When they decided to adopt a baby girl from Africa they had no idea how their lives would be turned upside down…. Light Gives Heat
is a non-profit seeking to empower and encourage the masses through film and commerce.
1. What was the Match that lit this ‘Light Gives Heat Movement’ ?
started because my wife and I were adopting our daughter from Uganda. After a year and a half we decided to move there, quit our jobs, and start this organization, but like most things, what started out as one thing became quite another. We quickly realized that our story began to inspire a lot of other people. The more vulnerable we were about our journey the more that invited other people into it. Over the next few years we worked on a full-length movie about our story. We were invited to speak on the Oprah show
, and a whole bunch of other crazy things happened. We began to see the power that media and story telling had on the world.
2. What brought LGH’s passion for film colliding with fashion/socially-conscious consumer goods?
Well first of all, when starting a nonprofit in America, we realized that Americans were better at buying things than they were at donating. ha! We also saw the power that film and TV had on us and other people in our culture. So basically we took what we knew, film, and begin pouring ourselves into both: creating products that created jobs in Africa, while coupling those products with good storytelling and amazing filmmakers.
3. How can LGH be incorporated into wedding planning?
Because we carry mainly jewelry/accessory products that create jobs around the world- They naturally fit in with the other beautiful items that would join your wedding day details. Couples will also use LightGivesHeat
as their designated charity choice for gift alternatives, because they believe in the message. Really you just have an audience of friends and family that happen to really care about you and the person you’re marrying… And so getting to share about things that you are meaningful to you goes a long way, and is this perfect collision.
4. What projects are you guys working on right now?
Our film, Moving On is in distribution around the world and soon to get a theater release, a Netflix
Release, and TV networks. So our next step is creating something we’re calling LGH.tv
. It was started because LightGivesHeat was working on a TV show pilot and we kept hearing from networks that they were very interested if… “We would make it more sexy, more dramatic, or just crazier.” We didn’t think good entertainment needed that, and so we’re launching our own network.
‘Moving On’ Official Trailer
from Light Gives Heat
5. How has the decision to help others impacted your business in a positive way?
Our organization is only as strong as our story. Because people hear about our story, and the story of people we are working with around the world… they tell their friends and family about us. Without that connection to the good we were doing in the world, there is no way LightGivesHeat
could’ve grown over the last seven years like it has.
Plus it’s been the thing that is making us into the people we want to be anyway.
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