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Bridgit’s Year End Giving Guide 2011

Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Founder + President

Each year, Fuel has the rare opportunity to work with some of the leading social change leaders and organizations in the world as they address urgent human rights issues that effect us all. While we’re honored to lend our expertise and services to support their work, we also know that these organizations need something even more valuable in order to achieve their goals: you.

With your financial donations, these organizations can continue to amaze us with their innovation and impact. Whether it’s the global campaign poised to revolutionize the way men engage in preventing violence in the home, or the new play that could transform the national death penalty debate, the work these organizations are doing will truly rock (y)our world. I hope you’ll agree they are worthy of your support.

So, without further ado: Fuel’s Year-End Giving Guide. Please consider using your year-end donation to help these organizations. They truly are changing the world, improving lives, and protecting your rights and mine.


Breakthrough
Human Rights – It Starts With You

Breakthrough is a global organization using media, art and culture to inspire individuals to take bold action to bring dignity, equality and justice into every home. Fuel has supported this organization’s work for nearly two years, helping artists including Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Harold Perrineau, Margaret Cho, Victor Garber and Anthony Rapp engage in Breakthrough’s “America 2049″ human rights Facebook game and “I AM THIS LAND” democracy and diversity video contest. In India, Breakthrough is the creator of the Cannes Silver Lion Award-winning mass campaign Bell Bajao! (“Ring the bell!” in Hindi), which has reached over 130 million people with its empower content that engages men in the movement to end violence in the home.

Watch Their Latest Video | Donate to Breakthrough.tv


National Domestic Workers Alliance
Moving at the Speed of Love

The National Domestic Workers Alliance uses love to inspire domestic workers, parents, children and other allies to work together to create respect, recognition and labor rights for millions of domestic workers in the United States and around the world. Fuel is honored to work with NDWA on their current #BeTheHelp Campaign designed to inspire viewers of the popular motion picture The Help to become champions of the contemporary domestic worker rights movement.

Watch Their Latest Video | Donate to NDWA


Sauti Yetu Center for African Women
Advocacy + Community + Services

Sauti Yetu Center for African Women was launched in 1995 as a pilot project to address the specific needs and concerns of circumcised immigrant African women and girls in NYC. One year later, the program expanded its vision to address general women’s health issues with a particular focus on reproductive health and rights. Today, Sauti Yetu is one of the nation’s leading voices on issues concerning America’s burgeoning community of African immigrant women and girls, providing direct service programs in New York City and training and technical assistance programs across the country.

Watch Their Latest Video | Donate to Sauti Yetu


Girls Educational and Mentoring Services
Girls Are Not for Sale

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) empowers girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to positively make the journey from victim to survivor to leader. Since 1998, GEMS has served hundreds of girls each year with a range of programs and direct services including safe housing, counseling, educational mentoring, leadership and social action training and fellowships, and more. Founded by author and leading human rights advocate Rachel Lloyd (Girls Like Us; Harper Collins 2011), GEMS is also the producer of the national “Girls Are Not for Sale” Campaign. Fuel was very honored to produce their 2009 campaign’s, including the popular charity music single featuring Grammy-winners Sinead O’Connor and Mary J Blige with emerging artist and survivor Martha B; and artist collaborations with Beyonce Knowles, Demi Moore, and Sarah McLachlan.

Watch Their Latest Video | Donate to GEMS


Classical Theatre of Harlem
Changing the Face of American Theater

Since its founding in 1999, CTH has presented nearly forty productions that have included works by Anton Chekhov, Samuel Beckett, Euripides, Jean Genet, Langston Hughes, Adrienne Kennedy, William Shakespeare, Derek Walcott and August Wilson among many others. CTH combines non-traditional casting, original adaptations, music and dance in ways that render works from the classical canon as fresh, innovative, and essentially a new experience of world classics. It is CTH’s vision to create the next great American theatre company whose value to its community is inherent and essential, a company that is engaged in producing theatre that has the capacity to change lives and truly reflects the diversity of ideas and racial tapestry that is America. Fuel’s founder Bridgit Antoinette Evans is a direct beneficiary of CTH’s commitment to supporting artists of color, having starred in CTH’s recent Off Broadway premiere of Radha Blank’s SEED, co-produced by the Hip Hop Theater Festival this Fall.

Watch Their Latest Video | Donate to CTH


New Black Festival
We Are the New Black

The New Black Fest is dedicated to uplifting the diversity of voices within the Black theater community. Each October, NBF presents a curated series of readings, music performances, high-profile panel discussions and other events that explore the state of Black theater in collaboration with its brightest emerging and leading creative voices. Fuel founder has been honored to moderate panels in 2010 and 2011 that both explored human rights and social action issues within the arts community.

View Their Latest Photos | Donate to NBF


Fuel | We Power Change
Art Fuels Change

We also hope you will consider donating to Fuel as part of your year-end giving plan. Your support allows us to amplify the voices of emerging leaders and organizations who we believe have the potential for significant impact but may not have the resources to produce a full-scale campaign or project. Each year, Fuel identifies and supports promising young leaders with free consult and strategic planning, artist partnering and production services. Projects funded by donors like you include our 2002 South African tour of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus, which raised R30,000 for domestic violence survivors in Capetown; our 2005 “Live for Darfur” Campaign launch featuring Don Cheadle and over 50 top music artists; and our 2011 Love/Youth Lab Day which brought together over 40 artists to explore the roots of LGBT youth bullying. In 2012, your contributions will support our work with Sauti Yetu Center for African Women; our production of the Love/Youth national theater and PSA project; and our production of benefit readings of Ugandan playwright Judith Adong’s timely play, Just You, Me and the Silence, about her country’s pending anti-homosexuality laws.

Watch Our Recent Videos | Donate to Fuel

Here’s to a wonderful 2012 for all our friends and partners.

Bridgit Antoinette Evans
President + Founder
Fuel | We Power Change

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