In response to the difficult times hitting the events industry, we are featuring grassroot initiatives so our community can LEARN, GET INVOLVED AND DONATE.
If you missed the Engage! Foundation webinar you can watch the recording here. Thank you to our panel of industry activists:
- Carla Ruben of Creative Edge Parties #feedthefrontline
- Annie Lee of Daughter of Design #saveevents #eventssave
- Anja WinniKa of Editor in Chief and producing press releases for event industry messaging
- JoAnn Gregoli of Elegant Occasions and producing face masks for NYC healthcare workers
- Nardos Imam of Nardos Imam Design and producing face masks
- Rebecca Yale of Rebecca Yale Photography raising money for UNICEF
Engaging for a better world
A foundation to educate and empower Engage attendees' philanthropic efforts and leave a positive footprint wherever we gather.
Donate to Engage! Foundation
The Engage! Foundation is a charitable organization created to provide financial aid and support to event professionals seeking to make a positive impact in our global community.
The foundation operates as a means to educate attendees and raise awareness about non-profit work being done by event professionals, including opportunities to donate time, money, or services. Some examples of these fantastic non-profits include, The Birthday Party Project, Wish Upon a Wedding and the Confetti Foundation- all organizations run by fellow Engagees.
At each conference, the Engage! Foundation strives to leave a positive local footprint by providing gifting with locally sourced products from regional artisans and entrepreneurs.
The Engage! Foundation is also committed to adopting a local charity and supporting them with supplies through the Pack with a Purpose program as well as cultivated excursions for attendees to volunteer for at each summit.
Featuring grassroots initiatives started by members of our events industry.
Tell us about what’s happening in your community by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate to any of these causes, click on our donate button and identify which effort you wish to support.
- #SaveEvents #EventsSave by planner, Annie Lee. DONATE HERE and mention COVID
- #FeedTheFrontLine by caterer, Carla Ruben
- #StayInSpeakOut to support Unicef by photographer, Rebecca Yale DONATE HERE
- Sewing Face Masks by planner, JoAnn Gregoli DONATE HERE, Link to Images
- Sewing Face Masks by dress designer, Nardos Imam DONATE HERE
- Birthday Party Project
- Confetti Foundation
- Wish Upon a Wedding
- Kristy Rice, Momental
- Marcia Selden Catering and Events #foodforthefrontlines
- IN THE NAME OF LOVE: COVID-19 Relief Fund for LGBTQ+Wedding Pros
In November 2018, the Engage! Foundation visited the Sarahuaro’s Center for the Development of Women in Los Cabos, Mexico.
The Center offers a variety of educational opportunities for women from Los Cabos most impoverished colonias. With courses focusing on basic life skills, language, literacy, and job training in skills like sewing and hairstyling, the center also provides educational child care and nutritious meals to the children of their attendees.
Through the Pack with a Purpose program, the Engage! Foundation collected and donated art supplies for their craft program, and during an excursion to the Center, Engagee attendees were able to tour their facilities, meet the local women and participate in some of the great projects that the Center offers.
In June 2019, the Engage! Foundation partnered with the Baha Mar to support the Disabled Persons Organization of the Bahamas.
A cross disability non-profit organization, the DPO has striven for 30 years to empower the disabled community in the Bahamas to become more skilled and independent through education and training, economic empowerment, social development, and integration of persons with disabilities in society. Our pack with purpose program collected a wide range of talking aids and accessories including talking watches, calculators and kitchen and bathroom aids.
Before our gala Engage attendees and members of the DPO gathered in the Baha Mar Art Gallery to play with various art mediums including painting, printmaking, and stenciling. During our party we presented our supplies to their association president so that all DPO members could receive the gifts.
In October 2019, The Engage! Foundation announced its partnershp with VOW to end child marriage.
During our Engage! London, Princess Mabel Van Oranje presented her charity and educated our attendees about the crisis of child brides.
Every year, 12 million girls are married before they turn 18—some are as young as 8 years old. That’s one girl married every 3 seconds. Child marriage robs girls of their basic rights to health, education and safety, putting them at greater risk of violence and poverty. If current trends on child marriage continue, 150 million more girls will be married in childhood by 2030, with devastating consequences for the whole world.
We are pleased to partner with VOW to End Child Marriage, an exciting new initiative that puts the reach and economic power of the global wedding industry behind the worldwide movement to end child marriage. VOW’s brand partners commit to donate a portion of profits from wedding products, experiences and gift registries to help end child marriage.
Couples, their guests and friends can support VOW in the planning and celebration of their marriage by donating directly to VOW, purchasing VOW products or aligning wedding registries with VOW.
All money raised by VOW supports local organizations that are standing up for girls’ rights and preventing child marriage in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
On a day when a couple says ‘I DO,’ let’s make it possible for a girl somewhere else in the world to say ‘I DON’T.’
VOW is on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @vowforgirls. Their hashtag is #vowforgirls.Direct donations can be made here: https://vowtoendchildmarriage.org/get-involved/#donate