Philanthropic Mission
Photography is an artform which can send powerful messages, and transcend spoken language. We believe that photography can be used to help make the world a better place. We use our challenge promotions to spread awareness of valuable and life-changing work which is being done by charitable and non-profit organizations around the world. With a combined network of thousands of people and businesses internationally, our team has the ability to effect change. With each additional participant in our challenges, our reach extends, and awareness and education spreads.

Pencils of Promise
We are honored to amplify the valiant mission of Pencils of Promise again with our December 2021 "Abstract" photography challenge! The Pencils of Promise mission states: "We believe every child should have access to quality education. We create schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all."

From the Pencils of Promise brand book: "Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization made up of driven individuals committed to changing the world. We are builders, dreamers and doers who genuinely believe that every child, everywhere, deserves access to a quality, sustainable education." "Pencils of Promise is a learning organization focused on quality education outcomes. Within our schools, we’re implementing a dynamic, comprehensive approach to ensure quality education. Through our key programs, we provide the means, methods and materials necessary to increase literacy rates in our partner countries, genuinely changing what a learning experience can be for a child anywhere in the world." Learn more at PencilsofPromise.org!

Visit the following site to provide additional support to Pencils of Promise: fundraise.pencilsofpromise.org/team/361118

Photograph courtesy of Pencils of Promise EventPr
PencilsofPromise.org

Ecologi
We were excited to spotlight Ecologi alongside our October 2021 "The Four Seasons" photography challenge! Ecologi is an environmental conservation organisation which plants millions of trees each month and funds carbon reduction projects around the world. Ecologi makes climate action simple and economical. One of the best tools to tackle the climate crisis and keep our temperatures from rising above 1.5C/34.7F is to plant trees. Trees are also crucial to preventing ecological collapse. Ecologi plants trees on your behalf via their tree planting partner, Eden Reforestation. Through Ecologi, you can offset more than your carbon footprint and plant trees in the most climate friendly places! They have the option of planting locally too. Learn more at Ecologi.com! You can also plant trees in our Flutter me Shutterz forest via Ecologi.com/FluttermeShutterz!

Photograph courtesy of Ecologi
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BirdLife International
With our June 2021 "Birds" challenge, we were honored to illuminate the global mission of BirdLife International! BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership and the world leader in bird conservation. The BirdLife Partnership strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife International believes in a world rich in biodiversity where people and nature live in harmony. Discover more at BirdLife.org. Visit the following Flutter me Shutterz giving site to provide support to BirdLife International: justgiving.com/fundraising/FluttermeShutterz.

Photography by Richard Bernabe
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Clubhouse International
We were thrilled to spotlight the global mission of Clubhouse International for the third time, with our May 2021 "Reflections" challenge! Clubhouse International is a non-profit organization working globally to build and sustain resource centers - Clubhouses - for people living with serious mental illness. Clubhouses provide a caring community offering unlimited opportunity to access effective healthcare, employment, housing, education, healthy lifestyles, and friendships. There are 324 Clubhouses in 32 countries! To find out more information about Clubhouse International's mission and life-changing work, visit clubhouse-intl.org.

Photograph courtesy of Clubhouse International
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charity: water
We were honored to amplify the critical mission of charity: water alongside our April 2021 challenge, "Rain", as in our September 2020 "Water" challenge! charity: water is a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. When a community gets access to clean water, it can change just about everything. It can improve health, increase access to food, grow local economies, and help kids spend more time in school. To find out more and get involved, visit @charitywater on Instagram, or charitywater.org/fluttermeshutterz.

Photograph courtesy of charity: water
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Childspring International
With our January and February 2021 challenges, we spread awareness about Childspring International, and the incredible difference they make in the lives of children around the world. Childspring International provides life-changing surgeries for children from developing countries and, as a result, transforms communities. Thanks to their partners and supporters, Childspring International has helped 5,000 children from 52 different countries; through the wonder of medicine and the spirit of love. For more details and to support, visit childspringintl.org.

Photograph of "Podolsky", courtesy of Childspring International
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Pure Earth
Alongside our December 2020 challenge, we illuminated Pure Earth's critical worldwide mission. Pure Earth is a global nonprofit devoted to finding and cleaning up toxic communities to reduce pollution, save lives and protect the planet. Cleaning up one community at a time brings us closer to a Pure Earth. To learn more and support, visit pureearth.org.

Photograph courtesy of Pure Earth
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Bird and Animal Welfare, Habitat Conservation, and Protection
With our November 2020 challenge promotions, we shined light upon select charitable and non-profit organizations which are doing work in the areas of bird and animal welfare, habitat conservation, and protection of endangered and threatened species.

Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)
Since 1951, the Animal Welfare Institute has been alleviating suffering inflicted on animals by humans. Through engagement with policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public, AWI seeks to:
*Abolish factory farms, support high-welfare family farms, and achieve humane slaughter for animals raised for food;
*Improve the housing and handling of animals in research, and encourage the development and implementation of alternatives to experimentation on live animals;
*End the use of steel-jaw leghold traps and reform other brutal methods of capturing and killing wildlife;
*Preserve species threatened with extinction, and protect wildlife from harmful exploitation and destruction of critical habitat;
*Protect companion animals from cruelty and violence, including appalling conditions in commercial trade; and

*Prevent injury and death of animals caused by harsh transport conditions.
For more information, and to support, visit awionline.org or @awionline on Instagram.

Global Wildlife Conservation
The diversity of life and all its connections make Earth different from all other planets. The air we breathe and the food we eat rely on biodiversity. The mission of Global Wildlife Conservation is to conserve the diversity of life on Earth, where all of life has value and can flourish - plant, animal, and human. Since 2008, Global Wildlife Conservation has worked with partners in more than 50 countries worldwide and helped establish more than 30 new protected areas home to more than 150 endangered species and a staggering 20,000 species overall. For more information, and to support, visit globalwildlife.org or @global_wildlife_conservation on Instagram.

International Animal Rescue
International Animal Rescue's vision is a world where humans and animals coexist in sustainable ecosystems. Their mission is to build awareness and implement effective systems such that habitats and animals are protected. International Animal Rescue works to not only save animals from suffering, but also rehabilitate and release them back into the wild and work to protect their precious natural habitats. As human populations expand, wildlife comes under increasing threat. By rescuing individual animals and reintroducing them into protected areas in the wild, International Animal Rescue's work also plays a role in the conservation of the species as a whole. For more information, and to support, visit internationalanimalrescue.org or @international_animal_rescue on Instagram.

Photography by Malcolm Grant
Instagram: @d.m.grant