2014 will forever be the year that gave us our start. In the mere 99 days since our launch, we've seen so many incredible things. 2015 is going to be even bigger than we could have imagined and it involves people with whom we've dreamed of working. We couldn't have done it without you... our awesome community... thanks for supporting us. Please continue to spread the word, share your images with the #ICauseBeautiful tag and if you can, send over those year-end tax-deductible donations.
Join us in raising a glass and looking back at our Top 14 moments of 2014!
1. OUR SITE WENT LIVE
On September 23, 2014, a dream became a reality when the Cause Beautiful site went live. It was so inspiring to see ideas in a notebook come to life. www.CauseBeautiful.org
2. INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER We got some cool feedback about our feed: "I think the Cause Beautiful instagram is the best feed out there. hands down the most thoughtful, beautiful and evocative images and captions. It’s a daily dose of how to be a human being." -@bryceya Professional photogs causing change with their cameras have taken over!
3.SAN FRANCISCO CITY SUPPORT
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee honored us with his support for our local projects. Sharing the same goals for arts education in the city has been truly inspiring. We look forward to what this partnership brings in 2015. Check out the story in re/code about the Mayor joining us at the Gala.
We've partnered for a second year with Life Learning Academy on Treasure Island to bring you images from students who believe in the power their voice has. Stay tuned to see more from them in the coming months.
Students from Oakland's Coliseum College Prep Academy have joined the W.H.Y. Project as part of their internship with KDOL's Media Alliance. They've been tasked with the mission of breaking down stereotypes through images.
6. PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT
It’s been our privilege this year to get to know some of our favorite professional photographers better. Through one-on-one interviews, we've learned about the people behind the photographs as they share what motivates them and the advice they received that inspired them to succeed.
Our first class of #WeHearYouSF students graduated from Life Learning Academy High School and are off to college! We’re so proud of these students. Check out their powerful stories here, and listen to what they have to say about them here.
9. GALLERY SHOW
If it weren’t for the conversations that followed this year’s #WeHearYouSF gallery show at Hipstamatic, Cause Beautiful wouldn’t be what it is today. That night, the community came out to support the students, and we were all inspired by what this could become.
10. LAUNCH GALA
We danced like no one was watching to celebrate the launch of Cause Beautiful and to show support for what the future holds. To see more photos from the event check out the albums on our Facebook page.
11. TIME MAGAZINE
Our launch was big news. Thank you to media outlets TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, SF Gate and The APP Whisperer for helping us spread the word. If you haven't checked out the TIME story yet, see it here.
12. FLASH PRINT SALE
Thanks to the amazing support of a group of professional photographers, we were able to offer beautiful prints for sale. 100% of the proceeds went to support arts education.
13. THE SUM
A handful of our students and our Director of All Things Good, Luanne Dietz, spoke at this year's SUM conference in SF. The SUM brings together the nations top innovators to be inspired through a series of TED-like talks. Students asked participants how they Cause Beautiful. Check out their answers on Twitter.
14. JUST FOR TODAY
The ever-inspiring Richard Koci Hernandez gave us a challenge at the gala: go make images, "just for today" that would Cause Beautiful in the world, he said. He told us to shoot from the heart and don't wait. Start today.