We asked members of the community how their organizations help the community.  We’ve shared some of the responses below.

Erik the Artist | Fine Artist and Philanthropist

My art business helps the community and world by the raising money for charities and causes. It does this through sales and auction of artwork and merchandise at events and online. The simple key is a great eye-catching painting at a great price. I have strong relationships with George Lopez and his foundation raising over $7,400 to date, and also Ex- NBA great Matt Barnes’s of Athletes vs. Cancer. Most recently I worked with NFL HOF Legend Ed Reed and we auctioned a signed painting I did of him for his charity. Working alongside these three and other VIP’s, has afforded me the opportunity to seek greater impact. I just finished a painting of Lucile Ball I hope to interest the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. Their mission “is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts”. If added to their merchandise line, I am helping generate revenue and their mission with my artwork. Same goes for the David Bowie painting, my list goes on and on, commissions welcome. Read more>>

Garry Clare | Fashion Designer

Creating statement pieces that not only empower, but give voice to the discrimination and hurt millions of people have endured, is one way I’m able to give back to, not only my community, but the world. As a black man who grew up in Los Angeles, I have experienced the effects of racism firsthand. So when the protests happened last year during the pandemic, I felt compelled to design clothing that could accurately convey the hurt and frustration that the Black and Brown community has felt and continues to feel. I designed a piece called “America has failed us again” that was featured on FoxNews11 and Good Morning America. It was a bold statement that resonated with my community in a huge and impactful way. Read more>>

Jordan Ashley | Founder and Yoga Teacher

I founded a charity in 2016 called Souljourn Yoga Foundation. We are a US 501(c)3 non-profit that raises awareness and funds for young women’s education in less economically developed countries (LEDCs) by using yoga as an inclusive vehicle for change. Inspired by seva, the Sanskrit word and yogic principle of selfless service, and ‘sojourn’ which captures the essence of being in a place for a time, we collaborate with local community based projects and international nonprofits. We endeavour to support sustainable educational pathways for women across the world and believe all women deserve equal access to education and that all women deserve their own space to breathe, connect and grow. We carefully craft abundant opportunities to explore, practice, and educate through yoga both on and off of the mat. We offer diverse workshops, teacher immersions, and global retreats to continue to promote female empowerment and education in communities where equal opportunities are not always available. Read more>>

Stephen Snavely | Director

Storytelling possesses intrinsic properties – but it’s what you do with the story that really matters. As a filmmaker who has been fortunate enough to make a living “creating” for the last decade, I’ve found myself increasingly interested in films/concepts that have some social change element to them. While creating content in the travel and tourism space has been my bread and butter for most of that time, I’ve recently made a strategic and intentional shift towards narrative and documentary storytelling. Often these mediums have the unique ability to pull audiences into an immersive experience, taking the time to build empathy and increase one’s sense of understanding. And maybe it was becoming a father, or perhaps it’s just part of getting older, but the truth is, what I spend my time and energy on now, is more important to me than ever before. If I’m lucky enough to share a story that can help change a mind, change a life, or even change a policy (whether through films or commercials), I think that’s something worth investing in, both personally and financially. Read more>>

Tiana DeNicola & Sophie Dunne | Co-Founders of Shifting Her Experience

‘she.’ or ‘shifting her experience’ is a podcast and personal growth brand intended to provoke thought within yourself and discussions amongst your partner, friends, or family. There are so many women seeking a perspective outside of the traditional stereotypical role that women have been told time and time again that they must adhere to, and that’s where we come in! We want to shift the mentality (hence our name, shifting her experience) behind this belief that women are expected to follow a certain path in life (to get married, have children, etc.). Our goal is to give a voice to those who want to break out of tradition or design their own life within those traditions. One of the things we specialize in is pointing out the subtle everyday inequalities that women are subjected to rather than obvious subjugation. We examine vocabulary, behaviors, and expectations in regard to women. Read more>>

Katherine O’Day | Actor

Risk is such a funny thing because it means different things to everyone. What someone might consider a risk, I might consider a normal Tuesday afternoon. But I firmly believe that without taking risks, I would definitely not be where I am today. God prompted me not to go to college, be a performer, go into film and move to LA all while I believed very different things. I had my eyes set on going to school in New York and being a Musical Theatre performer. And at the time, I listened. Because in my own words from a younger me “I don’t have anything to lose”. And this has set the tone of faith in my risks when it comes to my business and my training as an actor. Through listening, landed at the Taylor Acting Studio and began to understand what acting really is and how healing it can be not just for the audience but the actor as well. Read more>>

Sarah Unger | Co-Founder & Partner, CULTIQUE

By helping clients navigate the winds of change, we’re often engaged on tricky, important issues — be it inclusion and representation, responsibility of tech brands, or helping the entertainment industry better address mental health issues to name a short few. Our role is to make meaning of the chaotic and contradictory cultural shifts in ways both big and small – be it how companies are run or how an individual piece of content gets made. It’s very satisfying to have that kind of ripple effect from your daily work. This last year really proved our thesis that a company’s internal culture must continually be in alignment with the external culture. Read more>>

Stephanie Zhong | Brand Strategist & Story Coach for Difference Makers

Let’s face it, change is really hard – even positive change. Too often we focus all our energy on creating innovative products and solutions then feel discouraged when we don’t see the social impact we hoped for. It’s because we need to change minds AND hearts. How do you convince people to care? To invest in transforming their own lives or the lives of others? The key is: storytelling. I founded my company Dear Anne Media (and my coaching program Own Your Message) to teach and empower entrepreneurs, leaders to unlock and tell stories that grow their influence and impact in the world – especially if you lack credentials or fancy connections. We live in times where we need everyone’s imagination, ideas, and superpowers on deck. My mission it to help one million people harness the power of brand storytelling to grow their platforms, and activate positive change their part of the world. And to inspire community around their ideas. Read more>>