That's important to Cornelia
Projects and Organizations that are dear to Cornelia's heart
"There are currently so many things to fight for or against. I am especially involved with women's and children's rights, with environment protection and biodiversity conservation. But that's just a fraction of a large number of projects that need help and support.
We cannot leave the responsibility for the world to others, because most often it is the ruthless people who rule it. We can all do our part to make the world a better place not only for ourselves, but for all its inhabitants."
Rim of Heaven Cornelia's Foundation
Maybe an initiative that encourages immigrant children to put their stories into words? Or an organization, that supports students to finish high school with a program focused on art and creativity? Or how about an environmental group, that makes a city more livable by planting trees? There is hardly any occasion, Cornelia and her foundation Rim of Heaven would not be open to.
Cornelia would like to help those who help others in creative, joyful and inspired ways. Maybe she can help to make their important work a little bit easier ...
Rim of Heaven is of personal concern to Cornelia. It fills her with joy to give back a little bit of what life is giving to her.
The foundation has four legs, on which it stands, we like to say: Visual arts, as Cornelia is an illustrator. Storytelling, as Cornelia is also a writer. Music, as Cornelia believes that to be the most powerful form of expression we humans came up with so far. The fourth leg is conservation, of wild beasts and wild places, and the attempt, to make children and teens aware how much they lose if all they
know are manmade things.
As an artist, Cornelia believes that without nature we don’t understand the circle of life on this planet and what inspires our creativity.
The foundation also supports young artists by an Artist in Residence project. Cornelia invites young artists, who stay for a week or maybe even longer in one of her guest apartments on her former Tuscan farm, to create together or to just get inspired by that place.
Bärenherz Wiesbaden, Germany
The German charitable trust Bärenherz (BearHeart) supports institutions for families with seriously ill children, particularly children's hospices. Bärenherz is a shelter that provides comfort and protection for families, whose children are terminally ill. The hospice offers advice, qualified and loving care, relief and comfort, from diagnosis to death and beyond.
From the Top Boston, Massachusetts
From the Top is an American initiative to develop and showcase young classical musicians. Through live events, National Public Radio, and video broadcasts, scholarships, and arts education programs, they empower young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights Chicago, Illinois
The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights was founded in Chicago in 2004. It is a human rights organization that advocates for the rights and best interests of immigrant children. It gives students the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with unaccompanied immigrant children who come to the United States without a parent or legal guardian to flee violence, abuse, and/or poverty. Young Center attorneys and social workers, along with bilingual volunteers, are appointed as Child Advocate (guardian ad litem) by the Department of Health and Human Services.
826LA Los Angeles, California
826LA is a non-profit tutoring center for students ages 6 to 18. It specializes in after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. The students are encouraged to be creative and once a month one of their stories gets published and put into the store for people to purchase.
The Book Truck Los Angeles County, California
The Book Truck is a non-profit organization that gives away free books to teens in under-served communities. Cornelia joined forces with bookseller and librarian Elizabeth Dragga to create this very special organization. The mission is to empower each teen to find the books that nourish their heart and mind, to build a community of readers.
Mission Blue Napa, California
Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots.
Telfair Elementary Pacoima, California
Telfair Elementary is simply an elementary school. They lost their music teacher and the principal arranged for a mariachi teacher to come to the school. They barely had enough instruments for the students to each have proper turns practicing. So the Rim Of Heaven Project team bought them instruments so that they would be properly equipped. The area this school is in has a high number of gang members and the principal explained that learning to play an instrument was what kept him out of a gang. He was born and raised in this town and has stayed with the hope of improving his community.
artworxLA Los Angeles, California
Founded in 1992, artworxLA is a LA-based educational organization dedicated to combatting the high school dropout rate via engagement of alternative high school students with a long-term program focused on the arts and mentorship. In short, they provide continuation high school students with access to professional artists to keep them engaged and successful in school. With just one partner school site, artworxLA has grown to 29 alternative education schools, where students may pursue a variety of creative disciplines, from fine arts to filmmaking to the recording industry, with teaching artists and entertainment industry mentors helping students develop the skills and connections that lead to creative careers.
Southern Poverty Law Center Montgomery, Alabama
The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 by Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, they’ve won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten.
Wildpark-MV Güstrow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
The Wildpark-MV is a public and nonprofit organization, which aims to present the visitors a respectful and sustainable relationship with nature. It combines local nature and animal welfare. All enclosures are designed as to meet the biological requirements of the animals and to come close to matching their natural habitats. One of the park's most exciting experiences is the wolf camp, which includes night walks, campfire, wolf stories and, of course, the Guestrow wolves close-by.
GO Campaign Santa Monica, California
GO Campaign was founded in 2006 by former attorney and Hollywood screenwriter Scott Fifer. His vision is "that we continue to meet the needs of children around the world in the most compassionate, efficient, and holistic way possible without encouraging dependency on aid."
The nonprofit organization is based in Santa Monica, California and raises awareness and funds to help orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world. The organization supports projects at the grassroots level that bring direct relief to children in need of education & vocational training, medical care, enrichment programs, and basic human rights.
Häusliche Kinder-Krankenpflege in Hamburg, Germany
The Häusliche Kinderkrankenpflege Hamburg e.V. (Domestic Children's Nursing Hamburg) is the oldest Pediatric Intensive Care Service in Hamburg, caring for sick children and their families.
Cornelia has taken on a patronage of the Domestic Children's Nursing to support their important work, so that the children can receive care in the comfort of their own homes.
TreePeople Los Angeles County, California
TreePeople is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group located in Los Angeles. It all began in 1970, when 15-year old Andy Lipkis planted the first trees to help his smog-damaged hometown LA breathe again. He founded TreePeople in 1973, and remains its President today. Their vision is for LA to have enough tree canopy, healthy soil and clean local water by empowering communities and policymakers.
Conservation International Arlington, Virginia
Conservation International (CI) is a nonprofit environmental organization that has its main offices in Arlington, Virginia.The organization believes "that human beings are totally dependent on nature — and that by saving nature, we’re saving ourselves. To that end, CI is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet."
CI employs more than 1,000 people and works with more than 2,000 partners in 30 countries and has helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, safeguarding more than 601 million hectares of land, marine and coastal areas.
wünschdirwas e.V. Cologne, Germany
wünschdirwas (Make a Wish) is a German non-profit association. wünschdirwas wants to fulfil the wishes of ill children, help them master the difficult time in Hospital and to help them not to loose the will for life. wünschdirwas finances its work through individual contributions, through dedicated patrons and sponsors. The volunteers talk quite open and empathetically with the children about their dreams and wishes, to get to know the children better and to give them an impression of the organization's work. When a child has confided his or her dream to wünschdirwas, with the agreement of parents, therapists and physicians they will go to any lengths to fulfill this dream. In 2007, Cornelia became the patron of wünschdirwas.