Tuesday, July 21, 2009

DC Charity Spotlight: Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.

Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.

Last summer, the DC based Curator's Office designed a one-week benefit exhibition and sale called Mixology I: Paintings and Works on Paper for Doctors Without Borders. Andrea Pollan from the Curator's office wrote to me recently and describe the need for the "world of services" the organization provides. "They do such amazing medical and humanitarian work in impossible parts of the world under grueling conditions," said Andrea. "While it can sometimes feel like a drop in the bucket in face of immense international need, I think everyone felt wonderful about the event, and the level of artist and collector support was extremely gratifying."

The Curator's Office raised $5,000 for Doctors Without Borders and they plan on hosting another show and benefit sale this Winter: Mixology II: Photography and Photo-based Works. Stay tuned for more details on their show this December.

Learn more about Doctors Without Borders HERE and consider them during your next philanthropic endeavor.

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