Archive for December, 2016

The Last Chance Poem

By | blog, Policy Moves, Respect For All Project

We’ve shown you our map
And all our new moves.
Shared plans to hate zap
And this couple’s gift grooves.

Now it’s your turn
Yep, it’s the last chance.
2016’s about to adjourn.
Can you help and enhance?

Last Chance to Make a Tax-Deductible Gift to GroundSpark.

Your generosity supports our Respect for All Project and our new program, Policy Moves.

Thank you so much, and Happy New Year!

From all of us at GroundSpark
Andra, Anne, Brittney, Debra, Eileen, Noah, Oscar, & Serian

Gifts to Help Schools Address Bias

By | blog, Let's Get Real, Respect For All Project

Thanks to a very generous gift from Irene and Regina Dick-Endrizzi, GroundSpark now has a fund designated to help defray expenses to send our education team out to support school communities to address bias-based bullying.


Middle school students strategize how to stop harassment of classmates whose English is limited after watching our film, Let’s Get Real.

The $5,000 donation, made in memory of Irene’s father, Marshall Dick, was given in response to the wave of attacks on students during and after the presidential campaign.

If you would like your end-of-year gift to be added to this fund, please make a note of that in the comments section when you send in your gift online.

Or write “education fund” on your check when you make it out to GroundSpark and mail to 4104 24th Street, Suite 2013, San Francisco, CA 94114.

The president-elect may be spending his time fueling animosity among different communities, but GroundSpark is redoubling our commitment to provide high quality films, curriculum guides, and professional training to ensure that every school is a place where Respect for All is valued.

Join us with your tax-deductible end-of-year gift today.

We’re Bracing Ourselves—We Need Your Help

By | blog, Latest News, Let's Get Real, Respect For All Project

Last week I got a call from a guidance counselor at a middle school in Cincinnati. “We are having a lot of problems since the election,” she said. We’re looking for something to help us get our students’ attention about bias and bullying. Can you tell me about your films?”

After a little more conversation I learned that the harassment was centering on the students who are first generation immigrants, so I told her about Let’s Get Real and the activity in our curriculum guide around racial and ethnic slurs. “Perfect,” she said.

As we look toward Donald Trump taking office next month, we are bracing ourselves for a storm of new challenges in our school communities.

Using our films to train suicide prevention counselors in Georgia this year.

Our donors help us support guidance counselors and teachers all over the country, and oftentimes in other nations as well.

Can you help us get ready for 2017?

Your support will enable us to provide free streaming of all of our Respect for All Films next month in conjunction with No Name Calling Week. We anticipate hundreds of schools will come into contact with our films and curriculum guides for the first time.

Your support helps us respond when schools reach out to us for professional development to help their staff address bias-related bullying and suicide prevention more effectively—like the work we did in Georgia this past year with all the suicide prevention staff at the state’s colleges and universities or the district-wide training we did in the San Diego public high schools about gender and sexuality pressures.

Please, sign on to the GroundSpark honor roll by making your tax-deductible gift to GroundSpark, today.

Introducing Our New Initiative: Policy Moves

By | blog

I was excited about our new initiative, Policy Moves, before the election, but now I know it is absolutely crucial to any effort to implement serious, innovative, progressive policies over the next four years.

GroundSpark is partnering with public interest organizations and government agencies to showcase the best new solutions to address income inequality, climate change, and social injustice.

When we went to Hazard, Kentucky earlier this year for Policy Moves, I met Lora Campbell at six in the morning in front of a subsidized daycare center where she was dropping off her granddaughter.

With the coal industry collapsing, the ability of Lora’s husband to maintain steady employment is tenuous at best. She’s grateful for her minimum wage job selling second-hand clothes, but is only able to go to work every day because the local community development agency built this facility with a mix of public and private investment.

I’m a working granny and it helps me a lot,” Lora says. It costs me only $5 a day. I probably couldn’t work if I had to keep her all the time.”

Unlocking Investment in Rural America, the short film we created in which Lora appears, is part of our new Policy Moves project. We partnered with the Obama administration and CFED, a major public interest public policy organization focused on addressing income inequality.

In just a few months, this film has helped channel over $400 million into community development organizations in places like Hazard, KY!

You can watch the film right now on our Policy Moves website.

“Groundspark succeeded in elevating an issue too long ignored, bringing it to leading philanthropists, policymakers and investors and engaging them in the solution. Your ability to listen, adapt to the needs of the stakeholders, and create a product of beauty is unequalled.”
—Andrea Levere, President, CFED

Regardless of who is in the White House, GroundSpark is working every day to use film to ignite change, address issues of injustice, and advocate for equality.

As you plan your year-end giving, we would be honored to have your support for GroundSpark’s ongoing Respect for All Project and our new initiative, Policy Moves. Join us with your tax-deductible gift today.

Why We Give

By | blog, It's Elementary, LGBT, Professional Development, Respect For All Project

The following story is shared by GroundSpark supporter Jackie Kurcz Frett:

When Dan and I make decisions about which organizations to support, we think about the importance of the work and whether the work is effective. And GroundSpark definitely fits the bill!


Jackie and Dan have been supporting GroundSpark since 2009!

We have been married 42 years and have two adult children, a son and a daughter, and two grandchildren. Our son came out to us as gay in 2004. This event changed the direction of our lives. Dan started a second career as a counselor specializing in couples therapy and LGBT issues. I remained in my career as a chemist but became deeply involved with PFLAG. LGBT civil rights became our passion.

We first made a gift to GroundSpark because of It’s Elementary. I have been sharing it with school social workers, and teachers since I first found it. The teacher training DVD is short enough that they can work it into a presentation even if they don’t have time for the whole documentary. I have given away many copies of the DVD and manual to schools and libraries here in suburban Illinois.

GroundSpark’s documentaries show people we can talk about LGBT issues, and that we are talking about sexuality, not sex. We should be having this conversation at our kitchen tables and in our schools starting in grammar school. It is so important because our young gay people have no one to turn to. There is so much at stake—especially now—with bullying, suicide rates, kids being kicked out, the list goes on and on. School social workers are looking for movies and documentaries for younger and younger students all the time.

The need is great and the work GroundSpark does is so important!

Jackie Kurcz Frett

Please join Jackie and Dan on the GroundSpark honor roll! Help sustain GroundSpark’s effective and important work.