connecting with communities nationwide. We are planning and sponsoring events in late Spring, Summer and Fall and look forward to sharing those details with you. We continue to be a 100% grassroots nonprofit. We go hard.

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This week’s feature article on She-Explores.com:

Jess and Andy Wickstrom are on a year-long adventure to explore the country and give away over $25,000 in free design and photography services to artists, nonprofits and entrepreneurs in need.   They call it Design Egg.

They’ve selected the design recipients and have been on the road for four months.  

Photos by Andy Wickstrom

She-Explores interviews Jess Wickstrom ->

Charitable techies can now donate their skills to nonprofits in need

Technology is a mixed blessing for many of nonprofits. While apps such asSnapDonate and Charitweet make it easier than ever for people to make donations, tech development and upkeep can cost NGOs a lot of money which is desperately needed elsewhere.

With this in mind, a new platform called #charity is encouraging IT professionals to donate their time and specialist tech skills to nonprofits in need, helping those organizations to reduce costs and put the money back into their missions. READ MORE…