Non-Profit Video

Chicago nonprofit virtual fundraiser

Operation North Pole

Operation North Pole (ONP) is a Chicago nonprofit volunteer-based children’s charity that annually hosts a holiday fantasy trip to the North Pole for families who have a child battling a life threatening/terminal illness. As a volunteer-based organization, ONP relies on donations and fundraising to operate. For the past 5 years, a number of Chicago’s most well-known chefs have hosted a gourmet food tasting event and raised a majority of the money needed for ONP.

ONP had to postpone its flagship 2020 holiday event due to the pandemic and also had to forgo its 2021 fundraising tasting event as COVID continued to ravage the country. Just like the parents of a child battling a potentially terminal illness, many of their chef-owners, brave each day not knowing if their doors will remain open for another day or two.

During the pandemic, we produced a free 12-hour live streaming telethon, called “Let’s Get Cookin”, featuring twenty-four Chicago area chefs who demonstrated their talents for viewers to see. It was a supersized cooking show to learn secret recipes and give back at the same time. All the net proceeds went to benefit the chefs/restaurants who have been so generous to ONP. Here are a few of their stories that we produced with the ARRI Alexa Mini:


May Street Catering

LeBouchon

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Mane in Heaven // Fundraising Video

Mane In Heaven is a nonprofit organization based in the Northwest Chicago suburb of Barrington. It provides animal-assisted therapy programs thru their miniature horses. They travel around the Chicago area to promote kindness, empathy and well-being.

As with many nonprofit organizations, figuring out creative ways to fundraise became one of their priorities for this year. The nonprofit had used video production in the past for fundraising and marketing purposes but the messaging wasn’t quite on target. So, we worked with the nonprofit on messaging and created a storyline that would impact viewers on an emotional level.

When we are documenting nonprofit organizations, we oftentimes film soundbites or other material that we just didn’t plan…and that’s the nature of documentary filmmaking. You capture the moment. In this case, we had planned to document the nonprofit‘s visit to Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Chicago. The moment we captured with Phoenix was one of the first things we filmed there and that moment became the emotional peak of the fundraising film!

We hope you enjoy this fundraising video about a wonderful nonprofit organization that’s helping Chicago.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago | Woman’s Board

Since the end of World War II, the Woman’s Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (BGCC) has proven to be a powerful force in Chicago’s philanthropic community. The members of the Woman’s Board are strongly committed to the mission of BGCC, funding programs across all Chicago-area Clubs. They also embrace a hands-on approach, volunteering their time at the Clubs and offering unique opportunities for Club members to enjoy the best of Chicago’s arts and culture through the Share Chicago program as well as providing the nonprofit’s Club members with Woman’s Board Scholarships.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago provides a safe haven for Chicago’s youth after school. It’s a place for them to be themselves. This video production tells their stories.

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