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The Need for Social Connection during Our Pandemic Crisis

Our nation is facing a crisis of a lifetime, of a century. Our health and financial future depends on each person committing to social distancing. But social connection is fundamental to who we are as a nation and how we will move forward together.

The CDC offers in their guides the following to cope with the crisis and something Odyssey’s work can deliver:

“Connect with family, friends, and others in your community.”

Americans thrive being together – from congregating on the sabbath or Sunday, to social justice events, to friends and family get togethers.

Connecting is critical now to balance our lives, support each other and celebrate the power of humanity.

As we navigate our new world, Odyssey Impact is creatively finding ways to connect us and share hope through film resources, hosting Live Town Halls, and creating a special series focused on healing the health care heroes.

Shared experiences keep the sense of community and compassion alive.

As all of us are faced with the economic impact of this crisis. If you are able, supporting a non profit like Odyssey Impact is so important to sustain our needed mission through the crisis.

Please consider supporting Odyssey, and know that your consideration, your friendship and gift are all important to us. If you cannot give right now but wish to stay connected with Odyssey Impact, let us know and email [email protected].

The Compassion Fund

Connecting people, empowering changemakers, and driving social change. 

 

The Compassion Fund is a  newly launched initiative to empower our nation’s changemakers with compassionate and powerful storytelling and programs to nurture compassion and healing.

 

The Fund will support Odyssey Impact’s work of producing documentaries of social injustice and racial divides, creating social impact campaigns around the films to educate and empower our nation’s changemakers and building coalitions of people to inspire action, connect communities and drive social change.

 

Your consideration, friendship, and gifts are critical to our mission, and we appreciate every one. Thank you

OUR MISSION: Odyssey Impact drives social change through innovative storytelling and media, connecting faith and secular communities.

Founded in 1987 as the National Interfaith Cable Coalition, Odyssey Impact is an interfaith 501c3 that harnesses the goodwill of faith based and secular organizations to build awareness, change attitudes and catalyze actions for social change through award-winning films, powerful stories, impact campaigns and coalitions of change makers.

Thank you for caring and our best wishes for your health in every way.

For stock donations or donations via wire transfer and ACH, please contact our Advancement Director for instructions:

Ann O’Leary
Director of Advancement
[email protected]
(203) 368-8649

 

To make a gift by check, please make the check payable to “Odyssey Impact” and mail to:

 

Odyssey Impact

Gift Processing

P.O. Box 1080

Southport, CT 06890

 

If you have any questions or need Odyssey Impact’s 501(c)(3) letter, please email [email protected] or call (929) 379-3410.

 

Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for considering a donation to help connect communities and heal!

 

For those of you interested in the tax benefits afforded by the CARES Act, here are some highlights and please, read this informative article from Fidelity Charitable.

  • The CARES Act allows for a deduction for charitable gifts made in cash of up to $300. If you are not itemizing on your 2020 taxes, you can claim this new deduction.
  • Corporations can now deduct up to 25 percent of taxable income (increased from 10 percent).
  • For IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD), the CARES Act did not change the rules, which allows individuals over 70½ years old to donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets directly to a charity annually, without taking the distribution into taxable income.  However, under the CARES Act, an individual can elect to deduct 100 percent of their AGI for cash charitable contributions, effectively affording individuals over 59½ years old the benefits similar to a QCD.
  • For those with a Donor Advised Fund, you are still able to deduct up to 60 percent AGI in cash, and up to 30 percent, AGI in appreciated assets contributed to a donor-advised fund.

HOST A SCREENING

Host a Screening and discover the value of using Odyssey Impact’s diverse resources to extend your organization’s work.

 

Odyssey Impact’s films and accompanying resources help secure grants for organizations, build new grassroots and national coalitions and inspire action.

 

Our impact campaign for Milwaukee 53206 helped criminal justice reform organizations advocate for the release of the film’s main subject, Mr. Baron Walker, who is now reunited with his community and family.

 

Contact Evy Constantine, our Screenings Strategist, to learn more about hosting a film screening in your own community, place of worship or campus.

TESTIMONIALS

The Recy Taylor viewing and panel merged both digital media and public discourse, two mediums that are deeply reflective of how I like to engage. Sensory learning merged with the opportunity to talk through thoughts and ideas offers such a meaningful experience.

— Rev. Alisha Gordon, Executive Minister of Programs at The Riverside Church

A screening of Odyssey’s Milwaukee 53206 film lent experiential weight to our decision to apply for (a grant) that funded a Restorative Justice program. In that grant, we began to experiment with a hybrid field education placement, which brought together an Louisville Seminary student, a local congregation, Louisville Seminary faculty members, an expert in Restorative Justice from another local university, and a program that created a Circles of Support and Accountability for a returning citizen.”

— Marcus Hong, Louisville Seminary Field Education Director & Prof. of Practical Theology

The Rape of Recy Taylor was more powerful and moving than I could have ever imagined. I've never been in a class where a film had that kind of effect on the students. I've never experienced this in my life. From day one, as a teacher, I have been an advocate of digital learning. I've always used film. I've never experienced this in my life.

— Rev. Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins, Columbia Theological Seminary

BECOME A PARTNER

At the heart of Odyssey’s Impact mission is to connect people, communities, and organizations to powerful stories about the issues shaping our daily society, including racial justice, gender justice and mass incarceration. Partners are vital to all our work.

 

Please contact Jenise Ogle at [email protected] or Anne Faustin-Davis at [email protected] if you feel you have:

 

  • Expertise on one of the social issues at the heart of a current film campaign.
  • Influence in driving audiences to connect through social media and marketing.
  • Skills that help drive strategic development.
  • Interest in supporting a campaign with a charitable gift.

 

Our MILWAUKEE 53206 Partners

 

  • Healing Communities
  • Prison Fellowship
  • Wisdom
  • Union Theological Seminary
  • ACLU
  • McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University
  • Candler School of Theology
  • Urban Institute
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church

 

Our The Rape of Recy Taylor Partners: 

 

  • NAACP Youth and College Division
  • Connect NYC
  • Wall Street Alphas
  • The Park Avenue Christian Church
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
  • The Center for Anti-Violence Education
  • Faith Matters Network
  • NYC Allaince Against Sexual Assault
  • Columbia Seminary

If you’re a member of the press seeking information about Odyssey Impact, please contact:

 

Melissa Potter
Head of Social Impact and Communications
[email protected]

 

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