Chicago Nonprofit Fundraising Video Tag

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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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High Jump | Fundraising Video

High Jump is a two-year, tuition-free academic enrichment program for rising seventh graders in Chicago. The Chicago nonprofit teaches students who demonstrate strong academic potential, value learning, and have dreams of excelling academically.

Through this video production, we were able to tell the stories of three exceptional High Jump students and how the Chicago nonprofit has helped them excel academically.

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Filming Anaitzel’s story at Latin Campus

Our initial plan was to capture the three student stories over the course of three separate seasons. That was the plan but this year, Fall was short and quickly turned into Winter. So, two of the students were filmed during what we’ll affectionately call the “colder months” in Chicago.

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Filming the twins (Derrick and Justin) at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

We filmed at three of the nonprofit’s Chicago campuses: Francis W. Parker, Latin School of Chicago, and University of Chicago Lab Schools. All filming was done with the RED Epic Dragon Cinema Camera for that extra movie-like look!

Filming at Francis W. Parker School on their stage

We started planning for this project about six months ago and it’s incredibly rewarding to see the final product come together. Even more amazing is that our client was able to raise over $1 million at their annual gala where this video premiered! This was $70K over their fundraising goal and an increase of over $200K from last year’s benefit. This is the highest amount ever raised in the history of this nonprofit!

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High Jump // Fundraising Video

High Jump is a Chicago nonprofit organization that provides tuition-free academic enrichment programs for 7th and 8th graders in Chicago Public Schools. We were hired to produce a fundraising video for their annual gala.

Over the course of two days, our video production crew filmed at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools campus in Chicago. We worked with our client to identify students who could appear on camera and share their stories.

The event exceeded expectations for fundraising – the final tally was $960,000; higher than their original goal of $875,000! To check out some of the other nonprofit fundraising videos we have produced, CLICK HERE.

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