It's Alt Philanthropy's birthday!
I fell in love with the idea of being able to interview bands after I realized I had so many things I was curious about and lists of questions that I wanted to ask my favorite bands. But another thing that has always been very important to me is social activism and helping others! I had spoken out a bit about issues like islamophobia on Rookie Magazine, but I wanted to do more than that! I got to thinking and realized it would be so much more beneficial to tie what we were doing with the concept of raising money for different charities! Me and Caitlin had lunch that next week and both put together our different ideas and next thing we knew... Alt Philanthropy was born! Our very first piece was published on April 11th, 2016! Yay for being one year older, and for all of our goals that we were able to achieve over the past year! Here are some of our favorite highlights, handpicked by our staff!
April 14th 2016 - Half Waif Interview
July 21st 2016 - Interviewing HUNNY
October 2016 - Extending our staff!
With the school year starting off again, and more interviews coming in, we really needed a couple extra hands! We decided to hire more contributors so that way we could cover more ground and have more opportunities! At this point we officially had 20 people on our staff; this meant, more content and more ideas! We've all grown so much closer and made so many memories together!
"I love how all of us are very independent but we are able to come together to focus and get things done while being motivated to help others! I look forward to every meeting. Each of us work really hard and we expect nothing in return other than the satisfaction of helping others!"
October 30th 2016 - Interviewing Declan Mckenna
October 31st 2016 - The Garden Interview!
The Garden was our first interview done by someone other than Caitlin or I! Violet and Mica talked with them about touring and Doctors Without Borders.
November 4th 2016 - The Neighbourhood Photos
Alt Philanthropy photographer, Meagan Martin, took some stunning photos of The Neighbourhood at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. These are some of our favorites!
November 13th 2016 - Interviewing Bad Suns
"Bad Suns was a very fun interview to do because it was very lighthearted! You could see how genuine they were about their love for their fans (especially when we told them the line was wrapped all the way around the building and they got really excited and climbed the fence to peek). Another great thing about this interview is that you could tell that they truly cared about what they were speaking for, in this case Planned Parenthood! To me the best interviews are when you can tell the artists really love what they are doing and know what they are talking about. Bad Suns was a perfect example of that."
January 21st 2017 - The Women's March
One of Alt Philanthropy's photographers, Krissy Nunis, attended the Dallas Women's march with Caitlin and Tarra! Above are some of the many powerful and moving photos she took.
"I attended the Women's March because I stand for equal rights! The march showed me that their are many people willing to stand up for what's right. It shows that if and when our rights are challenged, there will always be a huge group of people to fight for what is right."
January 28th - January 29th - The Muslim Ban Protest
"Social activism is important to me because I come from a family of immigrants. It gives me great pride to be able to fight for what I believe is right and help others who are not as privileged as me. The foundation of this country is the ability to freely speak and push for acceptance"
"The civil rights movement was incredibly successful and showed how change can be made when people come together. This is an ideology that I believe in. I have taken part in the Women's March, the LGBTQ Rights March and the Muslim Ban protests".
February 2017 - Raising money for Syria Relief
Earlier this year we raised money for Syria by selling t-shirts, with the help of Hippo Campus and Bad Suns!
March 8th - International Women's Day
March 17th - 20th - Covering SXSW and helping Planned Parenthood
This was our very first year covering Austin's music week, SXSW! We did a couple different interviews including Hippo Campus and BOYO supporting Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is an extremely relevant and admirable charity. We often receive ignorant comments saying that we are "giving money to murder babies", or something else along the lines of that, however, Planned Parenthood also offers cervical and breast cancer screenings, STI treatment, prevention and diagnosis, diabetes and infertility screenings, and menopause help! In the end women's health is something that we feel very strongly about!
"Planned Parenthood is important because women are yet to be treated fully equal to men in ALL aspects of society. This organization is a step towards that goal as it allows for women to take control of their sexuality and natural processes in a way that benefits them"
March 20th 2016 - Interviewing Colony House
"Colony House was my favorite interview because their charity was so unique. They chose Show Hope, which was actually their families charity that they are very involved in. Show Hope is an adoption charity that is actually a very big part of their lives as they even had two adopted sistersI just loved how passionate they were about it."
So what's next for Alt Philanthropy?
Mark my words: we are just getting started. I know this sounds super cliche but ... this is just the first chapter! We will continue growing and reaching more people and helping different charities. I hope to raise more money for Syria, as that is a very important charity to me. I also hope that we will find out about new charities and talk and discuss with people on how to help more people.