I apologise for letting it get so late in the year before I made this journal. Unfortunately I fell ill for a little while, and wasn't up to the task of updating and searching through charities for our next one. But I'm back!
I've made a list of charities that I think are good ones. I've read their mission statements, and looked at their reputations. These four charities are worthy, and well run, as well as being very reputable. I will list the details of each one, and then have you, the community, choose which charity you would like to have us support. As you are the donators, and you are the buyers, I thought that YOU should have a say.
So here are the choices, then please go to our poll and select which charity we should support.
"At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.
We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.
Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.
Autism Speaks. It's time to listen."
International Animal Rescue
"The aim of International Animal Rescue (IAR) is to come to the aid of suffering animals with hands-on rescue and the provision of short or long term rehabilitation. Wherever possible we return rescued animals to their natural habitat, but we also provide sanctuary for animals that can no longer survive in the wild. We work with other like-minded organisations and government departments to develop sound legislation to protect animals from cruelty and neglect. IAR specialises in providing comprehensive sterilisation and vaccination programmes for stray dogs and cats to control populations and prevent the spread of disease. In all that we do, we aim to produce practical solutions that benefit both animals and people."
"DonorsChoose.org is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.
Proposals range from "Magical Math Centers" ($200) to "Big Book Bonanza" ($320), to "Cooking Across the Curriculum" ($1,100). Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, and a teacher impact letter."
(In the event that this charity is chosen, I will post the thank you letters here, so that you all could see the results of what we are doing.)
Art In All Of Us
"Our mission is to develop the creativity, curiosity and artistic sensitiveness of some children of the world by letting them discover the world of poetry, drawing and photography. We are convinced that the construction of a better and fair world needs to be transmitted through the education of the less advantaged person. Therefore, we have decided to focus this project on children, since in most countries they are only considered as half a person, and do not benefit from the right to express themselves. It is our duty to give them a voice.
Art in all of Us has 3 main programs:
1. The AiA Pen Pal Program promotes artistic communication between children of different continents or of neighbouring countries, and aims at developing as well as exchanging artistic expression among children around the world.
We have also introduced the Violet travelling around the world project. It is a wonderful way to learn about new culture boosting at the same time the creativity of children
2. The AiA World Art Book Program presents in a book each and every one of the 192 UN-listed countries through a single portrait of a resident, and a national poetry written by a local child.
3. The AiA Awareness Program introduces poetry and photography during visits into schools by promoting multicultural exchanges through"
(This one is run by our very own `anthonyasael)
SO! There you have it! Please go over to our poll now and select which charity you'd like us to work with this year! I will leave the voting for two weeks. Then, on the 19th of March, whatever the most popular charity is will be the one we shall go with, and I will make contact with the charity to begin the process.
Add some colour to your walls!
We are still looking for artists to donate. If you'd like to participate, send us a note with a link to the deviation you'd like to donate. We will respond as soon as time permits, so please be patient.
If your artwork is not selected, please understand that it is not because your work is "not good enough" or that you are "not popular enough". Rejection, or acceptance does not reflect on your work. It merely means that at this time it doesn't fit in with what we are looking for.
And thank you all for your continued support!