In February 2013 I traveld to Kolkata, India to work with survivors of human trafficking. I was invited by an amazing organization called Blossomy to teach photography. What I realized by the end of my time there was twofold.
Everyone’s story is worth telling, and artists have a unique talent for being able to facilitate that. These two ideas are the pinnacle on which Promoting Passion was built. I want to give YOU a platform to inspire others. You don’t have to have any clue about where to start, because this page will help you.
A constant theme that I run into is hearing from people that they don’t have the money to invest into charities and organizations, even though that is what those organizations desperately need. It is a catch-22 of wanting to help, but not knowing how, and so often nothing gets done. It is no one’s fault; it is simply a matter of not having the resources to get started.
If you are interested in donating your camera or laptop to the school I’m helping to run in India to benefit survivors of human trafficking and abuse, you can send to this address:
Please email for information about sending equipment donations.
This page will stay updated with various charity organizations that you can easily get involved with. Check it out below!
Blossomy provides creative workshops for survivors of human trafficking in Kolkata, India.
Kolkata Sanved serves to empower lives through dance and is based in Kolkata, India.
Cameras For Kids Foundation, Inc. has been created specifically to provide underprivileged teens living in Foster Care the opportunity to have a camera and learn basic concepts of art and photography while fostering self esteem, self confidence and offering a skill set.
SHAMA, Inc. is committed to empower women and families, primarily in India, without regard for religion, race, caste or creed, through programs of our own and in partnership with like-minded organizations.
The 88bikes Foundation endows bicycles to girls throughout the world, especially the heroic survivors of human trafficking.
Beautiful Together works to improve the quality of life of children waiting for families, and shine a light on children living in foster care, group homes, or orphanages through a combination of professional photography, video profiles and social outreach.
One Life International partners with communities to act against poverty. From water to healthcare and education to business development, we work with local leaders to create environments for healthy and happy lives.
Life Vest Inside equips people worldwide with the necessary tools to recognize their own potential to become a catalyst for positive change in the world. We transform inspiration into action through inspirational media, technology, education, and on-the-ground social engagement.
Help-Portrait is an initiative by Jeremy Cowart in which creatives can donate their time once a year to do photo shoots for those who may not have had the opportunity before.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is an organization started by Sandy Puc that sends photographers to give the gift of remembrance to those suffering the loss of a baby.
Tribe Photo is a an organization lead by James Kell that gives people the opportunity to rent cameras, learn photography, and sell their best work. The world gains unique images in the process.
Dando Amor was founded by Travis & Jennie Gugelman and Lori Nordstrom to help bless the lives of orphans in Ecuador and Burkina Faso, Africa.
The Aasha Fund began in 2011 after the adoption of Jed & Vicki Taufer’s daughter in Nepal and seeks the purpose of funding longevity, helping needy families and children forever.
Daughters Rising is a nonprofit organization that works to prevent sex trafficking by empowering at-risk girls through education, training programs, and scholarships.
Exhale to Inhale empowers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to reclaim their lives through the healing and grounding practice of yoga.
Thirst Relief International creates access to clean water around the world. Photographer Jim Davis Hicks acts as the chief visionary officer.
Workshops with Purpose exists to equip media professionals with opportunities to grow their craft while serving in a global environment, immersing themselves in other cultures and realizing the power of relationships and storytelling in their business and personal life. Kevin Kubota, Benjamin Edwards and Andrew & Marianne Nicodem are the photographers behind this project.
Flashes of Hope provides free portrait packages to families with children undergoing cancer treatments. The images are not of sick kids, but of strong and beautiful children filled with hope.
The F.I.L.M. Project is a collection of nationwide photographers gifting professional family portraits to those who have a limited time left with their loved ones due to a life-threatening illness that can no longer benefit from curative treatment.
Tiny Sparrow Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing lasting memories through the beautiful art of photography to the families within the United States of America with children who are facing life threatening illnesses.
Operation: Love ReUnited offers professional photography sessions to military families and members who are getting ready to deploy, who are currently deployed, or those who are coming home.
The Gold Hope Project is a group of international photographers that have come together to photograph families completely free, with the hopes of bringing about awareness of and raise funds for Pediatric Oncology Research and treatment.
Red Thread Sessions celebrates the beauty of adoption through photography after two photographers (also adoptive parents) felt a need in their communities to capture the fleeting stages of new families.
Heart Gallery is a traveling photographic and audio exhibit created to find forever families for children in foster care. The Heart Gallery of America is a collaborative project of over 120 Heart Galleries across the United States designed to increase the number of adoptive families for children needing homes in our community.
The Soul Society is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to caring for poor, homeless and orphan children in third world countries. It was founded by world-class photographer and educator, Jerry Ghionis and his wife, Melissa Ghionis.
Uganda Farm is an agriculture training & marketing framework aimed at helping rural smallholder farmers in eastern Uganda to start up and run viable agriculture microenterprises that can lift them from extreme poverty in a self sufficient manner.
American Child Photographers Charity Guild was founded by Erin Drallos of Footprints Photography and provides free portrait services for children who are critically ill. An organization name change and new website have been announced to be coming soon.
Have a charity you’d like to see featured? Leave us a comment and we’ll take a look!
This list has been assembled by Brooke Shaden and Amy Parrish.We have not done our own, independent research for most of these groups (something we urge everyone to do before donating either time or money), so keep in mind that this is not a personal endorsement for these organizations: We’ve simply gathered text and mission statements directly from their websites so you can decide which groups you’d like to look into further.