Events Help Domestic Violence Prevention Organizations Exceed Fundraising Goals

July 17, 2012 | Posted By: | Stories of Change |
Joshua Safran speaks at SHALVA fundraiser

In June 2012, attorney Joshua Safran and filmmaker Yoav Potash showed the film “Crime
After Crime” and spoke at fundraiser events for SHALVA, one of Chicago’s oldest
domestic violence prevention agencies, helping the organization raise roughly $45,000.

AT EVENTS BENEFITTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION AGENCIES, the film “Crime After Crime” has helped nonprofit organizations nationwide set new records for both attendance and fundraising.

To date, the San Mateo, California-based organization CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) has raised the most funds at a single “Crime After Crime” event by securing $160,000 from donors at a May 2012 fundraiser. The CORA event featured video excerpts from the film “Crime After Crime,” and a special awards presentation to honor Joshua Safran and Nadia Costa, the two attorneys featured in the film. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, it was the first time in the nonprofit’s eight-year history that their annual fundraisier completely sold out.

As a featured speaker, Joshua Safran spoke about his own experience with domestic abuse, recalling how a man systematically beat and controlled his mother when Safran was a small child. “Organizations like CORA,” Safran remarked, “give people a much-needed place to turn in those dire situations.”

The following month, Safran appeared in Chicago alongside “Crime After Crime” filmmaker Yoav Potash at an event to benefit SHALVA, the oldest independent Jewish domestic abuse agency in the United States. The SHALVA events featured two screenings of “Crime After Crime” in the evening, followed by a luncheon the next day where Safran and Potash addressed the audience as keynote speakers. SHALVA staff reported that the event exceeded their expectations, raising $45,000 to assist the domestic violence prevention agency.

Other organizations that have held fundraiser events in association with “Crime After Crime” include San Diego’s Project SARAH (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) and the San Francisco Jewish Family & Children Services’ Dream House domestic abuse shelter. Organizations interested arranging their own fundraiser events in association with “Crime After Crime” should contact Free From Abuse, the nonprofit outreach campaign for the film.