Pond5 continues to believe that cultural and social progress can and must be powered by creativity and innovation. We aim to build a marketplace that functions as a creative space for artists to explore the inspiration for making their voices heard, uplifting the historically excluded, and joining in the fight for justice. We’re putting our vision into action in honor of Juneteenth.
We’re better together.
Partnering with organizations that use the power of creative expression to help underprivileged communities break down obstacles and overcome systemic barriers is a vital aspect of contributing to transformation. As part of our annual Juneteenth promotion, we’re supporting two amazing organizations this year.
On June 19, we will donate 100% of Pond5’s video revenue to Mezcla Media Collective and Made in Her Image. We’ll also match all employee donations to these organizations during June. Furthermore, our parent company, Shutterstock, is adding their support with a match of the entire donation amount, essentially doubling the funds we raise!
Mezcla Media Collective is a Chicago-based non-profit arts organization providing resources and equity to over 700 women and non-binary filmmakers who identify as part of AALANA (African, Asian, Latinx, Arab, Native American). Founded as an informal collective in 2017 by two women filmmakers of color who saw a need for a centralized community, the organization currently has three types of resources offered: hyper-local connection, knowledge transfer, and career advancement. While nationwide statistics reveal slow progress in fulfilling production and leadership roles in films by women and non-binary individuals, Mezcla seeks to level the playing field, ensuring that women and non-binary filmmakers of color are able to participate in Chicago’s bustling media production scene, forcing industry stakeholders to confront Chicago’s historical lack of inclusion while advancing the work of our constituents as valid and worthwhile.
Founded in 2018, Made In Her Image is a non-profit movement striving toward social equity in the film, media, and entertainment industry for girls & women of color. They serve youths and young people ages 8 to 25 by curating engaging programming to foster media literacy and empowerment. With two inaugural chapters in Los Angeles and Phoenix Arizona – MIHI has expanded to impact mentees across the globe.
Made In Her Image is a movement, founded by Malakai, who saw a need for social equity for education and access within the entertainment industry. They offer programming and educative media for women breaking into the industry. They are dedicated to advancing young girls and women in film, media, and technology and strive to create and shape tomorrow’s film pioneers and revolutionaries. Through comprehensive stem development, they’re engaging and empowering the next generation of storytellers, above & below the line. Their mission is to give girls and gender non-binary youths of color the opportunity to create their vision within the realms of film through programming, camps, workshops, and more.
As we work towards cultural and social progress, partnering and donating to organizations like these is only one of the many things we can do. We continue to educate ourselves to foster a more inclusive workplace and utilize our voices to support positive change. Please join us on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram to see how we spread the word.
Thank you for supporting our Juneteenth donation drive.