Projects

2023 COMPLETED PROJECTS

We are grateful for the opportunity to spread kindness and support work to help others thrive in our inaugural year. The following is a list of all we’ve accomplished together in 2023:

Social Impact for Education:
Opportunities, Equity, and Hope 

July 13, 2023 – BraveMaker Film Festival, July 14, 2023 – Beach Break Film Festival
Major partner for two film festival screenings, moderated a panel discussion, hosted and luncheon and VIP reception, and coordinated nonprofit impact tables focused on transformative educational opportunities in three documentary short films: Finding Ubuntu, Developing Our Future, and Barefoot Empress.
 
Learn more about this project at the following links:

The Pet Cross

August–November 2023

The Pet Cross offers free veterinary care to the pets of senior citizens, low-income families, and the homeless with a mobile vet clinic at convenient locations in Colorado Springs. The foundation provided a grant to cover basic operational expenses, introductions to other sources of funding, and technical expertise totaling over $15,000 in support.

In The Dirt – Film Screenings

September 29–October 1 and November 18, 2023

Major Sponsor for World Premiere of In the Dirt at Crested Butte Film Festival. Organizer and Host for Colorado Springs Screening of In the Dirt. Provided direct engagement and promotional support for both film screenings and support for cast members and families to attend both events. Coordinated fundraising efforts to generate support for Silver Stallion Bicycle and Coffee Works.

Learn more about this project at the following links:
Gratis 7 Productions and In the Dirt

Camera as Witness: Screening of Violins of Hope – Strings of the Holocaust

July 27, 2023
The foundation promoted this event at the Stanford Research Center and participated on the panel for this film that featured Israeli master violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein, and his efforts to restore violins from the Holocaust.

Watch Violins of Hope – Strings of the Holocaust streaming on PBS.com

Youth Documentary Academy – 10th Anniversary Events

September 7 and November 4, 2023
The foundation provided significant financial support and direct assistance for two signature events to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Colorado Springs-based Youth Documentary Academy. We also provided the initial funding and recruited additional partners for a matching gift incentive that helped to raise more than $10,000.

“A Divine Journey” Screenings

December 17, 2023 in Palo Alto, CA and December 22, 2023 in Colorado Springs, CO

The foundation hosted these two private film events to introduce people to “A Divine Journey”, and help raise financial assistance for Supportive Pillar Organisation, created to build a leadership academy for refugee orphans and help marginalized youth access education in a safe and loving environment.

The 50 Film Screening – Beach Break Film Festival

December 28, 2023
Provided direct engagement in the planning and promotion of a film festival screening, VIP reception, and moderating a panel discussion with the Director and three formerly incarcerated subjects in the film who are now actively working as peer counselors in their communities.

Learn more about this project at the following links:

The Power of Small – Kindness Film Project by Gratis 7 Films

In-Production, Release Date Spring 2024

The foundation is supporting the pre-production phase of a film on kindness, The Power of Small. In a world longing for compassion, imagine gathering a diverse group, endowing them with unexpected financial means, and setting them on a single mission: spread kindness. No rules, no supervision – just empathy as their guide.

Learn more about Gratis 7 Productions and The Power of Small

2024 Upcoming Projects

New Project Information Coming Soon

AREAS OF FOCUS

Kindness Matters – You Matter

Kindness is contagious. Kindness is cool. Kindness is making a comeback. At a time when so much divisiveness and rage fuels our political and cultural conversations, simple acts of intentional kindness have become a powerful and transformative antidote. We are looking to support kindness projects of all shapes and sizes and highlight the inspirational work of kindness ambassadors. Individuals who imagine and implement acts of kindness, often in unexpected ways, demonstrate that YOU do matter. And, in the process they create the ripple effects that transform the world around them.

Lens of Hope

Filmmakers, musicians, artists, and creatives can unite people around the shared experience of inspiring and uplifting stories. We regularly host social impact film events that bring people together to learn about challenging issues needing constructive and collaborative solutions. We are looking to entertain and educate audiences while moving them from being passive viewers to becoming creative and engaged problem solvers. These Lens of Hope Creatives open viewers up to a different way of perceiving a challenging situation with the expectation that they can find potential solutions and participate in creating a more hope-filled world.

Pathways to Mental Health Resiliency

We recognize the importance of mental health and seek to find creative pathways towards wellness and resiliency.  Mental health is a vital companion to physical health and includes one’s emotional, psychological, spiritual, and social well-being. It is the crucial foundation that impacts every major problem facing modern society. Resiliency is the capacity to recover from adversity, trauma, or change, and find the strength to carry on. We look for projects that help build a tapestry of physical, mental, emotional, and social wellness that enables individuals and communities to adapt and thrive with a hopeful vision for their future.

Pet-Powered Pawzitivity

The furry, four-legged family members who inhabit our lives provide companionship, joy, and a daily dose of mischief. Our pets are often a source of comfort and solace for individuals who are grieving or lonely and can be professionally trained to provide assistance with physical or emotional needs. Pets can also provide relief in anxiety-producing situations and can facilitate deeper human connection or companionship. Animals in their native habitat remind us of our
interconnectedness and the importance of protecting and caring for the natural world we inhabit. We seek creative projects to support these family members who provide so much pet-powered pawzitivity.

Voices of Youth

The next generation is inheriting a world filled with both challenges and opportunities. The rapid pace of technology, new models of education and employment, the threat of climate change, and our increasing global interconnectedness, make it even more important that we draw upon the wisdom of all generations. Half of the world’s population is under the age of 30, 25 percent are under the age of 15. Young people offer an inspiring blend of unflinching honesty and contagious optimism combined with youthful energy and passion. We are looking to support projects that amplify these voices of youth and their fresh ideas and innovation that will help to create a brighter future.

Our mission is to celebrate stories of kindness, support the resiliency of individuals, and promote solutions that contribute to thriving communities. With this mission, we are intentionally orchestrating a movement to inspire others to live with a spirit of kindness and compassion. We believe it is possible to live in the present moment of each day with an awareness and gratitude for what you have, and that each person can help to make the world a better, kinder place.

Through the projects we support in our five focus areas, we seek to help individuals and communities thrive. We hope to partner with efforts to expand equitable access to resources such as affordable housing, education and employment opportunities, healthy food, wellness and resiliency, and an appreciation for the natural environment and the arts.

Vibrant colors illuminating beauty, joy, and hope.
Tireless movement illustrating possibility, endurance, and resilience.
Prolific pollinators inspiring collaboration, connection, and healing.

These beautiful creatures remind us
that even a single person can help transform the world,
making it a better, kinder place.
Be a hummingbird.