Oregon PPA – PPA Charities Ambassadors
|Bryan Welsh |
Cr. Photog., CPP, API. FP-OR
About PPA Charities
As the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), PPA Charities allows PPA to become a force for positive change in our society by making a difference in the lives of others.
Established as a charitable, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization, PPA Charities allows imaging professionals to combine their individual efforts to make an even bigger impact on the lives of children and families everywhere.
In 1997, at the urging of PPA Charities President Bert Behnke, the PPA Board of Directors established PPA Charities as a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization. This organization allows imaging professionals to combine their individual efforts to make an impact on the lives of children and families everywhere.
An initial fund-raising drive resulted in contributions that were invested as a perpetual fund. These monies are used to fund PPA Charities’ annual operational budget and reserve fund, which continues to grow through contributions and annual activities.
In 2005, PPA Charities Trustees invited Operation Smile to become its Charitable Partner. A perfect fit for photographers, whose daily business is creating smiles for their clients, Operation Smile’s mission is repairing childhood facial deformities including cleft lips and cleft palates. It costs only $240 to complete a simple cleft-palate operation because Operation Smile’s medical team volunteers their services. PPA Charities’ affiliation with Operation Smile provides PPA-member studios with an opportunity to show consumers they are part of a talented and dedicated group of professionals who work together toward a single charitable purpose: putting smiles on the faces of deserving children around the world. To learn more about Operation Smile’s efforts click here.