Become a Partner

Thank you so much for your interest in partnering with Touch A Life to build a therapeutic Art Center with your organization! We are so excited that you believe in the work that we are doing around the world, and we are grateful that you serve a population of children that will benefit so greatly from this type of art programming.

Touch A Life works with a team of talented designers and carpenters, led by Kim Lewis Designs, to create a building where art healing can take place on your facility. Additionally, Touch A Life has partnered with Art Feeds to create customized curriculum that can be used in facilities serving children who are vulnerable or who have been exploited and/or trafficked. These specific activities and crafts have been carefully designed by staff members at Art Feeds and they have been overseen by AF’s Board of Directors, which includes licensed therapists.

Touch A Life will work to fund the cost of the building and the art curriculum so that it can truly be a gift for the organization who receives it. We have learned so much by building and operating our Art Centers in Ghana and Cambodia, and we want to be able to pass those blessings on to like-minded organizations like yours. Throughout the process, Touch A Life will promote our partnership on our website, on our social media outlets, and in donor communication pieces, both online and in print. We want our people to know about you and the amazing work you are doing to serve children in need.

As we grow, we hope to be able to build multiple Art Centers per year. At this time, we can only commit to building one annually. We use funds that are designated as special gifts for these projects and we never dip into our operating budget to fund these buildings. We strive to be the very best stewards of the money that is given to us, and at this time we know the way we can use donated funds best is to plan for one new Art Center each year. Currently, we are seeking a partnership for 2016.

There are several criteria that organizations need to meet in order to be considered for an Art Center partnership.

  • Proof of existing 501(c)3 status in the United States as well as Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status in the country in which your program is located.
  • Partner organizations must serve children who are vulnerable, exploited, or trafficked (i.e. not adults, animals, etc.).
  • Partner organizations must operate care center facilities in the countries in which they work, and these buildings/structures/campuses must have been in place for a minimum of five years.
  • Partner organizations must have a good relationship with local government officials (Social Welfare, Anti-Human Trafficking Units, etc).
  • Partners must be willing to promote fundraising tactics for the Art Center on their website, social media outlets, and mailed marketing pieces. They must also fund the position of an Art Center Director, someone who can oversee the growth and progress taking place within the building itself. This person should be identified (though not necessarily on staff) at the time the application is submitted.
  • Partner organizations must be willing to allow TAL staff members and volunteers to travel to the site during the construction of the Art Center as well as once per year after the building has been completed. This will help us keep donors connected with the projects they so generously supported.

Contact us for an application. We can’t wait to hear from you!