By: Mary Cranston
Toronto Acumen officially partnered with Photographers without Borders for their 5th annual "Dignity in Focus" photography auction fundraiser.
Dignity in Focus showcases inspiring photography from internationally renowned photographers and draws awareness to the challenges of poverty in Toronto and abroad.
"We asked photographers from around the world to submit photos of what dignity means to them," says Tanya Bass, volunteer engagement director with Dignity in Focus.
After analyzing hundreds of submissions, Bass says thirty-five finalists were chosen to have their photos auctioned off at the event. All the funds are going towards Acumen global as well as Acumen's local chapter in Toronto.
Acumen is a global charity that invests in leaders and social entrepreneurs in developing countries. The organization has chapters in numerous cities around the world, including Toronto.
Bass tells me a large part of Acumen's mission, is to change the way the world tackles poverty.
"We try to promote the idea of teaching a person to fish, as opposed to just giving them a fish. Not just feeding them bread for the day but enabling them to build a business, sustain their families and create jobs. Acumen tends to invest in large projects that build infrastructure, energy and a clean environment."
Bass hopes Toronto Acumen can continue working with Photography without Borders.
"I feel as though our missions align. Together we can share narratives of human dignity through the art of photography, combat poverty, inequality and indignity in our world today."
For more information you can visit: http://acumen.org/