"So, what does your gift look like in action?"

Through two interconnected approaches, RATIO was founded to create diverse and mindful artwork for people who believe in the collective consciousness.

RATIO seeks to gain exposure for photographers while also giving back to the communities where they capture their images. We are so grateful that RATIO was able to accomplish both aspects of our mission in our first year of business through the support we received from every person that took home a RATIO visual vibe from one of our pop-ups or the online marketplace. RATIO’s goal of connecting with photographers was accomplished through our #RATIOstories contest. The contest allowed us to invite our first partner photographer to the RATIO platform alongside founder Morgan Whitney. Even more rewarding for RATIO was the ability to contribute to our five charitable partners in the countries where our visual vibes were captured - Nepal, Laos, Peru, USA and Mexico.

To start off the New Year with good news and good intention, we want to share how each organization will put the donations achieved through RATIO’s visual vibes to good use.

NEPAL

Golden Boudhanath Stupa | Kathmandu, Nepal
11x14 printed directly on 3/4’’ birchwood, UV coating
developed, printed and hand crafted in the USA, $55

Our partner in Nepal, Search For Common Ground, works to build sustainable peace, embracing resolutions to conflict that prevent resorting to violence. In Nepal, SFCG especially works towards opening dialogue between the police and citizens of the country as way to find common ground.

LAOS

Patuxai Victory Monument | Vientiane,  Laos 
11x14 printed directly on 3/4’’ birchwood, UV coating
developed, printed and hand crafted in the USA, $55

World Education Laos provides inclusive education for those that are often denied one - girls and those with disabilities, while also supporting entrepreneurial women in that country.

After sending our gift to World Education, they reminded us “Our success is your success. Thank you for taking the journey with us.” That sentiment is not just meant for RATIO, but everyone that has supported us in our journey.

PERU

breathe in | breathe out | Amazon rainforest, Peru
11x14 printed directly on 3/4’’ birchwood, UV coating
developed, printed and hand crafted in the USA, $55

RATIO founder Morgan Whitney is proud to be a part of the “Artists for the Amazon” team that supports The Amazon Foundation in Peru. RATIO’s contribution to Amazon Aid Foundation this year will help reforest Amazonia, “one tree at a time” by symbolically planting a tree. We encourage you to learn more about the journey of an Amazon Aid Foundation seedling here.

UNITED STATES

Ford with Flowers | Hill Country, Texas, USA
5x7 printed directly on 1/8" birchwood, UV coating, stand included
developed, printed and hand crafted in the USA

This year RATIO was able to support both the Boys and Girl Club of America nationally as well as the local chapter in RATIO’s base city, San Antonio. The winner of our #RATIOstories contest, Ambreen Tariq, captured her winning visual vibe in the USA, meaning any purchases of her piece Arches supports BGCA as well.

In regards to our donation BGCA wrote, "You are providing a safe place for kids to learn and grow. You’re protecting children and teens after school and providing educational activities, positive role models, homework help and more. You are changing and saving the lives of children. And we’re so grateful. Thank you for ending the year with a positive action.”

We agree, positive action is the best way to start (and end) the year.

MEXICO

Seek Balance | Cholula, Mexico 
6x6 printed directly on 3/4’’ birchwood, UV coating
developed, printed and hand crafted in the USA

Our charitable partner in Mexico, Agros, chose to explain the impact of RATIO’s donation in an intimate way. They shared a story about the real people who are benefited by their work:

"Even though Karen and Alejandro of La Bendición have had a life of desolation, they are full of hope. Before becoming part of the La Bendición community, they were barely making ends meet. They and their three children had no future.
But not anymore.
Your generous gift is helping rural poor families like Karen and Alejandro's realize their dreams of a bright future.
When we spoke to Karen and Alejandro in June, they talked about how their lives had changed since coming to La Bendición: they are able to send their children to school, live in a supportive community, put money toward enterprise, and have a dignified home.
This is what Agros represents, and this is what your gift supports: a better life now and a better life in the future. When you invest in Agros, you invest in people. You invest in their ability to work hard and lift themselves out of poverty.
So, what does your gift look like in action?
Building a school that will provide education for a new generation of dreamers. Starting a community bank that will allow community members to loan and save money. Providing infrastructure like roads and irrigation systems that will make the community livable and sustainable. Contributing to health partnerships that will bring quality health care to communities.
All of these things might seem simple, but they are powerful. They represent hope, opportunity, and the chance for a better life. That is what your gift provides.
Thank you. We, and the families you support, are thankful for you and your gift. You saw a need, you did something about it, and thanks to your gift, dreamers can become doers.
Help start a Givalanche of good.

Thank you to everyone who was part of  RATIO’s mission this year. If you’re feeling inspired to be a part of our “givalanche,” check out our “Donate” page to find out how RATIO will thank you when you choose to donate through us.

Hannah

Hannah