Here are the Top 10 giving communities at the conclusion of our Groupon Grassroots campaign:

  1. Southborough, MA
  2. Kennesaw, GA
  3. Houston, TX
  4. Nashville, TN
  5. Minneapolis, MN
  6. Cary, NC
  7. Franklin, TN
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Roswell, GA
  10. Osseo, MN

We raised a total of $8,960 with a total of 496 Groupon donations. This includes our $4,000 matching goal from Wacom. Each donation goes to fund an event in the city to which it’s donated and in the coming days we’ll be contacting those local groups with instructions regarding the funds. Thanks to our community for matching this campaign such a great success.

HELP Help-Portrait

After three years, the Help-Portrait community of 25,000+ photographers, in 56 countries, at over 700 events, have given away nearly 170,000 portraits to those who are less fortunate. We’re currently seeking donations to help fuel the base operational costs such as staff, marketing, promotions, press and other related expenses.

Donate today and help us continue to touch and change lives.

To date we’ve raised $10,682 of $75,000 — that’s 14%!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012  |  Category: Updates  |  1 Comment
  • Ali Smith Ali Smith

    Go Boise! :)
    Ali Smith | 23/09/2012 5:17 pm

Wednesday is the final day of Help-Portrait’s Groupon Grassroots Campaign to raise money for local events this Dec. 8. We met & exceeded our fundraising goal of 400 to qualify for our corporate matching donation of $4,000 from Wacom. But we can’t stop now! Keep tweeting, emailing and Facebooking your community to raise more money for your local events.

Some have asked how to donate to their local event if there isn’t a Groupon in their city. Donate to any city and then fill out the “Donor Contact Form linked to from your voucher to

Regardless of your location, it’s important to fill out the Donor Contact Form and specify which city you want your Groupon donation to be applied, or else the money will go to the group closest to your zip code.

If you’ve donated, the link to the Donor Contact Form is on your Groupon Voucher, and we’ve included it here for your convenience. This form is, of course, only valid for those who have given donations through this Groupon campaign.

http://gr.pn/Q9Ewdb

Posted on Sep 26, 2012  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

Hop on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or your blog and share a photo from your local Help-Portrait event (or grab one of your favorites from our blog) and share the story and a link to the Help-Portrait Groupon: http://hp.cta.gs/groupon.

We believe these photos bring love, light and hope to people in need and, by showing others the impact, they’ll connect with the cause and help us reach more people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Sep 25, 2012  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

Tamara Okoti, organizer of Help-Portrait Abbotsford, BC, Canada shared these photos and memories from their December 2011 event in which 300 people received free portraits from 100 volunteers.

“This is my second year co-organizing this event, and it is always so great to know that you have impacted someone’s life by way of a simple picture. It is a way that I can give back to others, even though I wouldn’t have the money to give, I can give of my time and talents.”

“There were several women who came in who believed that they looked ugly in all photos. These women were tearfully happy with the results, and especially happy with the positive feedback from volunteers. One particular woman is well known at a local shelter, and felt that her picture made her look old (she has not had a picture in several years and likely the last good memory of how she looks was a good 20 yrs ago). Many of our volunteers spent a good portion of time boosting her ego (the picture was actually quite good), and the next day she was happily showing it off to the other women at the shelter.”

Give a $10 for $20 Donation to Help-Portrait

After three years, the Help-Portrait community of 25,000+ photographers, in 56 countries, at over 700 events, have given away nearly 170,000 portraits to those who are less fortunate. Help us give more this season by giving $10 for a $20 corporate-matched donation to your local Help-Portrait event.

Donate today and help us continue to touch and change lives.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  No Comments

We’re in the home stretch! We need 107 more $10 Groupon donations to qualify for our Wacom match of $4,000 by Wednesday. People are more likely to support a cause when referred by someone they know. And they’re more likely to give if you ask them personally.

Today’s challenge: Email 10 of your friends and ask them to join you in supporting your local Help-Portrait event.

Feel free to include pictures you’ve taken, or ones we’ve featured on the blog as examples of the power of Help-Portrait. Here’s a suggestion for the email copy:


Subject: Great way to support Help-Portrait

The Help-Portrait Community has a Groupon Grassroots campaign running until Wed. to raise money for our local events. The deal is $10 for a $20 donation, which provides 2 families the opportunity for a portrait session, three professional prints and a frame.

I’ve seen firsthand how Help-Portrait changes lives. I love volunteering and being part of our local event, and I’m excited to see how many more people we can reach this year.

Help us by donating today: http://hp.cta.gs/groupon

Many thanks!

p.s. here’s my favorite Help-Portrait photo from last year. 

Posted on Sep 24, 2012  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

Help-Portrait events happen across the globe. And sometimes photographers and volunteers combine Help-Portrait with other outreaches. Such is the case with photographer Michael Thelen of Bridgeport, CT. “I went to the Dominican Republic to distribute toys to needy children,” he said. “Once I was there, I remembered my affiliation with Help-Portrait and decided to photograph families and children for the community. With the Help-Portrait mission in focus I began, what would be, my favorite visit to the Dominican Republic interior.

“The children there are, by American standards, impoverished. They seemed drawn to the camera, and although my spoken Spanish isn’t what it could be, I did understand when they asked if they could see their picture.”

“I realized how much I have even if it’s only around my neck. I realized how easy it is to make a smile and to smile back.”

“I also did a featured shoot for a local Dominican woman that distributes hundreds of toys (all paid for out of her own pocket) to children in the surrounding villages where she grew up. She lives in NY, but makes an annual visit to distribute the toys. She has a boutique that I did photographs for to give back to her for all she has done for her community.”

See all the photos at www.SophterLight.com under the Galleries tab on the top of the page.

Give a $10 for $20 Donation to Help-Portrait

After three years, the Help-Portrait community of 25,000+ photographers, in 56 countries, at over 700 events, have given away nearly 170,000 portraits to those who are less fortunate. Help us give more this season by giving $10 for a $20 corporate-matched donation to your local Help-Portrait event.

Donate today and help us continue to touch and change lives.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012  |  Category: Story of the Day  |  2 Comments
  • Mike Mike

    Thank You Help-Portrait for recognizing SophterLight Photography! We look forward to participating in future Help-Portrait programs.
    Mike | 24/09/2012 7:52 pm

  • carandavis carandavis

    Our honor & pleasure!
    carandavis | 26/09/2012 3:02 am

Most Help-Portrait events happen on the second Saturday each December. However, individual groups can choose their give-back event anytime that’s best for those they’re working with. Max Mikhaylenko from Vancouver, Wash., shared these images and video from their Help-Portrait event held this past Easter.

“It was a sunny Easter morning, and people from the local family shelter who had previously signed up started to pour into the studio. We had live bunny rabbits for the kids to play with, uplifting music from the K-Love radio station, and some very talented hair and makeup people as well as photographers. Of course every individual had their own story, one particular gal I remember distinctly because she got emotional and started to cry, as her husband that just got out of jail, promised to do everything he can to change his old ways. This very first family portrait of theirs apparently struck a chord in his soul, and it was sweet to see the positive result.”

Give a $10 for $20 Donation to Help-Portrait

After three years, the Help-Portrait community of 25,000+ photographers, in 56 countries, at over 700 events, have given away nearly 170,000 portraits to those who are less fortunate. Help us give more this season by giving $10 for a $20 corporate-matched donation to your local Help-Portrait event.

Donate today and help us continue to touch and change lives.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

“Can you imagine being 40-years-old or 60-years-old and somebody touching your face for this first time? Somebody applying make up to your face, eye makeup whatever it is, can you imagine the power of that after going your whole life in being trained to think I’m not beautiful, I’m not special?”

-Jeremy Cowart TEDx Nashville

Give a $10 for $20 Donation to Help-Portrait

After three years, the Help-Portrait community of 25,000+ photographers, in 56 countries, at over 700 events, have given away nearly 170,000 portraits to those who are less fortunate. Help us give more this season by giving $10 for a $20 corporate-matched donation to your local Help-Portrait event.

Donate today and help us continue to touch and change lives.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012  |  Category: Inspiration  |  No Comments

Call, email or text your Help-Portrait event sponsors (your nonprofit venue and corporate sponsors) and ask them to back this Groupon campaign.

Let them know all money raised goes to fund the local event where it’s raised. Ask the them to share the following to reach out to their mailing lists to further the reach of this campaign. Here’s some suggested copy for you and them to use.

Your copy:

Subject: Help-Portrait needs you!

Help-Portrait [your city here] has an incredible opportunity to raise money for our local event through a $10 for $20 donation through Groupon. We need your help to raise as much money as possible to qualify for a matching corporate donation from Wacom. Would you share the following with your email list within the next two days?

Thanks for your help!

Their copy:

Subject: Your chance to give to a great cause

Help-Portrait changes lives in our community each year by providing professional portraits for individuals and families who would otherwise never have them. Through a current Groupon campaign, you have the opportunity to give a $10 for a $20 donation that will provide the chance for two families to receive a photography session, three portraits and a frame this coming holiday season. Donate here: http://hp.cta.gs/groupon

Thanks for providing love & light to people in need!

Include pictures from your local event, or use the following to help illustrate the impact of Help-Portrait events.

linda

Posted on Sep 23, 2012  |  Category: Updates  |  No Comments

In this new video, Help-Portrait Austin recaps the 2011 event and looks forward to this year’s. Watch in this video how the volunteers are just as touched and changed as the recipients. That’s the beauty of Help-Portrait. Help us reach $4,000 in a special Help-Portrait Groupon offer through Wednesday – a $10 donation is worth $20.

Give a $10 for $20 Donation to Help-Portrait

After three years, the Help-Portrait community of 25,000+ photographers, in 56 countries, at over 700 events, have given away nearly 170,000 portraits to those who are less fortunate. Help us give more this season by giving $10 for a $20 corporate-matched donation to your local Help-Portrait event.

Donate today and help us continue to touch and change lives.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012  |  Category: H-P Organizers, Inspiration  |  No Comments