Here at PhotoShelter for Brands, we have the privilege of working with incredible brands on the cutting edge of visual storytelling. We’re proud to work with innovative creative teams across industries, but we want to take a moment to give special recognition to the cause-based organizations in our community.
Right now, nonprofit marketing and development teams are running their biggest campaigns of the year, telling powerful stories to motivate audiences to take action. These creatives know how to make an impact, even with small teams and tight budgets. Their work moves us, and it makes the world a better place.
Learn how 12 wonderful nonprofits and the unsung heroes who power their visual storytelling strategies create impactful content and generate support for their causes.
12 Nonprofits Who Inspire Us
The team at Special Olympics has a knack for sharing photos and videos that make you feel. They’re experts at capturing decisive moments of resilience, whether it’s a moment of quiet connection or roaring triumph.
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“We’re celebrating together because you’ve created a school environment that is accepting of all type of talents and identities…I’m incredibly proud of this school. In your younger years, you’re becoming the kind of people that some adults still strive to be in their older years. I hope you always look for ways take care of people around you because that’s what builds strong communities.” @govinslee addressing Fife High School students as they are named one of the most inclusive schools in the U.S. #unifiedgeneration #choosetoinclude
For the 2019 holiday season, they partnered with Finish Line to match every year-end gift, doubling the impact of each donation. Thank you to Special Olympics for inspiring us with your beautiful, emotional photography, and using it to fuel the #InclusionRevolution!
Learn more about how they collaborate internationally to tell diverse, impactful, inclusive stories of athletes with intellectual disabilities. Donate now!
The Bowery Mission
The Bowery Mission has been fighting homeless, hunger and poverty in New York City since the 1870s, so naturally they’ve built an incredible archive of images.
They love to shout out their volunteers on Twitter and Instagram, giving a face to the people who serve their community every day. Check out this celebratory post honoring volunteers past and present.
Thank you to The Bowery Mission for bringing hope to New York City for more than 14 decades – we can’t wait to see what you do in the next one! Donate now.
Whether they’re providing hurricane relief in South Carolina or delivering water treatment systems to San Juan de Sinchicuy, Peru, the team at Water Mission changes lives with safe water.
This organization knows the power of a stunning image to inspire donors. Every image demonstrates a donor’s impact, and every caption has a tone of gratitude. Their Instagram feed is full of joy and authenticity.
Cheers to Water Mission for bringing safe water, good health and a sense of relief to people around the world! Donate now.
The National Aquarium
Tell me this little creature doesn’t make you stop scrolling.
Thank you to the National Aquarium for leading conservation efforts, educating your audience and providing a window into our underwater world! Donate now.
Dive into metadata with the National Aquarium in this on-demand webinar.
Food for the Hungry
The team at Food for the Hungry does an incredible job of using imagery to demonstrate impact and generate critical support. Whether it’s fundraising to help nations suffering from a crisis or educating global citizens on how they can make a difference, their content quite literally can change the world.
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust leads sailing trips to help young people rebuild their confidence after cancer. This year, they’re engaging Twitter followers by cross pollinating their social audiences and sharing the firsthand experiences of the communities they serve.
Thank you to the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust for helping young people find hope and magic after recovering from cancer! Donate now.
If your Instagram feed (like mine) is full of home and travel content from brands like Apartment Therapy and Airbnb, you need to make sure you’re following Landmark Trust. This organization rescues historic buildings and gives them new life as holiday rentals. Their social media channels offer an amazing mix of vacation inspiration and historic throwback photos.
Thank you to the Landmark Trust for preserving these beautiful landmarks and making them accessible to people from all over the world! Donate now.
New York Cares
The volunteer network New York Cares has a knack for celebrating volunteer efforts big and small. They put their volunteers in the spotlight, giving followers a behind the scenes look at their community service work.
It’s a great way to recruit new volunteers, because you can see exactly what you’d be doing and the sentiments showcase the reciprocal relationship between volunteers and the communities they support.
The Jed Foundation
The Back-to-School season is always a frantic time, but with rules and regulations in flux due to the ongoing global pandemic, planning for the future has become overwhelming for parents, students and school administrators.
The Jed Foundation also promotes and supports the missions of other incredible organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Thank you to the Jed Foundation for finding creative ways to support the mental health of young people! Donate now.
14th Street Y
The 14th Street Y is a dynamic community center in New York City, providing everything from fitness classes to Jewish cultural events. The organization’s social media and promotional materials all have one unifying theme: community. The images invite you to be a part of something — to join in!
They know how to make everyday moments feel special. Thank you to the 14th Street Y for giving thousands of New Yorkers a place to feel at home! Donate now.
Global Heritage Fund
Global Heritage Fund restores historic monuments and breathes new life into their surrounding communities along the way. Their Instagram is a fascinating window into how preservation efforts can have an incredible ripple effect.
James Beard Foundation
The James Beard Foundation has a wide audience of the most influential stars in the food world. This year, they shifted their content and communications strategy toward opening a dialogue within the hospitality and service industry where chefs, foodies, and hungry people alike can reimagine sustainable work conditions and approaches to food together.
Thank you to the James Beard Foundation for working to build a more sustainable, diverse and equitable culinary culture! Donate now.
See how the James Beard Foundation achieves its mission with visual content in this Behind the Scenes with the Storytellers video.
Thank you to all of these nonprofits – and so many more not mentioned here – for inspiring us all year long. Now, it’s your turn! Who moves you? Shout out the nonprofits you love to follow @psforbrands.