DRAWCHANGE INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   51 reviews 2,930

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 55304 % Jennie Lobato Atlanta GA 30308 USA

Mission: Drawchange is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to aid global change by supplying the world's children with art experiences. Together we can provide empowering programs that allow them to effectively visualize a better life for themselves.
Results: In 2011 we helped more than 1300 children expand their creativity. We have an ongoing program with a local homeless shelter where we help children express themselves through the use of art. We are taking our 3rd of 6th trip to Costa Rica this year. We take an average of 14 volunteer team members each year to hold art intensives with the children of Fatima School in Cartago, Costa Rica. In 2011 we started a program in Ethiopia. We will be returning yearly with empowering art programs at local children centers.
Target demographics: 5-10 year old children
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1300 children +
Geographic areas served: Atlanta, Georgia, Ethiopia, Costa Rica
Programs: Art Beyond Borders-take volunteer groups on international volunteer projects. Local Art Workshops for underprivileged children. Produce an Empowering Literary Arts Magazine, "Let's Create!": http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/339359
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-0893389
404-849-9994
www.drawchange.org

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2 people found this review helpful

Ever since I started volunteering with Drawchange I have looked forward to returning every week to spend more time with the children. Seeing their smiling faces lifts my spirits every time I go! I really enjoyed going to the mall with them to see their artwork on display. It is always a joy to connect with these kids and remind them that they matter, and what better way than to remind them than by celebrating them and their creative abilities in a public place. I'm so grateful that I can be a part of these children's lives, even if only for a short time. Thank you Drawchange!

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Volunteering with drawchange is the highlight of my week! Connecting with these children through art brings out the child in me, too. I am consistently affirmed and inspired by the projects we do together, and you can see a physical transformation in the students from when they enter the art room to when they leave at the end of the session. I believe whole heartedly that empowering artistic expression in these children helps them envision a brighter future: a future they are able to create for themselves, using their intrinsic strength, talent, and imagination. I love this organization, and have the utmost respect for its founder. She is on a mission to change the world, and it's an honor to pitch in.

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I have been involved with drawchange from its inception. I continue to be impressed with the commitment and compassion it brings to those it serves.

drawchange serves locally with art programs which reach out to underprivileged and homeless children bringing hope through possibility. It serves grieving children with art therapy that enables emotional expression and release.
drawchange also serves globally by taking art supplies, curriculum, food, supplies, and sustainable gardening to impoverished communities in third-world countries.

drawchange art programs are carefully designed to unlock a downtrodden child's imagination by guiding their own natural creativity. From there, a child can imagine a better world for him or herself. And if they can think it, they can make it happen.

I'm so impressed by this young organization. It's well run with a positive, can-do attitude.

I have served on a number of boards, and I have been more honored to be affiliated with an organization.

Keep up the awesome work, drawchange!

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Drawchange is an praiseworthy organization with true world peace at heart. Their CEO and founder, Jennie Lobato, is intensely committed to providing sustainable projects to children in our world. I have seen Jennie’s passion first-hand and am deeply moved by it. Personally, I am committed to donating to drawchange regularly to ensure they have the funds for success. There are many people in the world who can benefit from a moment in time of expressed creativity. Let’s give drawchange the chance to provide it this for our children and world!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing their Costa Rica presentation after their return of helping children there. It was very touching and inspiring. Jennie Lobato really has a huge heart for the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see them everywhere I turn. The world needs them!

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I have been involved with drawchange for the past 2 years. I've volunteered in several capacities including helping start a benefit 5K run, working with children at a local homeless shelter, going to Costa Rica to empower impoverished children, financially contributing monthly and varies other efforts to help drawchange move forward. I was recently approved to become a board member and I'm excited to provide another level of service to this organization. Jennie is incredibly selfless and very passionate about the vision of bringing art to deserving children so they may expand their current outlook on life. I'm immensely proud to be affiliated with both Jennie and drawchange. If you're looking for a worthy cause to donate your time and resources, you've found the right place.

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I've had the opportunity to volunteer for drawchange a few times now and its been a great experience every time. Its such a worthy cause and Jennie is amazing with the kids. Thank you Jennie for all you do and I can't wait to volunteer again!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

2013

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As a Drawchange volunteer, I have been greatly touched by the inner beauty and resiliency of children who are dealing with extreme life challenges (poverty, abusive homes, homelessness, incarcerated parents, etc.). Jennie, the founder and facilitator of Drawchange, works incredibly hard to provide both a creative outlet and loving stability in the lives of these children.

Drawchange also helps to bridge a social gap between "us" and "them," providing opportunities not only for children, but for people in our community to connect together in positive, empowering ways, regardless of age or social and economic status. I love Drawchange and appreciate Jennie immensely for her powerful contribution to Atlanta, as well as to our collective world community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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

A lot

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?

2015

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2 people found this review helpful

This is an incredible organization that does important work in our community. With the average age of the homeless being 9 years old, DrawChange focuses on empowering the ones who need it most, the youth. I've volunteered numerous times and walk away more inspired and motivated to make a lasting difference in our world. Thank you DrawChange for the impact you are making in our world.

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I have been involved with drawchange since it's inception. I am constantly inspired by the passion behind the organization. I have sat on a number of boards in my life and currently sit on some very large ones and I can unbiasly state that drawchange is a wonderful organization. Keep up the great work!

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I AM A FORMER BOARD MEMBER WHO WAS FORCED OUT BECAUSE I INSISTED ON PROPER FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY. THE CEO / BOARD CHAIR FLATLY REFUSED TO GET PRO BONO ACCOUNTING HELP THAT SHE DESPERATELY NEEDS. THEY DO NOT HAVE ACCURATE AND ORGANIZED FINANCES. I HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE USE OF DONATIONS AND ACCOUNTABILITY. THEIR BOARD CHAIR IS ALSO CEO AND SHE HAS A FIDUCIARY CONFLICT OF INTEREST. THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS ARE ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. PLEASE ASK FOR THEIR FINANCIALS BEFORE YOU CONSIDER DONATING, JOINING THE BOARD OR APPROVING OF A GRANT.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

GET THE FINANCIALS IN ORDER. THEY DO NOT HAVE TRANSPARENCY OR ACCURACY IN FINANCIALS AS THEY CLAIM.

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

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Will you tell others about this organization?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Jeannie and Drawchange is one of the most compassionate and reliably run charities I've ever worked with. I'm glad to be a part of it. I would highly commend and recommend Drawchange for anyone who wants to make a difference.

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I've sponsored a child in Costa Rica through draw/change for several years. It has been a most rewarding experience. Jennie Lobato is a wonderful motivator, organizer and all round fabulous person. She keeps us informed of "our" child's activities and we receive cards and notes on a regular basis. For a small amount of money donated each month, outstanding work is being done at Fatima school and the community. The rewards of sponsorship are truly many and life changing for us and for the children.

Sandy W.

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