Creative Visions Foundation (CVF) is inspired by the life of Dan Eldon, an artist, adventurer and activist killed in Somalia in 1993 while covering the conflict as a photojournalist for Reuters News Agency.
To honor his legacy, in 1998 his mother Kathy Eldon and sister Amy Eldon Turtletaub founded the Creative Visions Foundation, a publicly supported 501 (c) 3 organization, to help others like Dan use media and the arts to create meaningful change in the world around them.
Over the past fourteen years, CVF has incubated more than 100 projects and productions on 5 continents, by providing fiscal sponsorship, mentorship, inspiration, fundraising, connectivity, and step-by-step toolkits for launching projects. To date, our creative activists under our umbrella have touched more than 90 million people and raised more than $11.2 million to fund their projects.
Our members have focused on a variety of social, humanitarian and environmental issues, including campaigning for school fees and homes for over 150 Kenyan children, and raising funds to build a school for 50 orphans in a rural village in Kenya, California-based activists have funded a DJ studio arts program for teenagers recovering from substance abuse and offered health and wellness yoga classes for over 300 homeless people.
Our activists have raised awareness about the rights of indigenous peoples through international art exhibits, rebuilt communities after natural disasters, and told the powerful stories of courageous survivors of war and trauma. Always on the cutting edge, our activists have piloted innovative arts education, launched creative activism curricula in schools across the United States, produced award-winning films advocating awareness of environmental issues, and inspired important discussions about the nature of happiness. They have advocated for peace, helped change governmental policies, provided jobs, and given voice to underprivileged people and communities around the globe. They have fed thousands of hungry stomachs and provided care and shelter to the homeless. They ignite movements. They move us.