Feb 28, 2018

A reminder that you are unique - and we thank you.

Thank You
Thank You

Dear friend,

In re-re-re-reviewing language just one more time for a grant application that's due tomorrow, I paused on a section that reminded me why you'll always have a special place in the history of our organization - and in my heart.

 

The section reads:

p.h. balanced films operates at the intersection of storytelling, advocacy for policy change, and women’s empowerment. We combine elements of a film production company, an educational organization, a women’s empowerment network, and an advocacy organization. The multifaceted nature of our program is what makes us incredibly effective, but also challenging to fund; we don’t fit neatly into opportunities specific to only one field from which our innovative approach draws.

Our unique approach requires unique funders. We are the answer for funders who appreciate the importance of informed policy and the vital role of effective advocacy by impacted communities. We are a fit for funders who understand that advocacy can take time and will invest for the long-term in order to realize a desired impact. We are a fit for funders who understand that the true value of this work. We are a fit for funders who can see the global picture even in local issues - and vice versa. We are a fit for funders who know the true power of stories and who value the human connection they provide in the long and short term at the individual, community, and global levels.

 

You are receiving this message because, of the many types of supporters, YOU are the most unique and wonderful of all: a visionary.

You recognized the value of what we are doing before we'd even had a chance to do it. It's because of you that we were able to pilot the program and it's because of you that we can now reach out to other potential donors with proof that what we are doing matters... with stories of change and human connection... and with tools we wouldn't have had without your help.

If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to watch the video about the program that you made possible.

Since the pilot workshop in November, we have matched our graduates with amazing mentors from around the world -from Washington, DC and Boston to Brazil and Nepal. These mentors were carefully selected for their experience and insights. For the year ahead, they will provide invaluable guidance in the storytelling, filmmaking, and advocacy work of their mentees.

(If you aren't subscribed to our e-newsletter and didn't see the message we shared about the mentor matching, please let me know and I'll send you a copy. It's a fun read!)

I look forward to sharing more in the months and years ahead about what you helped to create.

With gratitude,

Piper Hendricks

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Dec 4, 2017

Reel Women Real Change Nepal was a success!

Rajya Laxmi and Romi
Rajya Laxmi and Romi

With your support, Reel Women Real Change is off to a stronger start than we could have imagined. 

Seeing the participants get to know each other, share personal stories and support each other so quickly was a joy.

Syncing so well as a team of co-facilitators and video crew was a dream.

Spending part of an afternoon with the BBC Media Action team, including Bidhya Chapagain (front row second from right in large group picture) of Sajha Sawal, "the only show in Nepal on governance and politics," was awe-inspiring.

Witnessing each and every one of our participants deepen her understanding of advocacy, channel her passion into an issue she'll address in the months ahead and graduate from the Reel Women Real Change program was positively inspiring.

You made this all possible and for that I thank you - on behalf of every woman whose life has been touched by this program and all of the people and communities they are going on to positively impact.

Our graduates have set their sights on a wide array of important issues, from improving financial literacy among rural women and combating pervasive sexual harassment to addressing disability rights on public transportation and supporting women human rights defenders, just to name a few. 
 

Please take 5 minutes to watch what you made possible.
Then let us know how you would like to be part of our team in 2018. 
 
Whether as a host of a documentary salon, a volunteer, a donor, a mentor, or other way of bringing your time and talent to our mission, we look forward to building on the success of Nepal to make an even larger impact in 2018! 
 
The p.h. balanced films team
The p.h. balanced films team
Reel Women Real Change with BBC Media Action
Reel Women Real Change with BBC Media Action
Reel Women Real Change Graduation
Reel Women Real Change Graduation

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