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Since 1995, Visionaries, Inc. has been producing Visionaries documentary series for public television. Hosted by Sam Waterston of Law & Order, the documentary series highlights the rarely told stories of nonprofit organizations all around the world that are working to make a positive difference in their community and beyond.
Visionaries' production crews have traveled across six continents and to more than 50 American cities to profile the extraordinary work of true philanthropists- people dedicating their lives and careers to the service of others. From Refugees International to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and art museums to humane societies, Visionaries tells the stories of individuals dedicated to changing the status quo in an effort to promote positive coexistence. The documentaries seek to inspire vast audiences, serve as catalysts for positive social change and promote philanthropy on a global level.
From the beginning, the concept of Visionaries was to utilize television as an instrument of service by producing positive, uplifting, and inspiring shows about individuals working for nonprofits in an effort to make the world a better place. Although the nonprofit sector is one of the most active segments in the work force today, the media, who tend to focus on negative images, has largely ignored it. By profiling the people who are providing medical care, feeding the hungry, educating the poor and giving life and dignity back to millions of people around the world, and witnessing firsthand the successes of these ventures, Visionaries has set out to show that one person can make a difference.
Visionaries is presented by public television station WGBY, Springfield, MA and distributed to PBS stations throughout the United States by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA).
Thus far The Visionaries has covered myriad topics, including: AIDS prevention, slavery, disability awareness, economic empowerment, education, environmental protection, health care, homelessness, human service, hunger relief, international development, literacy, mental illness, microenterprise, poverty reduction, reproductive health, refugee assistance, transplantation, medical research and awareness, elderly care, land conservation, disaster relief, and crisis intervention for women and children.
What people are saying about the Visionaries Public Television Series
'Spontaneous applause and tears accompanied our board of trustees' first viewing of Colorado Rocky Mountain School's episode ' and that was the rough cut.'
~ Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 12th Season
'Numerous financial rewards have come from foundation and corporate giving officers who have viewed the film and been moved'many giving officers have specifically mentioned that the documentary moved them to tears.'
~Boys Hope Girls Hope, 6th Season
'Without question The Visionaries production has resulted in the greatest public relations opportunity in our 20-year history. There is no doubt that this endeavor has increased donations to our cause.'
~Pathfinder Village, 7th Season
'When you arrived with your crew in May, we knew immediately that we had made the right decision to apply, the right decision to dedicate our time, and the right decision to open our doors to the folks from Boston who wanted to find ' and then tell ' our story. And tell our story you did. In a way far better than we could have" "You managed to capture on film the very spirit of the Westmoreland, our artists and musicians, and our region"
"It was exactly what I needed, I felt completely bathed in humanity. It gave me some hope in these current times there is some good out there in the world"
"In order to really learn the breadth and depth of these true innovations you've got to see, hear and experience their stories. Visionaries captures the inventive American spirit at its best - put to work for the greater good."
~Frank Sesno, Award Winning Journalist
The Visionaries is the recipient of the
2006 Genesis Award for Outstanding PBS Documentary
March 18, 2006, Beverly Hills, CA
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