Seeing how my blog focuses on the inspiring messages in the media, it is only fitting that I give a shout out to Values.com for making my day that much brighter. I’m pretty sure my favorite billboards out there are put out by this non-profit organization. Seriously, they make my day… Admit it, you love seeing them too!
Anyways, thought I’d give you a little Q&A about their organization because let’s be honest, you’ve always wanted to know but are too dang lazy to actually follow-up on it and check it out when you get home to your computer. I am absolutely copy and pasted information directly from their site (values.com), so don’t go filing copy-right infringements on me or reporting me, deal?! This is just for your benefit. Ok, here we go:
- What is The Foundation for a Better Life?
- The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, started in 2000. Our sole objective is to promote positive values, using print and broadcast media
- Why are you doing this?
- We want the stories we share about the positive actions and values of others to serve as inspiration for someone to do one thing a little better, and then pass on that inspiration. A few individuals living values-based lives will collectively make the world a better place.
- How do you determine these values?
- The Foundation does not have a political or religious agenda. Our values are selected with the hope that most individuals would find these values universal, encouraging, and inspiring. The Foundation acknowledges that each person has a unique lens through which he or she views the world. Naturally there are religious, nonreligious, political, and cultural views that give meaning to our lives. Our objective is to provide a wide spectrum of values without any intended agenda or slant and provide an uplifting message around each one.
- Where does the money come from to support your public service campaigns?
- Public service media, by definition, is donated by the television, theatre, outdoor, print, and radio media outlets. Their generous contribution of time and space allow these messages to be seen and heard around the world.
- How are these messages created?
- The Foundation has developed a network of writers, art directors, and marketing people to provide technical and creative input. We also listen to the stories of those who are making a difference in their communities to better understand the role that values play in their desire to do good and Pass It On.
- Are you affiliated with any religion or political view?
- The Foundation for a Better Life is not affiliated with any religion or political view. We hope that the values we share transcend any religious, political or cultural orientations.
- Are you affiliated with any other organizations?
- We have a sister foundation, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is the only organization with which we are affiliated.
How can I work for The Foundation for a Better Life?
- We have an extremely small staff and therefore do not typically have openings. The best way to be a part of the Foundation is to incorporate the values in your own life and pass your values on to others in your school, work-place, and other organizations that you may be a part of.
Can I join The Foundation for a Better Life?
- The Foundation is not a membership organization, and we do not sponsor or endorse any groups or clubs. The best way to “join” is to incorporate the values in your own life, setting a good example that you can pass on to others.
- Can my organization partner with The Foundation for a Better Life?
- We cannot sponsor or endorse any groups or clubs. The best way to “partner” is to incorporate these values in your organization: hang posters, play the TV spots, and be a positive example that you can pass on to others.
Can I give The Foundation for a Better Life money?
- We do not solicit nor accept any money. However, all of our media space is donated. If you are affiliated with a television station, theatre exhibitor, radio station, print publication, or outdoor advertising company and are interested in receiving information about participating in an upcoming public service campaign, please email us.
Can The Foundation for a Better Life give me money?
- The Foundation does not give grants or any other aid. We exist to promote positive messages that encourage and inspire a better life.
- Do you sell posters of your billboards or copies of your public service announcements?
- Because we are non-profit and non-commercial, we do not co-brand, sell, or otherwise use any portion of our site for profit. Visitors to our website are welcome to print copies of the billboards for their private use. All of our public service announcements may be viewed online. Schools may request posters of billboards in our current inventory by filling out a request form. Members of a media company who wish to broadcast our TV or Radio PSAs can also request broadcast-quality materials by filling out a request form. Each request is considered separately.