Sunday, September 23, 2012

Review: Inocente

MTV recently aired a documentary about a undocumented and homeless teenage girl pursuing her passion of becoming an artist. 

I can honestly say that I had a box of tissues in my lap throughout this whole film. Inocente's circumstances are heart-wrenching and almost hopeless, but with the help of a few non-profit organizations, she has the chance to change her life.

Shine Global is a non-profit film production company.  All donations go to the production of their films and Shine Global donates all net profits to local non-governmental organization working on behalf of the children and issues documented.

ARTS-is a San Diego based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing, supporting, and advocating for arts programs that heal, inspire, and empower youth facing adversity. Their unique program framework and model creates a one-stop shop for kids to be exposed to and engage in the arts at many levels depending on their circumstances, skill level, and interest.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEFis the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

To watch this documentary visit: MTV 

Friends who Philanth'rock' it!

Many for-profit organizations are including philanthropy in their missions and engaging in social responsibility. This past Friday, my friend Caitlin volunteered at the State Street Global Outreach 4K! State Street encourages their employees to be active in their communities and collectively the corporation has contributed over 78,000 hours to 4,900 volunteer projects worldwide.  When I asked her why she volunteered for the 4K, she responded:

"I volunteered because my husband is running it. Also because it is a great opportunity for me to take a study break, get outside, and enjoy the September sunshine on the Boston Harbor Islands. Meeting new people and enjoying life for a good cause!" 

If you work at State Street or are friend of the State Street family, check out their website for details: State Street Global Outreach.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hi all (the couple followers I have!):

I have had sort of a slow start posting regularly as I am planning for the blogging days to come AND....I have started graduate classes for a Masters in Public Administration. I am totally stoked to be back in school and already feel right at home with the course material. Hopefully this degree will catapult me even further into my dream job.

Wish me luck (I am going to need it after being out of school for 6 years!) and check back REAL soon for all things philanthropic.
Sidenote-my last post on the Pine Street Inn was read by a member of their team and they have invited me on a tour of their facilities! I will be sure to fill you all in on how it goes. If anyone in the Boston area wants to join me, just let me know!