The Harbers Family Foundation brings human and environmental issues into focus through the power of visual media. Working with some of the best photographers and filmmakers in the world, we create compelling visual narratives that enhance the efforts and tell the stories of the organizations working to make the world a better place.
Non-profit organizations are notoriously good at doing good, and notoriously bad at talking about it. It's not their fault, really. They are funded to feed the poor, care for the sick, and save the planet. Rare is the donor who says, "Here is some money to make a movie that tells your story." Enter the Harbers Family Foundation. We applaud the efforts of the organizations that make it their business to help others. And we clap with resources. Our goal is to help charitable entrepreneurs articulate and share the value of the work they do in order to inspire others to help them do it. We engage world-class visual storytelling talent on behalf of folks who spend most of their time working behind the scenes. Everybody needs a little red-carpet time.
Rwanda Girls Initiative
Gashora Girls Academy in Rwanda educates the country's most talented girls in science and technology, preparing them for college, and empowering them to become future leaders. In 2013, the school graduated its pioneer class of 85 students. Girls of Gashora: Graduation 2013 documents the days leading up to the celebration, and tells the stories of some inspirational young women who overcame enormous obstacles to receive a first-class education, and make their families and their country proud. Click here to watch.
International Center of Photography
Every year, the International Center of Photography (ICP) honors a select group of photographers for their contribution to the field. From photojournalism to fashion, these visual artists embody passion, innovation and courage. In 2013, The Harbers Family Foundation sponsored a short visual narrative on each recipient, which were premiered at the ICP gala awards event. Click here to watch.
Ripple Effect Images
Ripple Effect is a team of photojournalists dedicated to documenting the plight of poor women and girls around the world, and showcasing the programs that are helping to empower them. The Harbers Family Foundation has been instrumental in creating and developing Ripple Effect, and has sponsored a number of strategic trips to raise awareness and funding to help women and girls emerging nations. Click here to watch.
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