WOW! We continue to be blessed by more gifts to help us pull off this important exhibition! We currently have 40 backers who have pledged a total of $3306 out of the $5500 we hope to raise. That means we are already 60% of the way toward our goal! OUR AWESOME KICKSTARTER!: Even though we are […]

Book On SALE Now!

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Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging out of Foster Care Project Book is nearly sold out.  Order your copy today and help us afford a second run! You can order our book through paypal by selecting the Buy Now button below. The book is 94 pages, 9″x12″. Funds raised through the sale of the book will […]

Brittny Updates & House Hunting


A few weeks ago we asked you to help us raise money for Brittny Boden, a 24 year old we profiled in our Aging out of Foster Care project. Brittny was in danger of becoming homeless when the rent on her subsidized apartment went up past market value. You came through for her, pitching in […]

Action: Brittny needs your help


Christmas is a time when most people think of getting together with family at home. But this Christmas Brittny Boden, a 24 year old we profiled in our Aging out of Foster Care project, is facing eviction from her low-income housing complex, and has neither family nor friends to turn to right now to help her.
Our goal is to raise $1734 by December 12th, 2012 (we’ve raised $655 so far, $1079 to go!)

Via PDN: SalaamGarage-NYC Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Foster Care Project

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What happens to foster care children in New York City when they age-out of the system? The truth is that many are largely forgotten by the government, destined to end up in homeless shelters with nowhere to go and lacking the education or skills to provide for themselves. “I thought my life was over. I couldn’t […]

Anatomy of a Successful Grant Application

This past November, New York City-based photographer Andrew Lichtensteinwon the 2012 Aftermath Project Grant for his project called “American Memory.” It is a series of landscape photographs of sites around the U.S. where historic struggles for civil rights, labor rights and Native American rights took place decades ago, so obvious signs of those struggles have long faded.

The latest in Crowdfunding. Raise Funds!

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Our friends at Causevox published a very helpful free ebook called “7 Habits of Highly Effective Personal Fundraisers.”  Get it Here:  We couldn’t have said it better.  A must download for anyone running a fund-raising campaign. Here are some of our favorite online fund raising platforms: hyper local community funded journalism […]

Join the $2,500 by July 25th campaign!

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My name is Kristie McLean and I traveled with SalaamGarage to Ethiopia six months ago. For me, one of the biggest attractions to SalaamGarage is its focus on raising awareness of social issues and challenging travelers to ACT (rather than just documenting the status quo) to bring about positive change. I am always on the […]

Vatsalya +SalaamGarage +!

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(By Conrad Chavez) I visited India as part of the first SalaamGarage team, which visited Vatsalya in 2007. I was impressed to discover that Vatsalya does not merely rescue street orphans, but is a caring community that transforms them into educated, productive persons with job skills. On our pilot trip, each of us was encouraged to […]

CAUSEVOX: Your Story Starts Here


(Rerouted from our amazing friends at TBD. You need to know about them) From LIVESTRONG to charity:water, the best nonprofits let their supporters become part of their story. But while lots of new nonprofits are great at fieldwork, few have the tech or tale-telling abilities to instantly grab their audience’s attention. CauseVox creates custom public support and online fundraising […]

Can you give her 5 minutes?

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Here is a typical moment during a SalaamGarage trip. This is Sarah Henderson:,  She lives in Portland, OR and came with us on the SalaamGarage Ethiopia trip 2010. She is awesome. We were working with the Hamlin Fistula Hospital, an absolutely amazing organization. What is happening here? Fuji donated polaroid-esque cameras to SalaamGarage so that we could give photos back to the women rather than just taking them. Sarah […]

Last Minute Gifts that seriously matter? Giving and Caring 2010 from us to you!

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Today is Christmas Day, the new year is almost here, and Hanukkah celebrations are complete. But, if you are like Amanda and I here at SalaamGarage, you are only now deciding which charities to make donations to.  I know I have until March 2011 technically but I still like to make my donations at the […]

Kickstarting My Next Journey, Women of the World: Ethiopia!


By Kristie McLean One week from today I will be flying to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on a trip to highlight the issue of obstetric fistula and women’s reproductive health as a member of the SalaamGarage media team. I’ve been passionate about women’s issues for many years (education for girls, child-brides in Afghanistan, women’s groups saving […]

How Kickstarter Got Me Started

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BY JONATHAN HANSON Amazing, is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the experience crowd sourcing has been for me.  I was very apprehensive at first. The thought of asking for money from friends, family and the general public was not something I wanted to do.  After giving it thought, I realized […]

Your Fund Raising Campaign


Last night I spoke at the ASPP (New York Chapter of the American Society of Picture Professionals) on how to make non-profit photography projects happen. I spoke after photographer George del Barrio shared his portrait and documentary project documenting Cambodia’s master artists who survived the Khmer Rouge.  To raise money for the processing of heaps […]

Meetup Tuesday- Little Media Big Change

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Tuesday Sept 21, 2010 6:30pm-9:00pm The SalaamGarage Fall 2010 Humanitarian Media Meetup please RSVP at our SalaamGarage NYC Meetup group, click here -Big Announcement!  Launching our first SalaamGarage Local Grant at this Meetup!  The grants will support writers, reporters, and bloggers to collaborate with photographers and other image-makers to create stories that matter.  SalaamGarage has […]

Have a Cow!


We bought a new water buffalo (not a cow really) for Udayan home for children! The SalaamGarage India team that visited this past September are in high gear working on their stories, building a book, building multimedia.  To inspire us further, we found out today that Vatsalya bought a new, much needed water buffalo […]

How I Pay for my Projects

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by Amanda Koster, SalaamGarage founder from the original post on her personal blog passion. commitment. focus. talent. intuition. faith. trust. many people ask me ‘how do you make your projects happen?’ what people really want to know how on earth i fund them. well, with money of course. but that’s not the real question. anyone can […]

Get Funded


Apply for a Grant For the professional journalist, your best exposure and most support could come from applying for a grant. Center for Investigative Reporting Grants and Pulitzer Center Grants We talk about SalaamGarage team member Daysha Eaton and her grant application with Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and her fundraising efforts here. Spot.Us is […]

The SalaamGarage Funding Your Project Guide

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For a well formatted link to this article please click here: SalaamGarage – Funding your Project with WordPress or Facebook Campaigns You might be reading this because you feel called to participate in a trip with SalaamGarage. I am going to detail a few specific tools and technical resources available to help you with […]

Publish that Photography Project

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Favorite Places on the web for photography stories that matter: Blue Earth Alliance: They support and raise funds to get stories that matter told. Overlooked and under-reported issues from human rights to the environment. They accept project proposals 4 times a year. Collective Lens: “promotes social change with your photos. Upload a photo and help […]