Created in 2012, SHUTTER TO THINK ( www.shuttertothink.org ) is a project designed to use photography as a way to support programs for girls around the world. Through the sale of personal photographs taken by well-known actors, writers, directors, and musicians, SHUTTER TO THINK is able to help fund programs with globally recognized organizations that are focused on providing opportunities to girls.
The harsh reality is that girls around the world are often undervalued and discriminated against. Education is at the core of many of the issues surrounding girls.
- There are 67 million children that are not in school. More than half of these children are girls.
- Girls who receive an education are less vulnerable to HIV infection, human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. They are more likely to marry later, raise fewer children who are more likely to go to school, and make important contributions to family income. This positive outcome transcends generations and can potentially lift whole communities out of poverty.
Photographs are sold on shuttertothink.org with 100% of the profits going to programs that support opportunities for girls and education. Some of our recipients include: Girl Up, Camfed, Room to Read, CARE, Afghan Connection, The Girl Effect, GEM and Plan International.
From securing the image, to the sale of the print, to assurance that our charitable partners receive the funds, all the way to working with these partners on how the funds are distributed, SHUTTER TO THINK handles the entire process from start to finish.
Each image donated will have a run of at least 200 prints and has the potential to raise a minimum of 20,000 dollars. Multiply that by 40 photographs and we will be able to provide educational opportunities to more than 8000 girls. Moving forward, we hope to collect and sell at least 80 images (16,000 prints) each year to help fund education for more than 16,000 girls in the developing world.
SHUTTER TO THINK was founded by actress, wife and mother Tracy Middendorf with a desire to bring the artistic community together to help girls around the world gain equality.