*Important* - Please make your donation in honor of the child who inspired you to help Big Picture Foundation on Giving Tuesday. Thank you!
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become the most popular day of the year for charitable giving. This Giving Tuesday, December 3rd, and throughout the final month of the year, please remember Big Picture Foundation (BPF) in your philanthropic activities.
Over the past four years, BPF has created opportunities for kids from 31 countries and from as many different backgrounds to use the arts to promote collaboration, communication, and community leadership. Initially, kids in Rye, NY used art as a tool for offering friendship to peers living in global conflict zones. This endeavor evolved into a 501(c)(3) organization that now empowers all kids who know about BPF, no matter their countries, religions, or socio-economic backgrounds to use the arts to connect with each other and to work on local, national, and global community-building projects.
While participants come from many nearby and far-away towns and countries, kids in Rye, NY oversee our global program. Recently, they spoke about our activities during a post-conference United Nations Day networking session. Over the past year, Rye kids contributed artwork to our three annual online art galleries. They ran a BPF booth at the Edith Read Fall Fest, they loomed hats for families in need of winter warmth and they led a classical music appreciation event at the Rye Free Reading Room. They created an environmental awareness installation on the beach, they identified and enrolled kids from previously unconnected countries with the BPF network, they choreographed, rehearsed and performed for our annual global music invitational, they met bi-weekly at the Rye Rec to plan events and they worked together to run our very first benefit, offering their own tutoring and babysitting services as auction items. One child even used her moment of glory, running her first half-marathon, as an opportunity to raise funds and awareness to support our work.
The proceeds from our September benefit and from Giving Tuesday will help with our online, local, and global programming. We also hope to raise enough to be able to contract specialists to help BPF take steps forward.
Thank you so much for helping Big Picture Foundation to thrive!
Kim Tamalonis, Executive Director