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CLOWNS WITHOUT BORDERS Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts

Mission: Clowns Without Borders (CWB-USA) is a non-profit organization which offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and other situations of adversity. We partner with individuals and organizations to bring small teams of professional performing artists to share performances and workshops with children and their families in refugee camps, conflict zones, or with communities who have experienced trauma or crisis. We bring levity, contemporary clown/circus oriented performances and workshops into communities so that community members can celebrate together and forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives. We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of affected populations and to promote a spirit of solidarity.

Target demographics: those in suffering

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of people

Geographic areas served: conflict zone and refugee camps around the world

Programs: a moment of levity via a clown workshop or performance.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

CWB is a truly amazing and well-managed non-profit that brings something that few other NGOs can bring to children in the most difficult situations: laughter. I have proudly supported this organization for several years and truly believe that what they do is unique.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am moved and amazed by the work being done by CWB. They bring laughter and joy to the places that need it most. I can't think of anything more important.

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CWB-USA 01/11/2016

Thank you for taking the time to sharing this review. We wouldn't be able to do our work without your support

1 Lyndsey N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Clowns without borders is doing amazing things, definitely check out, and help and support a great cause!

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CWB-USA 01/11/2016

Thank you for sharing your feedback. It means a lot to have your support

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Clows Without Borders since 2002. The Work that I've done with this company has given me so much education and personal growth through the years. I hope to continue being a part of this great company for many years.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I found myself talking about Clowns Without Borders several times just this week. I think we would all benefit from taking a page out of the CWB book...we can't take away horrific memories, but we can help make sure there are joyful ones. I'm very moved by that...I think it sums up how I try to live my life...witness the pain, add the joy, hold them both...perhaps a recipe for the meaning of life?

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1 Caelan H.

Donor

Rating: 5

They bring laughter to the places that need it most in the world. I can't think of a more positive way to impact humanity, than to bring smiles and laughter directly into the places with the greatest number of tears. This is the only charity to which I regularly contribute.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Year after year, I'm astonished at the reach and impact of Clowns without Borders. Their adventures full of butt-telescopes and public lasso-ing and heartbreak are not only important to the people they're serving, but the world. Quixotic , fearless, and full of heart, I keep waiting for my own opportunity to join their ranks!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support a lot of nonprofits, but CWB is the only one that makes me tear up when I describe their mission to people. Giving children in awful situations a moment to laugh is giving them the gift of hope. I can't think of anything more beautiful than that.

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1 breewell

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having seen first-hand the joy and laughter that performers from Clowns Without Borders evoke in children and adults alike I am happy to donate to this organization. The children in the village I was in were doing silly walks for weeks and could forget the tough times around them, at least for a while. This organization performs such an essential service complementing the work of medical and other development service providers. I trust CWB in their responsible use of all donations.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recognizing that "health" constitutes both mental and physical health, Clowns Without Borders does an amazing job at bringing joy and laughter to sick and injured children.

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1 Tiffany51

Donor

Rating: 5

What I love about CWB is that they completely understand the reality of people in crisis, which is that yes - their physical and financial needs need to be met, but that the emotional harm done to a child under extreme stress can be just as devastating. They understand that a glimmer of hope, of fun, of silliness and joy can create a lifetime of positivity & lightheartedness. Without any naiveté to the broader complexities of these situations, they get it. And they go, and they make sad people happy. Sign me up.

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1 Elaine45

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spreading laughter & love across the globe! So proud of all the hard work they do for others!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that reminds us that it's not just survival, but joy and creativity that are so important for areas in crisis. The seeds this groups sows will help ensure children value friendship, kindness and peace over bitterness and vengeance. The directors and clowns are smart, dedicated individuals who give their time so generously. I am happy to support them now and every year in the future!

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1 Robert119

Donor

Rating: 5

Clowns Without Borders does incredibly important work in crisis areas around the world. They provide emotional and psychologic relief to thousands of people in very difficult situations related to war, natural disasters and poverty. I have been very impressed with the volunteers and performers who do so much with few resources. I strongly encourage people to support this organization.

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1 Alain V.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Children who laugh make adults who love others and life. A seed planted in a child creates a strong tree of hope. 95% of fees given to this association go to laughter, performance and helping children.

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