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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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Special thanks to this year’s summit supporters & sponsors

Special thanks to this year’s summit supporters & sponsors

We are grateful for the generous support we receive from people and foundations that see value in the work we do. As our 2015 summit approaches, we are especially thankful for the following supporters and sponsors:



Charitable Words is a unique 501(c)(3) social enterprise in which the impact of your giving to causes you care about is exponentially leveraged through collective action.

Nonprofits – the fastest growing sector in our economy – are being called to lead positive community impact but too often without resources and staffing needed to communicate the important work they do. Charitable Words connect them with Charitable Words Scholars, students and recent graduates who share a passion for purpose, skills and understanding of the new media landscape. Since 2012, more than 70 Charitable Words Scholars and alumni have been assigned scholarships, internships, special assignments, and sponsored events with more than 30 nonprofit partners. Their network of volunteer advisors has provided hundreds of hours of guidance and pro bono professional services and connections to enrich experiences for students and outcomes for nonprofit partners.

Charitable Words founder Tom Callinan is a retired news executive with 35 years experience as a journalist, most recently as Editor and Vice president of Enquirer Media in Cincinnati. He served in several media industry leadership positions, including The Associated Press Managing Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, and as a judge for The Pulitzer Prizes. Many friends and contacts – award-winning journalists and leaders in social innovation – from those experiences are engaged in Charitable Words network of volunteer advisors.



Randy Fertel, Ph.D., has taught at Harvard University, LeMoyne College, Tulane, and the New School for Social Research. A contributor to NPR, The Huffington Post, The Smithsonian, Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, he wrote “The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family Memoir” (University Press of Mississippi, 2011) and “A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation”(Spring Journal Books, March 2015). He heads the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, which brought The Edible Schoolyard to New Orleans, and the Fertel Foundation, which sponsors the Ridenhour Prizes for Courageous Truth-telling.



Avideh Shashaani, founder and president of the Washington, D.C. nonprofit Fund for the Future of our Children, works through the fund to develop multicultural programs that encourage young people to be agents of peace in local and global environments. She brings to this undertaking her vast experience and leadership in empowering uprooted women, promoting the rights of children and women with disabilities, and achieving social justice and tolerance. She has served on the boards of organizations such as Refugee Women in Development and MOSAICA: The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism, and was the first Co-Director of the United Nations’ International Institute for Rehabilitation in Developing Countries. She was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the “Socio-Economic Implications of Investments in Rehabilitation of the Disabled.”  She promotes intercultural and interfaith understanding through lectures, workshops and publications. She also does this through her books, “Promised Paradise,” “Remember Me,” and “Tell Me Where To Be Born,” and her translations into English of Persian mystical texts. She received her Ph.D. in Sufi Studies. Her literary endeavors have also extended to a five-year term as Vice President of the Literary Friends of the D.C. Public Library.



Both philanthropists, the Stillers have been ongoing supporters of ivoh. Bob founded Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Vermont. He and Christine run the Stiller Family Foundation (previously the Inner Solutions Institute), which received the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 2013 Most Outstanding Foundation Award for its dedication to making a difference in people’s lives. The Stillers established the foundation with their three children – Jules, Christian, and Dave, who is a member of ivoh’s Board of Trustees.



The Whitman Institute’s mission is to advance social, political, and economic equity by funding dialogue, relationship building, and inclusive leadership.  The institute believes efforts to create social, political, and economic equity will be strengthened and leveraged if dialogue and relationship-building processes are explicitly valued and resourced in a wide range of settings. The institute’s eclectic, multi-issue funding portfolio reflects this belief with investments in efforts that currently include civic and community engagement, leadership development (grassroots and grass-tops), human rights, movement building and media and journalism.

In terms of whom the institute supports, important considerations include organizations whose work demonstrates aligned values around the vitality of dialogue and relationships; strong, committed leadership; and results that have the potential to create wider ripples of inspiration.

The institute balances multi-year, unrestricted funding to organizational thought partners with targeted annual grants. This dual approach enables us to provide long-term, predictable grants to core partners with enough room to be nimble and support emerging opportunities as they arise.