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FedEx Forms An Integral Part Of ArtLifting’s Collaborative Venture Of Empowering Homeless Artists



05/23/2017

The winner of “FedEx Small Business Grant Contest” reveals about FedEx’s contribution in transporting work of arts of homeless artists to various patrons across the world.


Dailycsr.com – 23 May 2017 – A social worker of the “leading art groups in Boston homeless shelters”, Liz Powers, came up with “a remarkable idea” of turning invisibility of talents into a “source of income”, whereby instilling a “sense of purpose” in “hidden artists”.
 
Following the successful execution of her idea, her company is now delivering homeless artists’ works around the globe to various art patrons, while FedEx is providing “round-the-clock” support with various logistics. Powers recounts:
“My brother Spencer and I started ArtLifting as an online sales platform to help artists living with homelessness or disabilities focus on the positive — their talents — and connect them to a marketplace for their work.”
 
According to Liz, her “her purpose-driven business” could not be successful without the integration of FedEx. Therefore she adds:
“Our incredible growth, and the benefit to our artists and patrons, would not be possible without our close relationship with FedEx. They’ve expanded our international reach, transporting pieces across the world overnight to patrons — it’s just unreal to me.
“Being selected as a FedEx Small Business Grant Contest winner was humbling. We are using the grant for marketing and outreach activities that will create more opportunities for our inspiring artists.
“Five of our artists now have housing, and not just because of the money they earned. The bigger impact from being a working artist was the confidence boost, the uplifting energy that changes lives. My greatest source of pride is giving artists the ability to feel empowered — maybe for the first time in their lives.”
 
Moreover, the FedEx’s Global Citizenship Report for the year of 2017 provides an in-depth picture of FedEx’s collaboration with ArtLifting, besides numerous other ventures to fulfil “citizenship efforts”. However, the highlights of the report that includes collaborative efforts with ArtLifting are, as mentioned by Ethical Performance:
  • ArtLifting delivers the work of over 100 artists facing homelessness or disability from 19 U.S. states to patrons around the globe
  • ArtLifting is a for-profit benefit corporation. For each sale:
    • Every artist earns 55%
    • 44% furthers ArtLifting’s mission
    • 1% supports ArtLifting’s art supply fund for their artists
  • The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest annually awards a total of $100,000 to 10 U.S. firms - ArtLifting was a 2016 winner
 
 
References:
ethicalperformance.com