Give to V-Day, Build the Movement: A Message from Eve & V-Day's 2010 Annual Report
Dear V-Friends, V-Activists & V-Supporters:
I am so proud to send you our 2010 Annual Report, Building the Movement, Building the City of Joy, which is an overview of the last year at V-Day. This year, we have "gone green" and opted to present our Annual Report digitally in an effort save resources.
V-Day is an unprecedented force with a 13-year track record. An empowerment philanthropy and unrivaled public awareness engine, V-Day provides women and men with the tools to raise funds and awareness about violence in their own communities, all the while unearthing the most promising solutions to keep women and girls safe. Despite the fact that V-Day is run by a small team of only 12 staff, we are a powerful modern-day movement fueled by the thousands of friends, activists and supporters like you who continue to ignite grassroots activism across 140 countries, changing the global discourse about violence across continents.
In the past year, V-Day once again mobilized thousands of activists, stakeholders, politicians and supporters around the world to keep a sharp and steady focus on the epidemic of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In February, we will open the City of Joy, a revolutionary center for survivors of sexual violence in Bukavu. We are beyond thrilled to finally be at this important juncture in V-Day's work, as we know that the City of Joy will serve as a model for groundbreaking and transformative work in other parts of the world where women and girls are being violated.
In the year ahead, we seek to go even further than we have to date - to continue to do the hard work of ending violence in communities, and to leverage the change we are already actualizing so that we inspire bolder transformation across the planet. In particular, we will spotlight the women and girls of Haiti, who are experiencing high levels of violence since the January 2010 earthquake. I invite you to join us in this work.
V-Day thrives because of the help of visionary supporters like you who, each year, give generously to our critical work. I hope that when you read about the many victories we have had over the past year, and our ambitious plans for 2011, you will feel compelled to once again open your hearts and support us.
We need you now more than ever.
With my deepest gratitude and New Year's wishes,
*December 31st is the last day to make charitable donations in order to claim them on your 2010 tax return. 86 cents of every dollar you give goes to ending violence against women and girls.