Charity of the week
Documentary filmmaking is uniquely capable of sharing the stories of marginalized communities and groups with the world. As the producer behind the POV (Point of View) series on PBS, American Documentary (amdoc.org) has been a leader in the independent documentary field since its founding in 1988. For nearly three decades, the organization has brought more than 400 independent films to American viewers, on topics ranging from Syrian refugees adjusting to life in the U.S. to the corporatization of the American food chain. These works have won every major film and TV award. American Documentary uses donations to support first-time and minority filmmakers, to produce classroom lesson plans and other materials for schools, and to host free local screenings to promote dialogue and community action. The POV series on PBS begins its 30th season this June.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■