Basics - Trying to incorporate sustainable, enjoyable, effective collective benefits and community investment into my business model has been a goal of mine since I started Attakat. I'm very excited to work together to make this dream a reality! Here's how it works: a portion of the $2200 base coverage rate for Attakat photography services at your wedding goes towards making a bit of a difference in a wider context.
This happens by incorporating a $500 donation/discount into the base coverage rate for photography services. First, you choose either a charitable/non-profit organization* you feel passionate about or pick one off of the Attakat featured list for an extra incentive (more on this below). You let me know which organization you have chosen, make a $500 dollar donation celebrating your wedding and love, and show me the tax receipt once your donation has been made. In return, I give you a $500 discount off my $2200 base coverage rate for Attakat wedding photography services on your day. This allows you to customize your donation if you wish and claim it when tax season rolls around. The base value of this discount is non-negotiable and I unfortunately cannot match higher donations to the organization, though I readily approve of them! By structuring collective benefits this way, I get to sustainably and simply incorporate this practice into my business, support a wide variety of causes with many great stories, and give you an awesome discount on wedding photography for investing in these communities. Everybody has a reason to celebrate!
Attakat's Basic Standards for Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations
1. Charitable and/or non-profit organizations must be registered and accredited as charitable and/or non-profit organizations or provide sufficient evidence to uphold a mandate for public good and/or collective benefits.
2. Organizations must have a mandate that supports collective benefits: public good, community development, education, the general welfare of (wo)mankind, animal and plant life, or the environment etc.
3. Organizations cannot explicitly be a political party or a religious organization, although affiliated organizations that benefit public good and demonstrate collective benefits in a spirit of non-partisanship or ecumenicism may be eligible.
Disclaimer: Kat reserves the right to refuse to collaborate on any organization that she feels does not meet the above standards or aligns with the core values of Attakat.
Attakat's Featured Organizations - These are organizations that are near and dear to my heart that have been vetted as awesome sauce places that do amazing things for the communities they serve. I'd be honoured if you chose to support one of these wonderful organizations, and as an extra little perk in thanks, you will also get a $100 credit towards any prints or products you order in addition to the $500 dollar discount off the base coverage rate for photography services, . This credit can be combined with the $100 tangible memories discount for $200 of sweet savings!
Rainbow Camp, run by the Canadian non-profit organization, Welcome Friend Association is a project of two weeklong camp sessions in northern Ontario for at risk LGBTQ2+ youth, many of whom are referred to Rainbow Camp through child welfare agencies. Donations help support the costs of running the two camps sessions and covering transportation costs for attendees.
MSF is a worldwide organization dedicated to providing emergency medical relief and impartial medical support to communities that lack consistent services or stability. Though particularly known for their relief work in conflict zones, MSF also provides key medical infrastructure in developing communities and those struck by natural disaster. The majority of MSF's funding comes through private donation and they provide medical services to millions of people each year worldwide.
Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Ontario serves over 23,000 registered athletes in 18 sports occurring throughout the year. Donations support training, team building, community development, family support, healthy living programs, and competition, while supporting the athletes in these endeavours.
Eco Justice is Canada's only national environmental law charity which provides legal support for Canadians and communities in ongoing legal claims for environmental justice and for the protection of Canada's land and natural resources from exploitation and pollution. Eco Justice is 100% donor funded and their cases have often set precedents for key environmental protections in Canada.
Music and Memory is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing personalized music and music therapy into the lives of the elderly or infirm through specialized training for elder care professionals and family caregivers, as well as through their iPod program, which provides a listening device loaded with personalize playlists "that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories."
Dog Tales is a dog and horse sanctuary near King City, Ontario. Dog Tales is at the forefront of redefining what animal sanctuaries look like, while rescuing and rehoming dogs from all over the world. Dog Tales' model of rehabilitation involves creating a home-like atmosphere for the animals, complete with medical care, behavior assessment, and obedience training. Additionally, Dog Tales is a passionate political advocate, dedicated to local animal welfare causes like the Tilbury 21 and other animal welfare causes worldwide. They're also a great place to find your next dog!
Limitations, Liabilities, and Legal Stuff - I am in no way formally connected to, affiliated with, nor employed by the organizations mentioned on the Attakat website. All opinions are my own. You enter into any and all donation agreements willingly and agree to discharge and hold harmless Attakat and K. Williams from any discrepancies or claims arising from your donation.
Doing Good Better - Trying to a bit of good can actually be quite overwhelming. I've thought long and hard about how I can make the collective benefits part of my business a cornerstone and not just an afterthought. At the end of the day, I want this and all of my endeavors at Attakat to be thoughtful celebrations of people, tell good stories, and to foster lasting connections. I'd love to hear what you think.