Meetings with Remarkable People: Kathy Eldon of the Creative Visions Foundation

I spent today with Kathy Eldon, the founder and President of the Creative Visions Foundation, at her spectacular beachside home in Malibu.

Since 1998, Kathy and her small team have accomplished something pretty impressive:  they’ve fostered more than 75 activists who are committed to making change in a variety of places around the world.   They’re getting results.  And they are growing fast.

The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Kathy’s son Dan Eldon, a talented artist and photojournalist who was killed in Mogadishu in 1993.   Dan is an inspiration not only for his bold creative vision, but also because he was so vitally engaged in the African communities where he worked.
Shortly after Dan’s death, Kathy published his artwork and mixed media journals which documented his adventures in Africa.   The book “The Journey is the Destination” sold well and achieved great acclaim.  When I was working as a TV director in New York in 1993, Dan’s inventive photo collages made a big impression on my friends and me.
The powerful emotional response to Dan’s book encouraged Kathy to take the next step, creating a foundation that would foster many other young people who would follow in Dan’s footsteps by changing their corner of the world with arts and media.   Kathy nurtures these fledging projects by providing advice, introductions, organization, infrastructure and initial funding grants.
Kathy’s effort started small but now it’s gaining momentum.  Big name celebrities are getting involved.  Major partners are prepared to bring more resources to the table.   Projects are now active in every corner of the world, and many of the once-fledging projects incubated earlier by Kathy have now “graduated” and have qualified as 501(c)3 charitable organizations in their own right.  To build awareness, Creative Visions is now producing TV shows and movies, exhibits, books and conferences.    And they are about to open a new gallery and conference center in Malibu.
Shortly after I left OWN, Kathy invited me to join the Board of Directors at CVF.  I’m proud to be a part of it.  Everyone involved is incredibly cool, and their enthusiasm is infectious.  I’m looking forward to 2011 as the year that the foundation reaches a new level.
Check out this list of current Creative Visions projects.  And be sure to read about the many graduates of the program.  They’ve gone on to achieve their own 501(c)3 status.

And if you’re interested in getting involved or making a contribution, let me know.

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