November was a whirlwind month for Women in Film & Video, and it’s not slowing down. The holidays are upon us, and if you’re like me, you may come down with a good case of compassion fatigue before it’s all over. Don’t let yourself get so busy that you miss the beauty of a day, the smile of a friend, or the small moments that create life’s most lasting memories. WIFV members go above and beyond on a daily basis, and some also reach out to the community, providing service to help those in need. Remember to take care of yourself in the process.
Every year, WIFV recognizes a member who exemplifies community service with the Liesel Fleshenberg Award. Past winners include Rona Fitzgerald, Vicki Warren, and past president Hillary Kirsner. WIFV established the Liesel Flashenberg Award for Community Service in 2010 to honor the memory of Liesel Flashenberg, a past president of WIFV, and to acknowledge all she contributed to her communities through her work with immigrant women and the establishment of Through the Kitchen Door International. The award is presented each year to a WIFV member who exemplifies Liesel’s dedication to giving back and making a difference to non-profits in the area. If you know a member that you would like to nominate, fill out the online nomination form here. The winner will be announced at the annual WIFV/TIVA Holiday Party on January 22, 2016, at the Harman Center for the Arts.
This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Women in Film & Video participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. As a membership-driven organization, WIFV relies on volunteers and donations to augment the dedicated work of our board and staff. We invite you to join the movement. Some ideas include:
- Use the hashtag #GivingWIFV to talk about Women in Film & Video and why you support our organization on your social media accounts, and post a #UnSelfie to show why you give to WIFV.
- Donate to the Documentary Seed Fund. Because start-up funding in particular is so difficult to raise, many worthy media projects with women in above-the-line positions never get off the ground. But with even a $35 contribution, you can help a filmmaker test a concept or conduct background interviews for a compelling documentary.
- Identify an in-kind donation for WIFV events and services. Providing a venue for a membership event or volunteers for outreach programs like Image Makers and the Kids World Film Festival helps WIFV to continue to serve our community of artists and mentor future filmmakers.
There are many ways to get involved in giving back. We encourage you to join the movement, recognize an unselfish WIFV member, and relieve your compassion fatigue at the holiday party January 22. Special thanks to Kathy Dismukes for her dedication and commitment to WIFV fundraising.
Wishing you peace, joy, and abundance,
Learn more at WIFV.org