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Campus Moviefest 2016

2016 Campus MovieFest Elfenworks Social Justice Category The 2016 Awards Ceremony took place June 19th at the Marriot Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. A special thank you to everyone who took part in the ninth year of our partnership. We are amazed at the hard work, imagination, and heart on display in these great student films. It’s so heartwarming… Continue Reading

“For Our Time” – Healing Stream Performances

WHAT: Healing Stream performs “For Our Time” WHERE: Burlingame UMC – Howard and El Camino Real WHEN: In Rotation The band Healing Stream gave the song its premiere live performance in February of 2015.  And now, the song has been added to the band’s playlist in rotation. On various occasions in 2015, the band Healing Stream has performed  “For Our Time,” with guest… Continue Reading

Vivian Kane, Trustee

Meet Ms. Vivian Kane,  Elfenworks Foundation trustee.  Ms. Kane is pictured at right, along with the other trustees and  Executive Director Kenneth Tam. Ms. Kane joined the Board in November of 2014.  A graduate of California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Acting and San Francisco State University, with a BA in Theater… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope 2014

Cooking Up Hope, October 2, 2014 Just press play above to see this year’s event! You can see previous year’s events at The annual In Harmony With Hope® awards is an annual event honoring domestic social entrepreneurs. The evening, always with a theme of hope, pays tribute to social innovators with a domestic focus… Continue Reading

Welcome “A Moment’s Worth” Fans!

We’re so excited about our partnership with the band A Moment’s Worth. We’ve kept in touch ever since the band won our social justice prize – given in association with Campus Moviefest / College Battle of the Bands – for the song DEDICATE. Watch the band in a live performance of the song at our… Continue Reading

Welcome “Eyeshine” Fans!

We’ve been fans of the band Eyeshine since we first heard their music, and we’re excited about our partnership. We’ve kept in touch ever since the band won our social justice prize – given in association with Campus Moviefest / College Battle of the Bands – for the song ALONE. This song shows what it… Continue Reading

The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurship

We follow former President and social entrepreneur Jimmy Carter’s simple yet profound advice: follow your vision, use your special skills, address a chasm, work in partnership, share the credit, measure for feedback, and stay the course.  Our CEO has written a book expanding on that advice, entitled Intelligence & Compassion in Action; The Seven Pillars for… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope® 2013

THANK YOU! Thank you for joining us or tuning in as we paid tribute a group of changemakers at the 2013 In Harmony with Hope awards ceremony on Thursday, September 26, 2013.  If you missed it, you can still tune in and watch the replay on our historical streaming page, and check our awards page for details… Continue Reading

Creativity Flows as Students Promote Justice through Film and Music

For the fifth straight year, Elfenworks partnered with Campus MovieFest (CMF) and College Battle of the Bands to discover emerging artists who are “talking” about creating change through their work. The CMF Hollywood red-carpet awards ceremony was held at Universal Studios’ Globe Theatre on June 23. Lauren Speeth, joined on stage by CMF founder David Roemer,… Continue Reading

Elfenworks receives Golden Tripod award!

Elfenworks was surprised and delighted to receive this Golden Tripod award from Campus MovieFest, celebrating “five years of changing the world together.”  Through this partnership, students have created films on far-ranging social-justice related topics in a wide variety of styles including sci-fi, horror, comedy, music-video, and docu-drama… even an operetta. With over three million viewings… Continue Reading

Campus MovieFest 2012

2012 Campus MovieFest Elfenworks Social Justice Category Another GREAT year with Campus MovieFest! We’re very proud of our Social Justice Category winners and we were honored to have Nate Parker  (The Great Debaters and Red Tails) announce our winners! See for more information about the big event! For a fifth straight year the entries into… Continue Reading

Elfenworks CEO to speak at Saint Mary’s College

School of Economics & Business Administration Speaker Series with: Dr. Lauren Speeth, CEO Elfenworks “Leadership Ethics and Entrepreneurship” A Strategic Mindset for 21st Century De La Salle Hall Hagerty Lounge, Saint Mary’s College of California, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, CA [Google map] Thursday, May 24th, 2012, 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. RSVP: More information can be found on… Continue Reading

Social Media and Your Organization

Why Social Media? In this article, we will introduce social media, and explain why entering the social media arena should be done planfully, as a strategic step and part of an overall communication strategy for your organization. Used wisely, social media is a powerful tool, capable of expanding your reach, fostering goodwill, and even –… Continue Reading

Join me on the bridge!

Helping to build bridges of peace and hope for the future… We stand with ALL of you!

2011 Elfenworks Holiday Ecard

Wishing you a joyeux new elf! That’s “elf” for Joyous Noël! from your friends at The Elfenworks Foundation

Learn about the Elfenworks Approach

Elfenworks is leading the way to a better America, one good thought at a time. Working on behalf of our country’s marginalized citizens, we identify issues that aren’t being effectively addressed, create change in new and different ways by bringing our unique skill-set to bear, and amplify our partners’ successes through storytelling. In this way,… Continue Reading

Legal Aid LA’s Poignant Public Service Announcement

Our good friend Elyssa Davalos is the first voice you hear (the voiceover talent) on the very first PSA  for Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. The beautiful PSA Tell Someone was directed by Sara Elgart and is produced by Emmy award-winning CityTV. Congrats to all involved in this important project!

Campus MovieFest 2011

Young filmmakers from over 75 universities along with their families, friends, and industry execs, joined Campus MovieFest in Hollywood, California, to celebrate.

Resurrection Takes Honors

Peter Young, Housing, Industry, and Treatment (, an Elfenworks Foundation partner and In Harmony with HopeSM honoree, was recently the subject of a video produced by Elfenworks Productions, LLC. The video, titled Resurrection, took honors at the Awareness Festival Sunday, May 23rd 2010 in Santa Monica, California. About the Awareness Festival The Mission of the… Continue Reading

Social Justice Quiz

What do you know about poverty, hunger and social justice in America? Take our quiz to see how you do.

Blast from the Past – A 1960s High-Tech Educational Toy Startup

“All The Phases Of Our Lives Are Influenced-Directly Or Indirectly-By Electronic Technology, From The Simplest Circuit That Provides Our Light And Heat, To The Most Complex Computers That Answer Our Current Political And Economic Problems.” –The Times Review, Fort Erie, Ontario Canada, December 4, 1968. “Studies Have Shown That A Child’s Early Environment May Determine His… Continue Reading

Home Earthquake Preparedness Resources

The following post is an excerpt from Dr. Matthew Springer’s Earthquake Preparedness Website: Matt’s preparedness categoriesCrucial:Bed placement, emergency supplies Strongly recommended:“Maze” picture hooks, brace tall bookcases, secure stereos/computers, shelf lips Recommended: Quake-resistant cabinet latches, earthquake insurance Nice if possible: Secure in general, stick down loose objects See for more… Please see the site for more… Continue Reading

Ripple Maker: Susan MacKinnon, M.D.

Dr. Susan Mackinnon, Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Shoenberg Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine[USNews article] — the first female president in the 86 year history of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons [article] — specializes in nerve transplantation, peripheral nerve surgery, and plastic and… Continue Reading

Ripple Maker: Ursula Morgenstern

Ursula Morgenstern recognizes the importance of education, and decided to take an active part in giving kids a good start for the school year, so in 2006 she co-founded Backpackpalooza, a backpack/school-supply drive for local school-age children living below the poverty line. For the following year’s event (which took place August 11 from 10-2 at… Continue Reading

Ripple Maker: John F. Mello, Luthier

You might wonder what a guitar maker could do to really impact hunger, but luthier John F. Mello has come up with a wonderful creative solution. He produced a CD featuring guitarists playing his guitars, and proceeds from the sales of this CD benefit local food banks. How does it work? Whenever he travels for… Continue Reading

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