ATG Against the Grain Productions

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 3523 McKinney Ave Ste 231 Dallas TX 75204 USA

Mission: ATG Against The Grain Productions, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit production company whose mission is to produce films and media that educate and promote awareness and unity of Asian American culture and identity while raising funds for non-profit organizations that focus on adoption, international orphanages, and Asian American cultural awareness and education.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 2013, I was Co-Director of Fundraising and my law firm (Law Office of John Ting) was a year-round sponsor. I have tremendous respect for the mission of Against The Grain Productions. All the board members are volunteers and put in a lot of time to make sure the funds raised are directed to the appropriate avenues - orphanages and students. The board undergoes a rigorous orphanage and student scholarship process. I am confident that the future board will continue the necessary measures to ensure that the ATG mission is fulfilled. In the perspective of a year-round sponsor, knowing that the board only incurs necessary expenses and limits them to the extent possible shows the determination of this board to direct the majority of funds to the children. When I first started the position, I was unsure of how the board and advisors select the orphanages on a year to year basis and where the money is used. However, after learning the intensive process and the healthy discussions, I am pleased and satisfied to state that I will not hesitate to continue to be a sponsor.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am going on my second year serving on the Board of ATG Against The Grain Productions. I followed the organization right out of college, and then last year, a fellow board member and friend contacted me to recruit for the greater good and to help me gain more experience in what I wanted truly do with my career. ATG's main role and purpose is their pledge to support orphanages in Vietnam (and expanding) and recognize Asian-American students who decide to major in the arts, which is something that I did. I was intrigued to find out more and after this last year, I gained more than just experience, I adapted to a new family and a major interest for what ATG stands for - how we actually go against the grain.

Tammy Nguyen Lee's background, stories, passion and inspiration motivated me to do more than I ever thought I could do. She truly is the ideal role model, she's a triple threat and someone that I've learned from and continuing. To know that I am apart of an organization that dedicates and focuses on the little details for a person's life through the community outreach programs and fundraising, means more than anything just to share it with those around me and much more.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

ATG Against The Grain Productions has not only given me a chance to use my skills, but to apply those skills for a greater purpose. I first took part in this organization during my senior year in college, when I was voted onto the Board as a Director of Marketing and Public Relations. I've held the position of Secretary for two years now. It is truly an honor to join a group of hardworking leaders and professionals. We have the mission to raise money for orphanages and scholarships for students, while showcasing the talents of artists and engaging the community in cultural awareness. I have matured very much in the three years serving as a board member. I grew as the organization grew. We have humble beginnings of the founder's vision, whose passion drew in a group of friends and community leaders onto a Board of Directors. Now it's expanded into a highly regarded nonprofit with a Board of Directors and Creative Team. We also have generous support from respectable sponsors and community partners. And to think it's completely grassroots with people brought together by passion, as no one on the ATG team is paid. All this growth has me looking forward to the future as we are persistently integrate generous support and innovative strategy to further our mission.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mahatma Gandhi said "be the change you want to see in the world” and that's exactly what ATG strives to be. I'd joined the board this year because I truly believe in ATG's commitment to improve the lives of orphaned children in Asia and supporting emerging Asian-American artists and leaders. ATG has touched/changed so many lives for the better, including mine. I am inspired by Tammy, our 100% volunteer team, and the generosity of others who also believe in being the change they want to see in the world.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Do you ever see a need that begs for attention from you? Do you actually do something about it? Tammy Nguyen Lee saw a need and along with her family, she did something about it. While she was working on her documentary Operation Babylift and travelling to Vietnam, she saw the need in the orphanages there. ATG was founded to help fill that need and support the Asian American community by way of giving scholarships to artists and leaders, supporting emerging artists of any craft, and participating in local and national community groups. ATG is transparent with its finances and is a true TOTAL VOLUNTEER organization...no salaries, no financial perks, no unnecessary spending. I'd highly recommend getting involved with ATG Against The Grain Productions in some capacity. When you read that first report back from the yearly trip to orphanages in Asia (to make sure the money is going where it needs to, to deliver goods and see what new needs have emerged), when you see a student receiving their scholarship, when you hear an fashion designer or artist say, "ATG gave me my start," after their career has sky rocketed, you will be so glad you had a role in the organization!

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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