We are still new to the scene, and hope to have the funding to propel our work further through more events, direct engagement with communities, storytelling trainings, more projects, podcasts, and the like. Currently, all our work is done on a voluntary basis with all of our funding coming from individual donations. Since our launch, we’ve raised nearly $9,000 in individual donations, which will go towards funding our upcoming projects and administrative costs. For 2018-19, we aim to raise at least $60,000 through grant and other philanthropic funding, which will allow us to conduct additional projects, scale up our work, and pay at least one staff member to commit 20-40 hours a week to the organization.
Return on investment:
The first three projects have cost Impact Human $0 to launch, all costs have been underwritten by Directors and/or were done in conjunction with other projects Field Researchers were conducting. With no large-scale funding & an entirely volunteer staff, we’ve been able to connect with digital & in-person audiences on these important issues. After we achieve our funding goals, we plan to facilitate storytelling and visual media training workshops with community organizations at the frontlines of climate and pollution impacts. By providing skills training, we can help local organizations become ‘Impact Ambassadors’ with us. They can share local stories with us & other groups, & use storytelling as a vehicle for social & political change.
How could we successfully replicate this solution elsewhere?:
Our approach can benefit a myriad of organizations and help inspire the sweeping social and political change. Storytelling is a vehicle for social change, one that connects us to each other and to the larger systemic issues at play. We believe our three-pronged approach can be replicated for others to increase awareness and drive local and national engagement on climate and environmental justice, as well as other challenges we as a society face. Our research informs audiences of the problems and the solutions available. Our photography engages visually, to show exactly what is at stake and who is affected. Our interviews provide a necessary human dynamic, driving these issues home; and translating them into ‘something that could happen to me’.