One of my favorite aspects of working at GlobalGiving is the universality of its appeal. I’ve been able to work with partners ranging from printing companies to retail clothing manufacturers, and have seen all find ways to fit GlobalGiving’s projects into their unique models and needs.
One such interesting relationship I’ve become familiar with since arriving at GlobalGiving has been with deviantART.com, an international online artist community that aims to provide a place for any artist to exhibit and explain his or her works. Although new to me, deviantART is not new to many – they have more than 7 million members, more than 62 million submissions (everything from photography, to digital art, to traditional art, to literature, to Flash, to filmmaking), and the many millions of viewers that come along with such a widespread and impressive operation.
And deviantART.com is growing up. This Thursday, August 7, 2008, deviantART.com is celebrating its 8th birthday! In order to further its goal of creating positive social change by educating, inspiring and empowering humanity through art, deviantART is giving 10% of total prints sales from its store on Thursday (from midnight to midnight PST) to a GlobalGiving project supporting an art school for AIDS orphans in Uganda.
On behalf of the GlobalGiving team, I’d like to wish deviantART a very Happy Birthday – and many more!