A newsletter from Visionaries, Inc. 

August, 2011

Coming Soon!  
 Visionaries Mobile Application

This free mobile application available on iTunes for iPhone and iPad comes loaded with eight complete episodes from The Visionaries sampled from eight non-profit categories. A portal to all 160 Visionaries episodes, the user can browse the categories to view trailers or full episodes, as well as download information on the organization profiled and music used in the documentary. There is also a reporting feature that allows profiled organizations to measure user activity.  


We will tell you much more about this one-of-a-kind non-profit application in the next edition of "Good News."


About The Visionaries

For 17 seasons, Visionaries, Inc. has been producing
The Visionaries, a documentary series for public television. The Visionaries host Sam Waterston (from "Law & Order") highlights the rarely told stories of non-profit organizations all over the globe that are working to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond.


To date, more than 165 organizations have been profiled
in 60 countries across six  continents and in more than 70 U.S. cities. Some of the issues that have been covered include AIDS prevention, health care, economic development, education, environmental awareness, hunger relief, homelessness, and crisis intervention.


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We are excited to present "Good News," a
monthly newsletter from Visionaries, Inc. This inaugural edition celebrates our 17th season of
The Visionaries and the inspiring work of five
non-profits. PBS stations all over the United States
will begin airing the new season this fall.


New York Legal Assistance Group

Our shoot with New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), a non-profit that gives low-income individuals and vulnerable populations access to the justice system, took place this past February, just in time for the group's first-ever fundraising gala. 

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) - Visionaries
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) - Visionaries

We edited an 8-minute version of their half-hour episode for screening at the event, which was a celebration of the organization's 20th anniversary. Nearly 500 people were in attendance, and the program included remarks by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and CNN senior legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer, Jeffrey Toobin. The night was a huge success, with more than $1 million raised. Read the whole article...  



Lutheran Indian Ministries     

One hears the phrase "doing God's work" all the time, but Lutheran Indian Ministries is an organization that lives it every day through its outreach and ministry to Native American people. Their calling has been to share the love of God while helping to empower a population that has been marginalized for the last 300-400 years. Lutheran Indian Ministries is particularly unique because it is a ministry to  Native Americans by Native Americans. Reverend Dr. Don Johnson, the ministry's executive director said that the ultimate goal of his organization is to inspire Native Americans to self determination in tackling the problems - poverty, substance abuse, and high suicide rates - that have kept them in the margins of American society. Read the whole article...



National Committee on

United States-China Relations

Everything in the news today suggests that there is nothing positive about relations between China and the United States. But National Committee on United States-China Relations has been working for 45 years to promote constructive engagement between the two countries. Through a vast array of programming and events, NCUSCR aims to develop next generation policy leaders, foster dialogue and cooperation, and facilitate the exchange of ideas through educational exchanges and public education.

Joseph Weed, director of communications for NCUSCR, answered a few questions about being profiled for "The Visionaries." Read the whole article...


So many of the organizations that we have profiled were started by ordinary people who simply had a vision for creating positive change. That's why our series is called The Visionaries. HALO (Helping Animals Live On) was started by a mother-and-daughter team, Michel Herstam and Heather Allen, out of their suburban homes in Phoenix, Arizona. HALO's mission is to reduce the number of cats and dogs euthanized in Arizona's Maricopa County, as well as to provide education on pet care and sterilization. Their task would seem daunting, as Maricopa County currently euthanizes 50,000 abandoned cats and dogs every year. But through their "no-kill" shelter, a facility that provides temporary homes to cats and dogs taken from euthanasia lists around Maricopa County, HALO has saved the lives of more than 20,000 cats and dogs since 1994. Read the whole article...

Visionaries: HALO Animal Rescue-a Day in the Life
Visionaries: HALO Animal Rescue-a Day in the Life

We created a short version of HALO's documentary for screening at a recent fundraising event. 

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Center for Child Protection

In our 17 seasons, we have been moved and humbled countless times by the work of non-profits in so many different areas. The time we spent at Center for Child Protection in Austin, Texas in May is certainly one experience that will stay with us forever. The Center is the first stop in the investigation process for children who have been physically or sexually abused or neglected or who have witnessed a violent crime. Telling such a story took utmost sensitivity on the production crew's part, and trust in us on the part of the Center. Visionaries producer Jody Santos explained what this experience meant to her: "This is probably the most powerful documentary I've produced. The issue of child abuse and neglect is heart-wrenching, and many people don't want to hear or talk about it. My job as the producer is to present the subject in a way that people won't turn away - that they'll be inspired to help. And what I can say without a doubt is that the Center for Child Protection is making a difference - they are literally saving children's lives through therapy and intervention. Throughout our shoot in Austin, the love in the staff's eyes was there every day - and every second. They are inspired and inspiring, and I feel changed because of my work with them." Read the whole article...